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The Best Rides at Kennywood

Updated June 8, 2017 1.4k votes 379 voters 13k views

List of the best rides at Kennywood, including photos, types of rides, and more information. This ranked list of the best Kennywood attractions includes roller coasters, kids rides, indoor / dark rides, and water rides, as well as parades, live shows, and Kennywood tours. The rides on this list have been voted on by amusement park fans and Kennywood enthusiasts. From the newest rides at Kennywood to the classics that have been around forever, this is a list of all the most famous attractions at Kennywood. Downvote the rides you like the least, like Thunderbolt or Exterminator. If you do like them, then vote them up.

Examples include Phantom's Revenge and Jack Rabbit.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best rides at Kennywood?"
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    Thunderbolt

    The Thunderbolt is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Originally built by John A. Miller in 1924, the ride's name was Pippin until 1967, when it changed to Thunderbolt beginning with the 1968 season, coinciding with an expansion of the track headed up by Andy Vettel. The all-wood coaster follows the surrounding terrain with a track length of 2,887 feet. Its maximum height is 70 feet, but because of the track layout and the natural ravines on which the ride is set, the maximum drop is 95 feet. Reaching a maximum speed of 55 mph, the ride takes 108 seconds to complete its circuit. An interesting feature of the Thunderbolt is that  ...more
    • Park: Kennywood
    • Opened In: 1924
    • Ride Type: Roller coaster
    • Height (m): 21.336
    • Max Speed (km/h): 88.51392
    • Drop (m): 28.956
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    Racer

    The Racer is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. It is a racing, moebius loop coaster; one of only three in the world.  ...more
    • Park: Kennywood
    • Opened In: 1927
    • Height (m): 23.1648
    • Max Speed (km/h): 64.37376
    • Drop (m): 15.24
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    Jack Rabbit

    Jack Rabbit is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, USA. Designed and built by John A. Miller and Harry C. Baker in 1920, it is one of the oldest still-running roller coasters in the world. The ride's three trains were manufactured by Edward Vettel, Sr. in 1951 and contain three cars of six seats each. The aging cars are considered a part of the ride's nostalgic experience but also lead to some young children being disallowed to enter the ride, due to the use of a small lapbar to hold in riders. A popular early feature of the ride was a tunnel which covered the turnaround section after the first drop, but this was removed in 1947  ...more
    • Park: Kennywood
    • Opened In: 1921
    • Height (m): 12.192
    • Max Speed (km/h): 72.42048
    • G Force: 4.99
    • Drop (m): 21.336
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    Exterminator

    The Exterminator is a steel roller coaster located at Kennywood Park, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. The ride was developed by Reverchon Industries. The ride is heavily themed around the concept of the rider as a rat attempting to escape from Kennywood exterminators. The concept is a pun off of the phrase "Wild Mouse roller coaster", which describes this type of coaster, characterized by small cars and sharp turns. Much of the theming takes place in the line for the ride, which includes such elaborate media as fake news broadcasts, and is usually the park's longest, being usually or beyond a 40 minute wait. The ride is very dark and unique, as the introduction says "unlike  ...more
    • Park: Kennywood
    • Opened In: 1999-04-18
    • Height (m): 15.24
    • Max Speed (km/h): 46.670976
    • G Force: 2.5
    • Drop (m): 15.24
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