Local Getaway: Aquatopia Camelback Resort

AquatopiaIf you haven’t already noticed, we are big fans of all things Camelback in the Pocono Mountains. We’ve recommend Camelbeach for their outdoor waterpark, Camelback Mountain for winter fun, and now the largest indoor waterpark in the north east, Aquatopia in Camelback Lodge, has been added to our list!

unnamed (4)A few weeks ago Bronxmama writer Martha headed to the Poconos with her family in t0w for the grand opening of Aquatopia. With 13 slides, an indoor water coaster, seven pools (including a wavepool, an indoor/outdoor spa whirlpool, a lazy river and a toddlers’ pool), there is plenty to do for everyone in this 170,000 square foot adventure center.

In addition to the water fun, there is lots of dry fun including a ropes course, multi-level laser tag, mini-golf and mega arcade. There are three sit down restaurants with other dining options available, a spa and fitness center, as well as meeting and conference space. To learn more about the food and dining options, check out their Eat Play Shop page.

Be sure to plan a fun family weekend to visit the new Aquatopia, there are plenty of deals happening right now as part of their grand opening celebration.

Guess What? Right now you can have a sneak peek of Aquatopia without being a guest at Camelback Lodge. From now until June 14th. daily admissions will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon availability. Pricing is: 48” and above – $39.99 per person & under 48” – $29.99 per person.  Purchases can be made at the Aquatopia admissions desk inside Camelback Lodge anytime after the waterpark opens.

Thanks to our friends at Camelback, we’ve put together this fun Slide and Rides Guide so you can see information about all of the water features and who in your family will be enjoying them.


Slide and Rides Guide


Slipping Past the Sleeping Condor, Narrowly Surviving the Carnivorous Jungle…
• Only combination family raft ride of its kind in the world!
• Starting with a heart-pounding drop, riders will speed down an enclosed serpentine flume before they are
injected into a 16-foot sphere where they bank around 90-degree turns, and finally are plunged back into
darkness. Next, riders will be propelled back into the rushing waters where they will experience wall crawling
Zero-G oscillations before being swallowed and spit back out into a plunge pool below.
• Over 600 feet, the fully enclosed family rafting experience has a record-breaking sphere and open ‘manta’ wall
• Three- to six-person family rafting slide dropping into a splashdown landing pool.
• 42ʺ″ height requirement.


Like a Barnstormer of the Past, Diving, Climbing and Twisting through the Storm, Searching for an Escape…
• North America’s longest indoor uphill water coaster!
• Aquatopia’s Storm Chaser is the industry’s most exciting, gravity-defying water-based coaster that exists in
any indoor waterpark in the U.S.
• One- or two-person tube slide takes riders uphill on jetted water.
• Features opened and fully enclosed dark and translucent sections.
• Five major drops and four uphill humps give riders a feeling of weightlessness.
• 756 feet long ending in a run-out shutdown lane.
• 42ʺ″ height requirement.


Speedily Descending Head First from the High Icy Peaks…
• Region’s only indoor head-first mat waterslide!
• AquaLucent lighting and high-speed drops.
• Over 300 feet of mat sliding ending in a run-out shutdown lane.
• 42ʺ″ height requirement.


Pushing Beyond the Edge of the Atmosphere, the Stars Were Never So Brilliant…
• High-speed, feet-first body slide.
• Fully enclosed aquatube body slide with translucent twists, turns and drops.
• Nearly 300 feet long, this 32ʺ″ body flume ends in a run-out shutdown lane.
• 42ʺ″ height requirement.


Over Rugged Terrain, Through Dense Forests, Down Long Steep Hillsides, We Raced Off the Map…
• This enclosed and translucent sectioned tube slide features turns and drops, providing continued and sustained
momentum before dropping into a deep splashdown pool.
• One- or two-person tube ride.
• Over 400 feet long, this 54ʺ″ fully enclosed flume ends in a splashdown landing pool.
• 48ʺ″ height requirement.


Expanding, Contracting, We Gather Speed Sliding Down Uncharted Ice Tunnels at the Bottom of the Globe…
• First of its kind in the Northeastern U.S.!
• The fully-enclosed Constrictor swallows two-person rafts into its depths, down through a series of narrowing
then widening spirals and the tightest, highest banking turns in the industry.
• The flume constricts to 54ʺ″ and expands to seven feet in the corners and back again, wrapping riders tighter
with sharp lefts and sharp rights, before constricting its path back down again, fully living up to its name.
• At over 510 feet, this semi-translucent enclosed flume ends in a splashdown landing pool.
• 48ʺ″ height requirement.

Paradise Plunge

A Grand Waterfall Drops Out Below Us, Take a Deep Breath, It is the ONLY Way Down…
• High-speed, free-fall body slide with AquaLaunch Start Capsule.
• A vertical trap door builds anticipation before sending riders into a feet-first 60-foot vertical drop.
• Over 215 feet of thrilling open body sliding that ends in a run-out shutdown lane.
• 48ʺ″ height requirement.


With a Leap of Faith, We are Free-falling, Spinning, Rushing Faster and Faster Towards the Earth Below…
• The rider steps into the AquaLaunch at the top of the tower before the trap door below opens and the rider
plummets into a 60-foot thrill ride.
• Beginning with a free-fall, riders are quickly sent into a High-G looping flattened 360-degree turn at over 26
feet per second.
• This fully translucent, enclosed, feet first body slide allows spectators to watch riders zoom above them.
• Nearly 315 feet long, the high thrills fun ends in a run-out shutdown lane.
• 48ʺ″ height requirement.


The Thrills of Riding the World’s Greatest Wave Down Under…
• The current-generated surfing simulator flows 40,000 gallons of water per minute across a 40-foot inclined,
tensioned composite membrane surface softening any wipeout.
• A great way for first-timers to learn to boogie board or surf in a safe and controlled environment.
• A fun way for more experienced flow boarders to sharpen skills.
• Center divider allows two boogie boarders to ride simultaneously.
• Stand-up FlowBoarding lessons available for an additional fee.
• Spectator-friendly with photo opportunity potential.
• 42ʺ″ height requirement for Boogie Board; 52ʺ″ for stand up FlowBoarding.


Navigating the Globe, Compass in Hand, Searching for the Unknown From Above and Below…

World’s First ‘Next Generation’ fully themed and immersive multi-level AquaPlay Structure!
• 1,000-gallon, themed giant dumping bucket sits perched at over 52 feet overhead.
• Exploration-themed play structure has countless highly themed elements including:
o The Flags of the World, navigation symbols, constellations, Kartrite’s Library, massive water dumping
submersible, high flying hang glider, giant carved tree, huge sail, zodiac expedition boat, periscope,
Atlantis-themed kids-zone, and giant logbook with ink blotter and quill.
• 84 interactive water effects including: bubbler and geyser jets, rotating dumping troughs, hose jets, pull ropes,
tipping cones, water guns, plunger jets, water wheels and water cannons.
• 3,000+ square-foot, zero-depth entry pool at the base of the water play structure.
• Platforms and stairs separate interactive zones designed for different age levels, giving guests a choice of
going to the slides or the interactive water features.

Interactive deck zones from pool levels to 32 feet high:

Zone 1: EXPLORER’S WORLD – A ground area directly underneath and surrounding the structure with
various sprays and themed water play features, including ‘A Whale of a Tail’ blue whale-themed water
spray feature.
Zone 2: KID-LANTIS – A separate zone for smaller children at ground level, and decks at four- and sixfoot
levels with three kiddie slides.
Zone 3: FLAGS of the WORLD – A 360-degree interactive deck that is ideal for middle-aged kids with
numerous new water interactive features at 12 feet of elevation.
Zone 4: NAVIGATE to ADVENTURE – Ideal for middle-aged kids and older, this zone boasts
interactive water features and the entrance to the play structure’s two main body slides at a 22-foot level.
Zone 5: REACH for the STARS – At over 32 feet above the pool floor, this is the highest point a kid can
climb in the structure and is ideal for the bravest kids and adults who want to ride the Lava Luge body

Six waterslide tracks offer various thrill levels:
KID-LANTIS: Themed splash area with a four-foot slide and six-foot high body slides.
SILK ROAD RUNNER: Enclosed, semi-translucent body slide landing into a run-out shutdown lane.
OUT’N’BACK TREK: Open top body slide landing into a run-out shutdown lane.
LAVA LUGE: Body bowl slide with enclosed translucent sections before entering the bowl.


I Saw a Great Sea Before Me, Its Rolling Waves Called to Me…
• Centrally located within Aquatopia and sun-drenched beneath the Texlon transparent roof.
• Featuring some of the biggest indoor waves in the Northeastern U.S. at four to six feet, and gentle one-foot
roller waves near the shallow end.
• Zero-depth entry to six feet deep.
• Sno-Cap Crumble Wavepool backdrop features an Arctic-themed backdrop with a real expedition Sno-Cat.
Waterfalls are revealed from hidden rivers below the icecap, flowing into the wavepool.
• Life jackets and one- and two-person tubes available.
• Guests under 48ʺ″must be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket.


Amidst the Thick Jungle, a Mysterious Temple Entrance to a Lost River was Discovered…
• A dark, immersive adventure river experience with LED underwater and theatrical lighting, and sound and
water special effects to enhance the experience.
• Amusement park level theming.
• Tall waterfalls, arching sprays, themed portal water features and flowing underground waterways provide
numerous opportunities to get wet, but there is also a path around the river for spectators to stay dry.
• Almost 500 feet of adventure, this 36ʺ″ deep river flows in a current bringing guests in and out of the sun under
the Texlon transparent roof.
• One- and two-person tubes available.
• Guests under 42ʺ″ must be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket.


Every Trip Deserves a Good Dip and a Dunk Once in a While…
• Water basketball and general swim lagoon with depth ranging from 30ʺ″ to 42ʺ″ deep.
• Guests less than 48ʺ″ must wear a life jacket to participate in this attraction.


Hand Over Hand, We Carefully Crossed Over the Lair of the Great Nile Crocodiles…
• At 42ʺ″ deep, this ‘Nile’ crossing activity challenges kids to walk on the heads of crocodiles while trying to
balance and cross the pool using an overhead cargo net.
• Guests less than 48ʺ″ must wear life jacket to participate.


Come Chill Out with the Coolest of the Cool Kids in Penguin City…
• A playful 42ʺ″ and under Antarctic-themed kid’s shallow adventure lagoon.
• Two Penguin City themed kids’ slides.
• Numerous themed water sprays, geysers, sprinklers, and a children’s museum quality interactive water table.
• A themed, four-child baby-bounce provides a place for infants to enjoy and a spot for the adults to rest.
• This zero-depth entry, themed shallow pool is bordered by plenty of pool walls designed to serve as benches
for seating.
• Adult supervision required.


The Soothing Waters of this Mythical Lagoon Rejuvenate the Body after a Long Day…
• Indoor/outdoor family warm springs spa.
• 42ʺ″ deep with hydrotherapy jets.
• Children six-14 must be accompanied by an adult; No children under six allowed.


For more information on rides and slides, visit www.camelbackresort.com






Thanks to Camelback for inviting Bronxmama out to the grand opening of Aquatopia. While admission was complementary, our opinions are our own.

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