Wisconsin Dells currently is the Waterpark Capital of the world. But Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains could be giving the region a run for its money.
Thanks to two new projects opening in 2015, totaling nearly $400 million, local officials anticipate the growth will propel the region into the forefront, helping to grab the title of Waterpark Capital of the East Coast.
The $163 million Camelback Lodge Aquatopia Indoor Water Park, an addition to the outdoor Camelbeach Water Park that's already open during warmer months, is scheduled to open in spring. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions $230 million new waterpark and resort will follow on its heels in the summer.
"We are definitely having some major infrastructure in that industry coming on board," said Carl Wilgus, president/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, according to Lehigh Valley Live.
Camelback, which promises to be the largest ski resort with an indoor waterpark. Watch the video construction update released in October 2014.
Additional aquatics projects also are on the books, including including a $6 million entertainment center with indoor pool at Mount Airy Casino Resort, as well as Blue Mountain Ski Area, which previously announced plans for a waterpark but now is also creating a multi-use facility that would feature a hot springs-style pool and ice-skating in the winter and activity pool for the summer months. Read More