Once the summer weather settles into Pittsburgh, locals flock to waterparks to try and cool off.
When a heatwave hits, they know that the only way to truly get cool is spending a day near the pool. This is a great way to kick back and relax, and have a lot of fun!
Pittsburgh has some great waterparks to choose from-- whether you’re just looking to cool down and get your feet wet, or go all out on some waterslides-- there’s sure to be one to suit your mood.
The summer heat in Pittsburgh can be brutal so go ahead and get a GiftYa digital gift card for your favorite Pittsburgher. You can be sure it’ll get used right away-- and they’re accepted at any of the waterparks listed below. Because what else is there to when July and August heat hit the “Burgh? Any Pittsburgher would appreciate cooling down, and you’ll appreciate how easy it is to get a GiftYa!
1000 Sandcastle Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15120
Sandcastle is the number one spot for Pittsburghers when they’re looking to cool down-- and have some fun as well!
You can dodge waves at the wave pool, relax in the lazy river, and even catch some sun on their decks.
But what everyone really comes for are the awesome water slides. With everything from a nice a relaxed pace to lightning fast, you’re sure to have a blast riding on these all day. If you’re feeling brave, try the huge 60 foot high Lightning Express-- you can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour!
When you’re done sliding, head over to the Waterfront for a bite to eat or catch a movie.
100 Art Rooney Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
When the heat gets to be too much, cool off in the water steps-- perfect for putting your feet in! It’s an interesting display of water landscaping, and the steps start narrow at the top and widen as they go towards the river.
This place is also a great place to catch some spectacular panoramas of the city of Pittsburgh. Be sure to try it out after the sun goes down as well!
Upper St. Clair
1551 Mayview Rd.
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241
With both indoor and outdoor facilities, you’ll never have to worry about having access to a great pool. In the summer the outdoor pool is brimming with Pittsburghers looking to cool off.
Kids have a great time playing with all the sprinklers and water shoots located throughout the child-friendly area. Open to both residents and non-residents alike, this waterpark is also popular for water aerobics and swimming classes.
250 N. Boundary Park Dr.
Cranberry, PA 16066
Just a little drive north of the city, Cranberry Waterpark is a great place to cool off and have some fun in the sun.
Not only is this spot popular for sunbathers, it is also a great place to have a party-- either in the pool or on the rentable sundeck.
Complete with a concession stand for lunch, it’s an easy place to spend a nice summer afternoon. This spot is also open to residents and non-residents, and offers a wide variety of aquatics classes and swimming lessons.
2574 US 30
Ligonier, PA 15658
If you’re looking for an ideal package for some summer fun, be sure to check out Idlewild and the Soakzone.
Have fun on the roller coasters of Idlewild Park-- located just a short drive from Pittsburgh-- and then cool down afterwards in the Soakzone waterpark.
Your kids will love taking a trip through Storybook Forest and meeting their favorite fairytale characters and then cooling off and having some fun in the wave pool. There are all kinds of fun water activities as well, including the Tipping Bucket and the Pipeline Plunge Waterslide. This is a one-stop place for a great summer day!
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Everyone knows Pittsburgh can get pretty hot in the summer.
That’s why the Pittsburgh Citiparks decided to create Spray Parks-- and distribute them throughout the city. With locations in Arlington, East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill, Paulson, and Burgwin-- as well as Beechview-- these areas are a great way to get a quick cool down.
Beechview Spray Park is always packed in the summer, and kids love playing with the water shoots. Adults also appreciate a quick cool down too, and can easily get their feet wet on a hot summer day.
1801 Dormont Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Dormont Pool is one of the largest pools in the state of Pennsylvania-- and one of the best places to cool down on a hot day.
Located in the southern suburb of Dormont, Pittsburghers love that the pool never feels too crowded-- it’s perfect for those looking to swim laps, ride the slide, or get some sun on their raft.
The waterslide is always busy, especially in July and August. There’s an area for kids too, complete with waterfalls and a waterslide.
People drive from all over the city to come to this pool, and it’s easy to see why!
635 Ridge Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Settlers Cabin Wave Pool is one of the best wave pools in Pittsburgh.
People love how close it is and accessible it is from the parkway.
Boasting not just of an awesome wave pool, Settlers Cabin also has a separate dive pool.
If you’re feeling brave, see if you can take the plunge off their platform high dives. Don’t worry, not many people can! Or, try taking a jump off the spring high, medium, or low dives and see how high you can spring! There’s even a viewing glass so your friends can see you hit the water.
It really is a great way to spend a hot, summer afternoon in Pittsburgh.
1 Wave Pool Complex
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Another county wave pool in the other end of the city is the South Park Wave Pool.
This is located in South Park, and just minutes from a great shopping and dining district. Pittsburghers definitely love their wave pools-- it is a staple at most of our waterparks-- and this one is no different. You can easily spend the day in this quiet area.
The admission is very reasonable, so you can be sure to visit lots of times over the summer.
When you’re looking to cool down this summer, check out any of these amazing Pittsburgh waterparks. You’re guaranteed to have some fun in the sun!
What’s your favorite Pittsburgh waterpark? Let us know in the comments!