Dubbed “America’s biggest little waterpark”, our family spent a beautiful summer day at SplashDown Beach in Fishkill, New York. We all enjoyed the water slides, lazy river, wave pool and beach like atmosphere surrounded by the scenery of the Hudson Valley. Here is our review
First of all, I would like to thank Dutchess County Tourism for providing tickets for our family to enjoy the waterpark. If you would like to read more
How to Get Here and Admission
SplashDown Beach is located in the Central Hudson Valley in Fishkill, NY – Click on the map below for directions:
Regular admission is $34 if you buy online, and $38 at the entrance if you are over 42″ tall. If you are under 42″ or if you are a senior, then you pay $27. They often have special offers, so try to check those out before you visit. Also refer to their calendar and operating hours prior to going. They do a great job of making you feel as if you are in a beach setting by having sand in many areas and lounge chairs all around.
Attractions at Splashdown Beach Waterpark
There are 15 different water attractions at SplashDown beach. Our family of 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 8 and 10) did most of them (except for the kiddie areas). We had a great time on many of the water slides and rode them over and over again! Click on SplashDown Beach to see the full list of water park rides and height requirements.
This is a family 5 person raft ride. It is huge! It stands almost six stories tall and 600 feet long. It is one of the biggest family raft rides in the Northeast! We had a blast on this ride and enjoyed the twists, turns
This slide just opened Summer of 2018. I was really looking forward to riding this one, but my daughter chickened out, so I went to ride some milder slides with her while my husband and son braved the crazy drop and zero gravity ascent. They loved it and while I wanted to ride it with my son later, the lines were too long and I decided to cool off riding other slides a few times in a row.
Arctic Plunge Racers
We rode these slides 5 times! You pick up a mat at the bottom and climb up to the 4 slide options when you reach the top. The line moves pretty fast and the attendant was quick and helpful on how to get on. All of the water slides zip you pretty quickly and have a gentle descent to the bottom. Warning – they are much faster than you think!
Croc Creek Lazy River
This lazy river was quite unique. Most lazy rivers I have been on let you float aimlessly around as many times as you please. This one, however, had rules. First off, you must stay on the tube. There were many lifeguards making sure that riders were safely on a tube and not floating around alone. The next thing we found a little odd was that you could only float around the loop once. They have a lifeguard at the end of
Water Whirler, Splash Works,
and Shipwreck Lagoon
This was the kiddie area that we only walked through. Both my kids are over 48″ and are technically not allowed to play in that area. There were many families playing and toddlers having a great time splashing around. They have smaller slides for
Humunga Half Pipe
This ride is intense! It is either a 1-2 person raft ride that is 4 stories tall and has a
This is just a regular pool with lounge chairs located around it. It is a great place to just relax and enjoy the water.
Monster Wave Pool
Although small, the waves in this pool were pretty good. We all enjoyed bouncing around on the waves, yet it became too packed by
Bullet Bowl, Pirate’s Plunge, and Pirate’s Revenge
These 3 slides were my
Tips to Know Before You Go
1. Bring your own towel and water shoes
The website does not tell you this! At the entrance of the park is a giant store with towels, sandals/aqua socks, and sunglasses. I highly recommend that you bring a bag with your own towel and water shoes (the floor gets pretty hot). Oh and if you have a child 2 and under who is not potty trained, they require you purchase a reusable swim diaper ($9). If you bring it in next time, the child can enter for free.
2. Bring a change of clothes
3. Bring your own
4. Ride Arctic Mammoth and Megalodon first
These rides are very slow to load. When you arrive at the park (which is hopefully when it opens at
5. Set up a central home
Looking for more family fun around the area? Check out – Things to do in Dutchess County with Kids.
Hotels in Fishkill NY
We had a free night stay that was going to expire soon, so we stayed at a beautiful Marriott Springhill Suites 5 minutes away in Fishkill. We loved this hotel. Not only was it close to SplashDown Beach, but it was brand new! The rooms were spacious and the breakfast was free. In addition, some fantastic outlets (Woodbury Commons) were about 30 minutes away. If you are looking into how to get free hotel stays, check out my post where I detail the credit cards we use to help us save money on travel.
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