Last month I packed up my family and ventured out to Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlin, New Jersey. It is about an hour and a half from our house in Staten Island but it is mostly highway driving so it felt like a shorter ride.
Once we got there we were pretty impressed. In order to enter the waterpark portion of Sahara Sam’s Oasis you walk through a very large (and might I add clean) arcade. My daughter and nephew made us PROMISE that we could check it out after we were done swimming.
We rented a locker for our clothes and my purse and were given a cabana to use for the day. There were two different sizes of locker. You can see them both in the photograph below so you can get a better idea. I was able to fit all of our stuff into a small one with no problem.
Behind the lockers were stalls where you could change and the men’s and women’s restrooms were to the right and the left in this same area.
Even though it was cold outside that day, the park was a wonderful 83 degrees. It was a really nice treat to be able to be warm in a swimsuit after the seemingly never-ending Winter we had in NYC. Speaking of bathing suits – I just want to take a second to shout out the awesome swimwear I got to don for this trip. I was first introduced to Miraclesuit and Magicsuit at the Momtrends Traveltrends event (you can read more here) and I am OBSESSED with them. The bathing suit that I wore totally held me in and prevented any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. It made me look slim yet curvy in the right places and I totally dug the fringe. I will definitely be wearing these suits from now on! Plus, how cute is my cover-up? LOVE!
Anyways, back to my review. When I first saw our cabana I thought it may be superfluous but later it became very handy for a number of reasons. Firstly, my husband is still recuperating from a broken ankle so it was nice for him to have a place to rest. Also, the kids were pooped by the end of the day and they took turns hanging out in the cabana. We ate our lunch in there as well and it was nice to have a “home base”. God forbid we were to get separated we told the kids to meet us back there. We also left our towels inside and since it was at the foot of the waterslides we let the kids go up by themselves and we were able to sit and watch them.
We arrived around noon and I was scared that it would be packed but it was actually fine. There were people there but the lines for the tube rides were pretty short and it did not feel crowded. Later in the day it did get busier but it was not uncomfortable and we didn’t find ourselves waiting a long time for any of the slides or the bathrooms.
There is also a bar when you first walk in and an adults only hot tub next to it. In the cabana next to us there was a Mom with a few tween boys and she hung out on a lounger, read her book and sipped a Pina Colada. I didn’t think that seemed like the worst way to spend an afternoon. I didn’t observe anyone acting drunk while I was there for the day and it seemed like a very mellow area. There were a few people having drinks and the bartenders were very friendly. I have read other reviews where the bloggers were SUPER offended by the bar but to be honest it didn’t bother me. I didn’t see any difference between the bar here with kids running around and say a bowling alley with a bar or a sports complex with one.
We ate lunch there and the food was good. I had a grilled cheese, my daughter had chicken nuggets and my husband and nephew had philly cheesesteaks. I believe with drinks and fries the total was around $60. I think that is a pretty standard price range for a family of four inside a facility like this.
After swimming for a few hours we let the kiddos play in the arcade (as promised and they won a TON of tickets). They picked a few prizes and we headed home.
They had so much fun that they passed out in the car for the entire ride! That is how you know it was a fun day!The kids are already asking when we can go back and honestly I can picture taking another trip there this Summer. We went in May right before the Outdoor Beach Club section was open and I am eager to check it out. We love a good wave pool!
For more information you can visit their website at www.saharasams.com.
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