Sandcastle Waterpark on
The Monongahela River

photo of entrance sign to Sandcastle Water Park photo taken from Sandcastle Water Park of bridge over Monongahela river photo of Sandcastle Water Park boardwalk

Sandcastle Waterpark is one of the coolest Pennsylvania Amusement Parks. Located just 12 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. It's the sister park to Kennywood and Idlewild Parks .

I'm sure you're wondering what makes Sandcastle Water Park so cool:

  • Could it be the Mon Tsunami Wave Pool? It feels like your standing in the ocean without any worries!
  • How about 15 twisting, turning, plunging and turning Waterslides? Each waterslide is unique in its own way, from speed slides to a closed in slide.
  • Or the Worlds Largest Hot Tub, how unique is that?
  • And my favorite "The Lazy River" a gently flowing stream that you can float on an inner-tube for hours.
  • Adult pools
  • Children pools, including the 1 ½ foot deep Tad Pool and Wet Willie Waterworks.

Sandcastle officially opened for business July 1989. It was originally to be named "Splashdown" but finally after much debate "Sandcastle" got the votes. The 67-acre site now known as, Sandcastle Water Park, sits on was originally a railroad yard for U.S. Steel.

photo of beach area and umbrellas and tables at Sandcastle Water Park photo of a waterslide at Sandcastle Water Park photo of dog jumping into the swimming pool on dog days at Sandcastle Water Park

Sandcastle Water Park has it all!

Just because Sandcastle is a Water Park it doesn't mean it the excitement has to stop when the sun goes down. In fact that's when things really start heating up! And even though there are areas for adults there are also attractions for the entire family to enjoy under the stars.

Every Saturday evening adults can enjoy live entertainment with local bands, great food and drinks. Sunday evening is Jukebox night with DJ's and dancing to the oldies for the older visitors.

How about enjoying a good old-fashioned family dive in movie? Cuddle up with your kids and enjoy a good family movie under the stars. At dusk the wave pool transforms into a movie theater along with boardwalk games before and after the movie.

Sandcastle Waterpark has all kinds of events planned throughout the season. For instance, how about bringing your dog along for a cool swim? They call it "Dog Days" talk about having fun with your best friend. Or you can join in the fun during Pittsburgh Irish Festival and Festa Italiania! You can always depend on Sandcastle Waterpark to build family memories.

Don't miss the unique celebrations during Pittsburgh's 150th birthday celebrations. You can bet Sandcastle Waterpark will be included in Pittsburgh's birthday celebrations, parades and festivals. It's a special time to visit the Laurel Highlands, don't let this opportunity pass you by.

Directions - Prices - Times

Sandcastle Waterpark is open daily June - August
Gates open at 11:00am and close between 6:00pm

The Sandbar Sandcastle's 21 and older nightclub
open Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00pm until 2:00am.

Prices A regular waterpark Whitewater Pass is $24.95
A Junior Whitewater Pass for guests 46 inches and under is $12.95 (no coupons accepted)
Senior (55+) Whitewater Pass is $17.95
Children 2 and under are free (pools only)
After 3pm a Whitewater Pass is available for $17.95 (seniors $13.95 and children $8.95)
A combo pass to Kennywood & Sandcastle for $31.00, allows admittance to both parks on the same day
Season passes to Sandcastle are available for $59.95

Location Sandcastle Waterpark is located just 12 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh on the Monongahela River.
From Interstate 376 (which runs from downtown Pittsburgh to Monroeville), take Exit 5 toward Homestead.
Take the exit ramp off the Homestead High-Level Bridge.
You'll find Sandcastle just past the Waterfront shopping, restaurant and entertainment complex.
Parking is $5 per vehicle; boat docking is free.

Sandbar at Night:
For adults age 21 and older (proper ID required)
Sandbar night club is open on Friday and Saturday nights.
Enjoy live DJs, dancing, hot tub and fire pit, plus two SPOT Bars and tasty food.
Admission to The Sandbar is free until 9:00pm, and $3 after 9:00pm.

For the Oldies crowd, Jukebox Sunday nights at Sandcastle feature guest DJs, live entertainment, draft beef specials and a buffet in the Sandbar area.
Admission before 8:30pm is $9.50 including buffet, or $5.00 without buffet.
After 8:30pm, a $3.00 cover charge applies.
Season pass holders enjoy free admission without the buffet, or $8.50 admission with the buffet.
Every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m

Dive-In Movies
At dusk, the Sandcastle wave pool transforms into an outdoor movie theater with plenty of boardwalk games before and after the movie.

Best Times to Visit

According to the folks at Sandcastle, June is the least busy month. If you don't mind overcast days or a bit of rain, Sandcastle attractions remain open even in the rain unless the weather is severe. If the water slides and swimming pools have to close for more than 60 minutes during the course of a day, then you'll get a 1/2 price ticket for your next visit. If the waterpark is forced to close early, then a complimentary pass will be given.


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