Are you looking for something different to do with your kids during the winter months? Are you sick of hearing I’m bored or It’s to cold to go outside? If you answered yes to any of these questions then do I have a great spot to tell you about.
Recently my family had the opportunity to visit Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park in West Berlin, New Jersey. Only one word can be used to describe the day we had there AWESOME! There is truly something for everyone. My group consisted of four children ages 8-13 and two adults. We were there for about 5 hours and never once did we hear a complaint from the kids. They were eager to try all the fun attractions inside of Sahara Sam’s so off we went.
My favorite aspect of the water park is that there are different attractions for all ages. It doesn’t matter if you have infant, toddlers, tweens, teens or adults they will find something to do. Our first ride of the day was on the Mt Kilimanjaro family raft ride. The kids were ecstatic that it was something they could all do together. They grabbed their raft and hoisted it above their heads to climb up to the entrance platform. I could hear them screaming as soon as they started their descent down the slide. I wasn’t sure what the outcome was going to be once they hit the bottom and was pleasantly surprised when the kids were all giggling and asking to do it again. Off they went not 3, 5, or even 7 times. They flew down that slide at least 10 more times.. The fun didn’t stop at the slide though. We still had to conquer the rest of the attractions.
My 11 year old was feeling pretty brave after Mt Kilimanjaro, and his eyes popped out of his head when he saw kids surfing. Yes, you read that correctly surfing. Flow Rider is the area’s only indoor surfing simulator. You have to be a minimum of 42″ to try out the body boards and 52″ for your spin on a flow board. We sat and watched everyone taking their turn for a few minutes and to calm my nerves before heading off to sign the waiver for my little guy to attempt this. I sat at the bottom of the waves watching him in line smiling as happy as could be. When it was my little guys turn the lifeguard was very patient with him and showed him exactly what to do. Then I saw her fingers go up in the air 3, 2, 1 the whistle blew and my normally shy kid was laying on the bodyboard having the time of his life. His turn was over and he eagerly got back into line. It was scary for me to watch at first but watching him beam with excitement took all that fear away. By the time we left that day he had mastered Flow Rider.
We needed to relax for a few minutes after that so we took a few laps around the Congo Bongo Adventure River. We spent about 20 minutes on the lazy river plotting out what we wanted to do next. Our original thought was to check out the Samazon Rope Adventure course. Once we went outside and saw it up close the kids were not ready to tackle that adventure. Maybe next trip. Off to the Tim-Buk-Tu we went. The kids chased each other on the play structure, slid down the small water slide, and waited for the massive bucket to drop gallons of water onto their heads while the moms sat on the sidelines on lounge chairs catching up.
We thought for sure the kids would be hungry by this point. Sahara Sam’s has a pretty good-sized menu with crowd pleasing favorites like pizza and hot dogs. They also have souvenir cups you can purchase and get unlimited refills for your visit. They just wanted a quick snack of french fries then back to Mt Kilimanjaro we went. After a handful of times the kiddos decided to tackle the parks Snake Eyes tube slides. The moms sat down in those comfy lounge chairs again while the kids paired up and went down those slides for a good forty-five minutes. We were lucky that it was still early in the day so the place wasn’t packed and they took full advantage of that.
The day ended with a few quick games in the basketball pool. We had a great game going. The boys versus the girls ending in a 7-7 tie. It was almost time to go but not before trying to navigate across Crocodile Flats. It took a couple tries but all the kids were able to make it across without falling
Our day ended with a group of exhausted kids who all had smiles on their faces, begging to go back soon. Thank you for a great day Sahara Sam’s. I can’t wait to bring the kids back all year long.
In full disclosure, Jersey Family Fun was provided with Sahara Sam tickets to make this review possible. All opinions are our own and honest, based on our experiences at Sahara Sam’s.