08/03/2011 02:47 pm ET | Updated Sep 26, 2011

Water Parks In Philadelphia: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in the Philadelphia area are among the most exciting in the country. Philadelphia's location makes access to parks in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania easy. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Philadelphia water parks.

Camelbeach Mountain Water Park

Camelbeach Mountain Water Park is the largest water park in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It boasts over 12 larger-than-life attractions, with something suited for every member of the family. The Camelbeach staff is dedicated to making their park guest-friendly, thrilling, and stress-free.

Snaking Slides

Cobra, Viper and Serpent, the Triple Venom Speed Slides, are a favorite attraction for adults and older children alike. Standing six stories tall, these thrill slides are the perfect way to get the rush you're looking for while staying cool. Even on a blazing hot Saturday, lines rarely last over half an hour: just enough time for suspense to build.

High And Low Speed Rides

Camelbeach offers attractions for the mild and wild -- while the youngest in your family paddles around in the shallow waters of Kahuna Cove, thrill seekers can get a rush on the aforementioned six-story Triple Venom Speed Slides. Each attraction has it's own unique theme, keeping energy and excitement levels high as you splash your way through the park.

Private Cabanas For Dining

Camelbeach is famous for its 23 private cabanas boasting food and beverage service for up to 10 people. There are also a variety of in-park food options, including BBQ, soft serve, burgers, pizza, hot dogs, cheese steaks and complete beverage service. Frugal families are welcome to bring their own lunches and enjoy them at a rented picnic table.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Camelbeach Mountain Water Park.

Address: One Camelback Road, Tannersville, PA 18372
Telephone: 570-629-1661
Hours: End of June through end of August 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Price: Free for children two and under; $24.99 for children 48 inches and under; $36.99 for adults; $24.99 for seniors; prices decrease after dark and when tickets are purchased online in advance

Wild Water Kingdom

Waterslides, Wave Pools And Lazy Rivers

Full access to Wild Water Kingdom is granted with purchase to Dorney Park. Even if you're not interested in any dry theme park fun at Dorney, Wild Water Kingdom can easily fill a whole day on its own. It boasts over 22 waterslides, two wave pools, two lazy rivers and four individual children's play areas.


Aquablast is one of the longest elevated slides in the world at 70 feet tall. The thrill on the Aquablast is aggressive, though any children over 46 inches tall are allowed to join in the fun. Rafts can hold upwards of six people, and twist through curves and over bumps before splashing into a pool. With over 20 other slides in the park, lines typically move fast.

Get Wet Or Stay Dry

Wild Water Kingdom offers an extensive variety of classic water rides, slides, and play areas. If you decide you'd like to dry off, head over to the rides at Dorney Park, play dozens of games on the Midway, shop for a souvenir or grab a snack at one of the many concession stands.

Dining Options

The park offers an extensive variety of food options. There is a full-service restaurant, two Subway Sandwich locations, various pizza stands, hamburger, hotdog and salad stations, as well as an all you can eat buffet for $3 added onto the ticket price. There are Dippin' Dots stands, fresh cut fries, Rita's Water Ice and a number of kosher and gluten free options. You are welcome to bring your own food.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Wild Water Kingdom.

Address: 3830 Dorney Park Road Allentown, PA 18104
Telephone: 610-395-3724
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in June and weekdays in July; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends in July; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in early August; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in late August
Price: $45.99 for adults; $26.99 for children and seniors; two-day passes are $64.99 for adults and $35.99 for children and seniors; admission after 5 p.m. is $25 for all guests

Other Noteworthy Parks Near Philadelphia

Splash Zone
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Mountain Creek Water Park
Morey's Piers and Beach Front Water Parks
Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park

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