The Best Water Parks in New York State

Six Flags Darien Lake SplashTown water park

Six Flags

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 some indoor water parks to discover as well. 

Before we get to the listings, you may want to explore New York’s theme parks. Or perhaps you are considering travel to nearby states and want to check out water parks in New Jersey or water parks in Pennsylvania (where you could find some major indoor water park resorts in the Pocono Mountains).

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Splish Splash: Riverhead, Long Island Outdoor Water Park

Lazy River at Splish Splash
Splish Splash

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.

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Hurricane Harbor: Queensbury Outdoor Water Park

Hurricane Harbor water park at The Great Escape
Six Flags

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. Because Darien Lake and The Great Escape are Six Flags properties, their water parks are both branded “Hurricane Harbor.”

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Hurricane Harbor: Darien Center Outdoor Water Park

Darien Lake SplashTown water park
Darien Lake

This large water park is included in admission to Six Flags 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 Kahuna family raft ride, and Tornado, a funnel ride.

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Enchanted Forest Water Safari: Old Forge Outdoor Water Park

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

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.

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Roseland Waterpark: Canandaigua Outdoor Water Park

Roseland

Roseland is a 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.

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SplashDown Beach: Fishkill Outdoor Water Park

SplashDown Beach water park
SplashDown Beach

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.

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Raging Rivers: Rochester Outdoor Water Park

Raging Rivers water park at Seabreeze
Seabreeze

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.

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Martin's Fantasy Island: Grand Island Outdoor Water Park

Martin's Fantasy Island
Martin's Fantasy Island

Located near Niagara Falls and Buffalo, 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.

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The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark: Monticello Indoor Water Park

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark

The Kartrite Resort

Billed as the largest indoor water park in New York, The Kartrite offers plenty of attractions, including Nor’easter, a raft ride that soars up a half-funnel, a FlowRider surfing ride, the Empire Bay lazy river, and Kartrite Island, a huge interactive water play center with a dump bucket. The Kartrite resort also includes a spa, restaurants, function rooms, and a hotel featuring suites.

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Six Flags Great Escape Lodge: Queensbury Indoor Water Park

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge water park
Six Flags

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  Avalanche, a family raft ride.

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The Cascades at Greek Peak: Cortland Indoor Water Park

The Cascades indoor water park at Greek Peak
Greek Peak

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.

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Thunder Island: Fulton Outdoor Water Park

A medium-sized park, Thunder Island’s attractions include tube slides, kiddie slides, and a mini lazy river. The water park is part of a family entertainment center, which also offers go-karts, mini-golf, zip-lining, and an arcade.

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