Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In Review: Idlewild and Soak Zone

This post was sponsored by Idlewild & Soak Zone and U.S. Family Guide, but all opinions are my own.
We've lived in Pittsburgh 4 years and have always heard how much fun Idlewild & Soak Zone is, but this was the first time we made the trek (it's about an hour & a half for us). Once we arrived, we were not disappointed! My kiddos (4 & 2) just loved it. Mommy & daddy had a pretty great time too.
If want your kiddos want to burn off some serious energy, this is the place to go! This may not be the technical term. :)
Otherwise known as JUMPIN' JUNGLE.
 My kids were happily riding some of the bigger rides, but I thought we might be missing something. I also thought we might have traumatized my 2yo by the roller coaster (above). :) Although she's a trooper and it was my son's favorite ride of the day! But then we discovered Raccoon Lagoon which has all the rides perfect for the little ones. Raccoon Lagoon is one of the largest Kiddie Lands in the United States!
 Some happy kiddos & their hero right here!
 Taking a tour on Mr. Roger's Trolley, we visited all the friends in The Neighborhood. Although I may not be able to get Hug-n-Song out of my head. :) Come along, come along....

The bridge between Raccoon Lagoon & Soak Zone.
 We were there on an overcast day, but the sun came out and it warmed up enough to try Soak Zone. I had some very happy kiddos! Though a lot of the park is geared towards elementary age or younger, Soak Zone is a place where teens & older can get some thrills as well! Attractions such as Rafter's Run, Serpentine Slides, Float Away Bay (lazy river), Wowabunga Family Wave Pool & more will keep any age entertained!
And for the younger ones? They'll be in their own happy place with the amazing Captain Kidd's Adventure Galley (featuring six waterslides and dozens of interactive spray features) & Little Squirts (children's pool and water fun area).
What a cool contraption, right?!
And what better way to end the day......
They had me at vanilla bean & fresh cut strawberries.
The biggest bummer? We didn't have time to do everything we wanted to do or go back and repeat some of the kid's favorites. We didn't make it to Story Book Forest which I've heard is a great attraction. I guess we'll have to go back. :)  I would definitely suggest a 2 day visit if you can!
We were slightly surprised that there was no signage along our way and google maps takes you to the employee parking lot, but the guy in the booth was happy to point us back to the highway and down the road another mile.
The employees were all very friendly and I would highly recommend this as a great family destination!
Save $8 per admission with this coupon here!
Idlewild & SoakZone has received the coveted Golden Ticket Award for Best Children's Park. Introduced in 1998, the Golden Tickets are the most prized awards in the industry and are awarded based on a poll of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans worldwide in a survey conducted by Amusement Today.
Voted Best Kids' Park in the World by Amusement Today (2010, 2011, 2012 Reader Surveys)
Voted Best Park for Families by National Amusement Park Historical Association (2011 & 2013 Member Surveys)


Jessica said...

I love Idlewild! Your pics are great and really highlight the park. My tip for getting to Storybook Forest is to go around 4:00, right before it closes at 5:00. No one goes at that time and if you stay past 5:00 they won't boot you out - just close the gate so no new visitors can go in. It's a nice, quieter part of the park, and let's you recharge for more afternoon fun!

Kelly Hughes said...

That's a great tip Jessica, thanks for passing that along! - Kelly