Delgrosso's or Lakemont

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:01 PM

Just a quick question. I was planning as trip in August to around Altoona, Pa. I had planned on going to Lakemont, but now I have seen the website for Delgrosso's and I cannot decide which one to go to.

I have two kids, ages 6 and 8. The six year old is under 48 inches tall. Has anyone been to both of these parks, and does anyone have a preference? I would try to do both, but I feel like that would be overkill and I would like to devote all of my time to one or the other.


Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:25 PM
If you can,do both,they are not that big,you should have enough time.They are pretty close to each other also.

If you like wooden coasters do Lakemont.

Racing whippet 76-77
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:37 PM
It's a tough choice. I agree with Westview, try to do them both (and plan a meal at Delgrosso's, the food is really good and inexpensive). The ride prices for both parks are very low, especially at Lakemont. Neither park is big enough to spend the entire day (unless you plan on chilling out in the water park).

Delgrosso's is the more attractive park and it looks more "complete" with trees, paved paths, etc. Lakemont is still in a long slow recovery from a bad situation during the 1980s. It has a carnival feel with most rides spread around a field.

Both parks have an interesting mix of rides. Lakemont has a fun wooden coaster in Skyliner, and a real historical gem in Leap the Dips. Delgrosso's has a very nice carousel, and a fairly new spinning mouse steel coaster.

I might have to give a slight edge to Delgrosso's based on appearances alone. It's a much nicer place to hang out in and relax. And you might be able to find jars of Delgrosso's pasta sauce with a $3 off coupon for a ride pass.
*** Edited 7/12/2006 4:39:51 PM UTC by millrace***

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 1:44 PM
^^ ^ What they said. I don't think hitting both parks in one day is overkill, since you could go through both parks in 5 hours or less-- that includes re-rides, food breaks and the half hour ride between the two.

Lakemont is a bit more spread out, so there's more walking between attractions. DelGrosso's might be a bit more kid friendly. Can't forget the Wacky Worm!

Either way you go, I think you'll have a good time. If you decide you've done everything at one place, you won't have that far to travel to visit the second.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 3:55 PM
Lakemont and DelGrossos are both family friendly and the height restrictions on the rides are reasonable. Generally, with only a few exceptions, your younger child will be able to ride the major rides at either park if accompanied by an adult. Both parks have a number of kiddie rides as well.

These parks are very inexpensive and close enough to each other to do both on the same day. Lakemont costs $7.95 for a ride-all-day pass (including the waterpark). I believe that the Leap-the-dips coaster is $2.50 extra. Delgrossos is $10.95 for ride-all-day plus the pool or $14.95 for rides and all of the water attractions. Both parks also offer pay-per-ride if anyone in the family only wants to do a few rides at either park.

Overall, I believe that DelGrossos is the better overall choice if you can do only one of the parks because more of the rides are the kind that your entire family will be able to enjoy together. This park also has a more pleasant overall atmosphere. If you can manage it, however, do both of the parks. They are easily done on the same day both in terms of time and price. Also, there are a number of rides that are different at each park making a visit to both of them worthwhile. *** Edited 7/12/2006 8:00:17 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***

Arthur Bahl

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 5:14 PM
Agree with all of the above.

If you do Delgrosso's on a Wednesday,I think its all you can eat pasta for a really cheap price.

Racing whippet 76-77
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 5:22 PM
Visit both, A all day pass at Lakemont is only 7 bucks or so and DelGrossos has tickets and free parking so you can ride what you want or the kids can ride what they want.

Chuck, who says Skipping Leap the Dips at Lakemont would be a huge mistake.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 5:29 PM
One more point to consider: Lakemont is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. DelGrosso's is open daily during the the main season.

Arthur Bahl

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 6:59 PM
Thanks for all the great info! I am going to try to do both, but if I can't I think I am leaning towards Lakemont, just b/c of Leap the Dips.

I will definately let y'all know and post a detailed trip report.


Thursday, July 13, 2006 4:33 PM
My son and I did both parks the last week of June. DelGrosso's had a bigger crowd, but nothing unreasonable. Lakemont was almost deserted (we went on a weekday).

Do your eating at Del Grosso's, though. (was it my imagination or does everything at DelGrosso's go the opposite direction of the norm.. even the odd Paratrooper rotated the opposite way of most!)

The parks are only 12 miles apart, both accessible via interstate 99, a very short trip between the two. Nice mountain scenery at Del Grosso's as well.

I still have to try Knoebels!

Saturday, July 15, 2006 5:33 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar Yes, do them both! Del's has the best food and has a little more for kids to do.

However, Lakemont has Leap The Dips. ;)

Both are very cheap and very family-oriented. Don't choose! :)


Monday, July 17, 2006 11:58 AM
I'm planning on doing a Penssylvania week of trips end of this week/next week and was looking at both of these parks. I'm glad I read this thread because I was about to just ignore DelGrosso's entirely and just go to Lakemont. Its good to hear that I can do both in one day easy I'll have to try that this Friday.
*Currently a ride op/ attendant at Six FLags America in South West Territory.*
Monday, July 17, 2006 12:05 PM
Again, I point out that both of these parks are VERY inexpensive as well as being close to each other. Definitely do them both if you have a day for this.

Arthur Bahl


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