The Kalahari is not currently open. Its developers plan to open the Pocono Mountains resort in summer 2015.
The planned Kalahari will feature the same kind of indoor water park fun as the chain's other African-themed resorts in Sandusky, Ohio and Wisconsin Dells. The existing Kalaharis are among the largest indoor water parks in the country and offer a wide array of water park attractions. Upon opening, the enormous Pennsylvania park would rival its sister properties in size and scope. The whole shebang will span 150 acres and have a $350 million price tag.
More than just a water park, the resort is scheduled to include an arcade, bowling, indoor mini-golf, and a virtual reality 5-D theater. There will be an onsite table-service restaurant as well as a buffet, snack bars, a coffee shop, and a sweet shop with candies, ice cream, pastries, and other treats. "Kamp Kalahari" will also offer activities such as movies, crafts, and storytelling. Visitors should expect a full-fledged resort that will be geared to families with children and include plenty of options, both wet and dry, to keep everyone busy.
It won't be all kid-centric fun and games, however. Unlike most indoor water park resorts, the new facility will also reach out to business and meeting planners with a 65,000-square-foot convention and function complex. Trade show, meeting, and event attendees would presumably be encouraged to bring their brood along to enjoy the water park and all of the resort's other activities. Other more adult-focused amenities will include a full-featured spa, a fitness center, and shops. The family-friendly accommodations will include over 450 guest rooms, most of which will be configured as suites.
An announced second phase will add an additional 400 hotel rooms, expand the convention center and meeting space, and double the size of the indoor water park. The resort has not stated when its second phase would open.
Location and Phone:
The resort will be at 250 Kalahari Boulevard in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania.
From points east, west, and south, take I-380N to Pocono Exit 3. From points north and northeast, take I-380S to Pocono Exit 3.
Planned Indoor Water Park Square Footage:
100,000 when it first opens
A second-phase expansion will add an additional 100,000 square feet making the 200,000-square-foot facility the largest indoor water park in the country -- sort of. To better understand how tricky it can sometimes be to make water park claims and to see other large resorts, see my deconstruction of the industry in A Lotta Water: Who Has the Biggest Indoor Water Park?
Like the existing Kalahari resorts, it is expected that admission to the indoor water park would be bundled in the room rates for registered hotel guests. It is also anticipated that day passes to the water park would be made available to the general public based on availability.
Indoor Water Park Features:
Signature attractions will include a water coaster and a Surfari FlowRider surfing ride. Other water park staples will include a wave pool, a lazy river, tube slides, body slides, kiddie slides, whirlpool spas, and a jungle-themed interactive play structure with tipping bucket.
Other Pocono Indoor Water Park Resorts:
Other Kalahari Resorts:
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