Wondering what to do with the kids on a winter weekend or over spring break, that will make you feel like you’re in Florida minus the hours of traveling and huge expense? The answer is only about 60 miles west of Poughkeepsie.
The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark in Monticello has been open for business for nearly a year and we’re happy to report everything is going along swimmingly.
The all-suite luxury spa resort’s indoor waterpark — New York’s largest— is designed for families with kids of all ages. It has thrill slides like the high-speed Krakken, the stomach-dropping Nor’Easter, and the racing slide Jiggerty Jaggerty; plus a lazy river, massive dump bucket, aqua hoop dunkers, and Puddle Ducks kids area. And the indoor/outdoor 84-degree pool (with steam coming off of the water this time of year) is a unique addition that lets you to fill your lungs with some clean, cool Catskills air.
Investing in a cabana on the mezzanine level is a good option for parents who want to stay above the fray and spray, but still keep an eye on the kiddos. You can see the whole waterpark from that position in the comfort of your luxury cabana complete with a mini-fridge stocked with water and soda, fresh fruit and snacks, a 32-inch HD TV, towels and wait service. And – bonus! — it’s right next to the bar.
The Kartrite’s massive indoor activity area is also well-designed for people of all ages. Playopolis arcade is steps from the waterpark and has a ropes course overhead. A sweet shop and casual dining area separates the arcade from Harvey’s Wallbanger, a place for adults to enjoy a craft cocktail or local brew, watch a game on a big screen, and play foosball, air hockey, and bowling (the games are open to all). Other indoor adventures include 3D adventure, laser tag, and VR.
The Kartrite isn’t just about escaping the outdoors. It is designed so you never forget you are in the Catskills. Many suites face the mountains, as do the windows in the lobby and Bixby’s Tavern and Tap Room. Outside, there are Adirondack chairs surrounding firepits where you can roast marshmallows from your s’mores kit. And there are two scenic trails on the property, for hiking during warmer weather.
And what would a Hudson Valley destination be without a restaurant menu featuring farm-to-table fare from local producers. Bixby’s Derby delivers that with a menu featuring ingredients from Hudson Valley Cattle Co., Beaverkill Trout Farm, Murray’s Chicken, and Labelle Farms.
The all-suite rooms, cabanas, cocktails, and spa treatments can add up. But you get what you pay for. The rooms are ultra-luxurious and fun at the same time, with options such as bunk beds, balconies, and patios. And you get access to the waterpark for two full days with an overnight stay.
For the budget-conscious, because of its proximity to many towns in the Hudson Valley, a day trip option is both feasible and affordable. Their Splash Pass starts at $79 per person and gives you all-day access to the waterpark, indoor activities, and eateries — and is perfect for those families looking for something to do on a holiday Monday or a day during spring break.
If you’re a Sullivan County resident, you get extra savings. Check out their Local Love page, for discounts spa treatments, liquid libations, Splash Passes, and more. The resort also rewards the early bird: If you book 21-59 days in advance you’ll receive 25% off your stay.