I didn’t think that I was the waterpark getaway type of mom. Or at least not the sort of parent who views chasing children around in her bathing suit, while flying out of massive waterslides like an exploding mom-cannon, as a legitimate vacation. Boy, was I wrong. After a long weekend adventure, just two hours outside of NYC, at Pennsylvania’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Waterpark, Resorts & Convention Center, set in Pocono Manor, the entire family (yes, adults included!) can’t wait to plan our next trip back.
We knew that we were somewhere special as soon as we pulled up to the sprawling African-themed property. A Kalahari vacation is indeed magic; here’s why:
Waterpark + Family Entertainment Center
With a massive 100,000-square-foot, indoor waterpark boasting a retractable roof, several raft and tube waterslides, a designated little kiddie area and so much more; it’s difficult to adequately capture the playful utopia that is Kalahari. The resort truly offers something for everyone. The little ones find fun in Tiko’s Watering Hole with mini slides, swings, water play tables and a pint-sized lazy river. The Lost Lagoon features a pool for shooting hoops and adults even have their own kid-free spot at the Thirsty Turtle Swim Up Bar. We all enjoyed the indoor/outdoor hot tub, and my eight-year-old daughter was lucky enough to experience one of the resorts newest offerings in both Mermaid Swim School and FlowRider private lessons. It’s also important to note that the resort is immaculately clean and new! We noticed repeated water checks and tons of staff assisting in keeping everything in order. Our entire waterpark experience was elevated with private cabana access featuring comfy chaise lounges, a flat screen TV and security safe, food service and other convenient amenities. To say that the entire family had a blast is truly an understatement! Pinning for the twist and turns of the big waterslides, my husband and I took turns shooting down the slides with our daughter, while our little guy couldn’t get enough of the splash areas and mini slides. The entire family had so much fun gliding down the lazy river together without a thought of what was going on outside of the resort.
This was our first experience in an arcade of this magnitude (30,000-square-feet!). The children’s eyes widened with wonderment as they racked up tickets to redeem for special trinkets through a kaleidoscope of colors and lights. I’m fairly certain that my husband had as much fun in Kalahari’s Family Entertainment Center as the kiddos did.
With nine dining options including three full-service restaurants to grab and go cafes, there’s extensive family-friendly dining options for everyone. We found our personal favorite in Brandberg, a classic tavern with a modern twist featuring excellent food, one-of-a-kind drinks and a fresh and savvy wine list. On Saturday mornings, Brandberg is transformed into an interactive breakfast party at Kenya’s Surprise Birthday Character Breakfast including a dance party with Kalahari’s characters. The kids also enjoyed having a go at candy apple making at the the Last Bite, where their homemade fudge is out of this world!
With 457 guest rooms and suites, we experienced Kalahari from a ground level Two Room Family Suite, including two separate attached rooms with a king size bed, two queens size beds, two full bathrooms, a fireplace, queen size pullout sofa and backyard patio area. The ground level placement was key for quick entry to the waterpark and arcade. And we appreciated the convenient wristband system allowing access to our room and facilities. The children adored the many thoughtful Kalahari touches including animal safari configured towel placement in their rooms, and milk and cookies at night. And we all loved the convenience of two showers! After evening story time with Kenya in the lobby, we looked forward to collapsing into the comfiest of beds to start our adventuring bright and early.
With visions of holding my little boy’s hand down waterslides, more “again mommy!” pleas than I can possibly count, and all around wholehearted family fun, we are truly grateful for the collection of memories added to our family story.
All aspects of this press trip were provided by Kalahari for editorial consideration, however, opinions, as always, are my own