The long-awaited grand opening of the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark began with the splashes and laughter of 400 local students who were invited to spend the day at the largest indoor water park in the state.
Hundreds of dignitaries, press members, and other invitees filled the lobby on Friday, May 10, as General Manager David Kohlasch symbolically cut the ribbon. Afterwards, guests enjoyed cocktails and a buffet in the flexible conference space off the lobby as they were entertained by Sawyer Fredericks, winner of Season 8 of NBC’s The Voice. The nearby Center for Discovery, an agency that helps individuals with myriad complex conditions, received a special gift from the Kartrite: a $1,000 check toward its scholarship fund.
But downstairs was the place to be, as children from several Sullivan County school districts tackled the ScrapeSkyer climbing wall, walked delicately 30 feet overhead on the Carabiners Ropes Course, and — of course — had tons of fun in the two-acre water park. The children were guests of the resort for the entire day, and even received free boxed lunches.
At a constant air temperature of 84 degrees, the water park — which opened on April 19 — has the perfect climate in which to swish down one of the many water slides, try to stay afloat on the FlowRider, or grab an inner tube and float down the Empire Bay lazy river. There’s a 1,000-gallon bucket on Kartrite Island that constantly fills, then dumps a refreshing blast. The translucent Texlon roof provides the sun’s rays for beautiful natural trees and flowers in the water park, as well as some suntanning action for sunbathers.
Dining choices include Bixby’s Derby, Bixby’s Tavern and Tap Room, Harvey’s Wallbanger, the Eat. Eat. Eat. buffet, the Surfside Grille inside the water park, the Highline cafe, Bar Mez up on the mezzanine level of the water park, and Pop’s Sweet Shoppe for candy-cravers.
The huge arcade includes a sports-bar-like atmosphere, bowling at Van Winkle’s Alley, and an all-fun-and-games section for the younger set. The Kartrite hasn’t forgotten its bucolic location, either: there are several fire pits with Adirondack chairs outside in the fresh Catskill air, lots of outdoor lounging areas (both covered and open-air), and plenty of opportunities to enjoy local attractions. Also, Sweat Fitness has machines to get your blood pumping, and Chill Spa is the perfect escape.
The Kartrite also has 324 suites for guests who want to stay for more than just the day. They range from two-bed family rooms to ones with bunk beds for the kiddos and go all the way up to deluxe three-bedroom, three-bath suites.