Best indoor water parks New York families need to visit

No sun, no problem. Indoor water parks New York and its neighbors keep open year-round don't let weather get in the way!

Photograph: Courtesy of Sahara Sam's Oasis Water Park
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Don't be intimidated by the foot of snow on the ground or the plummeting temperatures. When you visit indoor water parks New York families love, you'll enjoy a little taste of summer, even in December. 

Take advantage of wild slides, have a ball on the water playgrounds or float away on the lazy rivers at these venues. Even those winter weekend getaways at our favorite family resorts will let you take advantage of the fun that comes along with warm weather. You'll get the best of both seasons. 

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What are you waiting for? If you have kids who are part fish, book your trip ASAP. Don't forget to explore our favorite all-inclusive family resorts, too. Happy travels!

Indoor water parks near NYC

Camelback Mountain Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark

Travel time: 2 hours and 20 minutes by car

Camelback Mountain is a winter wonderland for families who are anxious to hit the slopes and go tubing. But even if visitors are heading to the Poconos hotspot in single-digit weather, a bathing suit is mandatory. The indoor water park—complete with tube slides, the adventurous Venus Slydetrap, the gnarly Bombora Flowrider—is worth the hype, and a nice change of pace from snow-filled activities. Soak up the 84-degree temperature as kids choose which one of the 13 slides suits their needs. There's also a lazy river for those who want to take things slow. If you have tots in tow, not to worry—kiddie slides are at the ready. Good news for moms and dads: In the off-chance the youngsters allow for a bit of alone time, grab a cocktail at the swim-up bar. Tannersville, PA (camelbackresort.com). 

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Big Splash Indoor Waterpark

Travel time: 2 hours by car

Giddy up, vacationers! After a horse-drawn wagon ride, you'll be anxious to head indoors for an epic water park adventure. Pint-sized adrenaline junkies will be eager to take a spin on the 250-foot-long gold rush flume. Others will want to test their skills on the Dynamite Alley Water Walk Challenge, a float feature that's not as easy as it might look! Don't sweat it if your little swimmers aren't brave enough to tackle the main attractions. The Fort Geyser Aqua Station boasts interactive splash features that are perfect for the younger set. Do you have your towels and goggles ready? Highland, NY (rockinghorseranch.com). 

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Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Travel time: 2 hours by car

Nothing is off limits at Great Wolf Lodge. The resort is famous for its family-friendly offerings such as an arcade, bowling alley, character appearances, story times and so much more. However, you'd be remiss to skip a water park visit on your family vacation. Enjoy 79,000 square-feet of swimming, splashing and sliding. Hydro Plunge, Totem Towers and The Double Barrel Drop, among other options, will keep the fearless entertained for hours on end, while Raccoon Lagoon activity pool boasts a mellow experience for those who would rather embrace a leisurely pace (no judgement there). Those 21 and older will love a little pitstop at the warm North Hot Springs and South Hot Springs. Scotrun, PA (greatwolf.com/poconos). 

Split Rock Resort

Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes by car

When you have over 50,000 square feet of water park fun at your disposable, you put on your bathing suit and dive in. At H20ooohh, families will be able to enjoy a little bit of everything. From four-story slides for the brave at heart, to the dumping bucket for those who want to make a splash, Split Rock Resort will keep those summer vibes going 24/7/365. The attraction's features are perfect for families with kids 12 and under, though everyone will find something that suits their water park fancy here. Lake Harmony, PA (splitrockresort.com). 

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Kalahari Resorts

Travel time: 2 hours by car

If it’s nonstop excitement you seek, you’ve come to the right place. This indoor Amazon boasts uniquely thrilling aquatic adventures. Bodyboard or surf 5-foot waves all day every day on FlowRider, experience the dramatic dips, tumultuous turns and gushing geysers of the Anaconda water roller coaster, zip down the Zimbabwe Zipper at 40mph or simply relax in the lazy river and whirlpool spas. There’s plenty of entertainment for younger kids, including Splashdown Safari—with a slurry of slides, water guns and tons of interactive fun—or Tiko's Watering Hole, which comes complete with a play area, activities, a lazy river and pint-sized slides just for tots! Pocono Manor, PA (kalahariresorts.com). 

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Photograph: Courtesy of Sahara Sam's Oasis Water Park

Sahara Sam's

Travel time: 2 hours and 15 minutes by car

If you're torn between a water park and an amusement park, consider heading to Sahara Sam's Oasis, outfitted with surf-and-turf entertainment for families. Hydrophilic kids can zip down slides like Snake Eyes and Mount Kilimanjaro, float along the Congo Bongo lazy river and catch waves on the FlowRider surfing simulator at the indoor splash center. Wave through the Crocodile Flats obstacle course and sink some three-pointers at Sam’s Slamdunker water basketball area. While most of the excitement and watery fun is available year-round, there are a few cool features you have to wait until Summer to experience, like the wave pools and H20 game areas at the outdoor Beach Club. When the little ones want to dry off, they can get their fill of fun with trucks at Diggerland, the construction-themed amusement park behind Sahara Sam's. West Berlin, NJ (saharasams.com). 

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CoCo Key Water Resort

Travel time: 2 hours by car 

A short drive to New Jersey will transport you to a family getaway so memorable, you’re sure to return. The thrills are plentiful in this water resort: Take a peek at Parrot’s Perch, featuring an interactive aquatic jungle gym, countless water cannons and a 300-gallon dumping bucket for loads of drenching wet fun. If you’re feeling brave, you can barrel your way through the enclosed winding darkness of Barracuda Blast, or venture to the chill inducing Shark Slam, a 4-story-high slide that will whip you through 300 feet of wet n’ wild fun. For a little friendly competition, try the Lily Pad Adventure, a challenging activity pool for kids and adults alike. And for the wee bunch, the Dip-In offers entertainment of miniature proportions: hours of fun for the tiniest guests, with a foot deep wading pool overlooking the park, complete with baby slides and even a little bungee! Mount Laurel, NJ (mtlaurelcocokey.com). 

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Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark

Travel time: 3 hours by car

With Six Flags, you're guaranteed an adventure, whether you're inside or outside. Thanks to its Queensbury water park, visitors can enjoy Tall Timbres Treehouse with over 160 wet 'n wild play features, white water rafting and a spectacular light show right in the middle of the 82-degree venue. Queensbury, NY (sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com).

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