Despite its amped-up sensory octane, the Park is ADAcompliant, a blessing for moms and dads with special needs youngsters. “Costa’s is the right size for challenged kids who might not like the bigger rides at other thrill parks. There’s no waiting in long lines, either,” notes Mac Swajeski, who resides in Yardley, PA. While exploring, embrace your inner all-star at one of the batting cages, where ball machines throw a variety of pitches to accommodate all ages and abilities. The site’s game room holds more than two dozen machines, from old-school pinball to high-tech simulated car-racing. There’s also a Playland branded for smaller Costa’s patrons; downsized versions of the Park’s miniature golf and go-karts are on hand here, paired with monkey bars, a bouncing bridge, and a climbing wall. All this hustle and bustle will make you work up a sweat, so cool off with some watery rejuvenation. Four slides and ten bumper boats add up to a ton of heat relief. “The boats are equipped with far-reaching squirt pistols, but you probably won’t duck for cover, since the blast is a welcome comfort from the sun,” Phillips laughs. Longtime vacationer Barbara Petersen agrees. “For over a quarter-century Costa’s has been a great place to swim on a hot day,” says the Ithaca, NY denizen. “My children, and now my grandchildren, have a wonderful time there using and scaling the equipment. The Park never loses its appeal, and I’ll always recommend it to families.” There’s no admission fee at Costa’s, and while paying à la carte is certainly an option, snagging a wristband package green lights widespread access to the Park. You’d be right in assuming this spot hosts some energetic birthday parties, as bundled rates incorporate meal offerings with extended play time. After Labor Day and through Columbus Day, Costa’s is only open on weekends. Until then, Family Fun is a daily occurrence. “Since we’re owned by a family, it’s easy to focus the service there. Because the Park hasn’t lost sight of that, first-time visitors become return guests,” Phillips says.
COSTA’S FAMILY FUN PARK 2111 Route 6, Hawley, PA (570) 226-8585 www.costasfamilyfunpark.com
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