As in most other parts of the country, New York has hopped on the indoor water park bandwagon. The concept makes a great deal of sense, especially in a place where the weather can turn cold and nasty in the winter. (If you've survived a winter in or near Ithaca or Buffalo, you can relate.) Instead of heading off to a tropical clime, vacationers could opt for a considerably less costly tropical-ish trip to a nearby indoor water park resort, such as the following, which are arranged alphabetically.
Located at the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Big Splash is a small indoor water park that offers water slides, an interactive water play station with a tipping bucket, and a water walk challenge. The family-friendly resort also offers bowling, an archery range, climbing walls, a winter fun park with snow tubing, a wildlife exhibit and other activities.
With its downhill and cross-country skiing, Greek Peak embraces winter. But its indoor water park offers a great way to beat the cold, either as a supplement to a ski trip or as a destination in its own right. The water park also helps make the mountain resort a place to visit year-round.
Attractions at the medium-sized park include a a wave pool, water slides, and an interactive play center with a tipping bucket. For young children, Cascades features Little Bear Falls.
Guests at Greek Peak’s Hope Lake Lodge are guaranteed admission to the park. Day tickets are offered to the general public based on availability. Advanced tickets can be reserved online.
A new water park resort is set to open in 2019. Part of Resorts Worlds Casino, it will bring family fun to the Catskills. The $200 million project will include a huge water park with a translucent roof that will allow in sunlight. Features in the park will include a FlowRider wave-making attraction for surfing. The resort will also offer over 300 luxury suites, laser tag, an indoor ropes course, a climbing wall, an extensive arcade, multiple restaurants, and a spa.
Attractions at the small water park, which is attached to a Quality Inn, include small and large water slides, an interactive water play structure, water basketball, a hot tub, and a game room.
Located across the street from The Great Escape, the lovely indoor water park and hotel could turn a one-day visit to the amusement park into a mini trip. Or it could provide an off-season excuse to put on your bathing suit and tackle some water slides.
Other attractions at the medium-sized indoor water park include an assortment of slides, a lazy river, an interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket, a family raft ride, and Boogie Bear Surf, a FlowRider wave simulator for body surfing. Admission to the park is included in the hotel rates. Day passes are available.
Nearby Indoor Water Parks
If you want to travel beyond New York’s borders, there are indoor water parks located in neighboring states. Here are some of the larger parks to consider.
Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls: On the Canada side of the falls in Ontario, the major indoor water park features many attractions.
Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains: Located in Scotrun, Pennsylvania, the major indoor water park resort is part of the Great Wolf Lodge chain and is one of a number of parks in the Poconos region.
Camelback Lodge and Indoor Waterpark: Another Pocono Mountains resort, Camelback is located in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Other features include a large outdoor water park and a ski mountain.
Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains- Part of another chain of indoor water park resorts, the Kalahari has an enormous park and a host of other activities.