Aquatopia, located at the Camelback Mountain Resort in the Poconos, opens its doors to the public this week as the largest indoor water park in the Northeast. Although 100% of the attractions aren't open yet, most are, and they’re well thought out and a ton of fun. The new indoor water park is based on the story of a (fictional) explorer named Kartrite, and his travels all over the globe. Since this is a located at a ski resort, there are also tons of visual references to snow and skiing at play. But you won't feel a winter chill at all, as it is always 84 degrees inside, as you relax under the bright sun thanks to the enormous transparent ceiling.
An overview of the giant play structure and pool that greets you when you walk in.
This whale tale pokes out of the water surface to soak visitors and one of the ever-alert lifeguards.
There are giant thrill rides for the bigger kids, but Aquatopia caters to the preschool set with a host of small slides perfect for little guys.
The littlest swimmers will love the Penguin Play Bay – with plenty of gentle splashers, a water swing and zero-depth walk-in for extra safe play.
The penguins needed to correct the geography mistake here. (Penguins only live in the South Pole.)
The big wave pool is enormous and is already a crowd-pleaser. Notice the lifeguards posted every few yards along the edge.
Racks and racks of life jackets in all sizes mean that kids are always wearing a flotation device that fits.
Brave kids can cross this adorable crocodile obstacle course by handing on to the cargo net.
Where's the sun? The entrance to the lazy river is made to look like you are inside a cave. Riders can choose single or double rafts for their trip into the current.
Though not open yet, the big waterslides, like the Venus SlydeTrap (the green one and pink one with all the teeth) look like they are worth a return visit.