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