America’s newest indoor waterpark is now open, so of course my kids had to check it out! Turns out, it makes for a great family trip. Located in the scenic Catskills (New York), the waterpark features over 300 beautifully designed suites for guests. Plus, there is a spa and various non-water entertainment options. The Kartrite definitely stands out from the numerous other indoor waterparks we have visited.
The check-in process was smooth and effortless — valet parking was available, but we decided to park ourselves as we found a spot very close to the entrance. In the reception area, we were given a list of all the activities available in the resort including donut decorating, sand art, and much more. Near the front desk, there’s a space with tons of games (giant Connect Four and Jenga, to name a couple) to entertain the kids while we got checked in. The games in the reception area were a nice touch, as the kids were having fun right away. It was even a bit of a challenge to get them to our room because they were enjoying themselves so much!
After we settled in our room, we changed into our bathing suits and headed to the waterpark. Kartrite offers suites of various sizes — from a junior suite to a family bunk suite, two bedroom suites and three bedroom suites. Some of the suites also have a balcony or patio. Each room comes equipped with wifi, laundry access, toiletries, an HD TV, a mini fridge, and more.
Don’t forget to pack sunscreen… seriously! You’re probably thinking, “Why would you pack sunscreen for an indoor park?” Well, this waterpark has a clear glass ceiling which floods the indoor park with natural light. It almost feels like you’re outdoors given the natural sunlight, so you should use sunscreen accordingly. Also, the waterpark maintains a temperature of 84 degrees, simulating the ideal summer day all year long!
Immediately, my kids had a blast at the waterpark. The Kartrite has lots of play areas for smaller children as well as larger attractions and big slides for older kids. The Nor’easter (a massive half-pipe slide that can accommodate up to 4 riders at a time) was our kids’ favorite ride. Though it’s one of the scarier rides, they got a kick out of it! Other rides include the enormous lazy river, Empire Bay, and the Jiggerty-
One ride my kids also loved was the Flowrider, where they could practice their surfing skills.
For grown-ups, there is a bar upstairs with lounge chairs and cabanas to relax and enjoy. This is ideal if you have older kids who don’t need supervision. Plus, the cabana is the perfect spot for getting your year-round tan! At the park, there are also mocktails available — my kids absolutely loved the non-alcoholic piña colada!
As the park is very new, it was clean, well-maintained, and well-staffed with plenty of lifeguards to watch over the kids. If you get hungry during the action-packed day, The Surfside Grille is a restaurant inside the park that offers snacks, pizza, and other refreshments. The Kartrite also uses recyclable plastic utensils and implements various sustainability initiatives throughout the entire resort. For me, this was a unique and impressive detail that very few waterparks have.
Although we didn’t get a chance to try these activities, both the Scrapeskyer and Carabiners are two indoor attractions that the kids will adore. Scrapeskyer is the vibrantly colored indoor climbing wall. Carabiners is the indoor ropes course which features multiple ziplines! There is also a really cool, small bowling alley called Van Winkle’s Alley.
I must say that I’m not a big fan of arcades, but our kids had a fabulous time at the Playopolis Arcade. My husband and I actually ended up enjoying it too! The staff was amiable and helped the kids navigate the various arcade games. We enjoyed playing tons of games with the kids which ranged from classic arcade favorites to interactive and educational learning games. You can earn tickets from many of the games at Playopolis and can cash-in for prizes at the end of your stay. The highlight of my kids’ trip was claiming their prizes at the end of their arcade experience!
As we consider ourselves foodies, the waterpark restaurants have never appealed to us. However, the Kartrite made us reconsider our previously-held biases. We were pleasantly surprised by the menu and the quality of food at Bixby’s Derby restaurant. From the thoughtful presentation of the food to the expansive and creative menu, this dining experience defied all odds. My kids enjoyed the risotto and the whole fish, and my husband and I savored the grass-fed steak and tuna toss salad. Plus, the meats were sourced from a local farm, which makes it different than other resorts in the area. This also ties into the resort’s environmentally-conscious approach.
For breakfast, there is a robust buffet at the EAT. EAT. EAT restaurant. It boasts a variety of breakfast and brunch favorites for the whole family. We were very impressed by the sheer variety of offerings.
The Highline is another great place to grab a cappuccino and a sandwich to-go. Take your meal to the outdoor seating area and enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskills while you dine!
Pop’s Sweet Shoppe: This cute bakery is located on the way to the waterpark. Here, you and your kids can indulge in caramel apples, homemade fudge, and artisan-crafted candies!
Bonfire and S’mores: The outdoor space at the resort is breathtaking with chic, modern furniture. There is a large fireplace with lots of seating that your whole family can enjoy in the evening after a day of fun. You can get s’mores kits from the reception and enjoy making s’mores with your kids under the starry skies.
Activities and Entertainment
The resort has an extensive list of activities offered: DIY Sand Art, DIY Crafts, Water Balloon Fun, Family Movie Night, etc. The Donut Decorating was a hit with my kids. They had plenty of decorating options like crushed candy bars, Oreos, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and sprinkles! My kids were in heaven and we highly recommend this activity for all children who come to the Kartrite. I only wish my kids gave us a bite of their delicious creations! My daughter particularly loved the DIY Sand Art, where she made a sand necklace and proudly wore it all day long!
While I don’t typically review gift shops, the one at Kartrite really impressed me! They had a lot of cute, unique items that would make perfect mementos of your fun-filled trip.
While I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the spa this time around, the Kartrite’s Chill Spa features massages, body treatments and wraps, nail care, and more. They also have a Kids Korner, which offers spa treatments for kids under 12 including a manicure, pedicure, and facial.
How the Kartrite stacks up
Although going to a waterpark isn’t my ideal vacation pastime, my kids loved the various water-based attractions as well as the other activities offered at the resort. The Kartrite prides itself on being a destination for both adults and children as it boasts tasteful, modern room and suite appointments, and offers an expansive yet refined indoor waterpark. It changed my mind about how entertaining a waterpark experience could be. Unlike other waterparks, you won’t feel like you’re only here for the kids. There’s plenty available at Kartrite to suit adult sensibilities as well. For instance, the Resorts World Casino just a five minute drive away. The Kartrite Waterpark is a perfect interlude to either a summer or winter trip to the Catskills. It can be intermixed with hiking in summer or skiing in the winter for an unforgettable adventure!
Would you give it a try for your next weekend getaway?
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