High on that bucket list is to visit an indoor water park locally to us for a fun overnight winter getaway, such as Kalahari.
But having never been to one of the indoor water parks myself, I have been a bit hesitant to do so.
However, my husband and girls are persistent. So, I have been looking into this more.
I thought I would share what I found out, as well as how to prepare a young family for a visit to a fun indoor water park.
Here are some sure-fire indoor water park planning tips, I have gathered….
1. Research for starters.
There are quite a few indoor water park resorts, such as Kalahari to choose from, but taking a look at what all have to offer, pricing and more is a big part of planning. Comparing and contrasting to see how they would fit into your family’s needs should be priority and key when first starting out here.
2. The room does matter.
When it all comes down to it, many may argue about how much time you will spend in the room. But still, it is a vacation and when you have children in tow, you not only want them be comfortable, but yourself, as well. Therefore, more comparing and contrasting. But in the end, go with a room that will add comfort, even if you have to splurge a few extra dollars to do so. At Kalahari, they have 520 rooms, which brings the resort total to nearly 1,000 guest rooms including two new styles exclusive to the Poconos!
3. Make sure water activities are age appropriate.
Nothing is worse than rides that kids can’t go on, because they don’t meet the height requirements! Therefore, measure your kids before going. Then, check out which rides are OK for their height. This will help plan out, which rides they can and will be able to try out while you visit. Like at Kalahari, Pennsylvania’s largest indoor waterpark (100,00 sq. ft.), here are some of the fun rides that can be experienced depending upon height/age (by March 2017):
- Screaming Hyena: A trap-door start that drops into a near-vertical plunge at up to 25 mph
- Sahara Sidewinder: An indoor looping waterslide that takes guests on a 250-plus-foot journey
- “The Smoke That Thunders” and Victoria Falls: Named after the natural wonder of the world located in southern Africa, it will provide unforgettable waterslide experiences
- Kenya’s Korkscrew: Zig-zag slide
- Zig-Zag Zebra: Tunnel slide
- Cheetah Race Mat Slide: Challenge your friends to see who gets down the hill fastest
- Elephant’s Trunk
- Dungeons of Hout Bay Wavepool
- Lazy River Expansion
- Coral Cove Kids’ Play Area
4. Be sure to find out all amenities offered.
So a big reason to visit an indoor water park, such as Kalahari is for the indoor water attractions. But many, including Kalahari offer many other attractions, as well. You may be wondering what though. Well, for instance, Kalahari also offers character breakfasts with all the Kalahari Characters all the while enjoying a delicious breakfast. They also house a spa, a sports club, shopping, an arcade and over 8 different dining experiences for all your meal time enjoyment including:
- Double Cut Charcoal Grill/Liquor Bar: Kalahari’s signature steak house experience featuring: premium cuts of meat, craft cocktails, family style sides and more.
- Sortino’s Italian Kitchen: A new-aged, red-sauced restaurant where old-school Italian cuisine meets the modern age.
- Marrakesh Market: Grab and go convenience bazaar style shopping, unique gifts, authentic-African items and everyday needs.
They also have a 30,000-sq.-ft. extension to the family entertainment center including the new virtual reality experience known as, The Arena. Plus, they even have Kalahari Fitness and Training Center, as well as Spa Kalahari.
5. Don’t forget to check out featured deals.
Once you decide on the actual water park and dates, looking at deals that may be available during the time you plan on visiting is a big plus.
Now that you got the lowdown, tell us in the comments if your family has visited an indoor water park, such as Kalahari.
Also stay tuned for our visit soon…