My family recently had the opportunity to visit the Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, the Catskills newest resort and the largest indoor waterpark. ***While our visit was hosted and some meals were provided, all opinions are our own.
From the moment we arrived at the Kartrite, we knew we were in for a treat. Located approximately 1.5 hours from NYC, visiting the Kartrite is an easy resort to travel to if you’re looking for some family fun!
Aside from the waterpark being the main attraction, The Kartrite is touted as a luxury resort and houses over 300 rooms for their guests. We stayed in the King Bunk Suite and we were not disappointed. The suite included two rooms–the first included two sets of bunk beds, which my toddler loved. He climbed up and down the bed ladders about 100 times the first night! The adjoining room included a king bed and sofa that also pulled out into a bed. The suite could have easily accommodated 8 people. I think partnering together with family or friends and getting one suite to share for the weekend is a cost-effective way to enjoy this resort. While much of your time will be spent inside the waterpark, larger family’s/groups could easily occupy a shared suite comfortably. When we were not in the waterpark, we enjoyed all the other attractions that the resort had to offer. We especially enjoyed the balcony off of our room that allowed us to see the changing fall leaves and the family’s in the courtyard enjoying bonfires and roasting s’mores
As a mom who cooks almost every meal my family consumes, I look forward to going on vacation and not having to cook. When the food is good, its a win win. Much to my delight, the food at The Kartrite is delicious! There are two options for breakfast dining–The Highline, a quick grab and go breakfast shop, and Eat. Eat. Eat, the resorts breakfast buffet. We opted for the buffet both mornings of our stay and were not disappointed. My favorite offerings were the make-your-own omelet station and the various pastries available. Our toddler was able to fill up on his favorite breakfast of oatmeal and sausage to fuel him for a day filled with fun.
We didn’t have lunch during our visit, opting for late breakfasts and hearty dinners. However, to curve the hunger pangs during the lunch hour, I would suggest visiting Surfside Grille in the waterpark for quick bites and cold drinks. For an alcoholic beverage, look no further than the mezzanine of the Waterpark for Bar Mez.
For dinner, we visited Harvey Wallbangers and Bixby’s. Harvey Wallbangers menu was aligned with your typical bar fare, but did not disappoint. Their burger and wings were especially tasty. Bixby’s provides a more elegant and elevated experience in both it’s menu offerings and atmosphere. We noticed many family’s celebrating birthday’s at Bixby’s. We were a bit underwhelmed by the food and overall experience at Bixby’s, but still enjoyed ourselves. The cocktails were mixed well and service was exceptional.
Now, the fun part. The main attraction! THE WATERPARK. In short, it was a blast! Upon entering the waterpark, you feel the change in temperature. The waterpark is 84 degrees year round and feels like a tropical island. While the Kartrite waterpark is large, it doesn’t feel overwhelming. The site is well mapped out and open enough to see from front to back. It doesn’t have the feel of a huge amusement park that your child can get lost in; lots to explore, but still cozy enough to keep tabs on your entire party. Our first stop after entering the park was our cabana. At an additional cost of $150-$250, getting a cabana is a bit of a splurge but a perfect place to relax if you’re spending a full day in the waterpark. Amenities inside the cabana include designated lounge chairs, a love seat, a fridge stocked with beverages, and complimentary snacks. With a baby in our party, our cabana was the perfect place to steal away, relax, and take a mid-day snooze. Cabana not in your budget? Not to worry! There are plenty of tables and lounge chairs available to park your belongings, eat, and take breaks
As a mom of younger kids (4 years old and 6 months old) my concern was that the waterslides and park would be a bit overwhelming for them. This was not the case. There are slides and fun for every age group–from the tiniest humans to adult thrill seekers. My husband loved the fast gliding, rollercoaster-esque slides that submerged him in water. My toddler and baby spent most of their time in the area with smaller slides and pools of water that were under 2 ft. We spent a full 8 hours in the waterpark and everyone left with an expression of joy, albeit a bit exhausted from the endless fun
The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark is a MUST VISIT. If you’re contemplating whether or not to make a trip there, definitely do! Your kids will make memories that will last a lifetime and parents will be more than satisfied with the resort accommodations and attractions. The Kartrite provides more than just a waterpark, but a full family adventure experience with arcades, daily activities, and fun around every corner. What more could kids and parents ask for?
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