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
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® - Dutch Country Roads
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 70 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. Coming in 2015 is a reinvention of the fun house, the Laff Trakk, which will be the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the U.S.
Kalahari Resorts - Upstate PA
Named after the Kalahari Dessert in Africa, Kalahari Resorts is a family-owned water park resort chain. This summer, Kalahari Resorts is launching a $230 million, 150-acre complex right in Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains. This center will offer convention and event space, as well as indoor and outdoor waterparks. Featuring 457 African-themed guest rooms, Kalahari will also feature diverse dining options and a family entertainment center.
Sesame Place® - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Sesame Place® provides families with children ages two to 13 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 thrilling Vapor Trail roller coaster, and memorable Sesame Street character greetings throughout the day. The Count’s Splash Castle is a multi-level waterplay attraction featuring more than 90 play elements. Another fun attraction is Cookie’s Monster Land™, which features five exciting rides. In 2015, Sesame Place® is celebrating 35 Years of Furry Fun. Enjoy the new birthday decorations including bright balloons and a giant inflatable birthday cake. Join the festivities during the new Neighborhood Birthday Party Parade™, with showings throughout the summer.
Splash Lagoon - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
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.
Lakemont Park - The Alleghenies
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.
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark - Upstate PA
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. In 2015, Camelback Resort is opening Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Water Park. Aquatopia Indoor Water Park is the largest waterpark in the northeast, with seven pools and 13 slides. In fact, the new Venus SlydeTrap is the first Aqua-Sphere-Manta slide of its kind in the world, and the Storm Chaser is the longest indoor watercoaster in the nation.
Knoebel’s Amusement Park - Valleys of the Susquehanna
Knoebels 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 Knoebels means a variety of rides, coasters and attractions in a friendly atmosphere and manageable on a family budget. Knoebels will add to its repertoire in 2015 with the unveiling of Impulse, the park's fifth roller coaster.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom - Lehigh Valley
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. Kids can have fun in Planet Snoopy, the PEANUTS™ themed park just for kids, and in 2015, visitors can enjoy an updated version of the classic thrill ride Cedar Creek Flyers.
Great Wolf Lodge - Upstate PA
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.
Idlewild Park & SoakZone - Laurel Highlands
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. New in 2015, take a trolley ride through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Idlewild is the first amusement park to introduce this character to young children, which is the first TV series inspired by the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Dutch Wonderland® - Dutch Country Roads
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. Guests can enjoy 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. New in 2015 is the exciting Bon Voyage Balloon Chase ride, where visitors can enjoy the view of the park by soaring sky-high in eight flying hot air balloons. 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.
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park - The Alleghenies
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park can trace its roots back to 1907 when the Rinard brothers brought their carnival to the Bland Family Farm in Tipton, Pa. In 2000, more than 50 years after the DelGrosso family took ownership and management of the park, Bland’s Park was finally renamed DelGrosso’s Amusement Park. Today, guests can spend a fun-filled day on rides such as the Paratrooper and Scrambler, while also admiring the beautiful Antique Carouselle and exploring the Kid’s Kingdom and the Water Park. New in 2015 is the Rock Star ride, which will take guests soaring through the air on the neck of a guitar while they enjoy an incredible LED® light show.