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Dive In – Exploring Kalahari’s Waterpark in the Poconos


Double the size, double the fun – America’s largest waterpark is officially open! Kalahari Resort in the Poconos just completed a massive expansion, doubling the size of waterpark to an incredible 220,000 square feet! From a rocking new wave pool, a near vertical thrill drop, waterslides in which you can race, a lazy river and whirlpools for a relaxing pace – there is something here for every water fan.

With our young son – the family friendly amenities and attractions were number one. Kalahari’s amazing new expansion also included a giant toddler play area where little ones can ride, slide and splash, helping make Kalahari the place to create amazing family memories that will last.

To help with planning – we have created an in-depth guide to the Kalahari’s wonderful waterpark attractions and rides for families.  Come along as we dive into the America’s Largest Waterpark  – and discover why Kalahari hits the family-fun mark. 

A Waterful World – Kalahari Resort

While Kalahari is America’s largest indoor waterpark – it never felt too big or overwhelming during our recent visit. The space is brilliantly broken up into different age appropriate areas, which makes it convenient (and easy!) for families to navigate.  There are plenty of toddler attractions and interactive play spaces, as well as big thrill slides and surf simulator for older kids.  A look at these options below!

New wave pool at Kalahari Waterpark Poconos

Catch A Wave

Lay back and float or body surf through Kalahari’s new wave pool! The gradual depth of the pool makes it great for any age – and the next best thing to wading through an ocean wave. We could spend hours in here alone.

Coral Cove Family Waterpark at Kalahari PoconosCoral Cove Slides at Kalahari Poconos

Make a Splash

With the new expansion comes even more toddler attractions – including Coral Cove! Here families can find plenty of small slides for all sizes, as well as swings, mini basketball hoops and plenty of splash tables too. Best for toddlers and younger (however this mom and dad enjoyed it too).

Waterpark Slide Races at Kalahari Waterpark

A Wild Water Dash

Does your family have a competitive side? The new Cheetah Race Mat Slide allows you to race side-by-side (and be timed!) against other waterpark lovers. Great for older kids – this race is one that you don’t want to miss.

Lazy River at Kalahari WaterparkLazy River cnveyor belt at Kalahari Waterpark

Ride on the River

Drift away all day through this relaxing ride through the waterpark.  Now even longer with Kalahari’s new addition- the river runs through the entire waterpark, and is a wonderful way to tour Kalahari’s watery world.  A ride through the elongated river includes a trip on a (very cool) tube conveyor belt that connects both the original and new river sides. Smaller children are allowed – but must be accompanied by an adult.

The screaming Hyhena at Kalahari WaterparkPhoto credit: Kalahari Resort

Need for Speed

Featuring a trap door start from a standing position and a near vertical drop to the depths of the park – The Screaming Hyena plunges at a speed of 25 miles per hour (and is not for the faint of heart!).

Toddler play area at Kalahari Waterpark

Waterful World

Tiko’s Watering Hole was our son’s favorite during our vsit. An intricate kid’s play area with many hands-on activities, a variety of slides and a pint-sized lazy river ride – made just for them! This is the perfect spot for fun family adventures.

Water table lfun at Kalahari Waterpark

Table Top Time

The water tables at Tiko’s Watering Hole were a big hit with our lil kid. Each of the areas has its open unique gimmick- some are fountains, some squirt, some move- and all are fun for little builders and curious toddlers. Even the youngest water fans can get into the action with Kalahari’s infant seats that are built right into the tables! Perfect for families with tiny ones, its the perfect spot to introduce water fun.

Water Basketball at Kalahari Waterpark

Water Baller

Have a baller? Kids will jump at the chance of being a water basketball champ at Kalahari’s Basketball pool!

Slides at Kalahari Waterpark Poconos

Slide on By

Part of the large Tiko’s Watering Hole – these slides were very popular. There are over five different sized slides all with unique twists, turns and fun. A whole day can be spent on these alone!

Splash Down Safari at Kalahari Poconos

A Splashing Safari

With a wild variety of slides, crawls, water shooters, and net crawls, the splash down safari apparatus is a must visit for all. While tall with lots of big slides, the zero entry pool makes the lower potions easy to navigate with little ones too. The large collecting pool at the top dumps a massive amount of water out of the mouth every few minutes. This safari shower is a soaker (and very popular!)

Flo Rider Surf Simulator at Kalahari Poconos

Go with the Flow

Learn how to hang ten and become a wave rider on Kalahari’s incredible surf simulator!  With over 50,000 gallons of water flowing under you each minute – this incredible water wonder is a must see attraction. The machine creates five-foot “ocean-like” waves throughout the day – inviting guests to hone in on their body boarding or surfing skills in this incredible (and incredibly safe) environment. Note: Riders must be at least 42 in. tall to participate in body boarding and 52 inches tall for stand-up riding.

Indoor Outdoor Whirlpool at Kalahari

Chill Out

Snow view while you soak? Kalahari has two indoor/outdoor whirlpools! A very cool experience to sit outside surrounded by snow while staying warm inside the hot pool.

Cabanas with Private Whirlpools at Kalahari

Private Escape

Rather have a private pool? Kalahari offers those too! There is a wide range of private cabanas for rent – including ones with a private whirlpool! Perfect for groups, families or a really special party.

Thirsty Turtle at Kalahari Waterpark

Grotto Fun

There’s plenty of adult fun at Kalahari. In the new addition there is a Grotto Bar, a very cool pool area with swim up bar for adults only, as well as the new Thirsty Turtle – proving you never have to leave the water to grab a cocktail (note both areas are for over 21 only).

Kalahari Poconos Lockers

Locked Up

Kalahari offers many conveniences to make families visits painless.  The waterpark offers plenty of lockers on site (small fee), family changing rooms, and an endless option of food options right within the park  – making the experience quite easy too.

Theres so much more to explore past these waterpark doors! Our full resort experience coming soon!

Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center. 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA. Website HERE.

Note: All guests under 48″ are required to wear a life jacket or flotation device at all times. Life jackets are located across the park, are provided by Kalahari free of change.

Our post was sponsored by Kalahari. As always, all our opinions and experiences are our own.

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