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Did you know Pittsburgh has a waterpark? It's in the historical town of Homestead and it's a great way to cool off on a hot day.

Pittsburgh Water ParkThe most frequently heard expression of first-time visitors to Sandcastle is: “Wow! I don't believe I'm still in the city.” Usually, they've just arrived on the boardwalk and are looking toward the Monongahela River. The scene is one of unusual beauty and tranquility – a resort type setting along a calm waterway, with a green wooded hillside providing the backdrop.

Opening in July 1989, Sandcastle had transformed an old railroad yard that serviced the US Steel Homestead Works mill into a water park that provides shared fun and memory making opportunities for families and friends. Today, Sandcastle is one of the best places to visit in Pittsburgh, PA with kids.

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Sandcastle is great for families and young adults looking for something fun to do in the summer.

My husband and I took our almost 13-year-old niece to Sandcastle with us. Sandcastle has something for everyone! You can choose from the wave pool or lazy river. The wave pool is not just any old wave pool it's a Mon-Tsunami wave pool.

The Mon Tsunami is a 20,000 square foot Wave Pool generating ocean-like waves, and can even send diamond waves crisscrossing the 300,000-gallon pool. Depths range from zero to six feet.

All guests under 48″ are REQUIRED to wear a lifejacket and be within arms reach of a guardian. We insist that parents and guardians keep their children under close supervision on all water activities. Lifejackets are available free of charge.

When the whistle blows, that means the waves are coming. These are some strong waves! They were knocking me over trying to stand next to my niece. She's a strong swimmer, I'm just an overprotective niece so she was fine. She got a kick out of watching the waves take me out! It was a lot of fun for us.

The lazy river is my idea of fun, just floating on a raft.

The lazy river is a gentle current that drifts you down a quarter-mile of floating fun along the river and under the slides. Lounge in single tubes and double tubes available at the Lazy River entrance.

For the more adventurous thrill seekers, there are 7 different water slides you can ride. We did not do any of these because of either being afraid of heights (my niece) or medical problems making it difficult going up the stairs (my husband and me).

Overall we had a great time at Sandcastle and it was a great family bonding time playing in the water and just having fun.

Have you ever been to Sandcastle? Would you be brave enough to do the water slides?

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