In 2013, Cranberry Township was named one of the best place to raise children by Business Weekly. As residents of the North Hills area, we venture to Cranberry quite a bit and we can see the appeal: public safety, schools, housing costs, commute time, share of households with children, etc. We also love Cranberry for amazing places like Fun Fore All and Kids Castle Playground. We recently took our first trip to Cranberry Waterpark after it came highly suggested for a place to swim with children.
About Cranberry Waterpark
Cranberry Waterpark is located in North Boundary Park in Cranberry. North Boundary Park also includes picnic shelters with grills and picnic tables, walking trails, playgrounds and the AE Skate Park. Directly outside the Cranberry Waterpark you’ll find an awesome little playground and a newly installed outdoor fitness station. The playground and fitness station is free and open to the public.
There’s plenty of parking outside the Waterpark. Please note, Cranberry Waterpark is CASH ONLY! There’s a small discount on Waterpark admission if you’re a Cranberry resident and they also sell summer passes.
Once inside you’ll notice tons of lounge chairs and green lawn space. There were a few large umbrellas for shade. We laid down our beach towels and my son ventured to the sprinkler area. A sign outside designates the sprinkler area to children 10 and under. It was a large, fenced in area with a few fun interactive water features.
Next, we moved into the larger pool area which is sectioned off. The gradual slope , zero-depth entry is great for babies, toddlers and children who are not strong swimmers. The deepest part was approximately 3 feet before the ropes split the pool into the next deeper area.
We moved into deeper water (4.5 ft) to practice swimming… and canonballing. It wasn’t too long before my son noticed the large waterslide. Although he met the height restrictions, he’s not a strong swimmer yet. The lifeguard allowed me to wait at the bottom and catch him coming down (the water is about 4.5ft at the bottom). He had an absolute blast.
We weren’t able to go into the diving board area, but it looked like it would be a lot of fun for older kids and teens. In addition to the diving board, there’s also a small waterslide. Older children would probably enjoy the nearby sand volleyball area as well.
Adult swim occurs approximately every hour (I think). That’s when you’ll find most of the kids at the concession stand. Cranberry Waterpark offers a wide range of items on their menu including sandwiches, soft pretzels, slush puppies, nachos, drinks, candy and more (again… CASH ONLY!). For the kids that aren’t hanging out at the concession stand, the sprinkler area remains open as well as a large sandbox area complete with sand toys and playful stationary elements.
I can certainly see the appeal to Cranberry Waterpark for kids of all ages. From babies to teens, there’s plenty of designated areas for everyone. The pool, restrooms/locker rooms and lounge areas were very clean. Chairs were available at no extra cost and the price of admission is pretty reasonable. The park itself is easy to get to and there’s plenty of parking (free).
There are tons of nearby attractions including Kids Castle Playground, Fun Fore All and Cranberry Cinemas (they offer FREE family movies every Wednesday & Thursday at 10am during the week all summer).
Cranberry Waterpark 2016 Information
Location: North Boundary Park, 450 North Boundary Park Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Hours: 11:30 AM – 8 PM Daily
*Resident $7.00 | Non-Resident $9.00
Children, ages 2-12: Resident $6.00 Non-Resident – $8.00 Children under 2 are FREE
*Seniors, age 55+: Resident $6.00 Non-Resident $8.00
Cool Days – Pool Days! $5.00 Admission – If the forecast does not reach 75 degrees in Cranberry, according to Weather.com
Twilight Rates (after 6:00 PM) *Resident $4.00 Non-Resident $5.00
Visit their website for more info or contact the Cranberry Township Waterpark offices at (724) 779-4386