Theme Parks

Idlewild Park Ligonier

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Idlewild Park
2574 U.S. 30
Ligonier
PA
15658
Tel: 724 238-3666

Where are we going today?

Do you want to hear something very cool? It involves the state of Pennsylvania and a world record. The record is that Idlewild happens to be the third oldest amusement park in the entire country! It's also the longest operating theme park near Pittsburgh. They are some things to celebrate!

Now, Idlewild & SoakZone are two theme parks in one, and give you all the family fun you could want! You can watch your child conquer their first roller coaster, or venture through the magical Story Book Forest. They can enjoy a host of in park adventure and spin, twirl and bounce the day away!

We know you visit a place like Idlewild to enjoy the rides, so let us tell you about them! you can race in a hot-air balloon, or enjoy that classic ferris wheel fun, or perhaps those old time Merry-Go-Rounds!

Fancy trying a coaster that has been running since 1931? Skooters is that historic edge to your day! Kids can learn about gravity whilst standing up on the Super Round Up, or twist around like a tornado in the Howler. Hold on tight!

Fancy cooling down a bit? The Loggin' Toboggan will take care of that when you travel to the top of a 30 foot tower then barrel all the way down again!

Kids, ever ridden a dinosaur? Idlewild can change that too! Boats, motorbikes, planes, racers...there is so much for kids to enjoy!

Don't forget about SoakZone either, with fun water attractions such as a wave pool, slides, pipeline plunges, and those fun tipping buckets. We know you love those!

Add some show entertainment and you have the great family adventure that is Idlewild & SoakZone!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$41.99
  • Children$41.99
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Hours vary so check before you go!

April to October

Teachers corner

They have group discounts so why not treat the students to a day out! Give them a call to reserve!.

I'm Hungry!

They have meal deals, as well as a host of food outlets to choose from! Potatoes, fries, BBQ, tacos, hot dogs, burgers...so much to choose from!.

Healthy Eating!

The Mine Shaft Kitchen and Panini Grill have salads, sandwiches and paninis.

Any Top Tips?

Why not celebrate your birthday at Idlewild! You get a lovely pavilion free of charge if you have over 25 people, and they have great extras to make the day super special! .

Doing our bit

They love to keep you safe, so follow any height restrictions for rides - they are for your own good!.

Need a little extra help?

Handicap parking is available, as are wheelchairs. Speak to Guest Services when you arrive to check what rides are accessible for you.

Baby Facilities

Strollers are available to rent in Guest Services.

Can I get one of those?

You can hire cabanas in the water park if you want some shade and your own area for your family!.

More information

Parking is free!.

What people are saying?

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    I can remember going to Idlewild when I was a kid and now that my son is old enough was very much looking forward to being able to take him.
    It was apparent as soon as we were pulling into the gates that things had changed. The price is now upward of $40 per person. When talking to the woman at the gate she said that since the new owner took over prices had definitely went up. But she assured us that none of that money was being passed on to the employees. When walking through Story Book Forest we were able to chat with a few employees. Again we...Read More

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    The kids said , 7yr old liked it, 15 yr old said its OK, Me as the parent , its way way way over priced. $160 just to get in , & you'd charging that the park would be up kept atleast moderately , but thats not the case. StoryBook Forest had only to park people as actors, and the whle park was dirty and id guess not painted since the 70's. Over all suggestion , dont waste your time and way too much money !!

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    For the entrance fee.. the corporation might consider investing in some coats of paint for the attractions...especially Story Book Forest which is the reason we brought our 2 year old grand child.
    Get the mold out of the restrooms...Clorox works well.

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    I was disappointed that the mouse roller coaster was closed when we visited. They do not have many coasters so it may be boring for teens. It's nice for toddler because of story book forest and some of the rides. The food was a little pricey. The soakzone is probably the highlight and they best part of this park. I don't recommend this park for teens. It's better for younger children.

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    After 30+ years of going to Idlewild, this year was a big disappointment. The park has really gone down hill while the price tags keep going up. The maintenance is pitiful, the park was half staffed and many attractions where only running at half capacity, lines were ridiculous, peeling paint and rust all over the place, EVERYTHING closed early when the park was busy, many of the food shops were closed, some rides closed for the season in mid august, pony rides gone, I don't even know where to stop. It's sad. It used to be a wonderful place....Read More

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by J. Nikole Hershberger

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I can remember going to Idlewild when I was a kid and now that my son is old enough was very much looking forward to being able to take him.
It was apparent as soon as we were pulling into the gates that things had changed. The price is now upward of $40 per person. When talking to the woman at the gate she said that since the new owner took over prices had definitely went up. But she assured us that none of that money was being passed on to the employees. When walking through Story Book Forest we were able to chat with a few employees. Again we were hearing things of the new owners changes to the park and just how much the employees didn't care for it. In the children's part of the park I went into the gift shop and asked the worker if the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ride was open at the time, he told me that the ride was being removed because the new owner "Didn't like it" and that he wanted everything to be Daniel Tiger.. Not Mr. Rogers.. Things are being changed, and not for the better. People enjoy taking their children to the park because we have memories as children ourselves. In 2004 we got season passes for about $30, now you can't get into the park even once for that price.
Rather than being able to take my son several times a season, we'd be lucky to be able to go once. And with all of the changes, I'm not sure I'd even want to take him.

The service was great. The park was clean. The food was good. And the employees are awesome (five stars!).
But for the outrageous prices and the disliked changes I give only one star. I hope the new owner maybe wakes up and realizes he's making bad choices. Learn to appreciate your employees and customers, not just be money hungry.

by robert mccreary

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After 30+ years of going to Idlewild, this year was a big disappointment. The park has really gone down hill while the price tags keep going up. The maintenance is pitiful, the park was half staffed and many attractions where only running at half capacity, lines were ridiculous, peeling paint and rust all over the place, EVERYTHING closed early when the park was busy, many of the food shops were closed, some rides closed for the season in mid august, pony rides gone, I don't even know where to stop. It's sad. It used to be a wonderful place. I really don't think we'll be going back again. At a whopping $38 a head, it should at least be fully operational. I wouldn't waste my money on it. At this point it is Over Priced, Over Rated, Under Staffed, and sorely mismanaged. I guess that's what you get when it becomes just another corporate run shoddy amusement park.

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