Amusement and Water Attractions in Pennsylvania

Gear up for a thrilling ride at one of Pennsylvania’s popular amusement parks. From dips and drops to soak zones and slides, each park promises an exciting experience for visitors of all ages. In fact, Pennsylvania boasts more amusement parks than any other state in the country.

 

Kennywood® - Pittsburgh and its Countryside

West Mifflin
www.kennywood.com
Established in 1898, Kennywood® brings an old-fashioned amusement park feel to the 21st century with rides like the Thunderbolt, one of the highest rated roller coasters in the country, and the exciting coaster, Sky Rocket, which reaches speeds of 50 mph in three seconds and features a 90-degree drop. Designated a National Historic Landmark since 1987, you'll find "Lost Kennywood," a replica of turn-of-the-century architecture that houses some of the park's most popular rides, as well as an array of attractions throughout the park.

 

Hersheypark SM - Dutch Country Roads

Hershey
www.hersheypark.com
What started as a picnic and relaxation area for Hershey company employees is now one of the country’s premier amusement parks with more than 65 rides and attractions, including the Superdooperlooper, the first looping coaster on the East Coast. Also included in the one-price admission are the 11-acre ZooAmerica® North America Wildlife Park and The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, a separate area of the park with water-based attractions and boardwalk games.  

 

Lakemont Park - The Alleghenies

Altoona
www.lakemontparkfun.com
Lakemont Park, the eighth oldest amusement park in the United States, is home to Leap-the-Dips, a National Historic Landmark said to be the world’s oldest rollercoaster. The amusement park is home to more than 30 rides and attractions with fun for the entire family. An 18-hole miniature golf course, the Island Waterpark and several other rides entertain visitors of all ages.

 

Sesame Place® - Philadelphia and the Countryside

Langhorne
www.sesameplace.com
For families with children ages two to 13, Sesame Place® provides an interactive experience with all of your favorite Sesame Street characters! Children can enjoy more than three dozen stimulating play activities, including exhilarating water attractions such as Sky Splash, live stage shows, the "Rock Around the Block" musical parade, the thrilling Vapor Trail roller coaster, and memorable Sesame Street character greetings throughout the day. Recently renovated, the Count’s Splash Castle is a multi-level waterplay attraction featuring more than 90 play elements. New for 2014, Cookie’s Monster Land features five exciting rides, a three-story net climb, and a soft play area in the colorful and imaginative land.

 

Splash Lagoon - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region

Erie
www.splashlagoon.com
Named by Budget Travel as one of the “Top 10 Indoor Water Parks in the U.S.,” Splash Lagoon features all the perks of a regular water park with some unique additions. Floating lily pads to walk on, an adult-only section and a kid’s area with mini slides are just a few highlights at Splash Lagoon. Guests of all ages can enjoy the pleasures of this year-round water park where summer never ends.

 

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark - Upstate PA

Tannersville
www.camelbeach.com
Camelback Mountain Resort transforms from a ski resort in the winter to Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark during the summer. Whether adrenaline-filled waterslides or just lounging poolside on a hot summer day is desired, there are thrills from mild to wild at the biggest waterpark in Pennsylvania. Camelbeach is complete with more than 37 rides, slides and attractions to beat the heat of summer.

 

Idlewild Park & SoakZone - Laurel Highlands

Ligonier
www.idlewild.com
It’s always a magnificent day at Idlewild Park, considered to be one of the most beautiful amusement parks in the country. Idlewild offers more than 51 unusual rides and attractions including Raccoon Lagoon, Story Book Forest and SoakZone waterpark. For four consecutive years, Idlewild & SoakZone has received the coveted Golden Ticket Award for Best Children's Park by Amusement Today magazine.

 

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom - Lehigh Valley

Allentown
www.dorneypark.com/
Long after its humble origins as a fish hatchery and summer resort, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom has transformed into a popular park with more than 100 rides, games, restaurants and attractions. The park features the Talon, one of the longest, tallest and fastest roller coasters in the northeast and more than three dozen water play areas and slides. In the 2014 season, the world class water park will open the Snake Pit, a complex that brings six new slide experiences to guests.

 

Knoebel’s Amusement Park - Valleys of the Susquehanna

Elysburg
www.knoebels.com
Knoebel’s Amusement Park enthusiasts applaud this pay-as-you-go park featuring award-winning rides such as The Haunted Mansion, named one of the best dark rides by members of Dark Ride and Funhouse Enthusiasts; The Grand Carousel, including its two antique organs and a brass ring machine; and The Phoenix, hailed as one of the "best wooden coasters” by Amusement Today magazine. A trip to Knoebel’s means a variety of rides, coasters and attractions in a friendly atmosphere and manageable on a family budget.

 

Dutch Wonderland® - Dutch Country Roads

Lancaster
www.dutchwonderland.com
Designed for families with young children, Dutch Wonderland® hosts an array of attractions including live entertainment, more than 30 rides, and a water play area. Dutch Wonderland® has consistently been recognized as a premier family amusement park and was voted one of the Top 5 Best Kid’s Parks in the World by Amusement Today magazine. New for 2014 is Exploration Island, a rediscovered island full of lifelike dinosaurs. Young explorers can learn about the history of over 15 dinos while digging up fossils at the interactive Dino Dig, walking along the Prehistoric Path, or embarking on the Gondola Cruise.

 

Great Wolf Lodge - Upstate PA

Scotrun
www.greatwolf.com/poconos/waterpark
Great Wolf Lodge is a first-class, full-service, year-round family destination resort designed to capture the atmosphere and adventure of the Pocono Mountains. Splash the day away in over 79,000 square feet of water-packed excitement at the indoor waterpark, including shallow sections for little ones and slides for the thrill-seekers. The lodge also offers fun outside of the water. With a magic wand in-hand, explore an enchanted kingdom in MagiQuest where kids can learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin or outwit a dragon. For those looking for a relaxing experience, visitors can get an ice cream-themed manicure at the Scooops Kid Spa complete with a free ice cream sundae.