Kalahari Resort In The Poconos
This place is kid heaven for real! Short of taking them to Disney World I couldn’t have picked a better place to spend our little vaca. A big thank you to Groupon for providing us an amazing discount!
And who doesn’t love water parks, kid or not?! So let’s jump right in!
Upon arrival, there is a covered valet where you can pull up and unload your bags. We chose not to valet our car because the resort wasn’t very busy and the walk was not that far from the parking lot. This place is massive though so if you’re visiting in July during peak season it’s probably best to splurge for this option or you may be hiking a mile to get back to your car.
Either way, the outside and grounds of the resort are gorgeous and well maintained and you will be greeted by smiling happy faces.
Check in for your room is late afternoon but you are welcome to take advantage of the water park all day until it is available. They check you in, provide your wristband for park access and hold your bags at the front desk while you go play.
Tip: Come dressed in you bathing suit and pack a separate bag for the water park.
We got lucky and our room was ready so we didn’t have to wait. I read some reviews before our stay that said check in was lengthy but we did not have a problem. Score!
The Rooms At Kalahari
Our room was spacious and comfy and the safari themed art is the cutest! We opted for the standard room, 2 double beds, no bells and whistles. I knew we would spend all day in the park so an extravagant room wasn’t going to be necessary. They do have rooms with fire places and hot tubs if that is your thing.
All of the rooms come standard with a mini kitchenette, coffee maker, microwave and fridge. This came in super handy for storing snacks, juice and some meals for the girls. While dining at the resort is nice, it is extremely expensive.
Tip:If you plan on staying more than one day definitely do a little grocery shopping.
Only a few hours into our stay and a couple of $12 candied apples later we ran down the road to a local Walmart and grabbed juice boxes, gummy snacks, chips and quick meals for the fridge.
The Waterpark At Kalahari
The water park is the main attraction here though! I always book these places with the kiddos in mind and end up looking like the biggest kid in the park. I can’t help it, my inner child will never die.
We’ve been to a couple of water park resorts but this one is by far the largest. There is an outdoor area with a pool, kiddie play area but most of the attractions are inside. A bonus if you visit in the winter months!
Once inside, you can opt for climbing around a massive jungle themed playground, relax on the lazy river or ride one of many water slide/tube rides. My youngest is 6 and just made the height requirement to ride all the slides. They have an assortment of gentle or extreme thrill rides and have them clearly marked so there are no surprises.
Tip: If you’re traveling with a little one around this age, you can have them measured by guest services and they will provide them a wrist band with their height so you don’t have to be hassled and measured every time you ride something. Just flash your wristband and done!
There really is something for everyone!
If none of that strikes your fancy, there are several bars inside and outside boasting big screen tvs, one of them is a swim up bar inside of a hot tub. YES, a massive hot tub where your bar stool is submerged in warm bubbly water. I have to admit, had this not been a family vacation I may have indulged in some bubbly and a 64 oz frozen pina colada with a paper umbrella. You may have had to pay me to leave.
The girls and I had a blast! We ate endless amounts of tacos from the food truck outside, indulged in frozen strawberry colada goodness and got a little sunburned.
Attractions At Kalahari
And when the sun went down, Kalahari still did not disappoint.
You know when you visit a resort with your kids, you usually avoid the arcade like the plague, right? Overpriced, usually only half the games work and you end up leaving with a crying toddler because you spent $300 and all they got was a plastic spider ring in the end. Can I get an amen?
This is the first time I’ve ever visited a resort and actually put the arcade on the list of things to do. It’s huge for starters and shockingly, the price for a game card was not that bad. I don’t remember what we paid but it was a package and I didn’t flinch when handing over my credit card.
It was so worth it too! All of the games were top of the line, well maintained and interactive like ride-ons or simulators. Hard to describe but if you visit the resort do not pass this up!
We spent 3 days here and still didn’t get to see everything at the resort. We will be returning soon though! Thanks Kalahari for lots of memories!
If you’re interested in visiting the resort definitely check out Groupon before booking your room as they almost always have deep discounts.
If you have visited this resort and would like to add to this review or you have questions, please leave your comments below!
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