Water Safari, 3183, State Route 28, Old Forge
|Serengeti Surf Hill at Enchanted Forest Water Safari|
Old Forge, New York
During the heat of the summer going to a favorite swimming hole is always on our radar, but finding a clean, well organized inexpensive amusement park/water park can be a bit more challenging. Sometimes there are hidden costs or fees and I want to research all my options. I want the only surprise I get when I go to a water park to be the temperature of the water. (It was warm.)
What is included with Admission: Enchanted Forest/Water Safari has three sections of the park, water-themed rides (tiny tots and older kids/adults), amusement park rides and enchanted character buildings/visits. The Enchanted Forest section includes Museum of Enchanted Memories, Paul Bunyan, Rocky and the Ramblin' Rascals Storybook Lane, Timber Bear's Barnyard, (petting zoo) Dawson City and a Circus lineup. In the Amusement Rides look forward to bumper cars, a ferris wheel, Round-Up, Rock-O-Planes, Scrambler, Sky Ride, Tilt-O-Whirl, Enchanted Forest Express (train) as well as A Tiny Tykes section for little kids: Pygmy Pond, Sawmill, Water's Wild Slide, Helicopters, Flivver Cars, Carousel and Boats. The Water Rides include Amazon, Black River, Bombay Blasters, Cascade Falls, Killermanjaro, Laek Nakura, Log Jammer, Nairobi Narrows, Raging Rapids Rondaxe Run Safari River Expeditions, Serengeti Surf Hill, Shadow, The Curse of the Silverback, and Tidal Wave Pool.
Before you go:
|The Curse of the Silverback|
(If you plan on going more than once look into a season pass for unlimited visits or Paul Bunyan Club)
Gate price: Adults: $30.95, Children 3-11: $27.95
Internet price: Adults $29.95, Children 3-11: $26.95 (Savings $1)
FREE: Children under the age of two (2)
Look for DISCOUNT tickets on Groupon or buy discount tickets at Nice and Easy ($26.95), Bryne Dairy ($27.95), Price Chopper ($26) or AAA ($27)
Your savings for a family of four = $10, which you can use to buy a snack at the Candy Store. :-)
Re-entry and the Siesta Savings Plan:
Your ticket is good for the whole day so if you want to leave and check out other Old Forge attractions, make sure to get your hand stamped at the Paul Bunyan Gift Store.
If you enter the park after 3 pm, you are automatically issued a second pass for a FREE day at Water Safari. (I had to work in the morning and meet my group and I was surprised to learn, after receiving my Siesta pass, that it is good until the end of the season. Some water parks issue passes that are only good for the next day. Old Forge's Water Safari is good into September!
|It's fast at the Raging Rapids, Enchanted Forest Water Safari|
Parking: FREE. It can't be any clearer. There was plenty of parking and there wasn't any additional "hidden" costs.
Keep that ticket:
If you are going to be in the Central Adirondacks for a few days, keep that Old Forge Water Safari ticket or receipt. You can save 50% off a scenic exclusion cruise on the Raquette Lake Navigation's boat cruise, The Durant. Admission: $7.50/adult (vs $15 regular price) and $5/child (vs $10 regular price)
Bringing in Food:
Some water parks won't let outside food on the premises. Water Safari has picnic areas available as well as numerous food stations. We brought in coolers and plenty of water so our kids had plenty to eat. It helped keep our costs to a minimum.
The cost of renting a locker is reasonable ($5) with a $5 deposit for the key. It allowed everyone to enjoy the rides without having to worry about belongings.
|Enjoying Cascade Falls at|
Enchanted Forest Water Safari
If you plan on spending any money at Water Safari, I recommend getting Splash Cash. There is no fee to get the Splash Cash wristband or card. Just load the amount of money you think you'll spend and at the end of your stay get all your money back by visiting Guest Services. Splash cash can also be used at Calypso's Cove, Old Forge Camping Resort and Water's Edge Inn in addition to Enchanted Forest Water Safari. Then you don't have to worry about carrying your wallet. No Hidden Costs!
Renting your own tube does make the lines go quicker. For $6 (plus $1 refundable deposit) you can rent a VIP tube and not wait in an additional line for rides that require a tube. (We did not do this. None of the lines were that long and I'm a firm believer that my kids can wait for a tube.)
(I've had my bad water park experiences where part of the park closed down for water sanitation issues due to the lack of waterproof diapers. (Yuck!) There has been garbage on the ground and grumpy attendants. I had yet to experience that at Water Safari and hoped this time would be no different.)
Lines can be long, especially on a hot day. Water Safari was busy and we did have to wait, but the kids just alternated between the high volume rides like Serengeti Surf Hill and Killermanjaro with a long soak in the Tide Pool or Lazy River.
|Amusement Park Rides at Enchanted Forest Water Safari,|
The bathrooms and changing rooms were immaculate. I still recommend wearing flip-flops as much as possible, but it wasn't necessary. I thanked our attendant Bonnie for her fabulous job. She told me that she probably had over 6,000 people come and go throughout the day!
Water Safari Park Grounds
Clean! I saw some garage on the ground, but attendants were very quick to pick it up. Trash cans were not overflowing. I also saw attendants sweeping around the picnic area.
Total cost: $59.90
2 tickets @ $26.96 = $53.90
locker - $5.00
Dipping Dots Float - $6.00
* received 1 Siesta pass to be used later = $26.95
My ticket cost per hour = 3-7 pm (4 hours) = $6.74/hour
My daughter's ticket price per hour = 10 am - 7 pm (9 hours) = $3/hour
Adirondack Family Time Tip: When you are ready to leave, stop by the Adirondack Dog house for a Texas Style Hot Dog. Daily specials are posted here!
* No payment was received for the writing of this review. This review is based solely on the opinion of the author.
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.