Idlewild & SoakZone

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

Lazy River at Idlewild & SoakZone

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 .

2018 Idlewild & SoakZone Calendar

  • Opening Day: May 19
  • Limited operation: May 19-20, 25
  • Open Memorial Day Weekend 10:30 a.m. until at least 8 p.m. May 26-28
  • The park begins daily operation on June 1 and runs through through August 19
  • Also open August 25-26 and Sept. 1-3
  • Fall of the Leaf Weekends (limited park operation, SoakZone closed): Sept. 8-9 & 15-16
  • HALLOWBOO! Schedule (limited park operation, SoakZone closed): Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Daily Operating Schedule 

  • Admission gates and Story Book Forest open at 10:30 a.m.
  • Jumpin' Jungle opens at 11 a.m.
  • Rides, SoakZone, Hootin' Holler and Olde Idlewild open at 11:30 a.m.
  • Raccoon Lagoon and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood open at noon
  • Story Book Forest closes at 5 p.m. SoakZone closes at 6 p.m.
  • View the full calendar of operation on Idlewild's website


  • Purchase tickets and season passes online
  • Ticket Prices: $44.99 (Age 3 - 59), children 2 and under - FREE!
  • Season Passes start at just $59.99
  • The All Season Dining Pass allows a Season Pass holder to redeem their pass at participating locations throughout the park for 2 Combo Meals every visit! Enjoy one lunch and one dinner plus one popcorn or one cotton candy each visit.

A Day at the Park


There’s so much fun to be had all across the park, from the classic Ferris Wheel, Merry Go Round, and Balloon Race 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. 

Dive into SoakZone


Zip through waterslides. Dive headfirst and race against your friends down the Hydro Racers. Take the Pipeline Plunge, where you’ll twist down through a dark tunnel and 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. 

If you just want to relax, grab a tube at Float Away Bay, Soakzone's lazy river. Then, chill out in the beach area under canopies and cabanas.

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 popular PBS television show. 

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Hallowboo! at Idlewild Park

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.

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.


For more information about Idlewild & SoakZone including tickets, hours of operation, groups and more, please visit the Idlewild & SoakZone website, call 724.238.3666 or fill out their contact form.

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