When the weather outside is frightful, plan a family trip to where it's delightful: Wintertime is the best time for the best indoor water parks close to NYC.
Our list of the best of the best includes independent water parks and those that are part of family resorts like Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, NY and Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos. While most offer day tickets to slide the hours away, some also have stay-and-play packages (or require you to be an overnight guest to use the water park). The newest of the bunch, DreamWorks Water Park at the American Dream Mall in Rutherford, NJ, is now the second-largest indoor water park in the country. With 40 water slides, 1.5-acre wave pool and a water slide with a 142-foot drop it's the most fun water babies can have within 30 minutes of Manhattan. Some of the indoor water parks on our list are even located in the best ski resorts near NYC. Talk about the best of both worlds!
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Of course, while winter is the best time to defy the seasonal gods and get swimming, these indoor water parks are open in warmer months, too. When it's so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, the 85 degree indoor temperatures will feel like a respite that outdoor water parks can't match. So pack your swimsuits and get ready: This is one weekend getaway the whole family will enjoy.