In Pittsburgh, historic Kennywood Park is a yearly tradition every child looks forward to each summer. The words "Kennywood's open!" lets kids know that school is nearly out and a summer of fun is in store (in Pittsburgh, this is also the phrase used to let someone know their zipper is down...but I digress).
On Memorial Day, we packed up the car, slathered on the sunscreen and headed out the door to a day of fun. The Big Guy sacrificed solo ventures on his birthday to spend it with the kids on a day of junk food, spinning rides, and nausea.
Here are some of my favorite photos of our day:
Each yearly trip begins the same way, walking through the tunnel under the road that opens up to a view of the park.
A ride on the Kangaroo is always first (and my favorite ride). I challenge you to ride this without getting the giggles. Did you know this is the last working ride of it's kind in the U.S.?
Standing in line waiting for The Whip:
A ride on the Thunderbolt is the highlight of any trip. This old wooden coaster has topped many lists as the best wooden coaster in the U.S.
On a hot day, The Pittsburgh Plunge will cool you off. Kids crowd around the fence to experience the wall of water that shoots off the ride as the boat reaches the bottom of the hill.
Music Express is a bit much for me at my age (spinning bad) so the kids rode it solo.
Cosmic Chaos is fairly new and I was afraid I would be sick, but ended up throwing my hands in the air as I really felt like I was flying. Highly recommended!
Finally, we rode the Phantom's Revenge (a few times) and called it a day. (Click on the picture to see #1 Son and The Big Guy, the first seats in the 5th car back.)
It was the perfect spring day at Kennywood Park. (To learn more about Kennywood, click the link)