Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark Ranked #1 By Usa Today’S 10Best Readers’ Choice Poll


TANNERSVILLE, Pa. – September 4, 2015 – Four months after opening its doors, Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, the biggest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, has won the title as USA TODAY’S “Best Indoor Water Park” in the country. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. At the 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.” Among the hundreds of indoor waterparks in the U.S. only 20 were nominated as possible contenders for the “10Best Readers’ Choice. The results are in: Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge is the #1 Indoor Water Park in the US.

“The USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” award is a huge honor because it is a direct result of our guests’ experiences,” said Jeff Lococo, general manager and executive vice president of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. “While we just opened the doors to Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark this past spring, our team is inspired to see that their hard work and dedication to deliver a fun, safe and quality guest experience has already made such a positive impression. There are hundreds of indoor waterparks in the U.S. and to be recognized as the best indoor waterpark by families from coast to coast is truly rewarding.”

Spanning 125,000 square feet, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark features seven pools, 13 waterslides and a multitude of thrilling water attractions. Aquatopia stands alone with slide innovation by offering three never-before-seen attractions; the world premiere of the Venus Slyde Trap, the only combination

family raft ride of its kind in the world; Kartrite’s Quest, the ‘next generation’ fully themed, immersive, multi-level AquaPlay structure; and Storm Chaser, North America’s longest indoor uphill water coaster along with subterranean Adventure River, Flow Rider simulated surfing and more.

Situated under the largest installation of Texlon® transparent roof in North America – Aquatopia’s innovative design allows guests to soak up the sun indoors at a comfortable 84-degrees year-round.

The $163 million, eight-story Camelback Lodge, located at the base of Camelback Mountain, transforms Camelback Resort into a year-round family and adventure destination. Designed to complement Camelback Resort’s existing seasonal outdoor recreation, including skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, ziplining, a treetops obstacle course, mountain coaster and more, Camelback Lodge serves as the largest ski in/ski out indoor waterpark resort in the U.S. Just 90 minutes from NYC and 2 hours from Philadelphia in the Pocono Mountains, an area that welcomes 25 leisure travelers annually from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Camelback Lodge has wide appeal to a broad audience, including families and seasonal outdoor enthusiasts.

For more information about Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark or to make a reservation, call 855.515.1283 or visit

Camelback Lodge Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark

Camelback  Resort    and    Camelbeach    Waterpark    co-­‐owners    Arthur    Berry    III    and    Aquatic    Development    Group    CEO    Ken    Ellis    first    met    on    the    Saratoga,    New    York    campus    of    Skidmore    College    in    1982.    Through    their    friendship    and    common    vision    to    bring    fun    to    their    family    and    friends,    they    purchased    Camelback    Resort    in    June    2005.    Located    in    the    Pocono    Mountains,    with    close    proximity    to    New    York    City,    Philadelphia    and    metro    markets,    Camelback    Resort    is    nationally    known  in  the  ski  industry  for  converting  new  skiers    and    snowboarders    in    the  Northeast    to    lifetime    snowsports    enthusiasts.    Berry    and  Ellis    have    built  on  the    rich    history    of    Camelback    Resort    by:    expanding    operations    to    offer    world-­‐recognized    terrain-­‐based    ski    learning    programs,    winning    the    coveted    Conversion    Cup    in    2014    from    the    National    Ski    Area    Association;    expanding    the    snowtubing  park  to    be  the  largest    in  the    country;  adding  new  attractions    at

Camelbeach  Waterpark,    the    largest    outdoor    waterpark    in    Pennsylvania;    and    developing    Camelback    Mountain    Adventures,    with    zip-­‐lines,    Segway    tours,    multiple    tree-­‐tops    ropes    courses    and    a  Mountain    Coaster.    On    May  1,    2015,    after    nearly    two  years    of    construction,    Berry  and  Ellis    opened    the    doors    to    Camelback    Lodge    &    Aquatopia    Indoor    Waterpark,    offering    a    mountain-­‐ based  indoor    waterpark    hotel    and    changing    Camelback    Resort    from    a    seasonal    day    trip,    to    an    overnight,    year-­‐round    destination.    The    $163    million    Camelback    Lodge    &    Aquatopia    Indoor    Waterpark    is    the    largest    single    expenditure    in  the    52-­‐year    history    of    Camelback    Resort    and    the    largest    national    ski    resort    improvement    in    2015.

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark was built in partnership and is co-managed by Stand Rock Hospitality. Comprised of four partners with a long legacy in the indoor and outdoor waterpark and entertainment industry, Pete Helland Jr., Pat Helland, Tim Lucke and Tim Gantz, and are no strangers to grand-scale waterpark resorts. Hailing from Wisconsin Dells, Wis., the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” each partner brings substantial experience, among them the former owner and operator of America’s Largest Outdoor Waterpark, Noah’s Ark. More recently, Stand Rock Hospitality developed and manages the 716 keyWilderness at the Smokies Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and helped develop and is co-owner of the largest indoor waterpark resort property in the U.S., Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.