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7 Best Amusement Parks in Pennsylvania

Deepa Kartha Jun 17, 2019
Pennsylvania can hardly be called the hot spot for popular theme parks, but there is an abundance of amusement parks in the state. Dating back to over 100 years, these parks are ideal for both young and old. Right from basic to state-of-the-art rides and attractions, amusement parks of Pennsylvania promise excitement, adventure and a lot of fun.

DelGrosso's Amusement Park

Small in size yet charming, the DelGrosso's Amusement Park is known for its classic rides and attractions. Kid's Kingdom is a play area for children, which includes a carousel, a boat ride and mini-Corvettes.
Thrill-loving adults would enjoy X-Scream Tower, Yo-Yo, and Pharaoh's Fury. DelGrosso's Amusement Park also has a water park. Entry to the park is free, but you have to pay for the rides and attractions you want to go on.
Apart from the rides and slides, the best thing about the place is the food. Right from pizza and pasta to mozzarella sticks, the place offers the best amusement park food you would ever find.

Conneaut Lake Park

Opened in 1892, Conneaut Lake Park would give you a glimpse of the adventure parks of yore. Enjoy the vintage rides, including the Blue Streak, which is a wooden roller coaster built in 1938. There are play areas, splash pools and a boardwalk for those who want to walk around. It is also possible to enjoy fishing, swimming and boating at the lake.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Enjoy two great parks for 'the price of one' at Dorney Park! Comprising both adventure and water parks, the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom promises ultimate fun for the entire family. Dorney Park has over 100 thrilling rides and roller coasters including Scrambler, Stinger, Thunderhawk, Talon, and Steel Force.
At the same time, the Wildwater Kingdom is home to 24 slides including a wade pool, tube slides, body slides and kids' play area and splash pool. Some of the attractions like Python Plummet, Patriot's Plunge, Aqua Racer, Speed Slides and Lollipop Lagoon are every water and adventure lover's favorites.


Children and everyone who loves chocolate would surely have an amazing time at Hersheypark. Built in 1906, this is a chocolate-themed park, where you would get to see life-size figures of your favorite Hershey's chocolates, including Hershey's bar and Hershey's Kisses. The theme park has more than 14 roller coasters and a water park as well.

Dutch Wonderland

Complemented with kids and family-friendly rides and attractions, the Dutch Wonderland is a great place to spend a day with your family. Proclaimed as a Kingdom for Kids by the visitors, the amusement park goes by the slogan, "Where Kids Rule".
Children would be delighted to see their favorite cartoon characters walking around the park. Joust Family Coaster, Kite Flight, Merry-Go-Round, Wonderland Special, Sky Ride, Space Shuttle, Kingdom Coaster, Frog Hopper, The Twister and Turtle Whirl are some of the rides and attractions you will find here.
One of the highlights of the Dutch Wonderland is the Exploration Island, a 5-acre dinosaur-themed island, where you can enjoy watching life-size animatronics dinosaurs and several interesting shows and parades. The place also offers a tropical-themed water park.

Knoebels Amusement Park

The largest free entry amusement park in the USA, Knoebels Amusement Park goes by the motto, "Make New Memories the Old Fashioned Way". Opened in 1926, this PA amusement park is family-owned.
Apart from the most prominent Phoenix and Twister wooden coasters, the park also has 60 other impressive rides. A recent addition to Knoebels Amusement Park is Impulse, a roller coaster made of steel.
Even if you do not want to go on any of the rides, the park also has a bar, a restaurant and many concession stands. It is also a great place to have a barbecue or a picnic.

IdleWild and SoakZone

IdleWild and SoakZone is considered to be one of the best amusement parks dedicated to children, in the world. The most interesting part about this park is its several zones, which include Alligator Swamp, Story Book Forest, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Safari Hut and Bubbling Springs. Each of the zones is unique and offers exciting attractions.
The SoakZone is a waterpark that has rides, slides and pools for both young and old. Adventure lovers would have a great time at Pipeline Plunge and Hydro Ravers, while kids and families can enjoy the wave pool and the special play area.