Sahara Sam's Oasis, West Berlin

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  • had an event from 1-4, they sold way too many tickets then the place can hold, half the park was closed. many people waited long lines to get into the park. when management was asked to extend the clo...  more »
  • Let me premise that I have never been here before, this was my first visit. We are a troop of 8 10-11 year old Girl Scouts along with 6 moms. When we arrived there was a sign that said Tim-Buk-Tu was ...  more »
  • We stayed for a about six hours in all and did the slides and pools a few times. The slides are fun, some are a little rough. It was much less crowded earlier in the day and got busier as the day went...  more »
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  • Clean and well kept. It is what you would expect of an indoor water park. Something for all ages. Outside, when in season, is really nice as well. Often extremely crowded which makes it not enjoyable at all, and I just leave. So I personally recommend if you aren't a member, don't waste your money on a very busy day. Kids will spend most of their time waiting in lines or trying to find tubes. Younger kids love the foam party, which is amazingly not slippery as I feared it would be.p
  • I don’t recommend this place if someone is looking for nice family time. This place was way too busy to really enjoy. Long lines for dressing rooms, long lines for water slides. Pools were filled so tight. No place to sit. It’s a small and crowded place. They put too much chlorine in the water. Our eyes were burning the entire time. Even the next day my son’s eyes were burning. Defiantly not going back to this place.
  • Great escape. Wonderful to wear the kids out during the winter doldrums. Can easily spend a few hours to all day here. The food and drinks are way over priced and so is the bar - but hey- there is a bar! The place is pretty clean and handles large crowds well. There is something for everyone here.
  • Smaller than the Pocono mega parks but perfect for kids over 42 inches but under 48. Much better as a waterpark than the local competition. There are 6 slide tubes, a waterworks play area with 2 additional smaller slides, a heated pool, lazy river, water basketball, a small child area and the wave rider. Buy tickets online in advance and make sure you kids are fed before you go. If you live in the area, the season pass is an OUTSTANDING value.
  • Saturday (day before Easter Sunday) 10am -1:30pm Commute from PA is simple and quick, parking is ample and easy. My first impression once we entered the building was the strong chlorine scent, even at the front door. There’s another set of doors you have to pass through to get to the main room and once there, the chlorine was stronger but bearable....for the moment. Lockers are available with a $20 deposit and rental fee of either $7 or 10 as are cabanas which are a great option for privacy and convenience. Ours was $85 and could seat up to 6 people. We were among the first hundred or so people there, so the lines were short with minimal wait, which was great because we had a chance to ride just about everything. With about as many rides as I can count on all my fingers, they were pleasant and thrilling. What really impressed me was how the lifeguards took their jobs as serious as they did..maybe too much. With their head-bobbing and awkward, frequent skim along the walls of each attraction, they barely made eye contact or expressed emotion. They were a very committed group of lifeguards and I commend them for their dedication. As for the other attendants stationed at the entrance of some rides, most were unfriendly and simply not enjoying their work. I’m not there for entertainment of that kind, so I didn’t mind. I’d rather they focus on more important things but it would have been nice to run into some that were more friendly and outgoing. Less than hour into our visit, our eyes were burning and lungs were feeling the result of a tremendous amount of chlorine. Walking was no problem but as soon as we exerted more energy than that, our breathing became heavy, difficult and almost painful. At one point, I didn’t think I could stay much longer. My granddaughter, who is 6, was active but she was coughing much more than normal. If you have breathing problems to begin with, you might want to bring an oxygen tank or another apparatus that would reduce the air intake of chlorine. I’m not a professional so yea, maybe indoor water parks need that much but there should be adequate ventilation, which I felt was lacking. We realized the crowd was increasing, the lines were twice as long (some tripled in length) and walking from one side of the park to the other took 15 minutes (normally just a couple of minutes would get you from point a to b). At around 1pm, we had our fun and decided to leave. With only about 12 dressing rooms easily accesible, the wait for them was ridiculous; not to mention, risky. There was zero staff available to help out with the disorderly lines and impatient visitors resulting in adults carrying on like children bullying others in the playground. My son took his daughter to the car wrapped in some towels to avoid the hassle and angry families. I walked in really liking the layout, feeling good about the day and appreciating the staff but I felt only one emotion as I left; relieved. We paid $29 per ticket and honestly am a bit disappointed that we paid as much as we did. During high peak times, this facility is chaotic and likely to exceed maximum occupancy. My best advice is to visit during off peak hours, in the summer or travel the distance to PA’s indoor water parks located in the Poconos.
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