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Family Favorite Water Park Plans for Hudson Valley

Great Wolf Resort considers site in Orange County, NY

Indoor family friendly waterpark

A family favorite weekend trip may be coming closer to home! 

County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced on Wednesday that Great Wolf Resorts, a chain of the largest indoor water-parks in North America, has plans to build in southern Orange County. He said that while he has been talking with Great Wolf representatives for the past year, his conversations on Monday will give him enough confidence in the company's interest here to make a public presentation in the next month or two.

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Great Wolf’s main attraction is an enormous, family-friendly, indoor waterpark featuring an expansive collection of slides, pools and play areas designed for kids of every age. In addition to the waterpark, families can partake in an array of other attractions including arcade games, ropes course and MagiQuest, a mystical adventure game where players use interactive magic wands to defeat goblins and dragons.

Great Wolf Resort also offers numerous restaurant options, all of which are nut-free.

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Great Wolf CEO Murray Hennessy said in a statement that he sees "tremendous future potential" in the New York area. With 16 resorts in the United States, one in Canada, two more in planning stages and an announcement earlier this month to break ground on a Great Wolf Lodge in northern California, it is clear the company is growing rapidly. Hennessy believes that Orange County is an ideal location for a potential Great Wolf Lodge due to its family friendly environment and close proximity to NYC.

Great Wolf Lodge
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Other officials including Orange County Legislature Steve Brescia and Blooming Grove Supervisor Rob Jeroloman support this project stating that it will “further enhance our ability to attract tourists” and will be a major economic draw for the region. But there is no doubt that this will cause a bit of competition for Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark that has a nearly $200 million project in the works in Sullivan County. Both parks are also in close proximity to the new Legoland Theme Park currently under construction in Goshen, NY.

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So what do you think of Great Wolf Resort coming to Orange County? We’d love to hear your opinions, leave a comment below.