Whilst we probably all love the winter around the holidays, we all enjoy going on vacation to warmer climates. Rather than jetting off to different destinations, we fully recommend you to visit an indoor water park.

Going to an indoor water park is a great way to get away from the cold weather in New York. Many of these parks and resorts are just a short car journey away from NYC.  We have decided to list some of the best indoor water parks less than two hours away from down town Manhattan.  These indoor resorts actually feel like being on the beach on a summer day.

All of the parks listed will include everything you need for an enjoyable day in a summer style resort including lockers, changing rooms, slides and water ways for everyone.

Coco Key Water


The Coco Key is open all year around and is located inside a hotel. With this you can make a weekend of it or simply purchase a day pass for your family. This can get busy so we definitely recommend you book your passes in advance. The closest located to New York is the resort in New Jersey, less than 2 hours away. The kiddie areas are great and the children will lover the water jungle and slides.

Kalahari Resorts


Located in Pennsylvania this is the largest indoor water park in the US. This is a must do over the Winter period if you have children. The wave pool is unlike any other we have seen and has new slides and areas, too many too mention. This is open year round but particularly pleasurable in the Winter months. This place gets busy but because of the size it is definitely manageable.  Your family and children will enjoy this place so much they will want to return. There are several restaurants and arcade areas to make this a full day experience.

Website Here: https://www.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

This is one of the closer indoor water parks to New York as it is less than 45 minutes drive from Manhattan. The resort is also accessible via the Metro North train which makes it a great day trip for everyone.  This is an all inclusive resort so entrance is only available with a hotel stay. The water park is one of many activities on offer and is not the biggest. The prices are more expensive than the others listed but is good value for a family.

Address: 600 State Route 44, Highland, NY 12528

Sahara Sam’s Oasis


This is another New Jersey indoor waterpark that is great for all the family. There are many different slides and areas in this desert themed park which are great fun for all ages. The park is open all around and offers arcade areas and has good family prices.  The outdoor area is also great but not good for winter weather. If you live near NJ and have been to the indoor parks above then is a great option. Day tickets from around $35.

Website here: https://www.saharasams.com/admission/

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