Water Parks in the Hudson Valley, Upstate NY

Make a splash at the Valley’s two major water parks: Zoom Flume Water Park in East Durham, NY and Splash Down Beach in Fishkill, NY

If you’re not a beach person, never fear. The Valley is home to two renowned water parks. Up north in the Catskills sits Zoom Flume Water Park — which really emphasizes the zoom. Slides like the Mighty Anaconda, Grand Prix Splashway, and Canyon Plunge give you heart-dropping rides before shooting you out into cool splash pools. For the cautious among us, a lazy river, picnic area, and wave pool offer calmer ways to cool off. Kids can frolic under giant mushrooms and water-spraying totem poles in the Lagoon Activity Pool and prance around geysers in the Pelican Pond. Discounted season passes (both individual and family) are available until May 31. Guests staying at the Country Place Resort (which includes a cliff side bar and restaurant) have access to the water park included in their room fee, and don’t even have to drive to get there: A walking bridge connects the hotel and park. 800-888-3586; www.zoomflumewaterpark.com

Splash Down Beach in Fishkill offers super-fast slides for Valley residents further south. The four-story tall Bullet Bowl, 400 feet of Pirate’s Revenge, and the zero-gravity Humunga Half-Pipe catapult riders down their chutes. The Bob the Builder Splash Works; the 100,000 gallon, family-friendly Coconut pool; and the “kids only” Shipwreck Lagoon keep the little ones cool. For fun on the ground, visit the boardwalk and Rock Beach for Cosimo’s Grill and Nathan’s hot dogs. But before you eat anything, defy gravity and strap into the Super Bungee Jumper to leap and flip 25 feet in the air. 845-897-9600; www.splashdownbeach.com

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