Speaking of the Monongahela River, Sandcastle is a surprisingly picturesque park, especially considering its municipal address. The urban oasis features a boardwalk, plenty of landscaping, and serene views of the river. But visitors come for the slides and rides, and the park features plenty of ways to cool down and get soaked.
Among the major attractions is Dragon's Den, a water park bowl ride, Lightning Express and The Monster, two speed slides, and Blue Tubaluba, a enclosed slide with two-passenger tubes that keeps riders partly in the dark for lights-out thrills. Smaller visitors can gravitate to Wet Willie's Water Works, an interactive water play center jam-packed with fountains, sprayers, and other gizmos, as well as Tad Pool, a wading area for the youngest guests. Older, but somewhat thrill-averse visitors can get wet in the Mon-Tsunami wave pool, the lazy river, or the Sandbar Pool.
The park offers plenty of dining choices including subs, gyros, phillys, and pizza. A particular favorite is the Potato Patch fries. These are the same tasty morsels, which are available with a huge variety of toppings, that are served at Kennywood, the nearby sister amusement park. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks into the park, although it is restricted to snacks and small servings. Picnic areas are available outside the park for guests who wish to bring cooler chests and larger feasts.
For larger groups, the park offers options such as catered meals and a combo pass to both the water park and Kennywood amusement park. A combo buffet meal at the adjacent Riverplex and water park admission is also available.
Private cabanas are available for rent.
I-376 to Exit 5 (Homestead / Greys Bridge). Proceed onto Sandcastle Drive. The park is located next to the Waterfront complex.
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Water Park Features:
New for 2012:
A bowl ride that sends passengers in two-person rafts soaring down a darkened, enclosed tube and into a fog-filled bowl (the fire-breathing Dragon's Den) for a few swirls before being flushed out.