Leap the Dips at Carnegie Science Center

Monday, September 17, 2001 8:14 AM
We took a trip down to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday.  It's been a few years since our last visit and for those of you not familiar with the Science Center, it's a 4 story building with different science type displays and activities.  One thing the Science Center has been known for over the years, is their miniature train display.  It covers an area of 80' X 30' and has scenes of steel companies, a small town with a parade and a small amusement park (among other things).  In the amusement park scene, they have a working model of Leap the Dips, Lakemont Park, Altoona, PA, which is the oldest operating coaster in the world.

There is also a separate building called Sportworks, which is also part of the Science Center.  One activity in this building is a roller coaster simulator in which you can ride the Steel Phantom from Kennywood or make your own coaster.  I rode the Steel Phantom, for nostalgic purposes, and it is nothing like riding the real thing.  Main difference being no head banging :) 

If you are ever in the Pittsburgh area and looking for something to do, check out the Science Center.  We easily spent 4 hours there and could've stayed longer if not for our daughter getting out of control ;)

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Christ how do you kids do it

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Monday, September 17, 2001 12:20 PM
Didn't the move the science center? I remember reading about it which would be why I never saw that (I went a few years ago).
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Monday, September 17, 2001 12:57 PM
It used to be the Buhl Plantarium near Allegheny Center on the North side.  It is now located next to Heinz Field, the new football stadium on the North Shore.  It's 4 stories high, has an OmniMax theatre, Buhl Plantarium, a US Submarine you can tour, and another building that was built a couple years ago called Sportsworks.  OmniMax is an extra charge.
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Christ how do you kids do it
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Monday, September 17, 2001 4:53 PM
Amazingly enough, although I was at the Buhl Science Center many times in high school and college (as a presenter, even), I have yet to check out the "new" Carnegie Science Center.  I hadn't realized there was a working model of Leap-The-Dips -- now I HAVE to go :)

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Monday, September 17, 2001 5:00 PM
I havent been there in a while.  But other times that I have been there, I did not want to leave.  Maybe it is time to relive some Steel Phantom memories.;)
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Kennywood is my home park!!!
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Monday, September 17, 2001 6:01 PM
loriu, Sportsworks was not built a couple of years ago. It just opened in August!
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