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Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie

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At Waldameer Park & Water World you can enjoy roller coasters, kiddie rides, water attractions, and everything in between. This park, which originally opened as a picnic venue called Hoffman's Grove, got its current name when the Erie Electric Motor Company leased it in 1896. Experience the two most famous park rides, the Whacky Shack and the Pirates Cove, which were added in the 1970s. The park also has a number of newer rides, such as the wild X-Scream, and gentler options for kids and families. When you want to cool off, take a plunge down the water world slides or bring your children to the tad pool areas. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Waldameer Park & Water World and many more Erie attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Erie tourist route planner.
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  • Haven't been to Waldameer in years. Was back in Erie for 50th HS reunion so we spent an afternoon here. The Nelson family has contineud to keep the park current and added new rides. The new Ravine Fly...  more »
  • This is a park I go to almost every year. You can pack a basket of food, find a table easily with all the picnic areas they have, set your food down and not worry. I have never had anyone mess with my...  more »
  • While staying in Erie Pa to spend time at Presque Isle my wife and I decided to take our two kids ( Ages 5 and 2 ) to Waldameer. We first figured we'd try out the theme park aspect and with Waldameer ...  more »
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  • Small but really fun! Admission is free, so you could just come for a few hours or stay all day with a combo pass for the whole park, including the water park. My older kid enjoyed the wave pool and my younger one really loved the kids play area with the splash pads and slides. The water slides and lazy river were awesome. I grew up going here, so it was a nostalgic trip for me and a fun one for my kiddos. There are so many new rides! Don't forget the best candy apples and taffy around!
  • Great Family Park. Nice mix of classic and newer attractions. Both an old school walk through haunted house and a Dark Ride called The Wacky Shack. Kiddie Land rides from the 60s. Free admission to walk around. Reasonable prices for rides. Season Passes are a great value.
  • Lot of people but the park is big enough that it didn't really seem like it was over crowded, big water park is where a lot of people hang out. Inside the park is very nice, lines seem to go pretty fast. All the workers were very pleasant. Even the owners were walking around. Very nice day with the family.
  • Waldameer is nice to visit with little ones. There are several low-key rides for them (went today with my toddler) and you only have to pay per ride, so you don't pay a huge ticket price for everyone to enter if you're only going to stay an hour for just a couple rides. It was too cold for us to visit the Waterworld section, but it looks like it's under construction and set to expand with some nice new attractions soon. I've been visiting Waldameer since I was a kid myself, and it's just as much fun as I remember from childhood.
  • Great amusement park for younger children! Kiddie rides, adult rides, water park is really good for as small as the park is. Over the last couple of years they have expanded the water park and are still working on adding more new attractions. You do not have to pay to enter the park, but you do have to pay to ride the rides and enter the water park.

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Where to stay in Erie

Lake resorts offering comfortable accommodations and access to the water stand along the shores. For more intimate lodgings, consider a bed and breakfast or inn in the town center, with easy access to the lake. Chain hotels are affordable and convenient, while nature lovers may enjoy the campgrounds on the outskirts of the city.
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