Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
Last spring, I had the chance to enjoy a day at Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Waterpark. We had a great time and I would have loved to have enjoyed the brand new outdoor features, but it was a cold and rainy Memorial Day weekend. Momma Lew contributor, Rebecca Leonard had the chance to enjoy a day at Sahara Sam’s this summer. Here are her thoughts at New Jersey’s largest water park:
My son is a HUGE water person, but he’s more of a “safe” kid who likes to stay on the ground and isn’t really into “rides.” So, I wasn’t really sure what to expect during our time at Sahara Sam’s as it is an indoor-outdoor water park. My typical experience with water parks is that it is mainly rides and slides from high up. I was pleasantly surprised that Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park offered a nice mixture of water rides for kids and adults alike, as well as several attractions and areas for visitors to simply – get wet!
It is nearly impossible to remain dry during a trip to Sahara Sam’s so watch out! My son’s day of water madness began inside at the Tim Buk Tu Forte, which included every kind of water experience you could imagine – in every direction possible! You could get wet simply by walking underneath a canopy, or by pulling various plugs and lever, turning a dial or even by waiting online to go down a twisty water slide that dumps you right into a small pool of water! There are even levers that can be pulled that dump and spray water on unsuspecting guests. Many guests, myself included, found themselves playfully taunting other patrons to see if the kids could get them wet. It brought tons of laughter from the kids who tried to get their parents, siblings and friends wet. My son spent a lot of time here – and kept finding his way back there for more and more! The smile never left his face as he found more and more ways to get himself and other wet while on this attraction. I think he could have spent out entire visit there, if I let him!
There is a water basketball area called the Sam Sam Dunk, where visitors can play a game of hoops while bouncing up and down in the confines of nice, warm water. This space is right next to a Lilly Pad area, where you can try to maneuver your way from one moveable Lilly pad to another while balancing yourself on a mesh rope – a true challenge for small people! At the Congo Bongo Adventure River you balance yourself inside an inner tube and float freely through the “jungle,” traveling through waterfalls, spraying you with water. This attraction was worthy of multiple trips as well, but for a smaller person, the tubes were a bit large, so holding on to the handlebars to remain on the top of the tube was a bit difficult to navigate without adult assistance.
But the fun doesn’t end once you walk outside – it’s only beginning. When you transition outside, you are welcomed by several pool areas. One area was for leisurely time in the pool and the other, unbeknownst to us, called the Rip ‘N Roll. My son eagerly made his way into this area that had an expansive 12,000 square foot area of water, thinking it was simply a large pool that had a mushroom waterfall that he could stand under and get wet. My son was very content with wading through the water and venturing deeper and deeper into the water, which went up to at least 6 feet. Then, out of the blue, a blow horn sounded and suddenly, waves began permeating the pool area much to my son’s delight! Having just recently returned from a day trip to the Jersey Shore the week before, the waves were reminiscent of those that crashed into my son during our trip to the beach – only minus the salty taste, the rip currents and the sand. My son LOVED being “taken” by the waves, which carried him from the 4-foot section all the way to the entranceway of the water. He spent more than an hour in the Rip ‘N Roll area, waiting with much anticipation for the wave maker to send him traveling across the pool area, back to the waterfall mushroom. The Splish Splash area was definitely a fun time as there were several spots where water squirted out in different ways. Here’s a low-key kind of pool area for younger water-parkers. The pool areas were expansive and offered a nice relaxing pool experience. Plus, was plenty of seating for adults or kids who needed to take a rest.
Our trip to Sahara Sam’s was a complete blast; but there were two important features that stood out to me during our visit: the number of lifeguards on duty and actively watching patrons. Inside attractions had at least 4 lifeguards stationed throughout the space; some moved around, others remained stationary. Outside, there were at least 6 lifeguards at each location. There were also endless amounts of life preservers available for use. This showed me how committed the operators of Sahara Sam’s are to the safety of all who visit. Secondly, I was so happy to see how clean the entire facility was. From the moment we entered the lobby/arcade area to pick up our tickets and into the facility, multiple friendly employees could be seen circulating around with cleaning materials. It was refreshing to see and very much appreciated!
My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Sahara Sam’s. Next time we visit, I plan to bring my nephews with us. I believe they will love their indoor-outdoor water park experience, but next time, I plan to purchase a dual pass so that we can also visit Diggerland. My son and nephews are big construction fans – it looked like they would have a blast at Diggerland as well. That would make the price of admission well worth a day of fun and excitement!
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