Hotels with Indoor Waterparks in New Jersey
New Jersey is a lively place to be in the summertime when the tourism season is in full swing and the state’s best outdoor attractions are open for business. If you’re the type of person who isn’t having fun unless you’re getting wet, the state has enough amusement parks, beaches, lakes, and rivers to keep you happy all summer long. Unfortunately, winters in the Garden State can be long and cold. If you need a little pick-me-up to get you through the offseason, a trip to an indoor water park might be just the thing.
Luckily, there are a couple of options to choose from. Whether you’re living in New Jersey or just vacationing there, here are the indoor water parks you might want to check out if you’re looking for weatherproof water attractions to fill up an afternoon or weekend.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis (Berlin)
This is a bit of an oddball among indoor water parks because it’s not connected to a resort. Still, if you live in the Philadelphia area or don’t mind staying at a nearby hotel, Sahara Sam’s Oasis offers the most extensive indoor water park in New Jersey. It’s got a lazy river, Flowrider surfing simulator, body slides, raft rides – all the attractions you need for the complete water park experience. Weather permitting, there’s also an outdoor ropes course that’s included in the price of admission. It also has an arcade, restaurants, and other amusements to keep kids and grownups busy. All in all, this truly is an oasis for those who need a break from dreary weather.
Located in South Jersey just a short drive from Philadelphia, Sahara Sam’s Oasis lives up to its name by providing guests with a respite from bad weather – or just the stresses of everyday life. This large indoor water park is open year-round and has enough rides and equipment to keep the whole family diverted for hours at a time. Some of the noteworthy features at Sahara Sam’s include:
- Lazy River
- Long Water Slides that Wind in and Out of the Building
- Flowrider Surfing Simulator
- Family Raft Ride
- Play Fort with Tipping Bucket
- Toddler Pool
- Activity Pool
- Water Agility Course
Sahara Sam’s Oasis also features the Samazon Ropes Adventure, which it bills as the world’s tallest ropes course. Admission to this attraction is included with your water park pass. Unlike the water park, however, it is only open when weather permits.
This indoor water isn’t actually connected to a hotel. However, it does have partnerships with local hotels, which offer packages that include both rooms and passes to the water park. If you buy day passes separately, there are other ways to save money on admission, such as group deals and the “Twilight Admission” (late arrival) discount. Observers also pay a reduced admission price.
CoCo Key Water Resort (Mount Laurel)
Also in South Jersey is the CoCo Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel. This Key West-themed indoor water park is connected to The Hotel ML, so you can book a room for a night or weekend and have fun in the water without any treks through the cold (alternatively, you can buy day passes to the park separately). While not among the largest indoor water parks in the northeast, CoCo Key has enough square footage to house numerous slides and other attractions – most of which are geared toward younger kids. Overall, this is a great place for parents to splash around with their kids, or sit back and watch as they wear themselves out.
As you can see, New Jersey’s only two indoor water parks are clustered in the same area. However, there are a lot more options if you’re willing to travel out of state. For example, there are a couple of expansive indoor water parks in the Poconos that have just about everything you could want. If you’re willing to extend your trip even farther afield, you’ll find that some of the country’s best indoor water parks are in the region. Just browse or search this site to find what you’re looking for.
CoCo Key is a popular chain of indoor water resorts with a tropical Key West theme. In terms of size and variety of water attractions, the one in South Jersey is pretty typical of the franchise. It’s no Kalahari, but CoCo Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel, New Jersey is expansive enough to include all the indoor water park staples, with a little added flair.
The water park is connected to the simply named The Hotel ML, which features the standard assortment of rooms and amenities. Staying at the hotel provides a nice getaway over a cold weekend, as you can enjoy the water park without leaving the complex. However, if you live in the area or just want to stay elsewhere, there’s also an option to buy day passes to CoCo Key without renting a room at the hotel.
At 55,000 square feet, CoCo Key Mount Laurel is a mid-sized indoor water park. If you’re a water park aficionado planning a road trip, you probably won’t find much here to impress you. However, it does have a nice assortment of attractions, such as:
- Lazy River
- Water Agility Course
- Multiple Kiddie Areas
- Activity Pool
- Indoor/Outdoor Spa
- Arcade and Restaurants Onsite
This indoor water park is aimed squarely at younger kids. Teens and adults may find the attractions less thrilling. Still, this CoCo Key Water Resort is a great place for parents to treat their children to a fun afternoon.