Hot summer days are best spent at Pennsylvania water parks, where aqua-drenched funhouses beg kids to climb, slide, and soak their friends; massive wave pools simulate exciting ocean currents; and towering slides enchant thrill seekers.
Cool off at one of these watery playgrounds.
1. Hersheypark, Hershey
The Boardwalk at Hersheypark boasts 14 water rides and attractions, including high-speed tubing rides, a “Sprayground” for younger swimmers, and a colossal wave pool. During the Coastline Plunge Vortex ride, brave tube riders slide down a steep tunnel, swirl around a colossal bowl, and exit into a landing pool.
Dry Fun: Hersheypark has 13 roller coasters and tons of other sweet rides.
2. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Tannersville
Pennsylvania’s largest water park has 37 rides, slides, and attractions. Float past waterfalls, geysers, and bubbling waters on the Blue Nile River Adventure; ride the waves at Kahuna Lagoon Wave Pool; or experience plunging drops and whipping turns on one of three body slides.
Dry Fun: Head to the Adventure Park for a climbing wall and free fall tower, where you can jump off a platform on to an enormous stunt airbag.
3. Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie
Sixteen water slides, a new giant wave pool, and kiddie play areas make Waldameer’s Water World a refreshing warm-weather stop. The Fall Slide offers a 228-foot rush, while Midnight Plunge sends riders through dark tunnels.
Dry Fun: Experience the wooden coaster, log fume ride, or drop tower, just a few rides for those who don’t want to get soaked.
Reach speeds of more than 40 miles per hour on a swirling body coaster, play water basketball, experience the largest indoor wave pool on the East Coast, or simply relax in multiple whirlpools.
Dry Fun: Test your balance on tight ropes, rickety bridges, and balance beams at Tree Tops Indoor Ropes Course. Or choose from more than 100 games at the 6,500-square-foot Treasure Island Arcade.
5. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown
A football-field-size wave pool, more than 36 water slides, and a cool fun house provoke squeals of delight at Wildwater Kingdom. The Aquablast, a multi-person raft ride, is one of the longest elevated water slides in the world.
Dry Fun: Dorney Park has an animatronic dinosaur park and eight thrilling roller coasters, while Planet Snoopy offers tamer amusements.
6. Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor
Kalahari Resort, this new 150-acre complex in the Pocono Mountains will have indoor and outdoor water parks. Unique indoor features include a retractable roof for all-season fun, Anaconda water roller coaster, and a FlowRider body-surfing experience. Book a stay at the resort to slumber in African-themed rooms.
Dry Fun: The 30,000-square-foot Family Entertainment Center has arcade games, Mini Bowling, Blacklight Mini-Golf and an XD Dark Ride 5-D Theater.
7. Idlewild & SoakZone, Ligonier
This historic theme park dates back to 1878 and is perfect for families with young children. SoakZone attractions include Wowabunga Family Wave Pool, FloatAway Bay lazy river, and four head-first racing slides. Little ones adore Captain Kidd’s Adventure Gallery, where they can glide down six waterslides and dodge water guns, spray jets, and a 500-gallon tipping bucket.
Dry Fun: Idlewild has an antique merry-go-round and roller coaster, Tilt-a-Whirl, and a mix of other kid-friendly classics.
8. Dutch Wonderland and Duke’s Lagoon, Lancaster
Get Wonder-fully wet at Duke's Lagoon, which features a multi-level waterplay platform, kid-sized slides, a variety of spray nozzles, jets, tipping cones, and a large tipping bucket. The new area also includes a lounge area in keeping with the tropical paradise theme of Duke's Lagoon, which includes palm trees, thatched umbrella shaded areas and plenty of seating.
Dry Fun: With over 35 rides, attractions, and shows, Dutch Wonderland is the perfect place to spend family time.
9. Sesame Place®, Langhorn
Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®! Discover water attractions that are great for both young and old. Find water rides, lazy rivers, slip and slide, splash castle, and more!
Dry Fun: Don’t miss Cookie’s Monster Land, the park’s furriest land ever, or the special opportunity to meet, greet and eat with Elmo and friends.
10. Delgrosso’s Park & Laguna Splash Water Park, Tipton
Laguna Splash is the newest addition at the park and includes a lazy river, water slides, a wave pool, cabanas, and great food! Combined with the Park’s current rides, it’s a great way to tame those summer heat waves.
Dry Fun: Delgrosso’s Amusement Park has more than 30 rides and attractions, including Kid’s Kingdom for the little ones. Both children and adults enjoy thrilling rides, fun midway games, entertainment, and great food.