Know Before You Go

Health and safety tips to make your 2020 visit safe and FUN

We are so excited to welcome you and your family back to Kennywood!

We want you to know the health and safety of our Guests and Team Members is our top priority. We are fully committed to creating the cleanest and safest environment possible for your visit.

The way we will operate this summer is significantly different from what we are all used to as we adapt to the new landscape created by COVID-19. While we are committed to enhanced standards in an effort to keep you as healthy and safe as possible, there remains an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place and any place where people are present. Please, read this page fully to ensure the best experience possible as you plan your visit and join us.


Our top priority at Kennywood and Sandcastle is the health and safety of our Guests and Team Members, and the community at large. While we are looking forward to the start of our Summer Season, we understand the reasoning behind the recent order and stay at home request, and will do our part by postponing our scheduled July 6 opening.

We believe strongly in the plan developed by our teams at Kennywood and Sandcastle to best protect the health and safety of all those visiting and working at our parks. We will continue to work towards opening this summer as soon as safely possible and providing the clean, safe and fun experience we have been proud to provide for the Greater Pittsburgh Area since 1898.

Planning a Visit

In order to comply with key health and safety measures surrounding limiting capacity, social distancing, and touch-free payment, planning a visit to Kennywood will look different this summer.

  • Guests will need to register for the date they wish to visit in advance, in addition to their regularly purchased Ticket or Season Pass.
  • If the date you wish to visit is not listed in our online calendar, we may have already reached our capacity limit for that date, in which case you will need to choose another day. If you are looking for a date later in the summer, please check back again as we will open more dates as the summer progresses.
  • All those wishing to enter Kennywood (Guests, Team Members, Suppliers, and Contracted Partners) will have their temperatures scanned before entering the park.
  • Any person with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, or displaying other symptoms of COVID-19, will be denied entry.
  • Facial coverings are required for all entrants, except children younger than age three.

Visitors will find many more new proactive measures in place at Kennywood this summer.

Here are the specific steps we’re taking in accordance with state and federal guidelines.

Face Coverings Face Coverings
Required face coverings for park personnel and guests alike.
Temperature Checks Temperature Checks
Checking every guest and employee upon entrance.
Hand Cleansing Hand Cleansing
Asking everyone to wash hands often with soap and water.
Hand Sanitizer Hand Sanitizer
Providing sanitizer stations throughout the park.
Social Distancing Social Distancing
Requiring social distance of six feet between your party and others.
Limiting Capacity Limiting Capacity
Limiting the number of guests to facilitate social distancing.
Sanitizing Teams Sanitizing Teams
Performing enhanced sanitizing throughout the day on high-touch surfaces and rides.
Education & Training Education & Training
Enhanced staff education and training on cleanliness and safety practices. Please read and follow all posted safety signage.

For a detailed list of new measures being enacted, please visit our Health and Safety page.

Working Together to Avoid COVID-19

The health and safety of our Guests and Team Members is our top priority. In these unprecedented times, we have implemented enhanced health and safety measures to help protect everyone. But we can’t do it alone. We are counting on everyone’s efforts to do their part by cooperating with these new measures that are designed to keep every person visiting and/or working at Kennywood healthy and safe.

Guest Responsibilities

  • Wear face coverings per CDC guidelines
  • Submit to temperature check at arrival
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain appropriate (6 ft.) distance from others not in your travel party

While we are committed to enhanced standards in an effort to keep you as healthy and safe as possible, there remains an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place and any place where people are present. People who do not show symptoms can still spread COVID-19. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and persons with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable and at higher risk for severe illness. Guests should familiarize themselves with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and evaluate their risk in determining whether they should attend our facilities. If you or a family member are ill or think that you may be getting ill, please postpone your visit until you are well.

By visiting our facility, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Please e-mail us at and we will assist you.

Kennywood will open to the general public on Saturday, July 11. Season Passholders will be able to register to visit July 7 through 10. Please visit our Calendar page for our full Summer 2020 operating schedule.

Our highest priority remains the safety of all of our Team Members and Guests, and we’re closely following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Allegheny County Health Department, along with other government officials and health experts. Some of our evolving sanitation procedures include:

In addition to the information listed above and these public health resources, you can visit our Health & Safety page for a detailed list of our many measures in place for this summer.

In keeping with the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in following with orders from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all Guests and Team Members are required to wear facial coverings while at Kennywood. The only exception is for children younger than age three. Policy updated June 18, 2020.

Guests are required to remove facial coverings while on water attractions (Pittsburg Plunge and Raging Rapids), in complying with water safety best practices. We recommend bringing a sealable plastic bag to store your facial covering in if you plan to enjoy these attractions. Guests may also remove their masks while eating or drinking.

In order to effectively promote social distancing and practice the best health and safety procedures, some attractions may be closed for part or all of the 2020 summer season:

  • These attractions will not be open during your visit: 4D Theater, Noah’s Ark, Steelers Experience, Skycoaster®, and the Big Adventures Play Zone
  • These attractions may not be open during your visit: Raging Rapids, Ghostwood Estate, Black Widow, and Bayern Kurve

Attraction availability is subject to change without notice.

All Season Passes purchased by June 14, 2020 will include both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Beginning June 15, Season Passes will only include the 2020 season.

We are still accepting applications and conducting phone and Skype interviews. At this time in-person interviews, orientations and trainings are on hold until permitted to resume by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

2020 Season Pass purchases made before June 14, 2020 will receive the the identical Season Pass, with the same access, in 2021. For passes like the Silver, Senior, Premium and Ride & Slide, Passholders will be able to use them for the 2021 seasonal holiday events as well. This extension also applies to add-on products like the All Summer Dining Pass.

Bronze Season Passes will include the 2021 Summer Season, but will not include seasonal holiday events in 2020 or 2021. The Bronze Pass is still a summer-only pass.

2020 Season Passes purchased after June 14, 2020 will NOT include the 2021 Summer or seasonal holiday events. Guests will be offered a 2021 add-on option for a discounted price. The Summer Saver Season Pass is solely for the 2020 Summer Season and will not carry over to 2021. It is valid through November 1, 2020.

Kennywood will host Season Passholders for exclusive previews on July 7 through 10. Passholders will need to register for the date they wish to visit in advance, as attendance with be capped as part of our precautionary COVID-19 policies. Check back starting Wednesday, June 17 to register for the day you wish to visit.

Our plan is to ensure you receive equal value for any experience or benefit you missed out on this year due to COVID-19, such as the All Summer Dining Pass. All Summer Dining Passes and other add-ons will also be valid through the end of the 2021 Summer Season. Please note, the All Summer Dining Pass will not be valid during the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, Phantom Fright Nights, Happy Hauntings, or Holiday Lights. We are no longer selling Dining Passes for the 2020 season.

Yes. All Season Passholders who purchase by June 14, 2020 will receive the 2021 extension, regardless of when their final payment is made. We know finances are a challenge for some guests - please know we are not charging late fees for missed payments. To update your payment information, visit the Kennywood Payment Portal. Please note that Season Passes cannot be used until they are paid in full.

Good Any Day tickets will be valid through the entirety of the 2020 Summer Season, and Limited Operation and Date-Restricted Tickets will be accepted any day of the 2020 Summer Season. Guests with additional questions about their tickets can email to connect with our Guest Services.

Surcharges and date blackouts will be waived on School Picnic tickets. They will be Good Any Day of the 2020 Summer Season. Group Outing Planners can email, to discuss options to reschedule early-season outings or with any additional questions.