New Kalahari Resort in the Poconos Opens

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The highly anticipated Kalahari Resort grand opening takes place in the Pocono Mountains tomorrow, and Family Vacation Critic was invited to a sneak preview of the new indoor water park resort.

The third of the family-operated resorts to open, and the first on the East Coast, the new Kalahari Resort will feature a 100,000-square-foot indoor water park with lazy river, water play area for small children, central waterslide area, extreme waterslides, cabanas, and dining, all under a retractable windowed roof to allow for full daylight to pour in, even during winter months.

The entire resort is being built at a cost of $230 million in two phases. The first phase of the resort to open features a 65,000-square-foot spa, expansive indoor arcade, an outdoor swimming pool, and multiple dining options from sit-down restaurants to outdoor patio dining to grab-and-go cafes to candy and ice cream shoppes. First phase rooms are family-friendly rooms with spacious accommodations, including two-room suites that can sleep up to six people. Children’s programs, Camp Kalahari, and babysitting services will be available.

Phase two, which is currently underway, will expand the resort’s water park outdoors and add 400 additional guestrooms. The resort will be fully completed by 2017, becoming the largest of the three Kalahari resorts at 150 acres.

A fourth Kalahari will be opening in Texas, although the family is currently scouting the Dallas and Austin areas and a site is yet to be determined.

–Lissa Poirot

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