Day Trip to Idlewild

Looking for a great one-day getaway for your family this summer? Look no further than Idlewild & Soakzone, just 2 1/2 hours from Cleveland and the perfect adventure for your young children! And for a limited time, get discounted tickets for your visit!

We traveled to Idlewild this past weekend having never visited before and not quite knowing what to expect. It took us about 2 1/2 hours from the Northeast Ohio area. After parking we had a picnic lunch in the parking lot, but the lots are also bordered by picnic pavilions that are perfect for a picnic. We then headed into the park. Idlewild is divided into seven themed areas, and we started with the Jumpin’ Jungle area. Our favorite rides in this section were the Jungle Juggler, where balls literally floated on air, and the Alligator Swamp, where my husband and kids pulled a raft across a “swamp” using a rope and pulley. The kids loved both of these adventures!

Jungle Juggler

Moving across the Alligator Swamp

We then moved into Olde Idlewild, which is the original part of the park and includes traditional rides such as the Ferris Wheel and Merry Go Round, as well as some more “intense” rides like the Spider. Olde Idlewild is right next to Hootin’ Holler, an old western-themed area, where we rode the Loyalhanna Limited Railroad and my husband and son enjoyed the Howler.

Beautiful view from the top of the Ferris Wheel

Next we headed over to Raccoon Alley, which houses all the “kiddie” rides for the youngest visitors to the park. However, keep in mind that if your child is under 36 inches, he or she will not be able to ride most of the rides in the kiddie ride area (as well as in most of the park). Raccoon Alley is also adjacent to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, an area based on the popular TV show and home to the trolley ride attraction (we weren’t able to ride because the line was too long). My kids particularly enjoyed the Turtles ride in Raccoon Alley.

Taking a spin on the Turtles

We finished our day with a stroll through Storybook Forest. This extremely imaginative and interactive area invites visitors to literally step into the pages of their favorite nursery rhymes. Live characters help bring the experience to life. This was a great place to end the day as the kids (and us) were tired and it was a slower-paced, relaxing close to our Idlewild visit.

The entrance to Storybook Forest

Although we didn’t get a chance to check out SoakZone (the seventh themed area), we will be sure to do so on another visit. I encourage you to schedule your visit to Idlewild & SoakZone today and take advantage of this specially-discounted offer! Promocode is MomFabFunSblog17.



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Excited to be a contributor for Momfabfun! I live in Northeast Ohio with my husband, two children and black cat. We love music, adventure, travel and sports and are always looking for new experiences. Being a mom can be challenging but it is definitely fabulous AND fun!

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