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Indoor water parks can help you beat the winter blues

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Tired of the frigid temperatures? How about taking a mini-vacation without having to leave the state? Following are four terrific destinations in the New York State area with indoor water parks the whole family can enjoy. Time to dig out that swimsuit!

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1) Big Splash Indoor Water Park at Rocking Horse Ranch. This year-round resort offers all-inclusive packages that include accommodations, meals and unlimited access to the water park. Also included are outdoor winter activities such as skiing, ice skating and tubing. 600 State Route 44/55, Highland, N.Y. 12528.

2) Palm Island Indoor Water Park at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia. Enjoy this 12,000- square-foot water park located between Rochester and Buffalo. (While in Batavia, you might as well take a trip to the Polar Wave Snowtubing Park for some outdoor winter fun.) Clarion Hotel and Palm Island Indoor Water Park are located at 8250 Park Road, Batavia, N.Y. 14020.

3) Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park. This 38,000- square-foot water park is located between Saratoga Springs and the Adirondack Mountains. 89 Six Flags Drive, Queensbury, N.Y. 12804.

4) Cascades Indoor Water Park is located at Hope Lake Lodge, a luxurious "green" hotel with condo-style suites. If you want to enjoy some outside winter fun, you can go to nearby Greek Peak Mountain Resort. 2000 NYS Route 392, Cortland, N.Y. 13045.

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