New York is a big state with a lot of people, many of whom get hot and sweaty in the summer and seek relief at water parks. Fortunately, the state has plenty of places to cool down. Some of them are attached to amusement parks and theme parks, while others are standalone attractions.
But water slides and lazy rivers are no longer the exclusive province of summertime fun. Indoor water parks offer year-round, climate controlled getaways. New York has a couple of indoor water parks as well.
Located next to The Great Escape amusement park (which is open during the warmer months), the indoor Six Flags Great Escape Lodge remains open year round. It is comparatively small for an indoor park. But it offers a surprising number of attractions including a FlowRider wave simulator for body surfing and the Avalanche family raft ride.
The medium-sized water park is part of Hope Lake Lodge Resort and Greek Peak. Highlights include water slides, an indoor/outdoor whirlpool spa, and an interactive play structure with a tipping bucket. In the winter, Greek Peak also offers downhill and cross-country skiing as well as snow tubing and snow boarding.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari is a large seasonal, outdoor water park that includes the Cascade Falls family raft ride, the Killermanjaro speed slide, and the Tidal Wave Pool. The park also offers "dry" amusement rides including a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and a Tilt-A-Whirl. "Enchanted" attractions include Storybook Lane and other activities for young children.
The medium-sized, outdoor water park is included in admission to Martin's Fantasy Island amusement park. Highlights include The Cannon Bowl bowl ride and Dragster Drench, a multi-lane mat racing slide.
This medium-sized, seasonal water park is included in admission to Seabreeze amusement park. Highlights include the Helix bowl ride and Hydro Racer, a mat racing water slide.
Good-sized water park. Highlights include The Cliff, a 65-foot-tall speed slide, and Mammoth, a family raft ride. Other attractions include beach volleyball, boat rentals, and the Water War Zone water ballon fight.
SplashDown Beach is a good-sized standalone water park. Highlights include Arctic Mammoth, a family raft ride, the Humunga Half-Pipe, and the large Monster Wave Pool.
This large water park is included in admission to Darien Lake amusement park. Highlights include Brain Drain, a 300-foot-long water slide that sends passenger into a 360-degree sideways loop, the Big Kahjuna family raft ride, and Tornado, a funnel ride.
In addition to the indoor water park, Six Flags Great Escape Lodge (see above), The Great Escape also offers a large outdoor water park that is included in admission to the amusement park. Features include Capt'n Hook's Adventure River, the huge Black Cobra enclosed tube slides, and the Lumberjack Splash Wave Pool.
- Queensbury (near Lake George)
- Seasonal outdoor park
One of the country's most acclaimed and largest water parks, Splish Splash offers all kinds of ways to get wet. Highlights include the bowl ride, Dragon's Den, as well as speed slides, and a funnel ride.
Thunder Island is a fairly small water park that includes water slides and a small lazy river. The family entertainment center also offers go-karts, mini-golf, zip lining, and an arcade.
Water Slide World: Lake George
This medium-sized water park includes water slides, an activity pool with water volleyball, a wave pool, sand volleyball, and a lazy river.
A small, seasonal water park, Zoom Flume offers water slides, a lazy river, and a big activity pool. The park also features a zip line.