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.
10Best.com 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 www.CamelbackResort.com.
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.