Spring is here and we are still battling chilly, nippy winter-like temperatures. We are all going a bit stir crazy waiting for the warm weather to arrive and dreaming of sunny days at the pool, splish-splashing the days away and enjoying time as a family. While searching for fun things to do over spring break last week, I was given the opportunity to pay visit to a place that quickly put me in the spirit of the summer – Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park in West Berlin, NJ. So we gathered up the kids, towels and a change of clothes and headed off for a much needed day of fun.
Located a little over 40 minutes from Delaware County PA, this gem of a water park was the perfect location for a fun family day out – and a great way to enjoy the water in a warm and comfortable 84 degree environment ANYTIME of the year – Ahhhh!!!
Inside, you will be greeted by a fun arcade filled with games and prizes galore and a cafe where you can purchase reasonably priced food, snacks and drinks (no outside food allowed).
As you enter the water park area, there is a spacious area where you can sit and enjoy food from the cafe and a separate area for birthday parties.
The locker areas are easily accessible to everyone travelling with you. You will receive an electronic waterproof wristband (rather than an actual key) to access the locker which makes holding on to the “locker key” no problem while playing and having fun! Next to the locker areas you will also find changing areas and restrooms.
I will have to say – the park was quite crowded the day we visited, as there was more traffic than usual due to the kids being off from school for spring break. We chose to wait until afternoon to visit and after about an hour of play, we started to see the crowds begin to thin out. I will have to say, I was happy to see plenty of lifeguards throughout the park as well as at each individual attraction and they did a great job keeping the crowds under control and enforcing the safety of everyone enjoying the park.
If you would rather avoid peak traffic at the park, I would suggest taking advantage of off peak hours or visiting Monday through Friday during the school year. You can also save a few dollars by visiting during off hours. Check out the details HERE. Other ways to save a few dollars on admission include: visiting on your birthday month, bringing your report card with Straight A’s or using your AAA discount card if you have one. Police officers, Firefighters, EMS and Military personnel also are eligible for discounts. Be sure to check out the Sahara Sam’s discount page for more details
Right now through April 12, 2013, Sahara Sam’s is offering a Spring Break Special with tickets for just $24.95 when you purchase them online HERE. That’s a savings of $8 off the regular ticket price. If you plan to visit after April 12th, you may want to consider upgrading your ticket to an annual membership. For $59.95 per ticket, you can enjoy unlimited visits to Sahara Sam’s all year long – and it will pay for itself after just 2 visits!
And – guess what? If all of this doesn’t already sound awesome enough, Sahara Sam’s will be expanding this May! Yes, that’s right – this spring Sahara Sam’s will be adding a two acre, $5 million dollar outdoor water park, which is set to include a leisure pool, children’s splash area, tiki bar, cabanas, volleyball courts and a 12,000 sq ft Wave pool! The outdoor expansion will be included with the regular admission price so guests will have the option of enjoying both areas during their visits! Hey – what an even better reason to purchase an annual membership, right?
Oops – and I almost forgot to mention – Sahara Sam’s offers some really cool birthday party packages too! What kid wouldn’t love such a fun place to have their party?
Disclosure: My family and I received tickets to Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park to facilitate this review. Opinions, as always, are 100% my own.