One of the country's premier parks for families with young children, Idlewild is loaded with charm along with the genuine nostalgia of an attraction that dates back to 1878. Olde Idlewild, one of seven areas at the park, features classic attractions such as a carousel from the 1920s, a 1947 Caterpillar -- one of only two remaining that still use a canopy, and the circa-1938 Rollo Coaster, a wooden coaster.
Even the more "modern" areas of the park hark back to an earlier era. The Story Book Forest, which opened in 1956, gives children a chance to enter the world of fairy tales. And Raccoon Lagoon is loaded with kiddie rides. Themed to the PBS children's show, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, a trolley transports families to the Land of Make Believe where characters from the beloved show, including Daniel Striped Tiger, are available for meets and greets.
Other features include Confusion Hill, a walk-through attraction filled with illusions that make visitors, well, confused. The Jumpin' Jungle area includes a big slide, a swinging bridge, a tunnel crawl, and the Bubbling Springs ball pit,.
Don't forget your bathing suits. In addition to the dry rides, Idlewild offers a good collection of water slides and other water park attractions in its SoakZone area, including a Little Squirts children's pool and a tipping bucket. The park also presents musical shows and an ongoing schedule of special events such as fireworks and Christmas in July. In October, Idlewild presents Hallowboo, a scare-free Halloween festival.
New at the Park
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
In 2015, the former Mr. Rogers land was re-themed to the spinoff PBS series, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.
Location and Phone
Ligonier (50 miles from Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania
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Admission Info and Operating Season
Admission to the park includes all rides, attractions, and shows, including SoakZone water park rides. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. Reduced rates are available for seniors (55 and older). Season passes are available.
Idlewild is open May through October.
Route 376 Parkway East to PA Turnpike to Exit 67, Irwin. Route 30E to Ligonier.
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