Anything discount would be starlight tickets. 15 bucks after 5-6pm. Or try Triple A, they usually give tickets at like 10% off (don't quote me on that rpice though). If you buy through them. Otherwise, unless a special price day (the next one is in September), not a darn thing. 29 bucks isn't that bad for that park anyway. You def get your monies worth!
My family and I are planning for 2 days at Kennywood and one day at Knobels. (Also our First time for both parks). I am not familar at all with the area at all, so I requested a brochure from both parks with additional hotel info. (I also got a lot of info from the site). [If I were going alone, I would sleep in the car, somewhere but the wife and my seven year old son want an indoor pool].
Here is the question. I want to fit in a Pirates game. How far away is the stadium from the park, and are there insane traffric patterns that I have to watch out for? I live on Long Island, so Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium trips are usually by train.
PNC Park is about 15-20 minutes away from the park (not including traffic). Unfortunately, the fastest way to the park is via 376, and that will take you right through the Squirrel Hill Tunnels. On weekdays traffic can easily back up for a mile or more in both directions heading into the tunnels; generally the best times to go that direction through the tunnels is right after A.M. rush hour (9am to early afternoon), or in the evening. Because of traffic merging on and off the Homestead exit, the road can get backed up extremely quickly.
Most roads in Pittsburgh are a nightmare ... but if you're from Long Island you'll probably think they're simple ;) If you want to PM me or email me, I'll send ya some detailed directions. My reputation's pretty good on that end of things!
Word going around is that the new park policy is to never close before 10pm unless there are weather-related reasons. While midnight closings used to be somewhat of a tradition at the park, they no longer close later than 11pm.
As far as discounts go, I think that you can get 2 $5 dollar off the $28.95 with pepsi cans after the Giant Eagle promotion ended. The extremely late summer nights at Kennywood are in the past but Phantom Fright Nights go kind of late still. I can remember being in the park quite late with hardley anyone there, hence closing a bit earlier now.
The cheapest tickets I know of are the ones you can buy from the PA Park and Recreation Offices for $18. A $7 surcharge is added if you use the ticket on a weekend. You must buy the ticket in person at the office, and I am not sure if they will sell them to people who are from out-of-state, but at that price it may be worth looking into.
Impulse-ive said: Most roads in Pittsburgh are a nightmare ... but if you're from Long Island you'll probably think they're simple If you want to PM me or email me, I'll send ya some detailed directions. My reputation's pretty good on that end of things!
I grew up driving in the WV mountains and Philly traffic and have driven in most major cities, including parts of Long Island. The suburban Pittsburgh roads still frustrate me the most (just ask Katie....lol.) Sure, there are other cities with a lot more traffic but the way those roads are laid out makes you wonder if the developers and builders were on crack. ;-)
There are no "rights" or "lefts" but more like "straight but left" or "sorta right but not right right". And I will never forget the "You will see three exits in a row, take the third one and sorta bear off to the right" or something like that. lol.
Getting to Kennywood is a pain in itself, but it's worth it. :-)
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Our local rec board has discout tickets for parks, and I can get Kennywood Tickets there for 18.95, and there isn't a surcharge that I am aware of for the weekend. I am going to use them again in a few weeks.
There is a brand new Courtyard by Marriot at the Waterfront, just up the road from Kennywood. It's VERY easy to get to, and to get to/from Kennywood.
Kennywood isn't that hard to find if you take the "secret" way. Get off 376 at the Squirrel Hill exit, NOT the Edgewood exit (note: if you're coming from the east, you may have to deal with the frustration of the backup at the Squirrel Hill tunnel, and depending on the time of day you'll have to deal with the Waterfront traffic from either direction).
Anyway, get off at the Squirrel Hill exit. Go straight down the road that leads you to (Beechwood Boulevard), and straight through the next four (I believe) intervening lights. (Note that at the second light, Beechwood veers off to the left, but you want to head straight down -- you'll pass a Wendy's on your left).
When you get to the High Level Bridge (you'll know it when you're on it :) ), get in the left lane if you're headed straight to Kennywood, and in the right lane if you're going to the Waterfront (including Sandcastle and the above-mentioned Courtyard). At the first light just past the bridge, turn right for the Waterfront, go straight for Kennywood. At the second light (Eigth Avenue), turn left for Kennywood. Now you're on the road that becomes Kennywood Boulevard -- just stay on it and the park will magically appear, simple as that. One turn once you're off the highway (two if you count turning into the parking lot)
(No guarantees about traffic and the like, though) *** Edited 7/18/2005 1:44:24 PM UTC by GregLeg***