This past weekend, we had the opportunity to head to Sahara Sam’s Indoor & Outdoor Water park in West Berlin, NJ. Because of my husband’s schedule, we almost never go anywhere on the weekends and are pretty spoiled by no crowds during the week. So, we are not used to crowds when we go anywhere on a weekend. Of course, a rainy holiday weekend means crowds at an indoor water park!
When you first walk in to the park, you walk right into an arcade area. I really did not care for this. Trying to keep my kids with us while we waited in line was almost impossible and it caused some immediate tantrums because they wanted to play games and not wait on line.
We got into the water park area fairly quickly after waiting online. We rented a small locker for the 4 of us for $5 and it was plenty big enough for all of our belongings. There are plenty of lockers and changing facilities, as well as men & women’s restrooms. Unfortunately, I left my camera and phone in the locker, so there are no personal pictures for this review! I found getting changed and ready to be very hectic and I forgot to take it. Oh well!
We spent most of our time playing at Tim-Buk-Tu. My husband and I swapped turns taking my oldest on the water slides there. He loves it and so did we. My 2 year old had a lot of fun in Lizard Lagoon, an area especially for toddlers! We all got to enjoy Congo Bongo lazy river ride together, so that was nice. Even though like I said early, it was crowded, I did not find that we had to wait on line very long to go any of the attractions. There were plenty of lifeguards on hand as well.
Although we had a lot of fun doing the attractions we enjoyed, I felt that the indoor attractions at Sahara Sam’s are really geared more for an older crowd. Flowrider, the only surfing simulator in New Jersey, is for ages 8 and up. Sahara Sam’s also offers 4 water slides, including the 350 ft Nile Mile and Mount Kilimanjaro, a tube ride for 3-4 passengers to enjoy.
This past weekend, Sahara Sam’s unveiled their new Outdoor attractions – The Beach Club. I was really disappointed it was not a warmer, nicer day for us to enjoy the new 2 acre outdoor water park! Sahara Sam’s spent over $6.5 million dollars on a 25m leisure pool, a children’s splash park, a full service bar, volleyball courts and a 12,000 sq ft wave pool. The new outdoor attractions are included in your standard admission ticket.
We spent about 3 hours at Sahara Sam’s, but it sounds like with the new outdoor expansion, it sounds like this could be a great place to spend a warm summer day! Outdoor food is not permitted on the premises, but there are cafe and bar options to choose from while you are there.