The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark: A Tropical Oasis In The Mountains


When my almost six-year-old told me he wanted to go on a weekend adventure away to celebrate his upcoming birthday, I wanted a place he (and the whole family) would have a blast and remember forever. A friend recommended The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark, New York’s largest indoor water park in the Catskills. Since we are a family that loves a waterpark—especially one that feels like a bonafide getaway—I knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate Andrew’s birthday. I booked a two-bedroom suite big enough for my family and Andrew’s friend Lucas and his crew (his mom and sister joined, too), and we headed up the Turnpike to the park in Monticello, New York. (featured photo credit: Kartrite Resort)

the resort sign

Drive up for hours of fun day and night at Kartrite Resort and Waterpark. Photo Credit: Kartrite Resort

Pulling up to paradise at The Katrite Resort

The drive to Katrite was easy, about 2 hours and 10 minutes from my house in Monmouth County. As we pulled up, I noticed the resort looked modern and inviting, nestled amongst the mountains, and my kids were excited to see what would be inside. After parking in the free lot, we stepped through the doors into the beautifully appointed, chic lobby that felt modern and family-friendly. Thanks to the staff’s friendliness and helpful advice, we felt welcome when we checked in. Our room wasn’t ready, but they told us we were welcome to use the waterpark, so we put our luggage in storage, got our wristbands and swimsuits (you could change in the locker rooms), and were all set to play.

cabanas at the waterpark

The Kartrite Waterpark is fun for the whole family. Photo Credit: Kartrite Resort

Making a splash at the Katrite waterpark

Entering the waterpark was like stepping into a tropical oasis—with the air temperature at a humid 84 degrees and tropical plants and trees everywhere—it felt like we had landed on a Caribbean island. It’s covered entirely in a texlon transparent roof (the largest in the world), letting in natural sunlight and lending to the tropical feel. The waterpark was an ideal size – the kids had plenty to enjoy and explore, yet I could keep an eye on them. We decided to rent an Upper Mezzanine Cabana for the day—we wanted the comfort of having a space all to ourselves—and it proved to be a great idea since all the kids and adults took breaks there throughout the day to eat and rest. Our cabana had a private server for food and drinks (hello, pina colada!), comfortable couches, lounge chairs, snacks, a fridge full of drinks, and a TV. Once we settled in, it was time to hit the water. All the kids (and adults) loved the four giant waterslides – Krakken, Time Warp, Nor’easter, and Jiggerty Jaggerty. We raced down the Jiggerty Jaggerty on mats and were delighted to see who made it to the bottom first. Apart from the slides, we went on a relaxing tube ride along Empire Bay (their version of a lazy river), splashed across the rope bridge in Later Gator Crossing, and got dumped on by giant water buckets over at Kartrite Island. 

But I have to admit, The Flow Rider, a surfing simulator, was my favorite. I’m not a surfer, but I thought I’d try it, and I’m so glad I did. The helpful instructor did his best to get me to try moves I was comfortable with. It may not have looked graceful, but I had a blast. After my surf session, we all hopped into the hot tub, with doors that opened to the outside attached to the heated pool. It was refreshing, especially with the (cold) fresh air coming in. The kids also enjoyed the pool basketball area and loved challenging themselves on the leap pads. 

hotel room

The rooms at the Kartrite Resort range in size to accommodate a small family or large group. Photo Credit: Kartrite Resort

Relaxing in our room

After a full day in the waterpark, we got our keys to our two-bedroom suite with a balcony. The suite was spacious and comfortable, decorated with a contemporary aesthetic that was also family-friendly. It felt like an apartment and had all the amenities we’d need during our two-night stay, including a pullout couch, a table and chairs, a microwave, and a mini fridge. I appreciated it had two separate bathrooms, giving each family privacy when we needed it and our own space.

After settling in and changing, we headed downstairs for dinner at Bixby’s. Located on the lobby level of the Kartrite, Bixby’s is a sit-down restaurant with the modern, chic décor Kartrite is known for. All the kids ordered burgers off the kids’ menu, and I ordered the salmon and tried my husband’s steak—both were delicious. After dinner, we were so tired that we decided to return to the room and rest for the next day. 

Bowling at Kartrite

Bowling is a fun activity to do before the waterpark opens. Photo Credit: Kartrite Resort

Fun and games on dry land

In the morning, we explored all the activities around the resort after breakfast. There’s a daily calendar of creative and family activities, including sand art, family karaoke, and lots of fun maker projects for an additional fee. We loved playing a game of candy bingo and decorating our own donuts. In the afternoon, a family movie played in the lobby, and we saw a magic show. We thought about trying out one of the non-water activities, the escape cube, arcade, bowling, rock climbing, ropes course, 3D gaming experience, or laser tag, but ended up spending more time at the waterpark. Later that night, as we celebrated the end of the weekend, we all agreed we made some incredible memories and vowed to make this an annual birthday visit. 

Show at Kartrite

There are shows available at Kartrite Resort to keep the fun going. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

What to know before you go to Kartrite

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is in the Catskills mountains of NY, only 90 miles from Manhattan and a little over two hours from parts of New Jersey. With 324 luxurious guest suites ranging from one to three bedrooms, accommodations fit all sized families and groups. There is an outdoor courtyard area that includes fire pits (perfect for roasting s’mores) and Adirondack-style chairs. The Kartrite is a cashless resort, and outside food and beverages are prohibited except in the room. There are seven dining and bar locations, including the buffet-style Eat. Eat. Eat., fine dining at Bixby’s Derby (reservations are highly recommended), the casual Surfside Grille, and ice cream at Pop’s Sweet Shoppe. If you want to explore, Katrite offers five excellent trails with nearly 6 miles of scenic hiking. 

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
555 Resorts World Drive
Monticello, NY 12701

Thanks to the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark for hosting our stay; you can also visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

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About Author

Samantha Adams lives in Wall, NJ with her husband Greg and three children, Gavin, Jackson and Andrew. With a BA from Rutgers in Economics and a Masters from Monmouth University in Business, Samantha is an unintentional advocate for nutrition, health and overall wellness. She wants her children to lead the best life possible, and she feels a foundation of healthy living is the greatest gift she can give them. She wants to show her children that passion leads to change and she hopes to be an example to them. Samantha enjoys her career in the Medical Device industry while writing weekly for the Asbury Park Press in the Health section. Samantha loves taking her kids on outdoor adventures throughout the state of NJ. Her favorite destinations are State and County parks, the boardwalk, and any walking or biking path she can find.