Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, PA

2574 Lincoln HwyLigonier, PA 15658
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Discover the magic of Idlewild Park, a beloved Pittsburgh amusement park. Enjoy over 35 thrilling rides and attractions, exciting shows and events, and a refreshing SoakZone waterpark in Pennsylvania's oldest amusement park. Experience Story Book Forest and Daniel Tigers Neighborhood for the perfect blend of nostalgia and excitement amidst lush landscapes.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Ligonier Travel Experts
  • Idlewild Park is one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States, known for its rich history and family-friendly atmosphere.
  • From classic amusement rides to thrilling modern roller coasters, the ride and waterpark cater to all age groups.
  • Enjoy themed areas such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Story Book Forest, Raccoon Lagoon Kiddieland, and more.
  • Only major credit/debit cards and secure mobile payments accepted. Cash-to-card kiosks are conveniently located throughout the park if you only have cash.
  • Children ages two (2) and under can enter for free. Adults must supervise minors at all times.
  • Strollers, lockers, ECVs, and wheelchairs are available for rent, making your visit more convenient and accessible.
  • Designated picnic areas allow you to bring and enjoy your own meals. No alcohol, glass bottles, or dishes allowed.
  • Apart from regular operations, the park hosts seasonal events like HallowBoo and Kids Fest.
  • HallowBoo is a Halloween-themed event at Idlewild Park, perfect for families seeking festive fun.


from Idlewild & SoakZone
Soak up the fun at Idlewild & SoakZone, the premier kids theme park in Pittsburg featuring over 35 rides, attractions, and water play areas.

Founded in 1878, Idlewild and SoakZone is Pennsylvania's oldest amusement park and the third oldest operating amusement park in the United States. It has been recognized as “Best Children’s Park in the World” by Amusement Today and “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association.

Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Laurel Highlands region, Idlewild features classic amusement rides, SoakZone waterpark, live entertainment, and unique attractions such as Story Book Forest and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Operating seasonally from May through October including the seasonal HallowBoo event, the park offers imaginative, trusted and playful experiences that bring excitement to family time.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Idlewild & SoakZone

When does Idlewild and Soakzone open / close?

Operating hours for Idlewild & SoakZone vary throughout the season. Please check the park's operating calendar in the ticket section above for operating hours during your travel date range.

Where is Idlewild Park?

Idlewild & SoakZone is located in the Laurel Highlands about an hour outside of Downtown Pittsburgh at 2580 U.S. 30, Ligonier, PA 15658.

What is SoakZone and what does it offer?

SoakZone is a seasonal waterpark within Idlewild Park featuring a wave pool, water slides, a lazy river, and splash areas. It's a fantastic way to cool off while having fun! Included on single-day admissions on regular days when open.

Is the park recommended for children?

Yes, definitely! Idlewild is a family-friendly park with unique attractions for all ages. Children ages two (2) and under can enter for free.

Are there age or height restrictions for certain rides?

Yes. Some rides are restricted by height. You can find the park's height-checking system at guest services and on signage at some ride entrances. Minors must be accompanied by adults. The park does not assume any responsibility or liability for unattended minors.

Does Idlewild take cash?

Not anymore. Idlewild has gone cashless and only accepts major credit cards, debit cards, and secure mobile payments. A photo ID is required for all credit card payments. Cash-to-card Kiosks are also available throughout the park to convert cash into a card. All remaining balance can be used anywhere else that cards are accepted.

Is there parking available?

Yes, Idlewild provides parking for its visitors. Free and ADA-accessible parking spaces are available throughout the park.

Is the park wheelchair accessible?

The park has limited wheelchair accessibility. Most areas of the park are ECV and wheelchair-accessible. ECV and wheelchair rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All restrooms throughout the park have ADA stalls. Service animals are welcome inside the park and some ride park attractions but not in water attractions in SoakZone.

Can I bring a basket or cooler?

Baskets and coolers are allowed in any unreserved pavilions and parking picnic areas but not permitted within the park proper. No glass bottles or dishes are allowed in SoakZone. Any alcoholic drink brought in from the outside will be disposed of. The park sells alcoholic beverages to guests with a valid photo ID.