Multiple choice may be a difficult testing method in the classroom, but at Costa’s Family Fun Park, it’s a snap. Here, you see, all options are the correct answer.
Costa’s offers a boundless array of activities: bumper boats, miniature golf, laser tag, water slides, batting cages, go-karts, and video games. Throw in some hand-dipped ice cream from the snack bar, and a family’s day is made. “We’ve been to the Park several times during the summer, and it doesn’t disappoint,” proclaims Katrina Walden of Pompton Lakes, NJ. “My extended clan rents a house nearby, making Costa’s very reachable. Lake Wallenpaupack is less than three miles away.”
Indeed, this Hawley-based attraction is the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. Lori Phillips, the Park Manager, views multigenerational enjoyment as the key to Costa’s endurance. “It’s a close-knit habitat where parents bring children and allow them the freedom to navigate [the property] on their own. But adults can just as easily participate themselves.”
The ever-popular go-karts allow riders to putter along at an even pace, with smaller vehicles available for tykes at least 42 inches tall. Costa’s 18-hole miniature golf course features sand traps accompanied by a stream with an imposing stone waterfall. A laser tag system provides state-of-the-art interactive amusement, as players are suited up with a blue vest and phaser gun, promptly taking aim at targets on their opponents to score points.
Despite its amped-up sensory octane, the Park is ADA-compliant, 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
By Tom Eccleston