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Sandcastle Water Park, Homestead
(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 Sandcastle already had an existing amphitheatre on the property, but was outdated and was seldom used.
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  • We have season passes purchased on sale, so for us Sandcastle serves its purpose. It's a decent place to cool off with nice enough slides, and the wave pool is one of the best and largest we have been...  more »
  • I love this thing. Water slides. A great Park. Big good parking. Nice views from the heights. Recommend.
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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...  more »
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  • Fun place! The rides are fun, bathrooms are clean. On a busy day, the wait for rides can be long. The locker service is efficient, however it's pricey and the lockers are just big enough for one medium sized backpack. So travel light if you're planning to rent out lockers! Prices are affordable. The food could be better though.
  • Excellent place to take your kids in the summer as long as they listen to your instructions and aren't rebels and defiant. Nice family place to have fun,relax,and unwind.
  • 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 place, different level slides from beginner to speed slides. Long lazy river and riders must stay in their inner tube so it's a true "lazy" river. Lots of grass and shade, just be careful with your valuables. They do rent lockers, but you could also use water tight keepers sold in the gift shop.
  • 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....