Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer. Newcomers Camelback Resort and Kalahari Resort both boast massive indoor waterparks that push the boundaries of wet-and-wild fun — joining the Poconos’ two existing indoor waterpark resorts that have been serving up excitement come rain or shine for years. The next time you’re looking for massive slides and epic wave pools, these are your options:

Aquatopia at Camelback Resort (Mt. Pocono)

Opened in early May, Aquatopia is the crown jewel of the Camelback’s new hotel and spa complex. Follow the adventures of fictional character Kartrite Van Der Berris on his world adventures, as you meander through 13 slides in the 125,000-square-foot park. One of its claims to fame is the Venus SlydeTrap, which relies on state-of-the-art technology to send the brave swerving and plummeting into the mouth of a mega Venus flytrap. And don’t miss the Storm Chaser, North America’s longest indoor uphill water coaster.

Kalahari Resort (Pocono Manor)

Set to be unveiled on July 1, Kalahari’s Poconos outpost is the brand’s third location (just after Sandusky and Wisconsin Dells) and brings the brand’s trademark safari motif to Pennsylvania. Upon opening, the indoor facility will measure in at an impressive 100,000 square feet — and a second phase that’s just begun will eventually double the size. For now, kick back on an inner tube and float down the lazy river, put your skills to the test on the FlowRider surf simulator, or crash against the waves in the wave pool.

By Zachary Laks – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Poconos Gay Travel Resources

This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.

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