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There’s no need to wait until summer to have some fun in the pool. Take a trip to one of these indoor water parks and pools in the off-season. There are lots of places to slide and swim in the NJ area—all while still staying warm and cozy indoors.

Indoor Water Parks

Camelback Resort’s Aquatopia

193 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA

So much more than a ski resort, Camelback’s Aquatopia 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, a splash zone for little ones, a flowrider surfing simulator and a bunch of thrilling slides. Dry off for a while and try the huge arcade, laser tag arena, mini golf course, pottery studio, spa, rock wall or one of the many dining options (we love the Trail’s End Pub & Grille).

Coco Key Water Resort

915 Rte. 73, Mt. Laurel

Lounge in the lazy river, play on the cargo net climbs or shoot some water basketball at this tropical island-themed park that’s 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. The park is perfect for those who haven’t graduated to the bigger thrill slides yet, but daredevils will love the four-story Shark Slam. Check the activity schedule for activities if you stay overnight.

Crystal Springs Resort

3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg

Visit  to experience the Biosphere Pool Complex, an indoor tropical pool paradise that’ll give you that dose of summer you’ve been craving. There’s also a steam room, sauna, a large water slide, a grotto-themed jacuzzi and an underground aquarium. Hotel stay is required; see special packages here.

Great Wolf Lodge

1 Great Wolf Dr., Scotrun, PA 

The original Poconos indoor water park with a sweet, woodsy theme boasts a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course, a mini bowling alley and a full menu that caters to families with all kinds of dietary restrictions. Don’t miss the amazing slideboard attraction, where you ride and play a video game at the same time (it’s like playing Guitar Hero in an LED water tube). There’s a huge splash area for the little guys with several slides, plus a lazy river, indoor wave pool and hot spring. There’s also a super cute spa for kids, an arcade, a motion thrill ride called the Howly Wood XD Theater, an outdoor obstacle-filled ropes course and glow-in-the-dark mini golf. Best part? Great Wolf just started offering half- and full-day passes, meaning you don’t need to stay the night to explore the water park.

Kalahari

250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA

There’s tons to do here, including dizzying slides like the Anaconda water coaster and the Wild Wildebeest raft ride. There are also indoor and 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. Get pampered at the spa and salon, or let the kids run wild in the arcade.

The Kartrite

555 Resorts World Dr., Monticello, NY

The Kartrite is the biggest indoor water park in NY and has everything from a ropes course and laser tag to a spa and fitness center to climbing walls and mini bowling on top of its pools and slides. Head there for a packed arcade, hiking trails, archery, s’mores pits and more. Visit the nearby Bethel Woods, the location of the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the official Woodstock museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Montego Bay Resort

1800 Boardwalk, North Wildwood

Down the shore in North Wildwood, this hotel has a small indoor water park, which includes a pool, water slide, children’s play area and jacuzzi. Hotel stay is required to use the indoor water park. Please note: Many weekends require a two-night stay.

Rocking Horse Ranch

600 State Rte. 44/55, Highland, NY

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 dry activities. Perfect for a long weekend or school break, Rocking Horse features The Gold Rush, a 250-foot-long flume ride, cargo net challenge, giant dumping bucket and some smaller slides for the preschoolers in your party. There’s a relaxation space for the adults and year-round 85-degree pool. This is a true ranch, complete with horseback riding (they teach the kids) and full-day camps. There’s also an arcade, scavenger hunts, archery, skiing (snow and water), snow tubing, ice skating, basketball, bocce, horseshoes, nature trails, activities, playgrounds and bonfires. Did we mention it’s all-inclusive?

Sahara Sam’s Oasis 

535 North Rte. 73, West Berlin

Indoor and outdoor options mean you can play inside on the slides, wave simulator and lazy river when the weather isn’t cooperating, or head outdoors to the Beach Club when it’s warm (opens Memorial Day) for a cabana, tiki bar and wave pool. Inside, the Tim-Buk-Tu water playland looks like a rainforest village and includes a giant bucket dump. 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 big speed and thrills. There’s no hotel here, so this park makes a better day trip than weekend getaway. Sahara Sam’s also makes a fun birthday party venue, and it’s close to Diggerland’s construction-themed amusement park, too.

Split Rock Resort & Golf Club

428 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony, PA

This resort features the H2Oooohh! indoor water park. There are water play options for all ages, including an indoor Flowrider, slides that drop from four stories high, hot tubs and a play area for little ones. The water park is open to the public; overnight accommodations not required. Be sure to bring your own towel.

Indoor Swimming Pools

Plan a fantastic weekend getaway to one of these New Jersey hotels, all of which have an indoor pool.

Hamilton Park Hotel

175 Park Ave., Florham Park

This Florham Park hotel has both an indoor and outdoor pool.

Hilton Woodcliff Lake

200 Tice Blvd., Woodcliff Lake

Situated on more than 21 landscaped acres, this hotel has a large heated indoor pool and whirlpool spa, as well as kid-friendly amenities and a gym.

The Madison Hotel

1 Convent Rd., Morristown

This hotel has specials and packages for overnight stays, as well as a lovely indoor pool in a glass enclosure.

Marriott Park Ridge

300 Brae Blvd., Park Ridge

In addition to the indoor pool (it connects to the outdoor pool, so you can go from one to the other when it’s warm enough) and whirlpool, there’s also a sauna and solarium.

Residence Inn Parsippany

3 Gatehall Dr., Parsippany

Family- and pet-friendly, this hotel has an indoor pool (closed for renovation through February 2020) and whirlpool.

Sheraton Parsippany Hotel

199 Smith Rd., Parsippany

The kids will love that this hotel looks like a castle. Guests will find a heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, as well as special rates and offers for families and NJ residents.

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

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