We’re big fans of Kalahari Resorts and their water parks. And super excited for the expansion in the Poconos location – it’s going to be the largest water park in the U.S. when complete some time in 2017! For now we enjoy their features in the current 100,000 square foot indoor park. The part I find remarkable is the area dedicated to little kids, Tiko’s Watering Hole. From babies to about 5 years old kids can splash in their own dedicated section with a large variety of slides, a 1 foot deep lazy river, several interactive water tables, geysers and even swings. This is the nicest indoor kiddie section I’ve seen in a water park. And being indoors you don’t have to worry about sunburn or the kids going through extreme temperature changes between the water and outdoor air, it’s always a warm 85 degrees in this oasis. Since kid’s introduction to water can influence how they feel about it for years to come, it’s important to handle the process with sensitivity. This is the perfect environment for that.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not a water park just for little kids. Once our little ones got comfortable we ventured over to Splashdown Safari where they enjoyed bigger slides with their dads. We also tried the FlowRider which was like surfing and so much fun. After a while I stayed with the girls splashing and sliding in Tiko’s Watering Hole while the dad’s channeled their inner teenager and rode all the big thrilling slides. When they came back to Tiko’s they had big satisfied smiles. Our previous visit we rented a hotel room, since we only got water park daypasses this visit we rented a pool side private cabana which was really nice. We had food and towel service, a TV which we didn’t use and a refrigerator. It was a great alternative to renting a room. I think you can have an equally enjoyable visit without the cabana, it’s just a bonus.
Our day was really fun, here’s a video of mostly the kid’s area but ends with go pro footage of the big thrilling slides:
- If you get a day pass do so online before arriving to ensure entry – weekdays are less crowded.
- Small towels are provided. They don’t limit the number.
- Food and drinks were pretty good and reasonably priced.
- There is an arcade attached to the water park which kids will most likely want to experience. Luckily we walked right through it on the way home and didn’t have to play a single game. I think the kids were just too exhausted.
- Lockers are available to rent to secure your valuables.
- Cabanas are available to rent for the day to keep your belongings, relax, order food and drink service and even a TV and refrigerator. They have couches and chairs. We had one for the day and it was a nice home base for us.
- To read about our prior overnight hotel experience at Kalahari click here.