There are so many ways to enjoy the pleasures of summer in the Valley — it all depends on your mood. Looking for something relaxing? Take a stroll through a formal garden or a cruise down the Hudson. Need more excitement? Watch a stock car race, rock out at a summer concert, or hurtle down a 600-foot water slide. The choices are endless. So gas up the car, and get going!
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Kids of all ages can get wet and wild in the Catskills at Zoom Flume Water Park
You don’t have to be near a beach to get splishy-splashy this summer season. While the Valley boasts a ton of water-themed activities, one of the best ways for the whole family to cool off is at a local water park. Luckily, both sides of the Valley hold their own when it comes to getting wet and wild.
Splash Down Beach bills itself as America’s “biggest little water park.” But to us, it’s anything but little: With more than 20 attractions — including the Humunga Half-Pipe (a four-story “zero gravity” water ramp), the Crocodile Creek lazy river, and the tyke-friendly Shipwreck Lagoon — this Fishkill hot spot is the perfect play-land for families with teens and wee ones.
Landlubbers can tan at the “beach” near the wave pool, ride the carousel, or take in a show at the Pirate Stage. Got a rumble in your tummy? The park’s popular Cosimo’s Pizza, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, and ice cream stands will sate your appetite in between all the rides and slides.
For bathers to the north, Zoom Flume Water Park is a can’t-miss (their tagline: “You gotta go!”). Nestled in the Catskills, this place is all about height. The Wild River Ride propels guests down a 600-foot chute with water flowing at 10,000 gallons a minute, giving a whole new meaning to “rapids.” The Black Vortex slide isn’t for the faint of heart either, with twists and turns in complete darkness; other attractions, like the Lagoon Pool, allow for more relaxing fun.
Looking to stay high and dry? Walk across the pedestrian bridge to nosh at the cliffside restaurant and bar, which features panoramic views of the park and canyon. Or book a room at the adjacent County Place Resort, which offers patrons luxurious accommodations after a day of fun. (Check out its package deals, including free tickets to the park and discounted admission to regional attractions like Howe Caverns, Baseball Hall of Fame, and Speedway Go-Karts.)
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Become a Beach Bum! Play a Round of Miniature Golf! Get Creative Outdoors! Go to the Zoo! Go Fruit-picking! See some Al Fresco Art! Get Fast and Furious! Visit a Formal Garden! Take in a Horse Show! Rent a Bike on the Walkway! Take a River Cruise! Go to a Water Park! Go to the Drive-in! Enjoy an Outdoor Concert! Picnic at Vanderbilt Mansion! Ride the Rails! Indulge in Dining Delights!