Water Park Fun!
It was bound to happen… 744 hours into summer break the dreaded, “I’m bored!! What are we going to do today???” Of course a commercial for Cedar Point came on as if on queue. Followed by the, “Can we go THERE?!?! P-p-please????”
I explained that it was too far away and they were probably too small to ride on a lot of the things they had there (the boys are 5 & 3 and Isabella will be 1 this week).
Brandon (the 5 year old) then asks if we will take him to Great Wolf Lodge. I have to burst his bubble again and explain that if we go we have to stay over night and I have to work in the morning… so of course he throws out the suggestion that we head out to Splash Lagoon.
My poor husband was exhausted from a whole day’s worth of manual labor the day before cleaning out the shed and the garage. I’m sure he didn’t want to spend 2 hours in the car and countless hours chasing and catching kids on water slides only to get back in the car and drive another 2 hours home… but I could tell by the look on his face that he was considering it.
Then I actually remembered something! Someone had shared a post from a mom blog a couple of years ago about a “hidden water park in Pittsburgh”. Something about an indoor/outdoor water park a mere 15 minutes from where we lived!!! Practically in our back yard!
I found it without much effort and because I love my family I choked down my anxiety and stuffed myself into my plus sized bathing suit and for a third of the cost and a quick easy car ride we were there!
Upper St. Clair Water Park- officially known as the USC Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park, includes a beautiful indoor AND outdoor water park.
The Indoor Aquatics Center hosts an interactive water structure and gadgets, slides, tots area, handicap lift, four lane lap pool and large whirlpool, and resistance current channel (we called it the lazy river). The resistance channel includes a vortex and under water benches (where Isabella and I hung out).
The outdoor pool area hosts 6,000 sq. ft. of water with zero depth entry, interactive water structure and gadgets including a 60,000 gallon bucket which teeters over and splashes over the crowd (it wasn’t working while we were there), tot and teen slides, lily pads, handicap lift and three lane leisure pool with underwater benches. There are plenty of lounge chairs, a grassy lawn, a sand box/beach area, covered pavilions, vending machines, a snack bar (cash only) and separate outdoor men’s/women’s locker rooms and family changing rooms.
My kids had a blast (everyone but me is napping right now). The family changing rooms were a life saver. I don’t know if we just got lucky but I never had to wait and it really didn’t seem crowded while we were there. The whole facility was clean and well staffed with the nicest most friendly people.
We are actually planning on using this venue for Brandon’s birthday this winter. He’ll get to have a pool party in January!!
The best part? You don’t have to be a member! We aren’t members. We simply purchased an all day pass for $12 per person (Isabella was free).
By the way, that pass entitles you to use the entire facility (see their website). We were only interested in the water amenities and felt that $12 person was completely worth it!
5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Outdoor Aquatics Facility
Memorial Day – Labor Day
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Aquatic and Fitness areas will close 15 minutes prior to building closing.