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Amusement Parks and Attractions : Idlewild & SoakZone

P.O. Box C
Ligonier PA 15658

Phone: (724) 238-3666
Fax: (724) 238-6544
Website: www.idlewild.com

Idlewild & SoakZone Since 1878, Idlewild & SoakZone has been providing smiles, laughter, and memories longer than any other amusement park in Pennsylvania. Nestled within the foothills of the beautiful Laurel Highlands, Idlewild originally was a simple picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. Since that time, the park has grown into a sprawling entertainment center rich in tradition, nostalgia, and natural beauty. It’s unique charm and laid-back atmosphere invite you to relax. Shady trees, lakes, and the Loyalhanna Creek passing through its center, make Idlewild compare more to a state park than any other amusement park you’ve ever seen. The center midways are lined with benches and there are plenty of picnic groves where families can enjoy a picnic lunch together as they take a break during their fun-filled day. With one visit, it’s easy to figure out why the park has been ranked as “Best Kid’s Park” by Amusement Today Magazine and “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association.

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Idlewild strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modern-day amusement. At one end of the park you’ll find tranquil Story Book Forest. Featuring a winding path through a real forest, guests visit cottages and other character scenes from fairy tales and nursery rhymes. At the opposite end lays SoakZone, gushing with “splash-tacular” fun from the Wowabunga Family Wave Pool, Float Away Bay lazy river, over a dozen waterslides, Lil’ Squirts kiddie pool, and more. In between, families can experience cheerful excitement within the entertaining Hootin’ Holler ‘western town, Jumpin’ Jungle interactive playground, and Raccoon Lagoon kiddieland – one of the largest and most scenic children’s ride areas in the country.

The park’s roster of seventeen major rides includes rare gems like the Whip, not to mention the top-notch Rollo Coaster, which has appeal to both children and longtime coaster enthusiasts. Compare those classics to the park’s more modern rides, like the fast-paced Wild Mouse steel coaster, towering high among the park’s tall evergreens and offering high action at every quick turn. Idlewild is truly multi-generational. Grandparents are often seen riding alongside their grandchildren among the family-friendly rides and there’s a wide array of entertainment directed to both the young and the young at heart. Although there is a strong focus on entertaining the younger crowd, teens and adults will never feel left out - at the core of every attraction is the principal that the entire family can enjoy it together.

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