This post is sponsored by The Kartrite
If you’ve been wanting to take your kids to an indoor waterpark, but you’re put off by the less-than-glamorous accommodations and dining options that often go along with that experience, then you should check out The Kartrite, a brand-new resort and indoor water park in the Catskills region of New York. They’re bringing an upscale sensibility and refined aesthetic to the indoor waterpark industry that readers of Top Flight Family will be sure to love.
As soon as you walk in, you’ll be struck by the modern, colorful decor complimented by plenty of natural light let in by the floor-to-ceiling windows. While parents check in, kids can play within view with oversized Connect 4 and Jenga blocks.
We stayed in room 252, a two-bedroom suite on the ground floor of the hotel. We were immediately impressed with the accommodations. The suite was spacious, had plenty of storage and had a cheerful, colorful, modern decor that made us feel at home right away. There’s a wrap-around terrace with views of the lush, green surroundings.
While the indoor waterpark at The Kartrite is not as large as some other resorts, it’s got more than enough attractions for the average family: from splash pads and mini-slides for infants and toddlers, to lazy rivers and medium-sized slides for pre-schoolers, to full-scale rides and slides for elementary-school aged kids and older. The indoor water park even has a Flowrider surf simulator, and unlike other waterparks, you don’t have to pay extra to give it a whirl! The thing I loved most about The Kartrite’s indoor water park is the abundance of natural light. Since the entire ceiling is a skylight, it actually feels as if you’re outdoors. The beautifully designed landscaping also gives the waterpark a natural, outdoorsy feel.
To upgrade your experience, consider booking a cabana. The cost ranges from $249 to $349 per day. Each cabana can host up to 8 people, and your fee includes complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, juices, fresh fruit, and savory snacks. You’ll have a dedicated server who will take orders for food and cocktails, and the cabana also has a TV so kids can watch their favorite cartoons while they take a break from the water.
The dining options at The Kartrite complement its upscale positioning.
This is the fine dining restaurant at The Kartrite. The dining room is warm and comfortable, with friendly service. The menus suggests a farm-to-table approach by listing the restaurant’s local farm partners. The execution of the dishes was a bit inconsistent (not unusual for a brand-new property), but I’m sure the quality will even out as time goes on.
Bixby’s Tavern and Tap Room
The restaurant’s bar has a wide selection of cocktails, beers, and wines. Their small plates offer an inventive take on “bar food.” Some of the stand-outs are the duck fat fries and the grilled oysters.
Eat. Eat. Eat.
If you prefer a more casual dining experience, Eat. Eat. Eat. offers both a breakfast and a dinner buffet. The breakfast buffet is $17.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids aged 4 and up. The dining room is cheerful, with its colorful, modern decor. Breakfast includes the usual favorites, from bacon and sausage to egg dishes, to fresh fruit, cereal and an extensive bread and pastries section. As with Bixby’s Derby, the quality of the food wasn’t always that consistent, but this should even out as the kitchen staff gains experience.
Overlooking the mini bowling alley is Harvey’s Wallbanger, the resort’s sports bar. It has four big-screen TVs on which you can catch a game, and its menu includes burgers, pizzas and wings.
If you’d rather not leave the indoor waterpark, your best bet for dining is the Surfside Grille. It’s a cafeteria-style take-out spot where you can order pizzas and wraps, as well as pick up pre-packaged items like meat and cheese snack boxes.
Pop’s Sweet Shoppe
To satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Pop’s Sweet Shoppe. The vintage decor in here is very cute, and it serves a selection of gelatos, sorbets, and baked goods.
If you prefer a light breakfast and want to skip the breakfast buffet, head to The Highline to grab a cup of morning joe and a pastry. The coffee shop also has a wide selection of organic and health snacks.
On the upper floor of the indoor waterpark is Bar Mez. They have plenty of options when it comes to beer, wine and cocktails, and they have a selection of frozen cocktails that are fun to drink in the warm climate of the waterpark. You can also order simple lunch options like burgers, sandwiches, and pizza.
Arcades and Games
We really enjoyed Playopolis, the arcade at The Kartrite. They had a wide variety of games for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. We especially had fun on this virtual reality roller coaster. The girls loved it so much they went twice!
Tip: Be sure to bring closed-toe shoes for the whole family. Because we visited in July, we only brought flip flops and sandals for the duration of the trip, so there were a lot of attractions we weren’t able to participate in. We did get to do The Dark Side twice, this is a 3D theater that combines motion and wind effects to get you really immersed in the experience. The Kartrite also offers Amazequest, a laser tag experience; Virtuality, a VR experience; Carabiners, a ropes course and Scrapeskyer, a climbing wall. All of those required closed-toe shoes so unfortunately we weren’t able to try them out!
The Kartrite offers a schedule of daily activities for kids, including things like donut decorating, DIY sand art and water balloon games. Some of these are complimentary, while others have a small fee. Our favorite activity was making s’mores. The front desk sells s’mores kits for $5 – each kit is good for two people. The kits include marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and wooden skewers. It was really fun to roast the marshmallows over the giant fire pits in the outdoor part of the resort, while watching the sun go down.
Spa and Fitness
If you prefer relaxation to thrilling water slides, be sure to check out Chill Spa. This full-service spa offers a wide range of treatments including facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. Sean and Ella got their nails done and really enjoyed the experience. Nail technicians are not always that good with kids, but the technicians at The Kartrite were phenomenal in engaging the girls and making them feel happy and comfortable. If you’d like to work out while you’re at The Kartrite, you’ll find a small gym across from the spa that has a few treadmills and some free weights.
All in all, I think The Kartrite is a fantastic addition to the indoor water park resorts of the northeast region. From the fantastic indoor waterpark rides to the fun arcade games, from the refined dining to the spa selections, the resort really does cater to everyone in the family.
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Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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