LIGONIER (KDKA) — With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, many of the area’s favorite summertime attractions are getting ready to open for another season, and that includes SoakZone at Idlewild Park.

The rides were getting the once over and the park a general cleaning.

The Thomas and Friends Stage is waiting for a second run, and the lifeguards at the wave pool were making sure the waves were up to park standards.

Nearby, the newest entry into the SoakZone landscape is ready for its maiden float; it’s the Lazy River of Float Away Bay.

“It’s over 600 feet long, which is the length of two football fields,” said Jeff Croushore, of Idlewild & SoakZone.

The flow is powered by water jets along its walls. The bay is capable of handling 400 for a relaxing float.

A survey by the park found a lazy river was the number one desired attraction for all ages.

“We do recommend that if you are under 36 inches or a weak swimmer that you wear a life jacket that we provide here, and that you stay within an arm’s reach of a parent or guardian,” said Croushore.

But make sure you have your sunblock on before you get on because there is no shade to protect you from getting some rays.

But if you do want to escape the sun, there are other ways to do it.

“There’s an additional 6,000 square feet of surrounding beach area, including some VIP cabanas where you can get in out of the sunshine and cool off and relax,” said Croushore.

The cabana’s can be reserved on the Idlewild website.

Float Away Bay, like the rest of the SoakZone, is included in the park’s admission price.

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