Idlewild & SoakZone Idlewild & SoakZone


The #1 Kids Park in the World is close to Pittsburgh in Western PA's Laurel Highlands.

Landscape picture of the park-goers floating along the Idlewild Lazy River water feature

Looking for your ticket to family fun? Check out  Idlewild & SoakZone, nestled within the foothills of the beautiful Laurel Highlands, just outside of Ligonier. About an hour drive from Pittsburgh, Idlewild was named "Best Children's Park in the World" by Amusement Today  and "Best Park for Families" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association .

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A New Castle for the New Princess

Twenty years after the removal of the original castle, Mother Goose and all of the Storybook Forest friends have decided to rebuild and bring this wonderful family of characters back to life! Visit the new Enchanted Castle, the home of Princess Lily, a descendant of the Golden Knight - the resident of the original Enchanted Castle. Try your luck at removing the famed sword, Excalibur, from the stone in the courtyard. Take a walk through the new quaint village, visit with Duke the Dragon, and celebrate 60 years of classic stories and nursery rhymes in Storybook Forest. 

2017 Idlewild & SoakZone Hours & Operating Schedule 

  • Idlewild & SoakzoneTicket Prices: $43.99 (Age 3 - 59), Children 2 and under - FREE!
  • Opening Day: May 20
  • Limited operation: May 20-21, 26
  • Open Memorial Day Weekend 10:30 a.m. until at least 8 p.m. May 27-29
  • The park begins daily operation on June 2 and runs through through August 20
  • Also open August 26 & 27 and Sept. 2-4
  • Fall of the Leaf Weekends (limited park operation, SoakZone closed): Sept. 9-10 & 16-17
  • HALLOWBOO! Schedule (limited park operation, SoakZone closed): Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Admission gates and Story Book Forest open at 10:30 a.m.
  • Rides and SoakZone open at 11:30 a.m.
  • Story Book Forest closes at 5 p.m. SoakZone closes at 6 p.m.
  • View the full calendar of operation on Idlewild's website

Dive into Fun at SoakZone

Idlewild & SoakZoneRide dozens of waterslides. Dive headfirst down the hydro racers, or take the Pipeline Plunge, where you’ll twist down through the dark tunnel and through the water curtains. Ride the tide in the Wowabunga Family Wave Pool. 

Little ones will love the Little Squirts pool and water fun area, while bigger kids can have an adventure more their size on the Captain kidd’s Adventure Galley, a structure with six waterslides and dozens of spray and splash fun features. 

Float away the day at Float Away Bay, and travel the length of two football fields on the lazy river. Chill out in the beach area under canopies and cabanas. SoakZone takes soaked to a whole new level with the Tipping Bucket, where hundreds of gallons of water are dumped on those caught below.  

A Day at the Park

Idlewild & SoakZoneThere’s so much fun to be had all across the park, from the classic Ferris Wheel, Merry Go Round, and Rollo Coaster in Olde Idlewild to the dozens of kiddie rides in Raccoon Lagoon. Take a spin on the Tea Cups. Ride the Whip, an Idlewild classic. The kids will love Jumpin’ Jungle, where they can jump into Bubbling Springs, a huge ball pit, take a ride down Bigfoot’s mudslide, cross the Alligator Swamp, and much more. Take a trolley ride through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Catch an in-park kid show while you’re in the park for even more interactive fun. 

Special Events & Not-to-Miss Appearances  

See the park in a whole new light with Independence Day celebrations. Meet Princesses Beauty and Cinderella during the special princesses in the park days. Enjoy delicious cuisine on the Italian Day Festa! Bring the kids to the park on Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days to meet Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, Miss Elaina and Prince Wednesday from the PBS television show. 

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Idlewild's HallowBOO!

What do you get when you mix the Idlewild you know and love with trick-or-Treating, special themed rides and attractions, Halloween entertainment, and a whole lot more? Idlewild's HALLOWBOO! See the Laurel Highlands with its foliage ablaze in beautiful color while the park is decorated with thousands of cornstalks, hay bales, and pumpkins too! Designed for the entire family, it may be a little spooky and fun, but there's nothing frightful about this Halloween event.

Idlewild's HALLOWBOO!  Operates every Saturday and Sunday in October from 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Interactive Map of Area Lodging, Dining and Attractions Close to the Park

The best part of Idlewild & SoakZone? You’ll take home wonderful family memories that will last a lifetime! Make Idlewild & SoakZone a new family tradition or continue an old one.