Here are the best water parks around NYC, with parent reviews so you know what to expect when you visit with your kids.
From lazy rivers to pulse-racing thrill rides to little kid splash pads, these New York area waterparks offer fun in the sun for everyone in the family. Remember indoor waterparks for a year-round option, too.
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Shila: Big Kahuna’s Indoor and Outdoor Water Park features a lazy river, water slides, a water adventure playground, and more!
H2Oooohh! Indoor Waterpark (Split Rock Hotel)
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: Split Rock Resort in the Poconos offers the H2Oooohh! Indoor Water Park with over 53,000 square feet of water play for ultimate family fun including three four-story slides, a wave pool, activity pool, Jungle play structure with dumping bucket, and Leapin' Lillypads crossing area. This park is most fun for ages 12 and under.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: In the heart of the Poconos, Kalahari Resorts offers both indoor and outdoor waterparks featuring tons of slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool.
Aquatopia Indoor Water Park (Camelback Resort)
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: Enjoy water-play adventure year round at Camelback Resort's Aquatopia Indoor Water Park in the Poconos. With 84 degree water, enjoy the pool, rides and slides from mat and tube slides to aqua launch capsule slides to kiddie slides. Reserve a cabana or enjoy a bite to eat or drink from the poolside restaurant.
Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Mountains
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park offers fun for the whole family with water rides and slides, including a special kids area, water fort treehouse and hydro plunge slide.
Land of Make Believe & Pirate's Cove
Joni Monacell: A little over an hour from Midtown, this charming amusement park has both traditional amusement park rides and a water park. The water park is pirate themed and features water slides and lots more!
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Joni Monacell: Hurricane Harbor is 1 hour and 25 minutes from Midtown Manhattan. The park boasts approximately a dozen water attractions including water slides, family sized tube rides, a lazy river, a 40 acre water play area, and an enormous cobra shaped slide!
Runaway Rapids Waterpark
Joni Monacell: Runaway Rapids Waterpark is approximately an hour from Manhattan and features more than 18 waterslides of varying speeds, plus a lazy river & spa pools with tropical decor.
The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park
Jennie Utsinger: The Kartrite is only an hour and forty-five minutes from midtown Manhattan and features a huge indoor water park with rides, slides & more!
Joni Monacell: This incredible water park is only 90 minutes from Manhattan, and has so many attractions it would be hard to experience them all in one day! It's the perfect place to spend a hot summer day, either relaxing in one of the cabanas, or enjoying the wave pool, water slides, lazy river & more. And, if that isn't enough, there are also several restaurants and a candy store in the park!
Zoom Flume Water Park
Jennie Utsinger: The Catskills' Zoom Flume Water Park is located about two and a half hours from midtown Manhattan. Adventure seekers can whiz down the thrilling tube slides, water slides, and body slides. Younger kids can play in the shallow pools with water jets and smaller slides. There's also a wave pool, lazy rivers, and a huge lagoon pool.
Splash Away Bay Waterpark (Quassy Amusement Park)
Joni Monacell: About 2 hours from Midtown, Quassy is both an amusement & water park. Guests can purchase day passes to both parks, or just one. The colorful and vibrant waterpark offers dozens of ways to get drenched, including family, gigantic and extreme waterslides. Saturation Station features a huge tipping bucket and there is even a splash pad for younger children.
Splish Splash Water Park
Joni Monacell: Splish Splash features 96 acres of family-friendly fun, including 20 water slides, rides, and attractions, including two wave pools, a large Kiddie Area, a lazy river, and more!
Primary photo: Great Wolf Lodge
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