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Updated January 2022. There are some pictures from our visit in December of 2019 and you wouldn’t see anyone masked or distancing in those photos.
After a really long fall and as winter started, I wanted to take a breather with my daughter and celebrate her 14th birthday. We were up at my in-laws in Port Jervis, NY and the Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark was only 45 minutes away (2+ hours normally from our home in New York City). We headed to Kartrite on a winter’s day. If you’re not aware, the Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark in Monticello, NY is an easy drive and well worth the trip.
The Kartrite Resort‘s Lobby was warm and inviting, with plenty of places to sit and relax and large games of Connect Four available to play with. There was also a large screen playing a movie and a Big K that you could take a picture with. It’s the kind of place where you can tuck yourself in and comfortably read or hang out with friends. Covid protocols were in place and social distancing was encouraged. Mask use was mandated and there were signs all over reminding you to wear your mask.
The gentleman who checked me in was very friendly and explained everything well to me. You will get a wristband to wear when you’re at Kartrite – that will open your room (no cards to lose), to work the elevators, and also let you into the waterpark area. If you have a sensory kid who won’t wear this, you’ll have to hold onto it and go down to the lobby to get a new one if that one is lost.
We stayed in a junior suite room, which had two bedrooms (one with two double beds in it), plus two bathrooms (one in the master suite). If you have between 2- 4 kids, then it’s ideal for you. There’s also a place outside the main bathroom to hang up towels and bathing suits, as well as a kitchen/lounge area with a table, chairs, a TV and small couch. There are 324 all suite rooms at Kartrite and we were so comfortable.
The Indoor Waterpark at Kartrite was huge and featured several fun slides, a lazy river, a hot tub pool that is both indoor and outdoor — so cool), a FlowRider surf attraction so you can ‘surf’, a kids activity pool with basketball and a kids area with multi-level play structure with slides, and a younger baby/toddler area called Puddle Ducks.
There’s also two restaurants (one with a bar) and a living plant wall – which was pretty cool. There were tons of life jackets for all sizes and an elevated cabana where families can chill out. There’s also a big hot tub pool that’s both indoors and outdoors that is for families called Affinity Springs.
Slides are the Kracken, Nor’easter, Jiggerty-Jaggerty, Time Warp, Empire Bay (the Lazy River).
There’s an energy-efficient 60,000 sq. ft Texlon transparent roofing system, heated to a toasty 84 degrees for year round fun.
When we were at Kartrite recently, the hotel graciously offered a Cabana to use during our time at the Waterpark. Since we are in times of Covid, this was wonderful and we enjoyed it heartily. We had some time alone but were still able to enjoy everything in the waterpark. There were snacks waiting fo us and soft drinks, as well as fruit. We could close the Cabana for privacy to change and we brought our lunch upstairs and ate right outside our Cabana.
Where to Eat
BIXBY’S DERBY / BIXBY’S TAVERN & TAPROOM
We loved this simple and delicious restaurant with taproom-style fare. It appealed to both my son and I. There were a mix of cozy booths and tables. Open daily at 5pm for dinner and at 4pm for taproom-style fare. We sampled the salmon and the Buffalo Chicken Wrap and were stuffed. Our waitress was a sweetheart and so attentive.
EAT. EAT. EAT.
Eat. Eat. Eat. is a buffet that serves fresh and local cuisine to fuel up for a day at the waterpark or replenish after a day of adventure. There’s a hand crafted omelet station and pastry bar, steaks and seafood, and an epic dessert bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
The bathing suit friendly waterpark restaurant is perfect for poolside fun, serving quick bites of classic burgers, hot dogs, salads and more to stay or to go. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
A modern and relaxing coffee shop serving coffee, as well as New York-style sandwiches and snacks all day.
POP’S SWEET SHOPPE
Kids will love seeing all the candy and sweets on display in this retro candy shop. Caramel apples, ice cream, homemade fudge, and a huge candy wall…I wish we had been able to indulge! Open noon to late.
A nod to the “great American bar,” world-class mixologists serve classic cocktails and new inventions in a casual, friendly
setting. Adjacent to Van Winkle’s Alley, it’s the perfect evening watering hole. Open daily at noon for lunch and dinner.
When I came to Kartrite recently, this is where my daughter and I dined. While not inexpensive, the portions were HUGE.
Overlooking the waterpark on the mezzanine level, adults enjoy chilled drinks and warm sunshine year-round in the middle of all the action. Open for afternoon and evening drinks and food.
Note: Since we are in a pandemic times, confirm with the front desk as for times that bars and restaurants are open. We were there on a Wednesday night before New Year’s Eve and Bixby’s was not open. We ate in Harvey Walbanger’s.
Check out my video recap of our stay.
Starting at $249 in low season, Starting at $449 in high season
$42 Resort Fee per night (plus tax, per suite) – Includes self-parking, daily in-room coffee and bottled water, select daily activities & crafts, Wi-Fi, water park towels, electric car charging stations, self service washers & dryers, access to hiking trails and guidebooks, movie nights, and water park life jackets.
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