20+ Best Theme Parks in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania has a lot to offer to families. If you are planning to visit the state with kids, you may want to stop by one of the many unique and wonderful theme parks there.

To help with the planning, GoWhee App parents recommend these 20 best theme parks in Pennsylvania, with what each park is featuring.

1. Knoebels Amusement Park

The United States’ largest FREE admission amusement park has so much to do, that you should dedicate a whole weekend of family fun to this park. 

Key Information: Have a kid who is learning to swim? Knoebels offers Tiny Tot swim lessons!

Good To Know: FREE Admission – 1-Day Ride Pass: $48 or Pay-Per-Ride – Accessible

2. Kennywood

Kennywood is one of the oldest theme parks in Pennsylvania and offers combo packages with ‘sister parks’ Sandcastle Waterpark and Idle Wild & SoakZone.

Key Information: Check out the interactive Thomas Town to see everyone’s favorite tank engine!

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets: $34.99-$69.99 – Season Passes: $79.99-$239.99 – Accessible

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3. Del Grosso’s Amusement Park & Laguna Splash

Have you ever heard of an Italian-themed amusement park? Founded by Italian immigrants, Del Grosso’s even has some of the best Italian food in the area!

Key Information: Kids get wristbands or stickers to help them remember which rides they’re tall enough for. 

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets: $21.95-$31.95 – Season Passes: $79.95-$89.95

Kids at the Delgrosso Park
Del Grosso’s Amusement Park. Photo by @wonders_within_reach

20+ Best Theme Parks in Pennsylvania

4. Dutch Wonderland 

Dutch Wonderland offers lots to do for kids who don’t love rides. Exploration Island is an immersive adventure where kids can dig for dinosaur bones, walk the prehistoric path, and more.

Key Information: Bring a swimsuit, Dutch Wonderland also has a water park. 

Good To Know: Prices Vary – Season Passes available – Accessible

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5. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney Park is one of the largest water parks in the northeast and has more than 60 exciting attractions.

Key Information: Kids ages 3-5 can get a FREE unlimited park pass. 

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets start at $39.99 – Season Pass: $105-$240 – Accessible

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6. Kalahari Resorts Poconos

Kalahari Resorts Poconos is perfect for a weekend getaway since you can stay, eat, and play at the resort!

Key Information: Explore huge indoor and outdoor water parks, or go for a Treetop Adventure.

Good To Know: Both water parks are included for guests staying at Kalahari.

7. Fun Fore All

For kids with lots of energy, Fun Fore All is like entering a wonderland! Try batting cages, go-karts, 4D rides, mini-golf, and more.

Key Information: Fun Fore All has a kiddie roller coaster!

Good To Know: Pay-Per Ride/Game – Most expensive attraction: $8 – Least expensive: $3

8. Lakemont Park

Lakemont Park almost feels more like a local park than a theme park. This gorgeous park is fun for the whole family from ages 1-99. 

Key Information: Lakemont Park has a designated baby-care area.

Good To Know: FREE Admission – Unlimited Ride & Play Pass: $19.95 – Kids Under 2 Play FREE

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9. Waldameer Park & Water World

Waldameer Park has over 100 rides, including water rides like a lazy river, the Cannon Bowl, and a giant wave pool. 

Key Information: Wildameer has tons of kid-friendly dining options. 

Good To Know: 1-Day Pass: $37.95-$49.50 – Season Pass: $98.50-$124 – Accessible

10. Idlewild & Soakzone

Idlewild is designed specifically for families with little kids, and you’ll be amazed at how many rides and activities are available for young ones. 

Key Information: Take a ride on a trolly through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood!

Good To Know: Prices Vary – Season Passes available

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Idle and Soakzone's carrousel. Photo by @wonders_within_reach

11. Costa’s Family Fun Park

Costa’s Family Fun Park is a weekend-only theme park and water park. Costa’s even has a children’s playground for little ones who aren’t interested in rides. 

Key Information: Don’t miss taking a spin on the bumper boats!

Good To Know: Pay-Per-Ride – Day Passes: $47-$52 – Snacks available

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12. Conneaut Lake Park

Conneaut Lake Park is one of the country’s oldest theme parks, and used to have wooden roller coasters! You can still ride some of their vintage rides. 

Key Information: Kiddieland has rides for kids UNDER 54 inches!

Good To Know: The park is currently under construction, but they’ll be back for the 2023 season!

13. Lahey Family Fun Park

An award-winning mini-golf course for the whole family! Once you’ve played a round or two, don’t miss the other attractions.

Key Information: If your kids get tired of being outside, check out the awesome arcade.

Good To Know: Kids play FREE on Tuesdays – Pay-Per Game/Ride 

14. Outer Limits Adventure Park

This space-themed indoor adventure park has so many activities, that kids will be busy for hours. Visit the galactic arcade, play in the ball pit, or conquer an obstacle course.

Key Information: Price packages include food and drinks. 

Good To Know: Price Packages: $15.99-$28.99

15. Crayola Experience

Enjoy a day of creative fun at Pennsylvania’s Crayola Experience. Draw, play, learn, and enjoy a show!

Key Information: See how crayons are made at the Crayon Factory Show. 

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets: $24.99 – Annual Passes: $37.99 – $51.99 – Kids Under 2: FREE

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Hershey Chocolate world in Pennsylvania. Photo by @Lewisfamcoast2coast.

16. Bushkill Park

More than 100 years old, Bushkill Park has unique attractions like bounce houses and a rollerskating rink.

Key Information: Skating aids are available for kids of all abilities. 

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets: $9-$18 – Kids Under 3: FREE 

17. Hersheypark

Hersheypark is open year-round and changes up the decor and theme of the park to suit the season.

Key Information: Hersheypark has more than 20 rides for little kids!

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets: $54.95-$76.95 – Season Passes: $160-$240 – Accessible

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18. Arnold’s Family Fun Center

Bowling, bumper cars, ropes courses, mini-golf, and more? Arnold’s Family Fun Center has everything!

Key Information: Bowling is just $0.99 on Mondays.

Good To Know: Pay-Per-Play – Packages: $30-$75 – Food Available

19. Sesame Place

Step into the magical world of Sesame Street at Sesame Place! Meet characters, ride rides, and splash at the water park.

Key Information: Most rides are appropriate for little kids!

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets: $99.99 – Season Passes: $138-$300 – Kids Under 2: FREE – Accessible

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20. Land of Make Believe

Started with the goal of offering affordable family fun, Land of Make Believe is truly for kids of all ages.

Key Information: Don’t miss the award-winning water park. 

Good To Know: 1-Day Tickets: $45 – Season Passes: $155 – Kids Under 3: FREE

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