Hotel at a Glance: Clarion Hotel Palm Island Indoor Waterpark
At Clarion Hotel, you’re never far from a water slide. The onsite Palm Island Indoor Waterpark has two: the translucent blue Paradise Plunge and the LED-lit Crazy Cobra, both of which are 24 feet long. While you’re here, you can shoot some hoops in the pool’s basketball hoop and splash around beneath a waterfall. Little ones can head to the Monsoon Lagoon, a play area outfitted with kid-sized slides, a dumping bucket, and a playground.
- Water-park passes are included with some of this getaway’s options.
- Grab some grub at the onsite restaurant.
- In-room amenities: coffee maker, microwave, and fridge
- Play air hockey and other arcade games in the game room.
- Soothe tired muscles in the hot tub.
- Distance from Niagara Falls: about 50 miles
Batavia, New York: Small Town with Lots of Family-Friendly Fun
Batavia is a small town situated about midway between Buffalo and Rochester. But despite its small size (only about 5 square miles), there’s a lot to do here. You can bet on the horses at Batavia Downs Gaming, home to America’s oldest lighted harness track, where jockeys ride in small carts instead of on horses. Between races, hit the slot machines or catch a free show.
Along the town’s tree-lined Main Street, you’ll find Oliver’s Candies, a historic sweet shop selling handmade treats like ribbon candy and glazed nuts. Everything is made with natural ingredients and time-honored family recipes. A few miles outside of Batavia lies the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. Here families can ride thrilling roller coasters, race go carts, and navigate whitewater rapids at the onsite water park.