Highland, New York
While the family owned and operated Rocking Horse Ranch Resort embraces the winter season outdoors with activities like skiing/snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and horse drawn sleigh rides, it also provides a summer-inspired retreat indoors. The Big Splash Indoor Water Park boasts a balmy 85-degree temp all year round and a variety of activities for water lovers, including water slides like the 250-foot-long Gold Rush Flume. For the competitive type, there's the Dynamite Alley Water Walk Challenge, where children and adults attempt to pull themselves over a net on tubes without falling off. And for little ones there's the new Fort Geyser Aqua Station, a Western-themed wading pool area that houses slides, dumping buckets, and interactive fountains and geysers. Located about 90 minutes from Manhattan, Rocking Horse Ranch Resort offers all-inclusive packages with room accommodations, all-you-can-eat meals, and unlimited access to the water park and other resort activities.
Queensbury, New York
Featuring more than 38,000 square feet, White Water Bay is the indoor water park inside the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge located near Lake George. Families who spend the day here can surf the waves on the Boogie Bear Surf or climb the Tall Timber Treehouse that has more than 160 interactive water features for splashing about. A favorite for all family members is Avalanche, a raft ride for the entire group. The Tip-A-Kanu-Beach is a shallow activity pool area designed for the little ones.
Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania
Spilt Rock, a 1,200-acre property on Lake Harmony, features the relatively new 53,000-square-foot, $19 million indoor water park appropriately named H2Oooohh. Rainforest-themed, the park has lots of enticing features, including a Flow Rider, a simulated surfing experience called the Komodo Dragon. Hurricane Cove, H2Oooohh's wave pool, satisfies body surfers all day with breaking waves that are up to six feet high. In total darkness, Amazon Blast is a family tube ride that brings twists and turns in a milder fashion than Viper/Piranha, two colorful single slides for the thrill seeker in the family. For those who crave a more gentle water park experience, the Jungle Falls, a three-story tree house play area, drenches visitors with water and fun. Firing cannons, dumping water buckets, spouting geysers, and other wet water toys can be found on all levels of the tree house.
Also see: Family Travel: Warm Weather Vacations