Kennywood question???

Sunday, July 17, 2005 2:56 PM
When does the park close usually?? And does it open at 1100am??
I found this on the kennywood website which i found weird-

# Park Closing Time: No set closing time; determined daily depending upon weather and crowd conditions.

And any discounts to be found for the park when i visit the first week of August?? *** Edited 7/17/2005 6:58:30 PM UTC by Bob O***

Sunday, July 17, 2005 3:14 PM
The park always closes by 10-ish. Everytime I've ben there, it's around 10. as for open, it's open at 10:30, and rides run at 11:00
Sunday, July 17, 2005 3:19 PM
The park has NO set closing time, although it usually closes sometime between 10 and 11pm.

If the park is crowded at 10pm, it remains open until around 11pm or so.

Sunday, July 17, 2005 3:38 PM
We got discount tickets at the Giant Eagle grocery store, across the street (and up the hill) from the park.


Sunday, July 17, 2005 5:04 PM
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!


Sunday, July 17, 2005 6:00 PM
Regular All-Day admission tickets can be purchased at many PA area Giant Eagle stores for the discount price of $18.95
Sunday, July 17, 2005 6:43 PM
That promotion was over in early June. They no longer sell tickets at Giant Eagle. I just called both stores in my area.

Park closing, depends on crowds. Some nights it's 10, there are nights they stay open til 11. When I was younger I left the park at midnight. So it really depends.


Sunday, July 17, 2005 7:02 PM
oh yea...i miss the good ol' days of 11pm and midnite closings in the summer.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 8:13 PM
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.

Any help would be apreciated. Thanks!

Sunday, July 17, 2005 8:22 PM
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.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 8:40 PM
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!
Sunday, July 17, 2005 8:52 PM
The best kept secret in the outdoor amusement industry- "What time does Kennywood Close?" Kpjb has an answer to this question, and I'll let him reply to it if he so desires.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 8:55 PM
Richie: There is a hotel in West Mifflin, the other sideof it, about 10 minutes from the park. It's on Lebanon Church Road.

Hope this helps.


Sunday, July 17, 2005 9:03 PM
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.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 9:46 PM
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.
Monday, July 18, 2005 1:14 AM

midwave said:
oh yea...i miss the good ol' days of 11pm and midnite closings in the summer.

I was just there last Saturday and it closed at 11pm.

Then again, there was a pretty hefty crowd.

Monday, July 18, 2005 2:05 AM
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.

KW closes whenever they feel like closing (lol).

Monday, July 18, 2005 4:25 AM

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 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. :-)


*** Edited 7/18/2005 8:29:06 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Monday, July 18, 2005 9:22 AM
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.
Monday, July 18, 2005 9:32 AM
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***


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