Amusement Parks and Theme Parks in Pennsylvania

Find More than 50 Roller Coasters at 15 Parks

There are 15 different amusement parks and theme parks with more than 50 roller coasters to ride in Pennsylvania. It is fair to say that it is one park-crazy state. Below, we run down all of the places where you could ride the rails and find fun, including such major parks as Kennywood, Hersheypark, and Dorney Park.

As prolific as Pennsylvania is today, at one time it boasted over 50 amusement parks. As in other places, the Great Depression, the advent of the automobile, the rise of destination theme parks, and other events led to the demise of many parks. Before we get to the places that are open, let's take a look back at some of the notable parks that have gone to the great funhouse in the sky.

  • Willow Grove Park dated back to 1896 and closed its gates in 1975. Among its famed wooden coasters were the Thunderbolt, the Scenic (which spanned the entire 79 years of the park), and the Alps.
  • Rocky Glen in Moosic operated from 1885 to 1988. Its woodies included the Comet, the Million Dollar Coaster, and the Giant Coaster.
  • Lakeview Park in Royersford was open from 1900 to 1987 and offered coasters such as the Little Dipper.
  • Woodside Park in Philadelphia opened in 1897 and gave its last ride in 1955. Through the years, it offered eight coasters including the Wild Cat, the Tornado, and the Hummer.

The following Pennsylvania parks are operating. They are listed alphabetically.

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Adventure Sports in Hershey

Adventure Sports in Pennsylvania

Adventure Sports

A family entertainment center, Adventure Sports offers go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages, an arcade, a driving range, an ice cream parlor, and an escape room.

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Carousel Village at Indian Walk in Newton

Carousel Village at Indian Walk
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Address
591 Durham Rd, Newtown, PA 18940-9615, USA
Phone +1 267-491-5591

More of a place to shop and dine, Carousel Village offers a few family amusements, including a carousel (of course), a train, and antique cars. For a few years, it did include a coaster, but it has since been removed.

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Conneaut Lake Park in Conneaut Lake

Conneaut Lake Park coaster
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Address
12382 Center Ave, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316, USA
Phone +1 814-382-5115

Dating back to 1892, Conneaut Lake Park features a few vintage rides, including the 1938 Blue Streak wooden coaster (pictured), a carousel that was installed in 1910, and a miniature train. Its boardwalk is delightful, and its lake offers swimming, boating, and fishing.

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Costa's Family Fun Park in Hawley

Coasta's Family Fun Park Pennsylvania

Recreation Management Corporation

The family entertainment center features go karts, laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats, a driving range, batting cages, an arcade, and a children’s playland with mini mini-golf, toned-down go-karts, and playground equipment. When the weather is accommodating, bring your bathing suit; Costa's Family Fun Park includes four water slides.

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DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton

DelGrosso's Amusement Park ride
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Address
4352 E Pleasant Valley Blvd, Tipton, PA 16684, USA
Phone +1 814-684-3538

Known for nearly 100 years as Bland's Park, the small, traditional amusement park now bears the name of the family that has been running it for decades. The DelGrossos are also known for their line of pasta sauces, so it should be no surprise that the park offers some decent food. Rides include an antique carousel and a small roller coaster. There is a small adjacent water park. Admission is free and the park offers a-la-carte ride tickets.

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Dorney Park in Allentown

Talon coaster at Dorney Park
Courtesy of Dorney Park
Address
3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA 18104, USA
Phone +1 610-395-3724

A major amusement park with an impressive collection of rides, Dorney traces its history back to 1860. It is one of the country's few remaining trolley parks. Coasters include the Steel Force hypercoaster, the Talon inverted coaster, and the classic Thunderhawk woodie. The adjacent Wildwater Kingdom water park is included with admission.

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Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster

Dutch Wonderland Pennsylvania
Courtesy of Dutch Wonderland
Address
2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA
Phone +1 866-386-2839

Geared to families with younger kids, Dutch Wonderland offers lots of pint-sized rides as well as slightly more thrilling attractions. Toned-down coasters include Joust, the wooden Kingdom coaster and the inverted Merlin's Mayhem. The small Duke's Lagoon has some water park slides and is included with admission.

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Hersheypark in Hershey

HersheyPark Entrance
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Address
100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
Phone +1 800-437-7439

Huge amusement park that dates back to 1907. Its large collection of rides and attractions includes a world-class array of roller coasters such as the top-10 wooden coaster, Lightning Racer, the wonderful inverted coaster, Great Bear, the rocket coaster, Storm Runner, and the classic woodie, Comet. It's not a water park per se, but The Boardwalk, which is included with admission, offers plenty of water slides and other wet attractions.

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Idlewild in Ligonier

Idlewild Pennsylvania
Courtesy of Idlewild
Address
2574 US-30, Ligonier, PA 15658, USA
Phone +1 724-238-3666

One of the country's best theme parks for families with young children, Idlewild, which opened in 1878, is also one of the country's oldest parks. Rides include the Rollo Coaster, a woodie that first delighted passengers in 1938. There is also Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, based on the PBS show, and Soakzone, a water park that is included with admission.

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Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township

Fun Fore All park in Pennsylvania

Fun Fore All 

Address
8 Progress Ave, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066-3506, USA
Phone +1 724-779-1800

This a family entertainment center with kiddie rides, go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages, and an arcade.

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Kennywood in West Mifflin

Kennywood Roller Coaster
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Address
Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, PA 15122, USA

A classic amusement park that dates back to 1898, Kennywood has a wonderful assortment of coasters and other rides, both vintage and new. Highlights include the circa-1921 Jack Rabbit, the circa-1927 The Racer, and the more modern Phantom's Revenge hypercoaster.

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Lakemont Park in Altoona

Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania

Lakemont Park

Address
700 Park Ave, Altoona, PA 16602, USA
Phone +1 814-949-7275

Another park with a long history, Lakemont opened in 1894. Its Leap the Dips, a side friction wooden coaster, is the world's oldest still-operating roller coaster. Other rides at the small park include the Skyliner and Toboggan coasters.

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Knoebels in Elysburg

Knoebels roller coaster
Courtesy of Knoebels
Address
391 Knoebels Boulevard, PA-487, Elysburg, PA 17824, USA
Phone +1 570-672-2572

A great traditional amusement park, Knoebels is one of the country's few free-admission as well as family-owned parks. Its highlights include two highly regarded wooden coasters, Phoenix and Twister, and the beloved Haunted Mansion dark ride (which is nothing like the rides of the same name at the Disney parks).

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Sesame Place in Langhorne

Sesame Place park in Pennsylvania

Sesame Place

Address
100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047, USA
Phone +1 215-702-3566

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Yup! It is in Pennsylvania. Sesame Place features a great assortment of rides, shows, water rides, events, and attractions geared to younger children. Attractions based on the popular show and characters include the Vapor Trail coaster, Sesame Neighborhood, Elmo's World, and the Sesame Streak water slides.

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Waldameer in Erie

Waldameer coaster
Waldameer

Another Pennsylvania gem, Waldameer traces its roots back to 1896. Featured attractions include the highly regarded wooden coaster, Ravine Flyer II, the classic Whacky Shack dark ride, lots of spinning rides, and the Water World water park. Waldameer offers free admission (tickets are available for rides) and free parking.

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