Water Parks in NY
Whilst New York State can become bitterly cold during the winter months, summer is a different matter altogether. Long bouts of sunshine and uncomfortable heat are staple conditions during the period of June to August, which makes finding relief essential.
For many parents, the best relief from rising temperatures is a trip to the water park. It’s a chance for the kids to let off steam and adults to relax for a few hours. For many children, the water park has become an essential part of the school holidays, which just so happen to coincide with this warm period.
So which water parks in NY are worth the visit? Outside of New York City itself, there are a number of options to choose from. Here are some of the best.
Splish Splash (Calverton, NY)
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Splish Splash features three pools and 20 different waterslides. Visitors can enjoy wave pools, tube slides, body slides and a four-man raft slide. An extreme slide sees riders drop the equivalent of eight stories in just three seconds. Kiddy-friendly pools and attractions are also available, whilst a parrot show serves up entertainment and a break from the water-based action. Splish Splash regularly receives entries into top 10 lists for water parks in the United States. Located in Calverton, the park is a convenient choice for visitors to New York City.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge, NY)
Alongside theme park rides, the Enchanted Forest Water Safari also houses a wide selection of water-based rides and attractions. Visitors will find a number of exhilarating slides (both body and tube), a wave pool, and tube rides, including a rapids run for the extreme and a lazy river for those looking to enjoy something a little calmer.
Martin’s Fantasy Island (Grand Island, NY)
Located 13 miles from Buffalo, NY, close to the Canadian border, Martin’s Fantasy Island is a popular attraction with both Americans and Canadians. In addition to theme park rides, Fantasy Island also features a well-equipped water park. A number of thrill-seeking waterslides make up the majority of the entertainment here, although the lazy river also proves popular.
Roseland Waterpark (Canandaigua, NY)
Situated south of Rochester, near the shores of Lake Canandaigua, the Roseland Waterpark features a giant wave pool, a mammoth raft slide, and a series of scary-looking body slides. On top of this, visitors can take on a number of tube slides, explore the adventure (lazy) river, and even rent a boat.
Zoom Flume (East Durham, NY)
Named for its favored ride, Zoom Flume houses a mixture of water slides, a lazy river, a rapid river, an activity pool, and more. In addition, particularly brave guests can try out the 800-ft long zip line, which passes above the park.
Cascades Indoor Waterpark (Cortland, NY)
Not all of New York State’s water parks are outdoors. The Cascades Indoor Waterpark (situated at Hope Lake Lodge) is just one of the indoor water parks visitors can enjoy in the Empire State.
Those looking for a water park (indoors or outdoors) near New York City will find a number of suitable destinations across the Hudson River in New Jersey. Popular choices include Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (in Jackson, NJ) and Tomahawk Lake Water Park (Sparta, NJ).