This past weekend we were guests of DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, a family-owned amusement and water park in Tipton, PA, and enjoyed an amazingly beautiful day in the sun as a family! I grew up going to this park and it has a special place in my heart. I love that I now get to share it with my own kids and watch them slowly try more and more each summer. When deciding how to best share why this park remains one of my personal favorites I had many ideas and settled on a list. So here are the 5 reasons (in no certain order) DelGrosso’s Amusement Park is a perfect park for young families.
1. Special Events: Throughout each summer DelGrosso’s offers many events, most of which are completely FREE for guests! Everything from special holiday events including one of the biggest fireworks displays in the region for the 4th of July, to a Summer Concert Series an Italian Food & Heritage Festival and, our family favorite, Harvestfest each fall. There’s something for everyone, and at just about any point, each summer!
2. Size: This park is not too big and not too small. It’s a Goldilocks-type perfect every parent desires for their young family. It offers a sizeable children’s section affectionately called Kid’s Kingdom and when they graduate from there, they can ease into many other rides with a minimum height requirement of just 36″. The best part, for me anyway, is that other than during special events the park is never really busy. When we go my kids ride all the rides they desire with little to no waiting in lines. Favorites can easily be enjoyed multiple times and when you’re dealing with preschoolers and young elementary kidos this is huge!
3. FOOD!!! Delgrosso’s Amusement Park has a pretty neat history. Growing up, it was called Bland’s Park which was it’s name from the early 1900s, when it was founded, until 2000 when it became Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, renamed after the family who has owned and operated the park for over 50 years. The Delgrosso family is also well known for their spaghetti sauce. 😉
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in known as the home of America’s Best Amusement Park Food. Each summer season, park guests feast on appetizing sandwiches, “Murf’s” potato salad, fresh-made pizza and other delicious foods made fresh each day. (From the Delgrosso’s Amusement Park website.)
I’m not gonna lie, my favorite part of every visit to Delgrosso’s is the food, it’s everywhere and it can’t be beat! The kids love the pizza and walking tacos and I feast on the piece de resistace, the Marianna Hoagie! If you go, do yourself a favor and get one of these. You will not be disappointed!
4. Family Friendly: This is one you don’t really notice until you’re a parent. While visiting this park as a teenager I may, or may not, have had some attitude about this sign.
You know, hormonal teenager wanting to parade around the amusement park in a bathing suit. It may have taken me a while but I soon realized that this is NOT ok! It’s so nice to visit a place, with your kids in tow, that takes such things into consideration and asks its guests to do the same. They also offer designated smoking sections which this momma in particular appreciates very much. You also can’t beat the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. They really go the extra mile to be sure you have a lovely visit!
5. VALUE! FREE admission (you only pay if you want to ride), all day Fun Passes that grant you admission to TWO parks (Rides and Slides), and oh yeah, FREE PARKING! You simply can’t beat the value of this little gem hidden in Central PA.
If you’re not a rider but want to go along to enjoy the day, you don’t pay admission. This is especially nice for locals like us because there are many times each summer my kids will ask to visit “just for a little bit.” We can say yes because they still offer good ol’ tickets and the kids can ride just a few rides using tickets, we can treat them to some cotton candy and we’re on our way! This also works great if your kidos ride solo, mom and dad don’t pay if they’re not riding or can just get a few tickets to enjoy a couple rides though the day. The one exception is the Water Park, you will need a Fun Pass to enter this area, but it is WELL worth the cost as you will ride and slide all day for one low cost!
While I loved visiting Delgrosso’s even as a teenager (Who can say ‘no’ to a spin on the Tilt-a-whirl??), I do realize that at some point my kidos may outgrow this park but I really hope they don’t. Each time we visit it’s a special time with my family and I enjoy the smallish familiarity of this special place. If you get the chance, stop by for a visit. You won’t be sorry you did.
To creating special family moments 😉
*This post was sponsored by Delgrosso’s Amusment Park. I was granted complimentary admission for myself, and my family, in return for my time in creating this post. All opinions are my own.