Start counting the days because summer’s almost here. And, before the calendar even turns its page to June 20, Pittsburgh’s favorite waterparks open their gates, usually in late-May, beckoning Pittsburghers in search of fun in the sun after the long winter. Without further ado, here are the six best waterparks in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area:
1. Sandcastle Water Park in Pittsburgh
Stroll down the boardwalk and play in the water without ever leaving Pittsburgh. Sandcastle Water Park promises to take Pittsburghers out of the Burgh and to the beach with its authentic boardwalk, mouthwatering food, and plenty of water slides and rides. Sandcastle entices kids with its two kids areas while the water slides (there are 15!), the Lazy River, the Mon-Tsunami Wave Pool, and the always-relaxing Mushroom Pool call out to parkgoers. Season passes are available.
2. Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier
Mix a traditional amusement park with a pretty spectacular waterpark and what do you get? Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, which kicks off its summer season in late May. Join the family in the wave pool or get your adrenaline pumping on the Pipeline Plunge, the Serpentine Slides, or the Hydro Racers. SoakZone also features a kid's area, which includes a wading pool and Captain Kidd's Adventure Galley. Season and day passes to Idlewild & SoakZone are available at the park or online.
3. Pirates Cove Waterpark at Conley Resort in Butler
Rainy summer days in the Burgh don't necessarily mean a washout of fun in the pool. Pirates Cove Waterpark at Conley Resort in Butler promises to brighten those dreary summer days. Adults and kids can swim in the indoor pool, slip down the water slides, or relax in the whirlpool or sauna. Annual and three month passes to the indoor water park are available, offering access to the pool, sauna, and whirlpool. Check with the resort for specific hours, which are dependent on the time of the year.
4. Splash Lagoon in Erie
Avoid that smothering heat of a Pittsburgh summer by heading two hours north to Splash Lagoon Water Park in Erie. A water lover's dream, the indoor water playground promises non-stop fun with its many rides and slides. Scare yourself silly on such extreme water rides as the Cyclone and Hurricane Hole before relaxing in one of the whirlpools, in the wave pool, or by floating down the Lazy River. Splash Lagoon also features a kid's zone.
5. Settlers Cabin Wave Pool in Pittsburgh
Body surf along the waves at Settlers Cabin Wave Pool in Pittsburgh this summer season, which generally kicks off Memorial Day weekend. The wave and swimming pool provides the ideal opportunity, especially with its minimal entrance fee, to cool off on those simmering summer days. If Settlers Cabin is out of the way, try South Park Wave Pool in South Park or The Boyce Park Wave Pool in Monroeville.
6. Spray Parks Around Pittsburgh
Remember running through the sprinkler when you were a kid? Recreate that experience yourself or with your own kids by visiting one of the many spray parks around Pittsburgh. Spray parks welcomes visitors of all ages. Cool down this summer at Pittsburgh's spray parks, including Beechview Spray Park, Mellon Spray Park in Shadyside, East Hills Park, and Cowley Playground in Troy Hill.