DelGrosso's Amusement Park and Laguna Splash is located in Tipton, Pennsylvania, approximately midway between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The family oriented park offers over 30 rides and attractions. Children’s rides include Kid’s Kingdom, designed specifically for young guests. Kiddie Rides include boat rides, and rides on two-seater elephants, helicopters, turtles, fire trucks and whales.
A children’s carousel is a miniature version of the park’s antique carousel. The last remaining of the park’s original rides, the antique carousel has been operating since 1947. Thirty-two hand carved horses in jumping stances represent several different breeds. The carousel was built by the Herschell-Spillman Company of New York, who began designing carousels, roller coasters and other amusement park rides in 1915.
Family rides include Casino, which resembles a giant roulette wheel and spins guests at a 45-degree angle, and traditional park rides such as the Yo-Yo swing, bumper cars, Super Spiral and Tilt-a-Whirl. A miniature train takes families on rides through the park’s Tipton Creek area. Midway games include classics such as Speed Pitch, the Water Race, Balloon Bust and Lucky Duck.
Thrill rides at the park include Crazy Mouse, a roller coaster with mouse shaped cars that spin as they turn corners. Rock Star takes 22 riders on the swinging arm of a giant guitar to height of fifty five feet. The park’s newest attraction, Rock Star cost upwards of one half million dollars. X-Scream Tower is a vertical drop ride, which reaches speeds of over 55 miles per hour as it drops guests from a 120-foot tall tower.
Laguna Splash is an Italian themed water park complete with a Leaning Tower of Pisa that dumps water on those enjoying the pool below. Bambini Cove offers a safe, quiet swim area for the youngest park guests, while Gravity Groove, the Great White and the Twin Twister offer more thrilling giant water slides. A Wave Oceano wave pool simulates the waves of the ocean.
Food at the park continues along the Italian theme. Concessions offer hoagies, pizza and pasta, as well as famous Philly Cheesesteaks and a special DelGrosso Italian-themed cheesesteak.
History: Originally known as Bland’s Park, for the family farm on which it was founded, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park dates back to the early 1900s. Mafalda and Ferdinand DelGrosso met in 1936 when Mafalda was waiting tables at a local restaurant, and Ferdinand, a railroader, came in for a meal. They married in 1943 and established their own small restaurant, called DelGrosso’s Café. The restaurant soon became famous for its spaghetti dinners, thanks to a family sauce that Marfalda’s mother brought with her to the United States in 1911. Ferdinand, or Fred, began packaging the sauce for sale when he noticed customers always asked for a small batch to take home.
In 1946, Fred and Mafalda sold their restaurant to purchase Bland’s Amusement Park next door, and they set up shop to sell their famous sauce on site. The sauce brand grew over the next 65 years, and moved towards successively larger warehouses, always adjacent to the park. In 2000, the DelGrosso’s put their family name on the amusement park, and it continues to be family owned and operated, along with the pasta sauce business.
Ongoing Programs and Education: DelGrosso’s Amusement Park offers a packed schedule of events each month they are open, from May through September. Free days are offered throughout the summer for Mother’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day.
A Summer Thunder Fireworks Show takes place each Fourth of July and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017. Other annual events include the Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, the Italian Food and Heritage Festival, and Harvestfest, a weekend event in September with a variety show, circus performers and stunt shows, live music, a car show, and Italian food.
Spaghetti Wednesdays take place throughout the summer, offering a pasta lunch and dinner that features DelGrosso’s Sauces. A staple at the park since the 1940’s, the sauce is still cooked and packaged just a few feet away from the park, albeit in a larger, new modern facility.
Groups may receive discounted ride tickets, and can take advantage of the park’s picnic catering services. Birthday packages are available at Buddy Bear’s Birthday Roundhouse. Guests may rent cabanas at the water park that include tables and chairs, electricity and WiFi, and a mini fridge.
4352 E Pleasant Valley Blvd. Tipton, PA 16684, Phone: 814-684-3538