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Take The Plunge at Indoor Water Parks and Pools



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It's the perfect time to plan an extra-fun family outing. Take a trip to an inside water park or indoor pool! Here are lots of places to slide and swim—all while still staying warm and cozy indoors.

Indoor Water Parks

Camelback Resort’s Aquatopia

193 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA
camelbackresort.com

So much more than a ski resort, Camelback Lodge’s new water park Aquatopia (which features the adventures of fictional Kartrite Van Der Berris) is an epic vacation destination all its own. The 125,000-square-foot park includes a state-of-the-art water coaster, a thrilling raft ride called “Venus Slydetrap,” an Arctic-themed splash zone for toddlers, a “Flowrider” surfing simulator (sign up for after-hours lessons to get really good) and two plunging, warp-speed body slides, where the floor actually drops out from under you. Dry off for a while and try the huge arcade, laser tag arena, mini-golf course, paint-your-own-pottery studio, spa, rock wall or one of the many dining options (we love the Trail’s End Pub). See what slideboarding is all about: njfamily.com/slideboard

Sahara Sam’s 

West Berlin, NJ
saharasams.com

It doesn’t matter if the surf’s up or not—with Sahara Sam’s indoor surf simulator, you can catch a wave any time of the year (it’s a little tricky to learn, but after a couple tries, you’ll feel like a pro). Indoor and outdoor options mean you can play inside on the slides and in the lazy river when the weather isn’t cooperating and then when it’s warm, head outdoors to the Beach Club (opens Memorial Day) for a private cabana, outdoor tiki bar and wave pool. Inside, the Tim-Buk-Tu adventure water playland looks like a rainforest village and includes a giant bucket that empties its contents on unsuspecting passersby. The preschool set will have a blast on Lizard Lagoon’s mini slides and baby bungees. Older kids will love the big family raft slides and the Nile Mile body slide—designed for speed (and thrills)! There’s no hotel attached here, so this park makes a better day trip than a weekend getaway.

Beyond the water park: Sahara Sam’s makes a fun birthday party venue, with glow-in-the-dark cosmic themes and water park adventures. And it’s close to Diggerland’s construction-themed amusement park too, if you wanted to have a two-in-one park day.  

Coco Key

Mt. Laurel, NJ
mtlaurelcocokey.com

You can lounge in the lazy river, play around on the cargo net climbs or shoot some watery hoops at this tropical island themed park—perfect for a one-day visit. Littlest park goers will love hanging out in the Dip-In area, where wading pool depths top out at a foot. If you’re nervous about jumping in, head to the zero-depth entry pool, reachable via Parrot’s Perch, and wade in at your own pace. Coco Key is a manageable water park—good for those who haven’t graduated to the bigger thrill slides yet. (Though there are a few big-kid options, like the four-stories-high Shark Slam pictured.) This place can easily be tackled in a few hours and is a great way to spend a wet and wild afternoon.

Beyond the water park: Staying overnight? Check the activity schedule for concerts, magic shows and dance parties. And if you can swing it, there’s an adults-only spa for a little bit of R&R. It’s also very close to Philadelphia, so it makes an excellent add-on when you’re headed there. 

Great Wolf Lodge

1 Great Wolfe Dr., Scotrun, PA 
greatwolf.com

The original Poconos indoor water park with a sweet, woodsy theme got a major upgrade recently, adding a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course, a mini-bowling alley and a full menu makeover that caters to families with all kinds of dietary restrictions. Last summer, the park debuted their amazing slideboard attraction, where you ride and play a video game at the same time (it’s like playing “Guitar Hero” as you fly through an LED-lit water tube).There is a huge splash area here for the little guys with several slide options, and there’s also a lazy river, an indoor wave pool and a hot spring for kids. 

Beyond the water park: Don’t leave without playing Magiquest—a fun wand-based adventure that’s like a role-playing video game come to life. (It takes advantage of all the hallways in the hotel, which is fun.) There’s also a super cute spa for kids, an arcade, nightly story times, a motion thrill ride called the Howly Wood XD Theater, an outdoor obstacle-filled ropes course, a glow-in-the-dark mini golf course and a kid-sized bowling alley, featuring shortened lanes and little balls. 

Rocking Horse Ranch 

Highland, NY
rockinghorseranch.com

If you love the idea of an indoor water park, but don’t want to spend a whole weekend by the pool, this place offers a mind-boggling number of activities in addition to its water park—at an all-inclusive price that makes it easy to say “yes” to all the options. Perfect for a long weekend or school break, Rocking Horse features The Gold Rush, a 250-foot-flume ride, a pool, a cargo net challenge, a giant dumping bucket and some smaller slides that will appeal to the preschoolers in your party. There is relaxation space for the adults (a nice bonus while the kids are off at an on-site day camp) and year-round 85-degree pool water, perfect for a cool day. 

Beyond the water park: This is a true ranch, complete with horseback riding (they teach the kids) and full day activity camps. There’s also an arcade, scavenger hunts, archery, skiing (snow or water), snow tubing, ice skating, basketball, bocce, horseshoes, nature trails, activities, playgrounds and bonfires. Did we mention it was all-inclusive? 

 

Kalahari

250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA
kalahariresorts.com

Kalahari is the largest indoor water park in the US! There's tons to do including dizzying slides like the “Anaconda” (water coaster) and the “Wild Wildebeest” (a not-for-the-faint-of-heart raft ride). Plus, there are indoor/outdoor hot tubs (both adults-only and for families) a long, lazy river, a “Flowrider” and in-pool obstacle courses for the kids. Out of the water, you can spend time in the spa, check out the virtual reality attraction “XD Dark Ride” or play blacklight mini-golf. 

Beyond the water park: Get a little pampered at the spa and salon, or let the kids run wild in the arcade or by playing blacklight mini-golf.

 

Crystal Springs Resort

3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
crystalgolfresort.com

Visit Hamburg, NJ to experience their Biosphere Pool Complex, an indoor tropical pool paradise that looks pretty spectacular. Features include a large water slide and a grotto-themed jacuzzi. Hotel stay is required, and packages available include the Ski and Stay, which features nearby skiing at Mountain Creek.

Indoor Swimming Pools

Plan a fantastic weekend family getaway to one of these New Jersey hotels, all which have an indoor pool and other amenities - like room service and housekeeping so mom and dad can take a break!

Hamilton Park Hotel

175 Park Ave., Florham Park
hamiltonparkhotel.com

This Florham Park hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub

Hilton Woodcliff Lake

200 Tice Blvd., Woodcliff Lake
hilton.com

Situated on more than 21 landscaped acres, the hotel has a large heated indoor pool and whirlpool spa, as well as kid-friendly amenities like video rental and a playground.

Marriott Park Ridge

300 Brae Blvd., Park Ridge
marriott.com

In addition to the indoor pool and whirlpool, there is also a sauna and solarium. When the outdoor pool is open, guests can take advantage of the indoor/outdoor connecting pool. 

Residence Inn Parsippany

3 Gatehall Dr., Parsippany
marriott.com

Family-friendly and pet-friendly, this hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool. 

Sheraton Parsippany Hotel

199 Smith Rd., Parsippany
starwoodhotels.com

Guests will find a heated indoor pool and a jacuzzi, as well as special rates and offers for families and NJ residents.

The Madison Hotel

1 Convent Rd., Morristown
themadisonhotel.com

Located in Morristown, this hotel has specials and packages for overnight stays, as well as a lovely indoor pool within a glass enclosure.

For even more places to go swimming in the winter, check out your local community centers and YMCAs, many which have options for day or session passes. 

More: 
Kalahari: A Giant African-themed Water Park Set to Open in the Poconos This Summer 
Amusement and Water Parks in New Jersey 
Aquatopia: The New Water Park opening at Camelback Resort this Spring is Everything

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