Westmoreland County is home to world famous Idlewild Park, the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania. What began in 1878 as a picnic and campground area has turned into one of the most popular, family-fun destinations in the area attracting thousands of visitors each year. Story Book Forest, an enchanting land where nursery rhymes and children’s tales come alive, is one of the most notable aspects of the park. In addition to Story Book Forest, Idlewild also includes a waterpark and several other exciting theme areas. Each area incorporates a variety of rides and attractions, activities, unique shops, food and drink booths, pavilions and more.
Living Treasures Animal Park, located in Donegal, is another popular, family-friendly attraction in the area. Living Treasures is home to over 500 exotic and/or endangered animals and is a great place for animal lovers. Caddie Shak Family Fun Park, located in Donegal, Statlers Fun Center and Seabase Family Fun Center, both located in Greensburg, offer family-fun activities such as miniature golf, go carts, and arcades.
YMCA organizations in Westmoreland County like the Greensburg YMCA, Delmont YMCA and Regional Family YMCA of the Laurel Highlands, the Sampson Family YMCA, located in nearby Monroeville and the YWCA of Westmoreland County exist to provide plenty of family fun while not breaking the bank. The region also has traditional movie theaters and drive-in movie theaters, fun centers and arcades, swimming pools, roller and ice skating rinks, bowling alleys, local parks and playgrounds, museums, and a number of other activities to keep any family busy.
There are also quite a few well known attractions in nearby counties including Kennywood Park – listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Sandcastle Water Park, Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and Seven Springs Mountain Resort to name a few.