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Kennywood Earns TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Kennywood Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence Award

WEST MIFFLIN, PA - May 27, 2016 - Kennywood's commitment to providing the finest in family fun and entertainment was recognized by TripAdvisor, as the world's largest travel site awarded Kennywood their coveted Certificate of Excellence. The Certificate of Excellence celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Now in its sixth year, the Certificate of Excellence recognizes accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that continually deliver a quality customer experience.

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers," said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. "This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions."

"We are thrilled to accept the Certificate of Excellence because it shows we're making our guests happy," says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. "A great experience at Kennywood is as much a tradition as Potato Patch fries and riding the Merry-Go-Round one more time before heading home."

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity of recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

On behalf of our entire team, Kennywood would like to thank TripAdvisor for providing travelers with an outlet to share their experience. Traveler feedback helps to continually improve our operations.

Kennywood is America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park! The Pittsburgh-area park offers a unique mix of modern thrills and classic rides, including seven roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood, founded in 1898, continues to provide unforgettable fun for all ages.


Sandcastle Waterpark has been providing summer fun for 28 seasons. Sandcastle offers funs for all ages with 15 infamous waterslides, the wild Mon-Tsunami Wave Pool, scenic Mushroom Pool, relaxing Lazy River, pint-sized Tad Pool, and Wet Willie's Waterworks.


Idlewild & SoakZone, founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, is the longest-operating amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America. It has been recognized as the world's best children's park by Amusement Today.