Introduction to New Kensington, Pennsylvania
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland county, is 15 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city, which is considered part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, has a population of 14,701.
New Kensington History
New Kensington city, which was founded in 1891, was orignially named Kensington. It was renamed as New Kensington for postal reasons, because a city named Kensington already existed in Pennsylvania. People flooded the area and investors brought many industries after the land was surveyed and a public sale was held in 1891. The first large company to arrive was the Pittsburgh Reduction Company.
New Kensington and Nearby Attractions
- Point State Park
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Moraine State Park
- Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
Things To Do In New Kensington
Point State Park and Moraine State Park offer opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, and boating. Museums near the city include Frick Art & Historical Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Idlewild Park is a theme park near New Kensington. Popular attractions to visit include the National Aviary, Johnstown Inclined Plane, and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Historic sites such as Rachel Carson Homestead and Bushy Run Battlefield are also not far from the city.
New Kensington Transportation
Flights are available from Pittsburgh International Airport.
New Kensington Higher Education
Pennsylvania State University-New Kensington is located in the city. Some of the other colleges near the city are Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Robert Morris College.