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Cool off at Local Pools and Water Parks
If you’re looking to add some variety to your routine of low-key pool weekends, incorporate a bit of excitement by planning a trip to one of Central PA’s amusement and water parks.
DelGrosso’s is your home for “Hot Rides and Cool Slides!” The amusement park, located 30 miles southwest of State College in Tipton, PA, features a Kid’s Kingdom as one of over 30 rides and attractions in the park.
Crowds have already been flocking to DelGrosso’s this summer for the unveiling of the park’s largest undertaking to date in its 69 years of operation: Laguna Splash. This expansion to DelGrosso’s Water Park, which is now open for the season, features a Wave Pool and Lazy River. In line with its Italian theme, guests can look forward to Italian-style architecture, a Leaning Tower of Pisa that sprays water, tipping wine barrels and vases in addition to four eateries specializing in pizza, cheesesteaks, pasta, and classic all-American grilling.
DelGrosso’s has long been revered as a family fun zone, and Laguna Splash carries on this tradition – the safe, kid-friendly environment has plenty of lifeguards on duty.
Another Central PA favorite for thrill-seeking families is Lakemont Park. Along with all the amusement park go-tos like classic rides, go-karts and an arcade, Lakemont has its own water park, kids’ rides and paddle boats.
As a bonus, Lakemont Park boasts the world’s oldest known operating rollercoaster, Leap-the-Dips, which has been named a National Historic Landmark. (Fun fact: the park itself is the 8th oldest amusement park in operation in the U.S.) Located in Altoona, PA, it’s a perfectly manageable destination for a daytrip.
For something a little different, visit Raystown Lake’s WildRiver Water Park in Huntingdon County, which features two 380-foot twisting slides, a White Water Innertube Ride, Atomic Blaster, and Children’s Splash and Play Pool. Daily and season passes are available, along with a carload special on Mondays – up to six people receive an unlimited all-day pass for $55.00. WildRiver’s pavilions are prime real estate for picnics and reunions with catered meals available.
Those looking for a calmer getaway will find it at Raystown Lake, with 8,500 acres of deep, clean water suited for aquatic sports or just floating around.
Sure, Happy Valley is landlocked, but there are plenty of opportunities to make a splash this summer. Break out your bathing suits and beach towels, because underwater fun awaits you at local pools and parks!
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