Five Reasons Waldameer Is The Best Small Amusement Park We’ve Ever Been To

There is so much to love about one of the oldest amusement parks in Pennsylvania. Waldameer might be small, but it has attractions for the entire family! Today, I want to share five reasons why Waldameer is my family’s favorite small amusement park.

Not only does Waldameer offer rides and water attractions, but it is also free to just walk around and enjoy the old school environment! Guests can choose to buy wristbands or individual tickets, so if you want to just ride a little, you do not have to pay for a full day of rides. It is also free for non-riders to just walk around and enjoy time with their families. The water park does have charge per person to enter.

Waldameer has recently expanded the water park a lot and since we did not visit last year, we cannot wait to try out all the new things! Each year, they make improvements or add new rides. Because of the pandemic, most of the improvements this year were just cosmetic changes, but it definitely looks nice!

This year, we bought season passes to Waldameer, so the reasonable prices of food in the park is a major perk! They have pretty basic theme park food and sweet treats. There are also plenty of shady places to sit and eat. If you want, you can even bring in your own food!

Waldameer is located in Erie, PA and is super close to the entrance to Presque Isle State Park. If you don’t want to spend a whole day there, you’ll have no trouble finding more to do. We rarely make a trip to Waldameer without taking a drive through Preque Isle while we are there.

I’ve been going to Waldameer since I was a child and I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than a half an hour for a ride! The park can get crowded, but the lines are usually pretty short! We recently visited on opening day and the longest we waited for anything was ten minutes!

While Waldameer isn’t known for record setting rides or a large amount of roller coasters, it is still the best small amusement park that we’ve ever been to! They offer a wide range of family-friendly activities and attractions that keep us coming back for more!

25 thoughts on “Five Reasons Waldameer Is The Best Small Amusement Park We’ve Ever Been To

  1. I would have loved to have taken my son there when he was younger. I’ve been to several small amusement parks, and I like them much better than the hulking behemoths.

  2. I love the intimacy of smaller amusement parks. Sure, the big parks have crazy huge rides and all kinds of bells and whistles, but the real heart of the fun comes from being together as a family, and that’s more fun when things aren’t so crazy.

  3. Waldameer sounds like the perfect way to enjoy some time at an amusement park and still be able to have family fun that isn’t overshadowed by throngs of people.

  4. It reminds me of the Kevin Costner movie of the same name. I haven’t seen that movie and I haven’t visited this park, but I’d like to do both.

  5. Ooohhh…I’m glad to know that there is something for everyone. There is nothing as bad as going somewhere to have fun, only to find that there’s nothing for you, to have fun on or with!

    1. I love watching YouTube videos about the small amusement parks all over the world! We unfortunately do not have a lot of them left here in the US.

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