Idlewild and Soak Zone, commonly known as Idlewild Park or simply Idlewild, is a family amusement park that was established by the prominent Mellon family in 1878 making it the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and the third oldest amusement park in the nation behind Lake Compounce and Cedar Point. It is situated in the Laurel Highlands near Ligonier, PA.
The park has earned several awards and was named the best children's park in the world by Amusement Today in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Idlewild is split up into different regions that feature different attractions for family fun. These include: Olde Idlewild, Hootin' Holler modeled after a typical 19th century Western town, the Soak Zone which features an array of raft, body, and mat slides, the Jumpin' Jungle which is an interactive play area, Raccoon Lagoon for the kids, and Storybook Forest which features animatronic characters from everyone's favorite childhood storybooks.
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