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“Family-friendly and affordable amusement park”

Waldameer Park & Water World
Ranked #3 of 65 things to do in Erie
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Give your family all the fun and excitement of more than 75 great attractions at Waldameer. You'll find thrilling rides and family classics, plus some awesome rides for the little ones! Then there's Water World, a whole waterpark full of wet n’ wild fun for everyone.Plus, check out challenging midway games, tasty summertime foods and enjoy great free entertainment with 3 musical shows daily at our Showtime Theatre.Waldameer & Water World is a family-owned and family-friendly – we are proud of our Park’s major expansion in recent years, which has only improved upon the park’s long rich history of providing safe, clean and affordable summertime fun!
Reviewed June 13, 2011

Waldameer amusement park has a variety of classic rides that are geared toward kids up to about age 14. I just took a group of six 13-year-old girls from Pittsburgh and they enjoyed it, although most of them would typically ride larger roller coasters. We combined riding with swimming at Water World where there is a hot tub and several large water slides. The nice part for us was that it was not crowded at all (cooler day with threat of rain kept people away I suppose). But Waldameer is known for being a smaller sized park and that makes it easy to navigate. It is smaller than Kennywood in Pittsburgh--but Kennywood doesn't have a water park, so this was something different.
They allow guests to bring coolers with food so you can easily take the family and not spend a ton of money on meals. Food is typical park fare-burgers, dogs, funnel cakes, fries, ice cream, etc. Picnic tables are available. Parking is free.
This is one of the few parks where you can enter for free as a non-rider, or pay-as-you-go for rides if you just want a few. Check out the Wally discount card for this option. You do need a water park wristband to enter Water World, even as a non-swimmer.
If you want to make a longer day of your visit, stop at Presque Isle park and play on the shores of Lake Erie, or just go for a ride down the Presque Isle peninsula.

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Reviewed May 30, 2011

went today to mostly get in the water park when we got there the ticket guy informed us that water world was only open until 5:00 so we just got the all day ride pass which cost 21.99 for adults if your a smoker this is not a smoker friendly place they have blue boxes you have to stand in that are mostly crowded all of the time and there are only 2 or 3 throughout the park if you go there not expecting to spend very much money on food or drinks forget it a 16 oz bottle of water costs 2.25 and a hamburger and a small fry is 10.00 i love having this around but if there was another amusement park close by with cheaper prices i would go there instead

4  Thank mrsp22
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Reviewed April 15, 2011

This is a great park, especially for families. It is not a huge park but enough to do in one day without being overwhelmed. It packs a lot of punch. It has shade, has free parking, a waterpark, no charge for general admisssion, has a beautiful view of lake ERIE, and even has some thrill ride for the older kids. It is not over expensive to get in (around $20, I believe) It has a historical feel as it is over 100 years old I think. I love that its smoke-free. The waterpark has something for everyone..a lazy river, 2 nice small kids areas, a big hot tub and lots of different slides. The food can be a bit expensive but there are plenty of picnic tables and areas where you can sit in the shade and enjoy a picnic you bring. We usually do the waterpark early, the main park then head down to Presque Isle for the dinnertime, it makes for a great day!!

6  Thank MellyRussi
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Reviewed October 20, 2010

the price is right , you don't have to stand in long lines . you can bring your own picnic they have a nice picnic area. pepole are very friendly. we have so much fun at waldameer. spend a day there and you will go back !!

2  Thank perebol818
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Reviewed September 7, 2010

Waldameer (we did not do the water park because it was slightly chilly) is a great family park. The day rate isn't too expensive, and there is plenty to do. They have a nice balance of kiddie rides, adult/young adult rides, games, food, and then you add the water park on top of that. Our favorite rides were the newer coaster (updated in 2008) and the X-Scream (sort of like Kennywood's Pitfall). If you're there on Karaoke day, which was hilarious!! Their meatball hoagies were delicious. Its a great value if you're ever in Erie!

4  Thank GallosTravels
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