Kalahari Resorts offers summer fun all winter long

Kalahari Resorts offers summer fun all winter long

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They call themselves “America’s largest indoor waterpark,” and it’s hard to argue.


The Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania boasts 220,000 square feet of slides and lazy rivers and other water fun, all under a roof to keep you warm and cozy during the winter months.


The $350 million complex (which also includes an outdoor area) is 150 acres of water fun just a few hours’ drive away. It’s one of several Kalahari properties around the country dedicated to bringing the “magic of Africa” to life for visitors. Some attractions, such as Victoria Falls, have African-themed names.


Once there, suit up and enjoy the Screaming Hyena (a looping waterslide that’s more than 250 feet long), the Sahara Sidewinder (a trap door opens and drops you vertically at 25 mph), the Cheetah Race (side-by-side mat slides), the Elephant’s Trunk (a tube slide that takes you outside the water park and back in before splashing into the lazy river) and more.


Little ones will enjoy Coral Cove, a children’s area filled with smaller slides and bounce areas. Older guests will enjoy the swim-up bar and Cabana Island, which offers a great base from which to eat, drink and be merry.


When weather allows, you can take your fun outside. The resort includes Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures, which features zip lines and a ropes course in a beautiful wooded setting. You’ll also find skiing and snowboarding activities nearby.


If you’re making a weekend of it, you’ll find no shortage of places to eat. From the upscale Double Cut Grill to pasta at Sortino’s Italian Kitchen, there are more than a dozen places to satisfy your appetite. 


The best way to enjoy the waterpark is to stay at the resort, a full-service, amenity-filled hotel that will make every member of the family happy. Best of all? Admission to the waterpark is free when you’re staying overnight at the resort.


You can check the Kalahari website for any number of specials, but one good one is the two-night Family Escape, offering two nights at the resort, admission to the waterparks and other amenities.
Otherwise, day passes are $79. Military members receive a $10 discount.


Traveler’s tip: Admission to the parks can sell out. The only way to guarantee admission is to stay at the resort or purchase your tickets online before your visit.