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Speaking of clean, I was treated to a private underground tour of the equipment: tanks and pumps that filter thegallons of water that cycle through the park, every four hours.
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So, if you do your math and look at some of the packages, you will see that it is cheaper for a family of four to stay overnight with a package that includes day passes than to stay with local friends and buy day passes for two days. The weather outside is easy to ignore. It opened inexpanded inand will expand further in late with the addition of a wave pool.
Yes, but it was well worth it. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, but plenty of other vacationers stay in some of the other nearby offsite hotels. I felt perfectly safe with them out of my sight for half an hour at a time, both because the park is guarded against outsiders, and also because the only place where they might get in water over their he is the six-foot pool into which Hurricane Hole drops—and my kids were not interested in either of those.
Park days and hours can be found here. There wasn't a speck of trash anywhere, not a hint of dirt in the changing rooms, and nothing to watch out for on the floor of the water park. Schedule a time there ahead of time, otherwise it will be full, and you will lose out and not be able to go, and lose your money. His sentiment was echoed by several readers.
One aspect of Splash Lagoon that struck me immediately was that, unlike many amusement parks, it was clean—clean, clean, better-than-even-Disney clean. But the Erie tap water was fine, and we did great with a bucket of ice and what came out of the free and easy Erie PA reviews in the hotel room. Everything is indoors, although some of the covered slides stick out of the building though not open to the elements.
So I froze the remaining pizza in the little freezer that came with our room and stored it in the car on the day we left no danger of it melting! I agree with most of the folks in my informal survey, both at the park and of KidsOutAndAbout.
Instead, I am in front of my laptop at Splash Lagoon, getting work done. Indeed, while the Laguna Grill, the fast food style restaurant inside Splash Lagoon, was priced comparably to amusement park food, it was a notch above the rest in quality—the chicken Caesar wrap was delicious, and the portions were large. We had three coats, a purse, a tote bag, and at various points my laptop bag, and they just barely fit the large locker.
When I asked for recommendations from readers about Splash Lagoon in advance of our trip, one of the main suggestions I received was to rent a locker. Scott assured me. No one looked grumpy, bored, or sullen.
I asked my kids this same question: How would you make Splash Lagoon better? The tap water tasted good.
Splash Lagoon provides small hotel-quality towels for hotel guests inside the water park—do not bring your hotel towels into the park! The temperature out there is 18 degrees, but in here, both the air and water are 84 degrees.
There are no refunds on that we had that happen last time we were there. Weekend nights are more expensive than non-weekend nights during the winter, and tend to fill up faster. My kids are pretty sensitive to tap water. In January, that seemed to me to be well worth the extra cost.
I was glad we had brought our own towels—plus, they clearly marked our chairs. I always find that the tap water in Florida tastes awful, and I buy endless bottles of Aquafina. If you are wondering whether your teen will have a good time, the answer is yes. There are many attentive lifeguards in every corner of the park.
In other words: The hotels vary in amenities and pricing depends on the time of the year, but I found something to accommodate every type of budget. Then she paused, reflectively.
And, I am told, if you visit Splash Lagoon on a busy weekend, or during March and April spring breaks, you may have to wait for some of the slides. The same thing for your toddler, elementary-age child, or hard-to-please middle-schooler. However, the mom of a Pittsburgh-area family visiting when we were there told me that at peak times, they run out of towels. In summary Does Splash Lagoon make for a great, inexpensive, mid-winter, easy-to-drive-to getaway for me and the kids?
The park requests that you not bring your own coolers of food unless it is baby food, or accompanied by a written consent from a doctor for medications or food allergies. I am happy, too.
Scott told me that Splash Lagoon also brings local school groups to this restricted area to teach them about hydraulics, filtration, viscosity, and other principles of fluid dynamics. I could be in front of my laptop at home, getting work done. Our room at the Holiday Inn Express had a microwave and small refrigerator, which makes a world of difference when your child craves a nice warm mug of milk at bedtime as mine does.
Most of the slides are appropriate for about age six and up, although the extreme rides were a bit too exciting for my girls. Splash Lagoon is open all year, and gets busiest in March and April. Waiting in Line Everyone who visits an amusement park knows that queuing is part of the package. Scott Enterprises owns three hotels—a Holiday Inn Express, a Marriott, and a Comfort Inn—that are connected directly to Splash Lagoon so that customers can avoid having to go outside for the entire length of their stay, should they so choose. Some of my readers said they stayed for two nights and enjoyed it a great deal.
Although it is a Friday in January in the early afternoon—therefore not yet very crowded—I can see I am not the only parent who had this idea. Lockers When I asked for recommendations from readers about Splash Lagoon in advance of our trip, one of the main suggestions I received was to rent a locker.
I am sitting 20 feet away from where my 7- and 9-year-old daughters are waiting under the Tiki Tree House for the bucket above to drench the waiting throngs below with a thousand gallons of warm water. Training time is 40 hours, with periodic refresher courses and audits.
Does Splash Lagoon make for a great, inexpensive, mid-winter, easy-to-drive-to getaway for me and the kids? And not institutional, smells-like-Lysol clean, either, not like a hospital. Splash Lagoon also has a LazerTag area, but we did not visit this. When my girls were ready for a little change after several hours of swimming and sliding, we headed upstairs to the Treasure Island arcade.
Great in winter months for sure! My girls, despite having stood beneath the Tiki Tree House a dozen times since we arrived yesterday, are hopping around with the rest of the kids in excitement, anticipating the big splash. I found the information located here to be very helpful in understanding the rules of Splash Lagoon as we planned our trip.
It would not take much for the folks at Scott Enterprises to make sure we could access wireless internet in the park proper, and I think they should do it. For special package deals.
Cleanliness One aspect of Splash Lagoon that struck me immediately was that, unlike many amusement parks, it was clean—clean, clean, better-than-even-Disney clean. Is this a romantic little overnight appropriate just for me and my sweetie? For those with preschoolers that do need constant watch, there is adequate seating near Monkey Shines Island, as well as a nearby bathroom with changing tables by the entrance to the Marriott.
For us western New Yorkers, Winter Break for our kids typically happens in February; the Splash Lagoon folks agreed that it is very busy there during that week in February, but not quite to the extent that it is later in the winter.
And, I will confess, periodically I put the laptop in the locker we rented, and the kids on one of the slides, in a tube on the Lazy River, or in one of the two family whirlpools. It is owned by Scott Enterprises. There were plenty of tots, teens, and every age in between. The arcade has typical hotel- or Chuck-E-Cheese-level arcade games.
Ways we would make Splash Lagoon better Having a wireless internet connection makes my ability to do my job much easier, as it does for increasing s of parents these days. There was no separate light in the Kids Suite at the Holiday Inn Express, probably because the wall separating it from the rest of the hotel room was just a 3-quarter wall, so it got the light from our section. My sense is that the attitude of the employees is quite cheerful and relaxed, so I would not expect them to be vultures about this issue.
I watched faces carefully.
I also have a view of the snow that since yesterday has been drifting gently against the windowpanes that let in plenty of natural light. They are happy. My girls were happy that they also have Skeeball, my favorite much of my time in the early s at the Jersey Shore was spent perfecting my Skeeball tossso that I could win tickets for them.
If these conveniences are important to you, make sure you call to ask which types of hotel rooms have these amenities. They are planning a home school program as well. His father had started in the hospitality industry inand the company currently owns several restaurants in addition to its hotels both franchised and original and water park.
I suspect that the sheer sparkling quality of the place makes the people who visit even less inclined to dispose of their trash improperly—not that any of the guests seemed to be the kind of person to be disrespectful of property. This seems to be because Spring Break for schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio is in March, but I would guess that it has partly to do with the fact that by the time March rolls around, people up here are tired of winter and need a break.
Everyone who visits an amusement park knows that queuing is part of the package. Park officials explained that when is reported missing, the park shuts down the exits until the child is found, and that in their six years in operation, all such incidents have always ended well. Having a wireless internet connection makes my ability to do my job much easier, as it does for increasing s of parents these days.
By the way, only Coast-Guard approved life jackets are permitted inside Splash Lagoon, and then, not on any body slides because they may damage the equipment. Instead of using change or tokens, most of the games use a swipe card that you can purchase, for any value you like. The Kids Suite also had a big whirlpool tub. Arcade When my girls were ready for a little change after several hours of swimming and sliding, we headed upstairs to the Treasure Island arcade. It held up well.
They looked at me, puzzled, for a minute. The horn has just blown to let everyone know the bucket is about to tip—which it does about four times each hour—and kids are hurrying from all corners of the indoor water park to be part of the fun.
Splash Lagoon allows day pass sales, unlike some other indoor water parks such as Great Wolf Lodge, which only permits overnight guests to use their facilities. Search form Search. If you are staying in an attached hotel and have not yet checked out, you can charge your meal to your room so you need not bring cash with you into the water park proper.
They also had a wonderful indoor pool and hot tub. Towels Splash Lagoon provides small hotel-quality towels for hotel guests inside the water park—do not bring your hotel towels into the park! Several readers told me that to get the most for their money, they got up early at home on the first day to drive so as to be at the park shortly after opening time.