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Water Parks in the New York Area

These are the water parks in the New York metro area that are open with COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Water parks are a summer staple, but unfortunately many are still not open due to the coronavirus. Luckily, a select few in the New York area have been able to open with new safety restrictions and guest capacities to keep you and your family safe. Here are the waterparks in the New York area that you can visit with the family this summer. 

Water Parks in Westchester County

Willson’s Waves
Reopened July 3.
Willson’s Woods Park, East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon
Hours: Daily, 11am-2pm and 3-6pm
Admission: $5; free for children younger than 5
What you need to know: The pool and concessions are open to Westchester residents only, but the waves, aqua playground, splash pad, and slides are closed. Limited to 50-percent capacity; wristbands must be purchased day-of at the pool.

The park consists of a historic bathhouse, wave pool with 3-foot waves, 18-foot-high water slide, cascades, and fountains in a water playground, spray deck, plus areas for picnics and fishing.

Water Parks in New Jersey

Crystal Springs Family Water Park
The Brunswick Bay, Family Pool, Kiddie Pool, Lap Pool, Lazy River, and Splash Park are all open.  
380 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick
Hours: through Aug. 30: daily, 11am-5pm; Sept. 5-7, 11am-5pm
Admission: $20
What to know: Tickets limited to 300 patrons per day to avoid overcrowding. If tickets are unavailable for a day, they will not be added to your cart. Tickets are available for purchase up to 3 days in advance, and are valid only for the date for which they are purchased. Social distancing will be enforced.

The New Jersey water park features Activity Pool, Kiddie Pool, Lap Pool, Lazy River, Recreational Pool, Family Pool, Splash Pad and Water Slides. Includes  picnic areas and grills available on a first come first serve basis. 

Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids Waterpark
The amusement park and waterpark are fully open.
275 Beachway Ave., Keansburg
Hours: The waterpark opens Monday-Friday, 11am; Saturday-Sunday, 10am. Closing times vary based on weather and park occupancy.
Admission: Waterpark: $32 for a 3-hour ticket; $15 Splash Night Monday-Friday (4pm to close); $20 Splash Night Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays (4pm to close); $16 children 42 inches and shorter; $13 dry spectators; $20 lockers.
What you need to know: Waterpark-goers must wear masks when waiting on lines to enter and purchase, not in the water. The waterpark will be open at limited capacity, and will have a set opening and closing time. To avoid overcrowding there will no longer be weekend wristbands or buy-one-get-one-free wristbands. 

Features dozens of rides for kids and teens, and a water park with a lazy river and more than 19 slides with varying speeds, plus plenty of rides designed for smaller children, including a kids’ lagoon area. Attractions include body slides, a looping roller coaster, a wave swinger, bumper karts, a haunted manor, and the chance to swim with a live mermaid.

Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
Both the amusement park and waterpark are open.
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope
Hours: through Sept. 7 and Sept. 12-13: daily, 10am-6pm; waterpark closes at 5:30pm, amusement rides close at 5:45pm
Admission: $30.95; $28.14 seniors; free for children younger than 3 (admission includes free parking, access to picnic area, and entry to the waterpark)
What to know: You can purchase tickets online for specific days. Face masks and social distancing are required. 

Thrill rides and water rides rule at the 30-acre Land of Make Believe, with its free-fall ride, Pirate’s Cannonball, and rocking tugboat ride, along with Blackbeard’s Pirate Fort. The park is designed specifically for parents to participate with their children. New in 2018: An exhilarating new ride called the Scream Machine 360.

Morey’s Piers: Raging Waters Water Park
Morey’s Piers and Water Parks are open—see website for details.
3501 Boardwalk, end of Mariner’s Pier, Wildwood
Hours: daily, 9:30am-6pm
Admission: Prices vary depending on the day and time you’d like to visit. See website for details.
What to know: Open at 50-percent capacity. The waterpark will be offering general admission valid from when you enter to closing, the morning special valid through 12:30pm, and the afternoon special valid from 3:30pm to park closing. Reservations are recommended and guarantee access. 

Morey’s Piers spans more than 18 acres along six beach blocks. It includes three piers and two beachfront water parks: the Adventure Pier, which features coasters, thrill rides, and a raceway; the Surfside Pier, with kiddie and family rides; the Mariner’s Landing Pier, where you can ride traditional rides such as the Ferris wheel and teacups, play in the arcade, and enjoy Boardwalk treats; the Raging Waters waterpark, with kiddie play areas, water slides, and activity pools; and the Oasis Waterpark + Beach Club, which features more water rides for kids and adults. 

Mountain Creek Waterpark
The waterpark reopened July 2.
200 Route 94, Vernon
Hours: through Sept. 7: daily, 11am-5pm
Admission: Day tickets: $24.99; free for children ages 2 and younger. Season passes: $49.99. $5 General Parking; $20 Preferred Parking.
What to know: Tickets must be purchased online, as they will not be sold on-site. To adhere to social distancing, certain rides will be operating at a limited capacity. Social distancing and face masks are required, though face masks should not be worn in the water as they pose a drowning risk. Scanning upon entry and exit will be contactless. 

Features a Just for Kids play area with a fort, slides, and sprays. For kids taller than 48 inches, there’s the High Anxiety slide and Tarzan Swings. The Alpine Pipeline lets riders enter a pitch-black flume and rocket down a mountain at avalanche speed.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
The waterpark reopened July 23.
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10am-4pm
Admission: $24.99 for Monday, Thursday, and Friday; $29.99 for Saturday-Sunday.
What to know: Supplies and equipment will be sanitized regularly, and social distancing will be heavily enforced. Reservations are required for entry to avoid overcrowding. 

The water park features five thrill rides, three family rides, and four rides for kids (some rides are temporarily closed). If you want to make a full day of it, Six Flags Great Adventure is nearby and open.

Thundering Surf Water Park
The park is open, operating at 50-percent capacity.
300 Taylor Ave, Beach Haven
Hours: daily, 9:30am-5pm
Price: $32.99 for 2-hour admission. Price varies depending on time of day.
What to know: All guests must wear face coverings in public areas. Online ticketing is encouraged to reduce contact, and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the park. 

Choose from six thrilling tube slides or the lazy, crazy river with a wave cannon and an interactive bridge. Younger children can have fun at Cowabunga Kids with the mini racer slides, body slides, and tipping buckets. 

Water Parks in Connecticut

Lake Compounce
Open as of July 6—see website for details
822 Lake Ave., Bristol
Hours: through Sept. 20: hours vary, see website for details
Admission: Daily tickets: $34.99; $26.99 seniors, free for children ages 3 and younger. Family 4-pack: $109
What to know: Guests are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance. If the date you want to visit is not available on the website, that date has already reached maximum capacity. Crocodile Cove Water Park may reach maximum capacity before the rest of the park. All guests 3 and older are required to wear face masks, and temperatures will be taken before entering. 

This is Connecticut’s largest waterpark, where thrills and chills await the family with more than 50 rides and a kids’ area for ages 3-10.

Ocean Beach Park
Beach and boardwalk open; mini golf, pool, and waterslides and rides are closed until further notice.
98 Neptune Ave., New London
Hours: Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day; opens at 9am on weekdays and 8am on weekends; closing times vary.
Admission: $8 walk-in admission (includes beach and boardwalk access); Parking fee (includes admission for everyone in the car: $25 weekends; $18 weekdays; $10 weeknights.
What to know: Visit the facebook page to see updates regarding capacity and availability.

Features a carousel and old-time kiddie and adult rides as well as a half-mile boardwalk, arcade, 18-hole miniature golf course, playground, waterslide and Spray Park, and a beach on the Atlantic Ocean. There are also festivals and nightly entertainment throughout the summer; check the website for a full schedule of events. Ocean Beach Park has an Olympic-sized pool as well as a food court and banquet halls with catering abilities.

Splash Away Bay Waterpark at Quassy 
Open with a limited capacity.
2132 Middlebury Road (Route 64), Middlebury
Hours: through Sept. 7: daily, hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Admission: Waterpark & Quassy Beach: $22.99. Amusement park and waterpark combo: $29.99; $25.99 seniors ages 55 and older, children, and military
What you need to know: While guests are strongly encouraged to purchase daily passes online for easier check-in and less personal contact when arriving at the park, Quassy cannot guarantee admission to the property on the day you select to visit due to state mandated capacity numbers within the park. Arrive early with prepaid passes in hand or on your mobile device. Guests should wear masks to the park and follow social distancing guidelines.

Features thrilling tunnel twisters, a saturation station, the BulletBowl, fish pond, and FreeFall Extreme body slides, Category 5 Rapids Rafting Rides, and slide city for younger children.

Indoor Water Parks in the Northeast

Aquatopia at Camelback Resort
Open with a limited capacity.
193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA
Waterpark Hours: daily, 1-9pm
Admission: $69 Monday-Thursday; $89 Friday; $99 Saturday-Sunday; free for children ages 2 and younger.
What to know: Tickets should be purchased prior to arrival, and tickets bought for a specific day are not refundable. Masks and social distancing are required throughout the resort. Only members of the same family will be able to raft together. Cabanas, lounge chairs, and commonly touched areas will be sanitized often. 

Part of Camelback Resort, the Aquatopia indoor waterpark features 13 exciting water slides for the whole family, with tube slides, body slides, mat slides, bowl slides and aqua launch capsule slides. Aquatopia also includes seven pools and several kiddie slides for younger children. 

Cascades Indoor Water Park
Open at limited capacity
2177 Clute Road, Cortland, NY
800-955-2754 x3
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12-3pm and 3:30-6:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-1pm, 1:30-4:30pm, and 5-8pm; Sunday, 10am-1pm and 1:30-4:30pm
Admission: $21
What to know: Pool features (the wave pool, outdoor pool, and kiddie pool) at Cascade Indoor Waterpark are open with reservation only. Advanced tickets will be sold for 3-hour sessions, and the pool area will be sanitized between each session. Masks are required for patrons walking around public spaces and when dining at Edgewater Cafe.

As part of the Hope Lake Lodge, Cascades is the first indoor water park of the Finger Lakes region, with 41,000 square feet of water attractions. Swim through the Whitewater Wave Pool with over 67,000 gallons of water that filters in through a 13-foot waterfall, or race down one of four water slides. There is also an area for kids to play with water blasters and buckets. For those who want more sports, The Cove features a 1,000-square-foot basketball area with custom-themed hoops.

The Great Wolf Lodge
Open with limitations
1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA
What to know: COVID-19 safety guidelines are in effect. The North Hot Springs and South Hot Springs are closed until further notice. 

Part of another large chain of North American Indoor Waterpark resorts, the Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos is the brand’s closest location to New York City. Just like its sister properties scattered across the States, there are tons of wet thrills to be had here. Boasting up to 380,000 gallons of water, the park has 11 huge slides, six pools, and even a 12-floor fort for the family to explore. Crooked Creek is an endless lazy river for those looking to relax. For others looking for more excitement, Coyote Cannon is a 436-foot enclosed slide that makes your wet journey dark! Hydro Plunge is another favorite, and with its 52-foot vertical drop it’s the hybrid of a water slide and roller coaster in one. The Whopping Hallow mini slide Cub Paw Pool will keep kiddies enticed all day long.

Sahara Sam’s Oasis
Indoor waterpark is closed until further notice due to COVID-19, but the outdoor attractions and arcade are now open with capacity reduced to 50 percent.
535 N. Route 73, West Berlin, NJ
Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday-Sunday, 10am-7pm
Admission: $36.99; $22.99 seniors ages 65 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger
What you need to know: All guests must make a reservation prior to visiting. The park tests the water every 2 hours to ensure it’s properly maintained to prevent the spread fo COVID-19. All high-touch areas are regularly sanitized, team members are required to wear masks, and guests must wear masks when entering the park, waiting in lines, and walking to and from bathrooms and the café. Social distancing guidelines must be followed at all times.

Even when it’s snowing outside, it is always a balmy 84 degrees inside Sahara Sam’s in West Berlin. Eleven water rides make Sam’s 58,000 square feet chock-full of fun, and kids will be pleased to meet the park’s camel mascot, Sam. Lizard Lagoon is the hangout for the little ones, while teens will love Sam’s Cyclone FlowRider, the only ride of its kind in New Jersey. Snake Eyes features two eight-foot wide slide barrels that offer up twists, turns, and thrills. Mount Kilimanjaro is a family rafting ride that is nearly 50 feet above the ground and 400 feet long.

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort’s Big Splash Indoor Water Park
The indoor waterpark and waterslides are open.
600 State Route 44/55, Highland, NY
What to know: COVID-19 safety guidelines are in effect, and masks are required when patrons cannot maintain a 6’ distance. 

While the family owned and operated Rocking Horse Ranch Resort embraces the winter season outdoors with activities like skiing/snowboarding, snow tubing, ice-skating, and horse drawn sleigh rides, it also provides a summer-inspired retreat indoors. The Big Splash Indoor Water Park boasts a balmy 85-degree temp all year round and a variety of activities for water lovers, including water slides like the 250-foot-long Gold Rush Flume. For the competitive type, there’s the Dynamite Alley Water Walk Challenge, where children and adults attempt to pull themselves over a net on tubes without falling off. And for little ones there’s the new Fort Geyser Aqua Station, a Western-themed wading pool area that houses slides, dumping buckets, and interactive fountains and geysers. Located about 90 minutes from Manhattan, Rocking Horse Ranch Resort offers all-inclusive packages with room accommodations, all-you-can-eat meals, and unlimited access to the water park and other resort activities.

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
Open with modifications
89 Six Flags Drive, Queensbury, NY
What to know: Tak-it-Eesi-Creek, Tip-A-Kanu-Beach, and Lott-A-Watta Bay are open daily, 1-9pm. Tall Timbers Treehouse, Avalanche, Glacier Run and SnowShoe Falls, Boogie Bear Surf, Soakum Spring, and Private cabanas are closed until further notice.

Featuring more than 38,000 square feet, White Water Bay is the indoor water park inside the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge located near Lake George. Families who spend the day here can surf the waves on the Boogie Bear Surf or climb the Tall Timber Treehouse that has more than 160 interactive water features for splashing about. A favorite for all family members is Avalanche, a raft ride for the entire group. The Tip-A-Kanu-Beach is a shallow activity pool area designed for the little ones.

Split Rock Resort & Golf Club
The H2Ooooh! Waterpark opened to the public July 1.
428 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, PA
Waterpark hours: Sunday, Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-8pm
Admission: Day pass: $38; $33 for those shorter than 42 inches; free for children ages 2 and younger. Twilight pass (last 4 hours): $25; $20 for those shorter than 42 inches; free for children ages 2 and younger.
What to know: H2Ooooh! is currently open following all CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines. Patrons can purchase tickets online from the website 24 hours in advance. Outside food, beverages and coolers are not permitted in the waterpark, and patrons are advised to bring their own towel. 

Split Rock, a 1,200-acre property on Lake Harmony, features the relatively new 53,000-square-foot, $19 million indoor water park appropriately named H2Oooohh. Rainforest-themed, the park has lots of enticing features, including a Flow Rider, a simulated surfing experience called the Komodo Dragon. Hurricane Cove, H2Oooohh’s wave pool, satisfies body surfers all day with breaking waves that are up to six feet high. In total darkness, Amazon Blast is a family tube ride that brings twists and turns in a milder fashion than Viper/Piranha, two colorful single slides for the thrill seeker in the family. For those who crave a more gentle water park experience, the Jungle Falls, a three-story tree house play area, drenches visitors with water and fun. Firing cannons, dumping water buckets, spouting geysers, and other wet water toys can be found on all levels of the tree house.

Kalahari Resorts
Open with modifications to ensure guests’ safety.
250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA
Waterpark hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-10pm
Waterpark admission (if not staying at Kalahari): Prices for day passes varies based on selected date.
What to know: Kalahari has implemented wellness initiatives to ensure the safest and most fun experience for patrons. Sanitizers will be easily accessible throughout the park. Lounge chairs will be disinfected and some will be removed to promote social distancing.

This safari-themed waterpark is the largest indoor waterpark in the country, including an 11,000 square foot wave pool and several thrilling water slides. The park can appeal to everyone including slides ranging from tranquil, moderate, extreme. Children can slide together on Anaconda, Cheetah Race, Ripping Rhino, or enjoy thrilling rides on their own with the Barreling Baboon, Kenya Korkscrew and many more. There is even a lazy river with a swim up bar for adults, and the marine themed Coral Cove play area for younger children. Now featuring a surf simulator and a new underwater virtual reality opportunity for people to explore the seas.

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