As temperatures soar into the nineties, many families are looking for ways to stay cool and have fun. Fortunately for those in the general Pittsburgh area, aquatic adventures are within driving distance. You can float down a lazy river, make a splash in Olympic sized pools or whisk down water slides. You can travel to a neighboring county or city to find the best water parks Pennsylvania has to offer. Here are our top five picks.

Cranberry Community Water Park: Recently renovated, Cranberry Community Waterpark features a 120-foot water slide, tube slide, water climbing wall, dump bucket and zero-depth entry pool. You can even reserve your own private sun deck.

Idlewild & Soak Zone: Head to Ligonier to dive into Soak Zone. You can twist and turn down the Pipeline Plunge or race your family headfirst on the Hydro Racers. If you need an escape, you can stretch out on an inner tune and float down Float Away Bay. The park also offers 280,600 gallons of fun at the Wowabunga Family Wave Pool.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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