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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5 who travels together several times a year, but not always to destinations far, far away. Most of our trips have been to places within 2/3 hours of our home so as not to have the biggest memory of our trip be the travel. We took a big step a few summers ago by embarking on a 5-hour journey to Williamsburg, VA for a weeklong vacation, and thankfully it was a huge success. Since then, we have also done a 7 hour trip to Cape Cod and another 7 hour trip to Vermont as well as two trips that required longer plane rides (which can be a challenge with a child who gets motion sickness). Our memories so far are good ones, and it has been fun to see more and more places in our region of the country, so who can ask for more than that?
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, simple, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy
We Just Got Back From
St. Lucia, East Caribbean
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Sea Isle City, NJ
A Place We'd Love To Visit
South Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Smuggler's Notch, Vermont; and also Water Country, Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Oh God, I prefer to forget these things.
Websites I Like:
TripAdvisor, Expedia, SixSuitcaseTravel

Kid-friendly water parks near Philadelphia, PA

Great water parks near Philadelphia, PA to take the kids to cool off during the hot summer months.

4733 Hanoverville Road
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Terrific opportunity for kids who can swim to cool off and play. About 1.5 hours from Phila.


309 Resort Drive
Tannersville, Pennsylvania

Super-fun waterpark fit for all ages. Travel time from Phila is about 2 hours.

reviewed on: November 28 2009

"A waterpark winner!"
On a hot day during the summer, there's no better place to spend the day than at the biggest waterpark in PA. My family and I visited on a scorcher and had a blast cooling off in their many slides, rides, pools and water attractions. This park is great for all ages. There really is something for everyone, from the smallest toddlers to grandparents and everyone in between. We saw all kinds of families here having fun.

No matter what kinds of water fun you enjoy, Camelbeach has it. Like thrill rides and fast slides? They've got them. Enjoy more of a wave-pool type of experience? They've got that too. If you like raft rides, you're in luck. Camelbeach has more family raft rides than any other park in the Northeast. My kids are 14, 11, and 8 and we all had a ton to do. We had visited before when the kids were younger and even then they had plenty to keep them busy. There is a section with a dumping bucket and smaller slides and a climbing structure with slides and squirters for the little ones. They can also play in Kahuna Cove, the kiddie section by the wave pool, and accompany you on the lazy river too. Cabanas are available for rent to keep grandparents or kids out of the sun, and there are plenty of areas to sit throughout the park if you're in need of a break.

For bigger kids there are 12 slides. Some you ride down in a tube or a mat and others are body slides. They also have family tube slides as well as ones you ride alone. We loved the slides that let you compete against a family member to see who got to the finish first. It's not always who you think!

Some of the more popular rides did have lines, but none were outrageous. We have been to waterparks where you waited to LEAVE a section, so this was nowhere near that bad. We also got on some rides more than once without waiting at all, so you never know. Wander around the park and scope out less busy sections and stay there for awhile. It seems to balance out as the day goes on. The one ride that's really popular and oftentimes requires a reserved time slot is the FlowRider, so just be aware of that if you plan to try your hand at surfing!

We did eat in the park and it seems to be standard park fare. They had a variety of choices, so that was nice. I did like that they had a picnic grove to eat in if you brought your own food. Just check their policies on that section or eat before entering the park. There are also places around the park to get drinks or snacks. Changing rooms were available as well as restrooms and lockers (for a small fee) to check any belongings you didn't feel like carrying around. We found the staff to be helpful and for the most part pretty knowledgeable about the lay of the land there. No one was rude or unaccommodating.

There are plans to add a hotel and an indoor waterpark onto Camelbeach, so be sure to keep this park on your radar in the future for additional fun! For now, anyone living or vacationing nearby will want to be sure to make this a stop on your route. (It's easy to get to from Philadelphia, NY or NJ). It's clean, fun, and your family will love all there is to do here!

*This review was based on a complimentary visit to Camelbeach Waterpark. I received no other compensation and the business owner did not state I express a particular point of view. The opinions stated here are my own.


Great Wolf Lodge 1 Great Wolf Drive
Scotrun, Pennsylvania

Indoor water park great for kids of all ages. Roughly 2 hours from Phila.

reviewed on: November 28 2009

"Splash into fun times!"
Just came back from Great Wolf Lodge over the Thanksgiving break with my kids ages 10, 8 and 4.  They love Great Wolf.  Plenty for them to do and they even like the whole "lodge" feel of the place.  The room is very nice and has plenty of room (we had a family suite with fireplace, which slept up to 6 people).  It can be rather expensive (i wish they'd let you just pay to go to the waterpark!), but it's still fun.

One of the things we took advantage of this time was their group rate.  We had gone one time as part of a school group, and then this time we got neighbors and friends together for the trip.  We saved a lot, as we had 12 families and went thru group reservations.  Worked out well over the Thanksgiving break as a lot of us had off anyway and it was a fun and more affordable way to enjoy the place.  Call for specifics.

Your kids will love this place!


One Lake Drive
Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania

Terrific indoor option for kids of all ages. Travel time from Phila is about 1 hour, 45 minutes.


535 N. Route 73
West Berlin, New Jersey

Everyone has fun at this great indoor water park located just 15 minutes from Phila.


915 New Jersey 73
Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Indoor water park perfect for the whole family. Travel time from Phila is about 25 minutes.


144 Berlin Road
Clementon, New Jersey

Drive about 25 minutes from Phila to this Splash Park.


100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Many water options for kids mostly under age 7. Travel time from Phila is about 30 minutes.

reviewed on: November 21 2009

"A monster of a good time"
I have been going to Sesame Place for years with my kids and since we live only 40 minutes from there, we always get season passes.  I have found that the best times to go are before school lets out for the summer (May and early/mid June) and after Labor Day.  You can still have a good time in July and August but it is FAR more crowded. ESPECIALLY on a Saturday!  That being said, it is still a lot of fun for the under 7 crowd.  There is plenty for them to do, even if they are not "ride" people.  There are things to climb on and places to get wet and slides and a little playground area and a bouncy area as well.  I have found the staff to be helpful and nice.  I always eat before I go or pack a lunch and eat in the car before we go in since I  found the food to be expensive (and living only 40 minutes away, find it hard to justify eating there).  The shows are entertaining and worth attending as well.  It can be kind of expensive to go here, especially when you add in parking and that's why I recommend the season pass if you plan to go more than 2 or 3 times a season.  They usually have them on sale in the winter - check their website for specifics.


3700 Hamilton Boulevard
Allentown, Pennsylvania

About an hour from Phila, Wild Water Kingdom here has a ton of water options for the whole family.

reviewed on: January 29 2011

"Waves of (crowded) fun!"
I live not quite an hour from Dorney Park, so I have been going there my whole life.  I have found that this is a great park for a variety of age groups, making it a terrific option for a family needing to accommodate both older and younger members.  You pay one admission price and can ride all of the rides and experience all of the shows in both the water park and the dry section.  (There are also discount admission coupons in Entertainment Books, KidStuff Books and area restaurants to bring the cost down further).

I have found that my family of five (ranging in age from 44 to 5 yrs old) can literally spend the entire day in the water park section, there is that much to do.  The dry rides are a great option as well for cooler days or for when the water kingdom closes, or for when you just get sick of dripping...
Some families are not water park people, so this gives them options to choose from as well.  Both sections are a day's worth of fun.

For younger kids, there is Camp Snoopy, which offers rides and shows for littler tykes.  There are also water squirters nearby to cool them off on hot days.  With supervision and a life vest (provided free of charge), the younger kids can enjoy the wave pool in the water kingdom as well as several splash sections designed for their age bracket.

Older kids, tweens and teens will like the many thrill rides scattered throughout the park, including a variety of roller coasters and water tube rides.  There is also an ice show in the arena now, for a change of pace, and for those not interested in the extreme thrill rides.  I thought it was simply wonderful to go in there in August to cool down!

I would recommend Dorney Park to families for the variety, as well as convenience.  You can leave the park and take things to your car if necessary, or get items you've forgotten pretty quickly.  Since I live nearby, I usually limit my in-park eating experience to one meal by stopping on the way there to purchase sandwiches, hoagies, or other fare and eating before entering.  You will see a lot of people doing this in the parking lot when you get there.

My family has always had a good time here and I do like going, although I must admit it gets tremendously crowded, especially in peak months (July and August).  I would recommend aiming to come here any other time.  If that isn't possible, perhaps prepare yourself for this fact, and have a good time anyway.  I try to remember that everyone is there just to have fun and aim to make the best of the day, but it is better to go in knowing it can sometimes be packed with people, most especially in the water park.

Bring the family to this terrific park and spend the day screaming, spinning, splashing, strolling - and smiling!

100 Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, Pennsylvania

HersheyPark offers families a waterpark option to cool down in the summer. Travel from Phila is about 1 hour, 45 minutes.