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AQUATOPIA VOTED #1 INDOOR WATERPARK IN THE NATION
BY USA TODAY
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark named winner of latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest
Tannersville, Pa. (June 22, 2018) – Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, the Poconos’ premier adventure destination, has been named Best Indoor Waterpark in the country by USA Today. From the hundreds of indoor waterparks nationwide, Aquatopia secured the winning spot in USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for the second time since opening its doors in 2015.
The contest, which was launched on May 14 by USA TODAY, gave voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. This is the third time Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark was nominated and the second time it has been voted #1.
“The results are in and we could not be more excited that Aquatopia has been ranked #1 as the best indoor waterpark in the USA,” said Ame Cameron, VP of Sales & Marketing at Camelback Resort. “We are grateful to everyone who voted and invite new guests to experience the thrills and amenities that set Aquatopia apart from the other indoor waterparks in the county.”
Committed to providing adventures for guests of all ages, the 125,000-square-foot indoor waterpark is housed under a Texlon transparent roof that immerses guests in natural sunlight year-round while providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Aquatopia features seven pools, 13 water slides and a multitude of thrilling water attractions, including: Storm Chaser, North America’s longest uphill water coaster; The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool; an indoor/outdoor hot tub; and Kartrite’s Quest, the world’s first themed “next generation” multi-level aqua play structure equipped with 84 interactive water effects.
10Best.com provides readers with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. At its core is a team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. USA TODAY invites individuals and families from across the country to participate in these respective month-long “10Best Readers’ Choice” awards by voting for their travel favorites, including “Best Indoor Water Park.”
Earlier this year, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark received the “Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award” from Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants. This prestigious honor is awarded to aquatic facilities that epitomize safety excellence and exceed industry standards in risk management.
Aquatopia was also ranked among the top indoor waterparks in the world by U.S. News & World Report in an article that was published in March 2018.
Opened in April 2015, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is the most innovative waterpark ever constructed in the U.S. in a single phase. The award-winning leadership and cutting-edge innovations of Aquatic Development Group created the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast with several never-before-seen attractions, such as the Venus SlydeTrap, a 608-foot-long, fully-enclosed family rafting experience with a record-breaking sphere and open ‘manta’ wall ride. Aquatopia was part of a $163 million project that also included the construction and development of the eight-story, 453-suite Camelback Lodge.
The Great Kanagawa Wavepool features a snowcap-topped mountain, complete with a real Sno-Cat that uses thousands of LED light and sound effects to create the illusion of an avalanche plummeting into the pool. Bombora FlowRider® lets guests ride the waves alone or with a partner. The Lost River is a vast departure from a typical lazy river, enthralling guests with an adventure river ride through the jungle into a mysterious temple to find clues before emerging into daylight and a 60-foot waterfall. Perched on its launching pad high above Flyboys, the adults-only swim up bar, is Kartrite’s DHC-2 Beaver Float Plane, affectionately named, “Spirit of Tannersville.”
Aquatopia perfectly complements the existing family-friendly adventures at Camelback Resort, including 36 ski trails; the biggest snowtubing park in the U.S.A. with 42 lanes and a nightly Galactic LED light show experience; Pennsylvania’s only Mountain Coaster; North America’s longest twin, 4,000 ft. zip-flyers; and Camelbeach, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor waterpark.
Located just 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia, Camelback has wide appeal to a broad audience, including families and seasonal outdoor enthusiasts. Camelback Resort serves more than 1.7 million guests annually.
In early 2019, Camelback fans will have a new vacation destination to explore: The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, the latest creation of Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry II, co-owners of Camelback Resort. Built in the midst of 1,600 acres of wilderness in the Catskill Mountains, The Kartrite will feature New York State’s largest indoor waterpark—designed by Aquatic Development Group—and a luxury hotel with 324 exquisitely designed guest suites. For more information, visit TheKartrite.com.
For more information about Camelback Resort or to make a reservation, call 855.515.1283 or visit www.CamelbackResort.com.
About Camelback Resort
Camelback Resort continues to reinvent itself since opening in 1963 with 14 trails and three lifts serving 41,656 skiers. Today, Camelback serves more than 1.7 million outdoor enthusiasts and visitors annually with 37 trails, 16 lifts, 100 percent snowmaking, the largest snowtubing park in the U.S. with an out-of-this-world “Galactic” light experience, Camelback Mountain Adventures (featuring the only mountain coaster in Pennsylvania and North America’s longest twin 4,000-foot Zip-Flyers), Camelbeach Waterpark (the largest waterpark in Pennsylvania) and Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. For more information, www.CamelbackResort.com.
About The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark
Set to open in early 2019, The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark is the latest creation of Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry III, co-owners of the Pocono’s premier adventure destination, Camelback Resort. The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark will feature two acres of exhilarating four-season indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 guest suites. Building upon the family-focused thrills and amenities that have made Camelback Resort & Aquatopia a premier destination in the Poconos, the new hotel and indoor waterpark will be perfectly situated to serve adventure-seekers from the New York metropolitan area and beyond. Inspired by the beauty of its Catskill locale with a nod to the region’s historic past, the cheeky, contemporary design of the hotel and indoor waterpark will set the bar for both innovative architecture and family-friendly adventure at every turn. For more information, visit TheKartrite.com.
Photo features: Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Tannersville, Pa.