Summer only comes once a year, so it’s time to get your bathing suit on and beat the heat at one of the Northeast’s splashiest water parks.
Head down to Long Island to find the biggest water park in New York. Splish Splash features 96 acres of water attractions, like water slides, two wave pools, a lazy river, children’s play areas and more. Don’t leave without riding New York’s only hydromagnetic coaster, Bootlegger’s Run, which defies gravity and sends rafts uphill!
Lake George, N.Y.
There are a few ways to have some aquatic fun at this Six Flags theme park. Its water area, adjacent to an amusement park full of thrill and family rides, gives visitors plenty to keep busy with an array of water slides and splash areas. Visitors can consider booking a night at nearby Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Water Park. It has an indoor water park and guests get free tickets to Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor.
A hot summer day calls for a special type of excitement, and that’s what guests get at Hurricane Harbor, part of Six Flags New England. Several waterslides offer no shortage of thrills, especially Bonzai Pipelines, where riders stand on a trap door that gives way to a 257-foot plummet. More easygoing visitors can float on a 1,000-foot long lazy river. Younger swimmers can spend the day at Splash Island, which has a child-size lazy river and wave pool.
What’s better than a fun water park? Two of ’em. Morey’s Piers’ six beachfront blocks include Raging Waters Water Park and Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club. Together, the parks offer visitors a wonderful lineup of slides and pools, along with a few kiddie areas. Wildwood is home to 5 miles of beach and a 38-block boardwalk lined with food and amusements.
You don’t become the oldest continuously operated amusement park in the country without giving guests reason to visit. Lake Compounce does that by combining a variety of thrill rides with a great water park. Crocodile Cove’s slides, lazy river, aquatic play area and children’s wave pool provide a great mix of summer fun.
Funtown Splashtown offers guests a mix of amusement park (Funtown) and water rides (Splashtown). The latter houses slides, pools and play areas, such as Pirate’s Paradise Aquaplay, where a 500-gallon bucket drenches kids every two minutes. Race your family and friends on the Amphitrite’s Challenge slide or take it easy in the swimming pool.
Dorney Park opened Wildwater Kingdom in 1985, and it’s been delighting visitors ever since. The Snake Pit is among the most thrilling attractions. Its six slides include the Constrictor, an enclosed chute with four 360-degree loops, and Python Plummet, where riders enjoy a near vertical fall from roughly 60 feet in the air. There’s a wave pool, a couple of lazy rivers and plenty of spots for children, too.
Along with abundant natural beauty, the Pocono Mountains are home to a great water park scene. AAA Three Diamond Great Wolf Lodge, in Scotrun, Split Rock Resort, in Lake Harmony, and Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, in Pocono Manor, all offer guests indoor water parks.
Camelback has its own indoor water park, Aquatopia, which complements an outdoor park of more than three-dozen rides, slides and attractions. Tackle Triple Venom’s three slides to get your heart racing, then ride down Sand Storm with up to three family members or friends.
Here the long-running children’s show “Sesame Street” comes to life in a wonderful way. The park’s attractions are based on the series’ colorful characters, and water rides include an inner tube floating adventure (Big Bird’s Rambling River). The Count’s Splash Castle is full of interactive aquatic toys such as water curtains, hoses and water wheels, while parents and children can enjoy Slimey’s Chutes in two-seater rafts.
Look up a list of the best water parks in the country and you are certain to see a mention of Water Country USA. Thrill-seekers will find plenty to keep their hearts racing, including a 75-foot drop from atop Vanish Point and a weightless moment while flowing down megaslide Colossal Curl. More laid-back guests can check out the 23,000-square-foot Surfer’s Bay Wave Pool or take a relaxing float on the 1,500-foot-long Hubba Hubba Highway, while the youngest splisher-splashers can explore child-size slides and play areas.
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