Check out my family’s latest adventure at the largest Indoor Waterpark in the North East, Aquatopia. Then book your reservations this weekend for a HUGE fireworks 4th of July show at 9 pm set off from the top of the Poconos Mountain. The band the Maybabies are playing from 7-9 pm leading up to at Camelbeach. Admission is included with your Camelbeach ticket as well as your room at Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia. Click here for more info.
It was just this past winter break during the Nordic Freeze when my family saw a commercial about the opening of the biggest Indoor Waterpark in the Northeast, Cambelback Lodge’s Aquatopia. We looked at each other and said, “Oh yeah… we are so going there.” Only an hour from our home, we added it to our list of places to visit. Aquatopia is a 170,000 square foot indoor water park nestled in the Poconos Mountains. No family anywhere loves an indoor waterpark more than mine. We could go all day slipping down this slide and slipping down that slide. So last weekend we piled into my minivan and off to the Poconos!
When we pulled up to the hotel we were greeted by a friendly hotel employee with a luggage cart. He packed the trolley with our goods; my son’s blankets and pillows and my daughter’s gazillion stuffed animals. He led us through the lobby to the check in desk. It’s here I knew that we would be having a great stay because the bellhop said to my husband and children, ‘”Hey guys, While she checks you in would you like to sample some fudge in the gift shop? I think he soon regretted offering us free fudge after my daughter attempted to get her sixth sample. We love waterparks AND fudge.
If you are a regular at waterparks then you know that each park has its own theme and Aquatopia is no exception. The hotel is a blend of rustic craftsman style and contemporary finishes. The property is filled with relics and treasures from around the world. The waterpark park’s theme is pretty much “Discovery, Adventures and Great Expeditions.” They warn of the lizards laying around the lazy river known as THE LOST RIVER, the Venus SLYDETRAP who threatens to gobble you whole and the KA-NA-GAWA WAVEPOOL with an Arctic-themed backdrop equipped with a real expedition Sno-Cat.
Flying into the mouth of the VENUS SLYDETRAP is what my family did over and over again. This was by far their most favorite ride in the park. Each time my son finished the ride he begged to go on it again, while my husband said it was the most fun ride in the park because you got to share it with your family. Insert, “Awwwww.” And my daughter said, “That was the scariest ride ever! Let’s do it again!”
Another favorite of my son’s was the STORM CHASER which is North America’s longest indoor uphill water coaster!
My husband who is somewhat of an adrenaline junkie loved the PARADISE PLUNGE which is a high-speed, free-fall body slide with AquaLaunch Start Capsule. Just writing this I’m getting panicky. It starts with a vertical trap door which sent him into a feet-first 60-foot vertical drop. My husband said the floor literally dropped out from underneath him. “The ride took my breath away, at one point my back wasn’t even touching the back of the slide. It was AWESOME,” he said.
While the rest of my dare devils were running around from slide to slide. I stationed myself at the “calmer” section, KARTRITE’S QUEST. This section is equipped with two smaller sized slides, water guns and a toilet bowl slide that my daughter LOVED. Look, I’m a wimp on all rides and I have no shame waiting in line in my miracle suit with two year olds for the baby slide. After Ava begged me, I finally took the plunge and went down the toilet bowl ride which almost sent me into a panic attack. Once I was “flushed” out of the ride I was thankful that there weren’t any brown treats floating by. Below you can see a pic of the translucent roof which bathes the park in sunlight and warmth. I really do have a hard time staying at any water park if I’m cold but this one made me feel like I was sunning at the beach.
Lastly, and a true highlight of the trip was the surfing simulator, BOMBORA FLOWRIDER. which flows 40,000 gallons of water per minute across a 40-foot padded incline. For fear of my bazoombas falling out of my suit I did not take my turn at being Gidget but here’s is a video of my kiddies trying it out.
THE ROOMS: Let me say this, I don’t care how nice a waterpark is if the hotel room stinks, I won’t go back. Good thing we loved our room! The hotel is brand spank-in new, modern and has a microwave and fridge in the room. Oh and the beds are soooo comfy. So go, enjoy and take the plunge at Aquatopia. Please leave comment below and let me know your thoughts!
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