Home » U.S. News names best waterparks. 4 Pa. parks, including 2 Lehigh Valley favorites, make list.

U.S. News names best waterparks. 4 Pa. parks, including 2 Lehigh Valley favorites, make list.

U.S. News & World Report makes a lot of lists. Jobs, colleges, cars, you name it, the good folks at the publication have listed it. When relevant, Pennsylvania usually has a pretty good standing in those lists.

This month, the publication released a list of the 36 best waterparks in the United States, and Pennsylvania had quite a bit of representation. The list, which isn’t explicitly ranked, included four parks in the Keystone State, in addition to parks across the country from Draper, Utah, to Santa Claus, Indiana.

Two of Pennsylvania’s included waterparks are summer havens for plenty of Lehigh Valley families. Camelbeach Outdoor Waterpark, part of the Camelback Resort complex in Tannersville, is the closest, situated just north of the Lehigh Valley in Monroe County. U.S. News highlighted one of Camelbeach’s most unique attractions, the FlowRider, which allows guests to learn to surf in the middle of land-locked Pennsylvania.

The other Lehigh Valley-adjacent park that made the list is The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. A little farther away than Camelbeach but just as worth it, the waterpark is located inside Hersheypark — just make sure you wait 30 minutes after eating some Hershey’s chocolate. Highlighted in the list is Breakers Edge, the park’s hydromagnetic water coaster, which is as fun as it is scientific.

The other Pennsylvania parks to make the list were Sandcastle Waterpark in West Homestead and Waldameer & Water World in Erie.

Now, the list probably can’t be all Pennsylvania locations, but there are a good few more in the area that have a case to be featured. The Kalahari location in Pocono Manor has the added bonus of being indoors for year-round fun, and Sesame Place in Bucks County is arguably the best for younger children.

Dorney Park’s Wildwater Kingdom merits consideration as well, and it’s also right here in the Lehigh Valley. While the main amusement park is usually the bigger draw — and there a number of list entrants that are part of an amusement park-water park combo, including Hersheypark, Cedar Point and Universal — you can’t deny you’ve been on the top of Steel Force in 90-degree heat, fantasizing about how much more refreshing the Wildwater Cove wave pool would be.

The nearby parks that didn’t make the main list are, however, included in ‘U.S. News’’ list of the 13 best water parks in Pennsylvania.

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Connor Lagore may be reached at clagore@njadvancemedia.com.