2024 Opening Dates for Amusement Parks Near Pittsburgh

As spring blooms and the days grow longer, the excitement of amusement parks beckons us with promises of thrilling rides, delicious treats, and unforgettable memories. For those in and near the Pittsburgh area, the wait is almost over as nearby amusement parks gear up to welcome visitors for another season of fun and adventure. Get ready to explore classic roller coasters, water slides, and other family-friendly attractions that everyone will enjoy. Take down these opening dates of some of the most beloved amusement parks near Pittsburgh to set up a summer filled with excitement and laughter.


Hershey, March 29

It’s time to stock up on chocolate and explore the candy-filled world of Hersheypark. Make your own chocolate bar before you join all the Hershey-themed characters (like the Reese’s Cup) on the assortment of rides. It’s perfect fun for the whole family whether your kids are young or old.

Dutch Wonderland

Lancaster, March 29

Head back to ye olde land of castles, fantasy, and magic. Meet characters like Duke the Dragon and Princess Brooke. Spin, swing and soar on over 30 family-friendly rides for kids of all sizes. Plus, enjoy entertaining live shows and end the day with refreshing fun in Duke’s Lagoon water play area. 


West Mifflin, April 20

Pittsburgh’s tradition of heading to Kennywood for roller coasters (and more!) in the summertime starts up again on April 20. Get ready to play carnival games, chow down on Potato Patch Fries, and ride the Phantom all over again. 


Elysburg, April 27

Make your amusement park adventure into a weekend stay with Knoebels’ resort packages. Stay at one of the cottages or in the campground, try out old-school amusement rides, play different carnival games, and enjoy a swim in the Crystal Pool. 

Waldameer and Water World

Erie, May 4

Can’t decide between roller coasters and waterslides? Explore the best of both worlds for one price at Waldameer and Water World. Whether you’re looking for little kid-friendly fun or fast adventures, you can find it all at this combination amusement and water park. 

Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio, May 4

The king of roller coasters reigns at Cedar Point amusement park. Located right off the Lake Erie beach, you’ll get to experience some of the most famous rides in the country like the Millenium Force. Plus, hang out with your favorite Peanuts friends while you’re at it.

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Lehigh Valley, May 10

The thrills at Dorney Park include climbing high coasters, fast rides that whip you all about, and of course plenty of sweet treats. While this park is on the other side of Pennsylvania, it’s the perfect halfway point between a small park like Kennywood and a large one like Cedar Point.

Idlewild and Soakzone

Ligonier, May 18

dThe storybook theme of Idlewild amusement park will have the kiddos gazing in awe at their favorite characters and themed rides. Located in the woods, it’s the perfect shady spot for an outdoor day and the addition of Soakzone makes sure you stay cool. 

DelGrosso’s Park and Laguna Splash

Tipton, May 18

If you visit DelGrosso’s on opening day, you’ll get two hours of free rides alongside other deals throughout the day. Venture through over 30 classic amusement park rides, 8 water slides, and plenty of DelGrosso food such as spaghetti or meatball sandwiches.


Homestead, May 25

Cool off in the summer heat at Pittsburgh’s waterpark. Sandcastle features classic waterslides, pools, and other fun water activities. Slather on your sunscreen and slide down extreme rides or laze the day away next to the pool, all beside the Waterfront in Pittsburgh. 

Story by Kylie Thomas

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