Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011

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While many adults prefer to beat the summer heat with a quick dip in a pool or a swim at the beach, kids just wanna have fun. Luckily, our area water parks offer a safe place where they can cool off and have an adventure — twisting through giant water slides, getting sprayed by colorful fountains, and consuming all the kid-favorite snacks that mom and dad can afford.

Splashdown Beach in Fishkill has seen enormous growth over the years, appealing to both thrill-seekers (one watery attraction towers four stories tall), and chill-seekers, who would rather float gently down a lazy river.

While there are still plenty of things for older kids and teens to do, this year, the younger set will love the new Bob the Builder Splash Works spray-and-play area (opening May 28). This colorful attraction contains more than 50 interactive features, including two slides, surprising geysers, and Bob the Builder meet-and-greets.

Further north, Zoom Flume Water Park in East Durham keeps the Catskills cool with water slides that drop hundreds of feet; a splash area for little ones; and the new Riptide Cove wave pool, where you can catch a crest, jump through a wave, or stand in the shallows and let the water lap your legs.

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