When planning the perfect family day out in the summer sun, beautiful nature and cool water are two of the most important things to include. A day at a place like the beach is equal parts thrill yet chill, with options for every family member to live their best summer. Surfing and sailing are two options that can be exciting for older kids and teens, but that may leave out younger kids from joining in. Meanwhile, going to a river can be an even better chance for every family member to find their perfect blend between relaxing and active fun. Whether racing along the banks or paddling along in a small water craft, or just sitting and watching the river flow, it promises fun for all.
For the chance to see an all-natural and beautiful river up close on your next family adventure, there’s the Monongahela River. And, for a place to be able to enjoy all the beauties of nature, but still indulge in some modern comforts, there’s Sandcastle, the best water park in Pennsylvania! One of the best Pennsylvania tourist attractions, Sandcastle is situated right along the lovely Monongahela River, and even has a Boardwalk stretching beside its waters. Here, you can ride some slides right over the peaceful waters, while taking breaks in between to stroll and admire the natural beauty. Read on to find out all about our slides, and why we have some of the best water slides in amusement parks in the US!
Here at Sandcastle, we realize that bringing a child to a water park for the first time can be intimidating, both for you and them. There’s no need to worry when visiting us, though, because we equally prioritize kids having a splashing good time with their safety while playing here. Starting with the Tad Pool, we’ve specially created an area where you can help even the smallest child practice getting their feet wet safely. It’s a two-feet deep pool with plenty of wading room, so you can help them have plenty of experience with water for the first time. Not to mention the pair of kiddie water slides that give you the chance to help them have their very first sliding experience in safety.
For kids who are old or experienced enough to be comfortable around water, we have the ultimate water playground they can enjoy all day! Wet Willie’s Waterworks is our themed area created for kids who are ready to splash around in 20,000 gallons of water, and even control it. Twisting valves and turning handles will unleash a variety of exciting splashing surprises sure to leave them laughing. From geysers to fountains and sprays, and of course everyone’s favorite thrill of water slides just for your kids, so there’s no boredom to be found here. The best part as a parent, though, is the supervision on behalf of our team of watchful lifeguards who will help protect your young swimmers.
For yet another reason why Sandcastle is one of the best amusement parks in the United States, we even offer our own epic Birthday parties. As another way to show we prioritize kids’ fun and feeling of belonging, the Birthday Cabana is available for all-day rental on their special day. What better place to make memories on the best day of the year than in view of the beautiful river and colorful slides? Your child will feel like the VIP of the park, and their friends will be just as excited spending the day with them in style. Just make sure to book your birthday party online to ensure your spot, and we’ll be waiting to greet you when you get here!
Our boast of having the best water slides in amusement parks in the US is no joke, and we’re always here to prove it! Once your kids have outgrown the Tad Pool, and maybe Wet Willie’s Waterworks too, Tubers Tower is the perfect place for their first tube ride. This slide is a perfect chance for them to try their first water slide with a tube, as well as a relaxing yet thrilling experience. It’s so enjoyable that even parents who don’t always enjoy thrill can join in the fun worry-free, able to make memories with their kids effortlessly. Plus, with a lovely view from the top, and over 400-feet of slide to glide down, it’s the perfect pinch of thrill on any day.
For another tube slide the whole family can enjoy, Cliffhangers is an even more relaxing chance for everyone to have fun and bond while sliding. But, this slide has a fun perk no others at our park have: you can actually take a break while sliding and enjoy the view! Instead of just taking in the scenery from the top of the slide, you can relax and unwind in one of three “sky ponds.” ￼This makes the perfect place to take in the lovely view before you’re nudged right along by our friendly lifeguards off on another sliding adventure. Plus, with two parallel slides that lead to the sky ponds, you can enjoy racing friends and family to the bottom!
For teens and parents who need more of a thrill after their sky pond chill, Lightning Express is the ultimate break from potential boredom! Our tallest and scariest set of slides, it’s perfect for the thrill-seeker, but certainly no attraction for the faint of heart. Choose from one of three 60-foot high slides and decide if you’d prefer to take one of two double dip side channels, or conquer THE MONSTER. At an intimidating 250-feet long, THE MONSTER is a free-fall slide starting at 85-feet, with a slope-glide that drops to a steep 60-feet. And, if that’s not enough, you’ll hit up to 25 miles per hour, which gives you a taste of fresh air you won’t soon forget!
Extras to make every season special
For yet another amazing reason that sets us apart from other amusement parks in the United States, we have a wide variety of Events year-round. Concerts are one of our favorite seasonal Events to host, with us bringing the finest local entertainment right here to our riverside backyard. We just wrapped up our Jammin’ July Weekends series, but be sure to check back often as we book the latest talent for your enjoyment! Nothing’s more exciting than live music from the comfort of the Mushroom Pool, and there’s no other place you’ll get the experience than right here.
Besides concerts, we host a wide variety of Events that are sure to get every member of your family excited to come back year round! From races, to festivals, we have something to spark your interest no matter your age or interest. From serious to silly, we’ll help you laugh, make memories, and find even more reasons to spend long summer days here at Sandcastle.
Besides having the best water slides in amusement parks in the US, we also have the best calm waters to help you relax and unwind. For a water attraction that’s exciting for the kids, but chill for you, Mon-Tsunami is the perfect pick, promising all-day fun for all. A 20,000 square foot wave pool that generates ocean-like waves, you’ll forget you’re in the mountains at our mini-beach complete with lifeguards to protect you! When the waves start, Mon-Tsunami lives up to its name, sending perfectly-sized diamond waves criss-crossing the 300,000 gallons of cool water. Not to mention, with depths ranging from zero to six feet, there’s plenty of opportunities for as mild or wild an experience as everyone wants.
For an even more laid-back chance to kick back in your very own tube and relax, The Lazy River is a perfect water park classic. But, here at Sandcastle, we have the very best lazy river you’ll ever experience, making it one of the top Pennsylvania tourist attractions. Shaded by trees and colorful slides alike, and with breathtaking views of the Monongahela River, it’s a quarter-mile of floating fun! Nowhere else can you view the splendor of a natural river from a lazy river, with single or double tubes available for max comfort. The best part is riders can stay in as long as they like, so there’s no time limit on the family fun you can have.
If you need wave pool thrill and lazy river chill to keep both you and the kids smiling, the Mushroom Pool is our top pick. With scenic views of the Monongahela River just like the lazy river, but waterfalls the kids can splash and shout in, it’s a win-win. It’s the best place to wind down a long day in the summer sun with one final cooling swim surrounded by peaceful nature. Also, it’s the hot spot for summer entertainment, hosting concerts and various other events not to be missed!
Dining in comfort: meals and Cabana options
One of the best things about Sandcastle is our wide variety of unique dining options the whole family will enjoy! Any of our meals and snacks can be brought down to the Boardwalk for a family meal in nature everyone will enjoy. From Uncle Tony’s Pizza to the All American Grille, we have classics from pizza to hamburgers and hot dogs you can never go wrong with. But, our top recommendation has to be the world-famous Pittsburgh classic the Potato Patch®! Here you can build the perfect fries to enjoy with the whole family, and everyone can get exactly what they want from cheese to gravy.
To make your meal even more comfortable, and even your whole day, Cabanas are available for rental to give you your own piece of paradise. From a Premium Cabana for up to eight people, or a VIP Cabana for up to ten, there’s sure to be space for your family. Although, with or without a Cabana, the best water slides in amusement parks in the US are waiting, and we always have space for you!