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Sandcastle Water Park, Homestead

Categories: Water Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
Inspirock Rating:
2.5/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Sandcastle is a water park located in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Homestead. The park is located on a 67acre piece of land along the banks of the Monongahela River. Sandcastle is owned by Parques Reunidos, who purchased Kennywood Entertainment. The company runs its original sister parks, Kennywood, Idlewild Park, and Lake Compounce. The park contains fourteen water slides, several swimming pools, and a handful of other attractions.HistoryThe site where Sandcastle currently sits was formerly a railroad yard for U.S. Steel. In 1988, Kennywood Entertainment bought the land and began construction on the park. Sandcastle officially opened for business in July 1989. The park was originally supposed to be called Splashdown, however park executives decided on Sandcastle.Current AttractionsThe park has a total of 14 water slides including 3 speed slides. Other slides include the Blue Tooba Looba (which replaced Bermuda Triangle, the only closed slide in the park), Thunder Run, Tubers Tower and Cliffhangers. Other attractions at Sandcastle include a "lazy river," a large swimming pool, Mon-Tsunami, a wave pool, a hot tub and an area of water slides and water attractions designed specifically for children called Wet Willies. The park also features an entertainment complex called The Sandbar and a marina. In January 2007, the Chevrolet Amphitheatre, formerly known as the IC Light Amphitheatre, under plans by concert promoter Live Nation, was disassembled. According to new design plans, the new amphitheater will rest between Sandcastle's west perimeter and the Waterfront section of Homestead Borough along the Monongahela River. Sandcastle already had an existing amphitheatre on the property, but was outdated and was seldom used.
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  • While the size of the park and the variety of water slides and activities is impressive, we were more than unimpressed with the lack of cleanliness in the water on the slides and specifically in the l...  read more »
  • Plenty of fun splashing or watching others splash. Great facilities and everything was clean and neat. Crowds were handle well, and employees seemed well trained and attentive. 
  • I'm not sure. We hadn't been to Sandcastle in several years and I had had really good experiences there so I was looking forward to going back. We went on Labor Day weekend and it left a lot to be des...  read more »
  • Parques Reunidos corporate greed shows. Keep running it into the ground. This place was awesome when it first opened. It was open later, you could dock your boat and enjoy sandcastle, but no more. I dont know what is going on, but it was fairly busy and still had super long lines due to not enough staffing. The food is a joke and the park needs a major overhaul. I love the place, but come on now..... complete BS. And the cliffhanger was closed....
  • I haven't been to sandcastle since the 90's. So thought was a good idea to visit. Sadly to see my childhood water park hasn't done any improvement but gotten worse. They took away the misting fans that kept people and the sidewalks cool from the sun. I don't know if they're financially unable to get more tubes for everyone one but that's a big problem. Spend almost half hour waiting for a tube then have to wait in line for another half hour. I don't think the park can withstand the capacity of people because you can't enjoy the lazy river without having to get up on the first round so other people can get a turn. It wasn't that busy either. The wait for food is another story. I waited in line for an hour just to get fries and water. There isn't no adult areas or adult pools. The price is too expensive for little to offer. Sad to say this will be my last visit to sandcastle.
  • Fun,but if you bring snax put them in a huge ziploc or they will not allow them in the park. Also the funnel cakes are not as great as Kennywood.
  • Hard core water-park fans might be disappointed by the number of slides available. And it is a mixed crowd. But it's all Pittsburgh's got. I was very impressed by how attentive the lifeguards are and how seriously they take their job.
  • The only reason I didnt give Sandcastle 5 stars is because as I have season passes if I were paying daily admission of 34.20 I would be mad bc the park is only open until 5 pm through June then 6 after. I think a water park should stay open until at least 8 pm it is still daylight and and Kennywood stays open until 10 or 11. there is much to do at this park and not enough time in the day. My kids and I love coming here but when I was younger it stayed open later, They had the hot tub and the bar area stayed open for adults until 1am. with a dj and fun drinks. this needs to change or they need to lower their prices 6 hours is not worth the daily admission price. Also after Memorial day it should be open daily not the middle of June. I understand kids have school but most people work weekdays until 4 or 5 I noticed the crowd has been declining that may be the reason. It should have been PACKED opening day and it wasn't there was no lines.
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