Idlewild and Soakzone

Idlewild & SoakZone

The Best Children's Park is located in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands!


Looking for your ticket to family fun? Check out Idlewild & SoakZone, nestled within the foothills of the beautiful Laurel Highlands, just outside of Ligonier. About an hour drive from Pittsburgh, Idlewild was named "Best Children's Park" by Amusement Today.

2020 Idlewild & SoakZone Calendar

Idlewild is now open to the general public. Starting July 27, Idlewild will be open Fridays-Sundays ONLY for the remainder of Summer.

The top concern for Idlewild and the Laurel Highlands is the safety of all visitors and team members that make the park special. Please check their website for more info.

  • Opening Day: July 11 (general public)
  • Closed Mondays-Thursdays
  • Last day of operation: September 7

Daily Operating Schedule 

  • Admission gates and Story Book Forest open at 10:30 a.m.
  • Rides, attractions and refreshment stands begin to open progressively beginning at 11:30 a.m.
  • Story Book Forest closes at 5 p.m. daily
  • SoakZone and Jumpin' Jungle close daily at 6 p.m.
  • Hootin Holler and Raccoon Lagoon close daily at 6 p.m.
  • The park is open until at least 6 p.m., unless noted otherwise, and may close earlier or or later based on factors, including weather conditions. Park closing time is determined each afternoon and announced daily.
  • View the full calendar of operation on Idlewild's website


  • New for 2020: Guests will need to register for the date they wish to visit in advance, in addition to their regularly purchased Ticket or Season Pass.
  • Purchase tickets and season passes online
  • Season Passes start at $72.99
  • 2020 Gate Prices: $44.99 weekday/$47.99 weekend (ages 3 and up), $27.99 (seniors), $22.99 (after 4 p.m.) and children 2 and under - FREE!
  • Find deals on 2020 Summer Passes, the 2020 PA Pass (four great parks for one low price), preschool play pass and more at
  • Due to Covid-19, all 2020 Season Passes have been extended through the entire 2021 Summer Season. Dining Passes and other perks will also be extended. Non-Season Passholders can purchase 2020 Season Passes that include the 2021 Season for a limited time.

Planning Your Visit

  • You must register for the date you wish to visit. If the date you wish to visit is not listed in our online calendar, please choose another day. 
  • All those wishing to enter Idlewild & SoakZone will have their temperatures scanned before entering the park. Any person with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, or displaying other symptoms of COVID-19, will be denied entry.
  • Facial coverings are also required for all entrants, except children under three and those with a valid medical condition.
  • See more specific guidelines and how Idlewild is keeping guests safe on their website.

A Day at the Park


There are many sections within Idlewild with different rides and a unique theme. Feel the thrill of the Wild Mouse in Olde Idlewild, get splashed on Paul Bunyan's Loggin' Toboggan and let the littlest ones have fun in Raccoon Lagoon.

The kids will definitely blow off some steam in Jumpin’ Jungle, where they can jump into Bubbling Springs, a huge ball pit, take a ride down Bigfoot’s mudslide, cross the Alligator Swamp and play a tune on the Jungle Organ.

Cool Off At SoakZone

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Take a break from the roller coasters and ride the tide in the Wowabunga Family Wave Pool, race each other on the HydroRacers water slides and twist down the Pipleline Plunge.

Little ones will love the Little Squirts pool and water fun area, while the bigger kids can enjoy the Captain Kidd’s Adventure Galley, a pirate ship with six water slides and other fun features. 

Parents can grab a tube and relax at Float Away Bay, Soakzone's lazy river, or chill out under a cabana.

Special Events and Not-to-Miss Appearances


While there are always costumed characters to meet and interactive performances going on at the park, there are certain special festivities that you can't miss! End your fun-filled 4th of July with a fireworks show, meet Princesses Beauty and Cinderella, and enjoy delicious cuisine on the Italian Day Festa! Be sure to bring the kids on Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days to meet Daniel Tiger and his friends from the popular PBS television show!

Browse Idlewild & SoakZone events!



What do you get when you mix the Idlewild you know and love with trick-or-treating, special themed rides and attractions, Halloween entertainment and a whole lot more? Idlewild's HallowBOO!

The park is decorated with cornstalks, hay bales, pumpkins and, of course, the trees' colorful foliage! Designed for the entire family, it may be a little spooky and fun, but there's nothing frightful about this Halloween event. Dress the kids in their costumes and head to Idlewild to see all your favorite rides decorated for Halloween then follow the trick-or-treat trail through Storybook Forest and get lots of goodies from characters!

HallowBOO! is held every Saturday and Sunday in October from 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Contact Idlewild & SoakZone

For more information about Idlewild & SoakZone, including tickets, hours of operation, group rates and more, please visit the Idlewild & SoakZone website, call (724) 238-3666 or fill out their contact form.



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