Beat the Heat With a Trip to This Poconos Indoor Waterpark

Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark has been named the best in the nation.

Cooling down at a waterpark is a classic way to take a break from the summer heat. One way to kick it up a notch is to get out of the sun completely and go to an indoor waterpark resort. Or you can kick it way up and go to Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark at Camelback Resort, about two-and-a-half hours from Poughkeepsie.

The 125,000 sq ft waterpark in Tannersville, PA, was recently picked by USA Today readers as the best indoor waterpark in the country — for the second consecutive year, no less. It also made U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of Top 30 parks in the world.

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One big draw to Aquatopia is its transparent roof, which keeps out the UV rays but allows sunlight to come through. But of course, the 13 water slides are the biggest attraction. Among them are: the Venus SlydeTrap, a 608-foot-long, fully-enclosed family rafting experience, and the Paradise Plunge, a free-fall body slide with a 60-foot vertical drop.

When you stay at Camelback Resort you have unlimited access to Aquatopia, plus you can get discount or free tickets to Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor waterpark. For more information, including late-summer specials, go to

Coming to the Hudson Valley!

The owners of Aquatopia are bringing a similar experience to the Catskills. Set to open in January 2019, The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark will feature a two-acre indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 guest suites. Whereas guests at Camelback Resort can enjoy Aquatopia and the outdoor adventures, guests at The Kartrite have easy access to Resorts World Catskills (with its casino, restaurants, and day spa), which shares the property.

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