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Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie

Categories: Water Parks, Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • There aren't many parks in the country that will let you enter, walk around and order carnival food without paying admission! We love this local amusement park with a not just one but two wooden coast...  read more »
  • We go to Waldameer Park every time we come to Erie. Free to get in and lots of entertainment, good park food and good water park. You get to ride any ride you want...No long lines like Kennywood! Chec...  read more »
  • The park is a throw back to when kids tugged their parents around an Amusement Park, pointing out rides they wanted to go on, games of chance they wanted Dad to attempt, food of every description, and...  read more »
  • Perfect weather for both the amusement and water parks. Went for my company party and everyone in my family had a blast. They have stroller a d wheel chair rentals if needed for $7-8.50. Food is pretty good I'm the park but be prepared to pay and now the park is cashless so you will have to put any $ you plan to spend there on one of there reusable WallyCards....a little inconvenient it not bad.
  • The wave pool and the new kid slide zone were both nice additions along with alot of chairs and umbrellas, until this year! they took away all the umbrellas making it a heat stroke Haven + they decided to charge you for an umbrella along the far Edge or a cabana along the other, which will charge you either $60 or $100 per day just to get some shade!!! I couldn't believe the greed!! The lazy river was too shallow, dirty, and full of leaves! Most but not all tubes for the slides and lazy river were uninflated!! As for the park it self is nice for a small style park. And the lines are pretty short and employees are genuinely nice. But.....each time in the last 3 years I've gone The Spider ride (which is my favorite) has been broken!!!! How do you let a small park staple ride like this go unmaintained and ignored!!! And as always with all parks the games are over priced with generic prices. The food is good but Waldameer I'd your reading this be careful on not cooking to much food ahead of time and leaving it under the heat........
  • I love love love the wave pool and kids zone...ive am a season member from the beginning.and i love...although my food experience was was flavor at all...and the bees were terrible..they were in my cup to the point i didnt even drink...neef an enclosed area for food...
  • My family and I decided to spend the day at waldemeer and the water park while visiting Erie. We decided to go to the waterpark first since they closed at 7pm then go to the park that was open til 10pm. First the waterpark. For the most part the waterpark was pretty awesome! There was very little wait for slides and the food was fantastic. The grounds were a little dug up but that is because they plan to expand which is even better news. Now for the amusement park. Unlike the waterpark, the amusement park was not very good. First the rides. . .dont expect to get on too many rides unless you are there all day. For example, our daughter got on the swing ride. The operator walked all the way around to check belts (which is a good thing), but when she got back around two more kids were in line. She proceeded to let these two on then walked all the way around the ride again. When she got back she then let another new kid on and walked around the ride a third time. This happened at the carousel and other rides as well. We have been to several amusement parks and have never seen a company so greedy that they have to fill the ride so as to run it less and try to save money. Speaking of money, don't bother wasting it on the games. The prices are ridiculously high and you end up winning a small prize that is strategically hidden. Not what you think is on the wall, but a stupid little thing worth about a quarter. Also, unlike the waterpark, the food is less than to be desired. You would think it would be the same, but it is a definitely not. For example, the fries at the waterpark were crispy and some of the best I've ever had. We got some later that night thinking they would be the same in the park. Boy were we wrong. The fries in the park were soggy under cooked and we couldn't even finish them. Finally, don't expect friendly faces at most of the attractions. The game operators and food vendors had personalities of snails. They didn't want to be bothered and would much rather be left alone. Waterpark = thumbs up Amusement park = thumbs down
  • Our family loved this place. Great water park - good wave pool and great set of slides. Not the best lazy river. The amusement park is not huge but does have some good rides, and one large coaster. We liked the Steel Dragon spinny coaster the best.
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