Splash and Slide Your Way Through These Hudson Valley Water Parks
Nothing screams summer like a thrilling swirl down a serpentine slide or a casual ride along a lazy river.
Family fun at Zoom Flume
Photo courtesy of Zoom Flume
'Tis the season for summer fun in the Hudson Valley! While there are so many ways to have a blast during the warmer months (50-plus, by our count), it's hard to beat a day at a local water park. Scroll below for a few of our favorites, then round up the family to splish, splash, and scream your way through the rides and slides in the region.
Starts at $79 per person; veterans and seniors 10-percent discount; children 2 and under free
Don’t bother checking the forecast if you’re planning to visit the Kartrite because New York’s biggest indoor water park is always a satisfying 84 degrees, even in the winter. Sunshine vibes feature front and center, thanks to the indoor beach and transparent arched roof.
This water park has plenty of slides, a lazy river, water basketball hoops, and Puddle Ducks, a toddler water park with a shallow lagoon and small slides. While kids have endless entertainment here, parents can find peace at the adult-only springs or get a birds-eye view of the park with a cocktail up on the top deck.
Thrill to Try: The Krakken - A high speed ride as terrifying as Krakken lore itself. Prepare for a series of twists, turns, and drops.
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Adults $33.99; children under 3.5 feet and seniors $26.99
Splashdown Beach’s two zero gravity rides makes this a thrill seeker’s paradise. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other attractions for people who aren’t so keen on adventure. With most rides ranked moderate or mild by the park's thrill-o-meter, SplashDown Beach has something for the whole family. Along with the usual slides, this park has other water rides like the Shipwreck Lagoon, wave pool, and Water Whirler. If you prefer to lounge or float the day away, the lazy river, pool, or beach are the perfect places to stay cool. With plenty of food options, including a Mexican restaurant, waffle hut, Cosimo’s, Frosty Shack, and Nathan’s, there’s an option for even the pickiest of kids.
Thrill to Try: The Megalodon and the Humanga Half-Pipe (tie). The Megalodon takes four-person tubes on a near vertical, zero-gravity experience as the rafts surge up the wall, hang weightless, and then suddenly drop into a narrow exit. The Humunga Half-Pipe is a two-person tube ride on a half-pipe over four stories high, and New York’s only zero-gravity half-pipe.
Regular admission $34.99; children 7 and under $27.99; children 2 and under free; season pass $69.99
If you’re looking for the quintessential water park, look no further than Zoom Flume. Young children can enjoy the Pelican Pond and the Wild Water West, while older kids take turns on more daring slides such as Typhoon Twister and the Zoom Flume Serpentine Slides.
Enjoy classics such as the lazy river and wave pool or get your blood pumping with something more exciting like the Wild River, a faster lazy river, with twists, turns, and drops. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the picnic area or take advantage of the food court, The Country Place restaurant, or pizza place in the park.
Thrill to Try: Typhoon Twister - A two-person tube enters a dark tunnel slide before shooting out into a funnel and spinning round and round until it drops into a pool below.
Make It a Day Trip
Take a short drive to this nearby splash center
$44.99 per person
Just a two hour and 15-minute drive from Poughkeepsie, this indoor water park lets visitors brave the currents on the wave simulator or take private lessons to learn how to stand up and surf. With adrenaline-pumping slides, a lazy river, and water soakers for kids, there's fun for every age and skill level.
Young children have their own shallow activity pool to themselves, while older kids can enjoy slides or the Tall Timbers Treehouse. When parents need a second away from the commotion, they can enter Soakum Spring, a water spa for people 18 and up.
Thrill to Try: Avalanche - This four-person raft twists and turns, simulating a white-water rafting experience complete with a 41-foot drop.