Best Waterparks Around Pittsburgh

February 1, 2019
Children
jason wolfe
Photo by Wally Gobetz

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!

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1. Sandcastle

Family at Sandcastle waterpark
Whether you want fast or slow water slides, this park has it all! Image courtesy of Sandcastle
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Homestead
1000 Sandcastle Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15120

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412-462-6666

Sandcastle is the number one spot for Pittsburghers when they’re looking to cool down-- and have some fun as well!

Have fun on the slides, chill out in the Lazy River, or take a dip at the Wave Pool. There's even a part of the park dedicated to kids; so it's fun for the whole family. - Yelp Review

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.

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2. North Shore Riverfront Park

North Shore Riverfront Park
Image courtesy of Three Rivers Park. Have fun getting your feet wet on the water steps! Photo by Wally Gobetz
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North Shore
100 Art Rooney Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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412-325-3003

North Shore Riverfront Park is located between PNC Park and Heinz Field, and is always teeming with people on hot summer days.

My favorite part would have to be the water steps that are located not too far from PNC Park. They're a perfect way to cool off on a hot day! - Yelp Review

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!

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3. Boyce Mayview Park

Boyce Mayview Water Park
A fun place to cool off in the summer-- for both kids and adults. Image courtesy of Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center
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Upper St. Clair
1551 Mayview Rd.
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

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412-221-1099

Boyce Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair has a fantastic pool and waterpark.

The facilities are top notch. Pool/swim park is great for kids. - Yelp Review

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.

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4. Cranberry Waterpark

Cranberry Waterpark
You can easily spend the whole day at this waterpark, located just north of downtown Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Cranberry Township Waterpark
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Cranberry
250 N. Boundary Park Dr.
Cranberry, PA 16066

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724-779-4386

Just a little drive north of the city, Cranberry Waterpark is a great place to cool off and have some fun in the sun.

One of the best community pools in the area. It's clean, they have free chairs, the pool is big and it's usually the perfect temperature; not too hot, but not too cold! - Yelp Review

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.

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5. Idlewild and Soakzone

The lazy river at Idlewild and Soakzone
Not far from Pittsburgh, this park offers the best of both worlds-- an amusement park and waterpark! Image courtesy of Idlewild and Soakzone
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Ligonier
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.

The pool is huge and clean. The kids loved the waves and stayed busy for hours. There's tons of chairs by the pool and some in the grassy area. - Yelp Review

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!

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6. Beechview Spray Park

Beechview Spray Park
Spray parks are an easy way for Pittsburghers to cool off quickly once the weather gets hot. Image courtesy of General Recreation, Inc.
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Beechview
Orangewood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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412-323-7928

Everyone knows Pittsburgh can get pretty hot in the summer.

...great place for younger kids. I had a 7, 6 and 5 year old with me. They all had a great time. There is a playground and a water spray park. - Google Review

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.

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7. Dormont Pool

Swimmers at the Dormont Pool
Relax in the sun or take a ride down the slide in this refreshingly large pool. Image courtesy of Dormont Pool
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Dormont
1801 Dormont Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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412-341-7210

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.

Great pool...the far end of the pool is a spacious shallow end, with plenty of room for little ones to play and have a good time with the duck slide and mushroom falls. - Yelp Review

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!

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8. Settlers Cabin Wave Pool

Settlers Cabin Wave Pool
This county park has not only a wave pool, but a diving pool as well! Image courtesy of Mapio
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Robinson Twp.
635 Ridge Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

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Open June-September

Settlers Cabin Wave Pool is one of the best wave pools in Pittsburgh.

Great price for a great wave pool! My family loves it here. You can rent tubes and the cafe has good food... - Google Review

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.

Man dives off the platform high dive at Settler's Cabin
Image courtesy of Mapio

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.

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9. South Park Wave Pool

South Park Wave Pool
This wave pool is a ton of fun-- you’ll easily spend the whole day here! Image courtesy of Allegheny County
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South Park
1 Wave Pool Complex
Bethel Park, PA 15102

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412-831-0810

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Open June-September

Another county wave pool in the other end of the city is the South Park Wave Pool.

...Tons of space to lay out blankets and towels. Single and double tube rentals are available for use in the wave pool, which I would highly recommend. - Google Review

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!

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