Enchanted Forest Water Safari

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Enchanted Forest Water Safari

Enchanted Forest Water Safari
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New York's Largest Water Theme Park! Enchanted Forest Water Safari, where the fun never stops, is New York’s Largest Water Theme Park with more than 50 rides and attractions including 32 heated outdoor water rides! Water Safari is located in Old Forge, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. In this combination of amusement park and water park, guests never run out of fun things to do because there’s something for all ages, from toddlers, kids, teens through seniors. Water rides, kiddie rides, classic amusement rides, fun food, cool shops, exciting games, storybook themed characters, a family circus show, barnyard and much more! Kids birthday parties are more fun here! Enchanted Forest Water Safari is an award-winning park that has been serving guests safe, clean family fun for more than 60 years!
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1RaiderFan
Schenectady, NY281 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This park is truly a gem. I’ve been going here since I was a child and now I’m taking my family here at 44 years old. Tons of slides and even on a busy day, It does not seem overcrowded. There’s a petting zoo, houses of children’s fairytales, lots of photo opportunities, a clown show and even a petting zoo! you can bring your own food and beverages in a cooler as well, saving yourself lots of money. We absolutely love this park!
Written August 26, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to share your 5-star experience with us here at Water Safari! We look forward to having you again!
Written August 27, 2021
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Climber5459
Rochester, NY2 contributions
We traveled to Old Forge just to go to this attraction. We had great weather and the park was not all that crowded. No long lines (we went on a Thursday) and that was great so we could fit more into our day.

We pre-purchased tickets at our local Credit Union (near Rochester, NY) so we saved about $8 or so.

There are attractions for all ages from babys and toddlers to the most daring adults, which makes this a great place for families to come.

My 6 year old loved Tadpole Hole and my 7 year old loved the Pygmy Kiddie Slides which offer a really fast and thrilling ride for the slightly older crowd.

My husband, 6 and 10 year olds LOVED the Shadow and most of the other larger rides. As a family we really enjoyed the Amazon which was inviting for the entire family.

The carnival type rides were old but well kept and there was a very generous amount of time allowed on the bumper cars which were true to tradition! Again, there were rides for all ages and daredevil levels. No huge roller coasters or high tech rides but rather the old style fun thrill rides.

The rentals were a bit expensive (stroller, wagon, locker) but we managed to not buy any food (which was very expensive) and only rented one locker.

This park was well worth the admission and for the day, we forgot any of our every day issues and had a real blast that we will all remember for years to come.

We will definitely return.

I highly recommend this park.
Written August 14, 2005
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julie88
walworth ny3 contributions
I have been going to Old Forge since I was born on vacation. This is a great water park! They heat the water a little too!

I love Black River and the "lazy" river in the back of the park.

If you go after 3 pm, you get a voucher to return the next day for free!

Also, I don't think the prices for food are bad. You can bring in you own, there are picinic areas all over the place!

Make sure to take the traditional photo with Paul Bunyan! :)
Written May 25, 2006
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SPFEsq
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas243 contributions
Spent a day and a half at the Enchanted Forest Water Safari with my children and had a wonderful time. The park has numerous water rides that were all up and running and in great condition. The water rides range in intensity from two lazy river inner tube rides to the "Killer-Manjaro" slide which drops you down a hill at a very high rate. In between there are tube rides which all of my family (5 in all) could ride in one tube at the same time. The park also has an area for the little ones to enjoy. This children's area includes two water slides and a tube ride plus two wading pools for the kids. My four year-old son spent hours going down the various slides and splashing in the pool.

There are no restrictions on bringing food and drink into the park. There were many people who brought large coolers on wheels into the park presumably filled with drinks and food for the whole family. The food offered at the park is typical amusement park fare and is pretty expensive.

The park has an abundence of life guards on duty at all times. The wave pool had four guards on duty at all times and each of the large water slides had a lifeguard at the bottom.

I bought my tickets on-line and spent $23 for each adult ticket and $20 for each of my kids' tickets. This is probably the best amusement park value around. You get so much for your money. We were there until close both days and the kids never got bored and always had something fun to do. The lines at the rides were short and some slides had no lines at all.

The park also offers some non-water rides such as the Tilt-O-Whirl, a ferris wheel, cars that the kids can drive, etc. My kids rode these rides and had a great time also.

This park is one of the best my family and I have been to. The only reason I am not giving it a rating of "excellent" is because I gave that rating to Disney's Magic Kingdom, and this park is not quite up to the Disney standard, but it is close.
Written July 31, 2006
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thebigblue19922991
Binghamton, NY1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Family
They keep cutting their operating hours but keep raising ticket prices. Ridiculous. Why are we paying more to spend less time in the park? They've cut their operating hours by an entire hours in 2018. Very disappointing! The dry rides especially are old and badly need replacing. A new water ride besides the lame Walter's Wild Slide would be appreciated, too. Improve and expand or fail miserably, Water Safari.
Written June 18, 2018
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We're very sorry you are disappointed that we have cut our hours. We are a relatively small family-owned business trying to continue our 40 year legacy. Unfortunately, New York State is a difficult state to do business in these days with minimum wage increasing every year and increasing labor regulations as well as all other continuing rising costs. We simply could not continue to stay in business if we didn't make some difficult decisions. Cutting our hours is one of them. We are open approximately 83 days a year, yet we have over 40 families that make their livings from our business 365 days a year. If we did not stay in business the incomes of all of those people would be in jeopardy as well as the economics of our small town, where all of our employees spend that income. At our current gate rates, I strongly believe we still offer the best value of any Park in New York State. There is so much more that goes into these decisions. Again, I am very sorry you are disappointed, cutting our hours very slightly was a necessary business decision that I hope you will respect. We do not take any of these decisions lightly. I hope you will continue to support us and all family-owned businesses in New York State. (The only other amusement park of our size in NYS that is family-owned is Seabreeze in Rochester, the others are all owned by large corporations). Without the support of loyal guests like you, parks such as ours will cease to exist. Thank you for reading this and for your understanding.
Written June 21, 2018
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Borracho
Mount Pleasant, SC1,089 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
I should have consulted TA before heading up to Old Forge so I would have had a better idea of what to expect. The place ONLY has the water park. The "dry rides" are the same ones that Enchanted Forest had 35 years ago and they look worse than most Field Days or County Fairs. So much potential but such a lack of desire to be even better, it seems. So here are the definite great things. The park is clean, the water rides are new and absolutely refreshing. You are allowed to bring coolers into the park (wish I'd known that) which is a must since the food is so over priced - worse than a Yankee game without a beer. Lunch for myself and my pre-teen was well over $25 for two sandwiches and two bottles of water. The organization and speed with getting to all the different rides is pretty good. We were there mid-week so not a real test like on the weekend but we didn't wait more than 5-10 minutes for even the busiest slide (Black River). I'd certainly return but with any review, there has to be some bad. I have 3 things to complain about. The park is smoke free with designated areas smokers can practice their habit but as is the case with most areas in Upstate NY, the total lack of respect for others and ignoring of the rules causes people to smoke anywhere and everywhere and I didn't encounter a "security" person anywhere. If they are going to have rules, enforce them. I'm not anti-smoking but I'm anti my daughter having to breath it all over the park even though we weren't hanging out in the smoking corners. Like many amusement parks and campgrounds in this area, Enchanted Forest participates in a visa program that allows foreign students, or young adults, to come over and learn English while working for sub minimum wage. This year the crew at the water park come from Bulgaria. They may have been taught the absolute minimums required to save a life or operate a ride but customer service and friendliness were left back in Bulgaria. They would never make it at Disney as the lack of personality and a simple smile would get them shipped back to their formerly communist country. I found this to be the biggest negative but absolutely worth mentioning. The only other complaint I have is that you have to walk so many areas barefoot if you didn't bring water shoes. Standing on the non-skid material on many of the slide towers and platforms as well as the pavement will take its toll on your feet by the end of the day. I literally couldn't walk without flip flops by the end of the day. I'm not sure what the solution to this problem would be except to ensure you bring water shoes. They can be very cheap and will save you from having a miserable afternoon. This goes for the kids too - buy them the socks.
Written July 22, 2013
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pnaw10
Syracuse, NY73 contributions
Plenty to see and do here: water rides, dry rides, kiddie rides, the original "Enchanted Forest" displays and even a relatively new museum detailing the park's long history and evolution. Went this weekend for my first time in several years. I was amazed at how fresh most things looked -- you could tell most if not all of the buildings got a fresh coat of paint before the season started.

First tip: never pay full price at the gate.  Many major employers or unions offer discount tickets.  If yours doesn't, check with AAA, or any major supermarket throughout upstate NY.  Even the park's own website sells online tickets cheaper than those sold at the gate.

Second tip: Rides operate rain or shine, so don't let rain cancel your trip.  It's a water park -- you'll be wet anyway!  However, rides WILL stop if there's lightning.  Not a big deal if the storm passes by quickly, but there are no refunds if the storm forces the park to close early, or if you leave early on your own.

Third tip: Don't waste money on tube rental.  Tubes are provided for rides which require them.  Different rides use different types of tubes, so you might have to wait in the tube line anyway, even if you have a rental.  It's just not worth the hassle of lugging a tube around, and then having to find places to put it when you aren't using it.  Aside from color, he "free" tubes are identical to the rental tubes; there's nothing "better" about the rentals.

Fourth tip: You can save money by bringing your own food.  Unlike some bigger parks, there's no restriction on bring in coolers.  We packed lunch and plenty of snacks.  Some families even brought pots for cooking soups on the BBQ grills provided near the picnic pavilions.  If you're scared about leaving your stuff unattended while everyone enjoys the rides, you can get your hand stamped at the exit and re-enter as needed to bring things to/from your car.

For most people, the water park will be the biggest attraction here.  There are many water rides, ranging from your standard old-school tube slides at the front of the park, to newer, more advanced tube rides as you work your way towards the back of the park.  Almost all of the rides are excellent.  The only two I would recommend avoiding are "Curse of the Silverback" and "Amazon."  Because the Silverback dumps riders into a "toilet bowl" like structure, and the next tube can't be launched until the first tube clears the bowl, the line moves extremely slow.  Once you finally get to the front of the line, the ride has one "decent" drop, and then the rest of it is pretty slow-moving.  It's over so quickly, you'll be disappointed you waited so long.

"Amazon" was a big thrill when it first opened, maybe 15-20 years ago.  The big appeal here was that up to 6 people could ride in a single tube.  Now, the limit is just 2 people, and the attendant working the line couldn't tell me when that limit was changed.  With fewer riders per tube, the line takes a lot longer.  It's easy to see why there's only 2 per tube now; the water flow is relatively weak, and the ride moves a lot slower than I remembered it as a kid when it first opened.  Again, not worth the wait, or having to lug the giant, heavy tubes uphill from the end to the start of the ride.

The two slides at the front of the park are good, though the attendants could do a better job organizing the lines, and in reducing the headway between riders.  The first tube ride near the front is also decent, though it seems kinda short.  Another tube ride used to exist where "Curse of the Silverback" now stands; it's a shame they filled it in, because I thought it was just as good, if not better.

Kilimanjaro, the tallest, fastest slide at the park is a rush, if you can tolerate the height and the steep drop.  But if you don't like long lines, do this early, before the park gets full.  Because each slider has to get to the end, and get out of the landing area before the next person can go, the line moves kinda slowly.  And be prepared to pull a wedgie after you land.

The original "kiddie area" at the front of the park is nice, but the newer, bigger kiddie area way in the back of the park is considerably more impressive.  It's a long walk back there, but worth the trip if you've got little ones who might be too short and/or too timid for the bigger water rides throughout the rest of the park.  The "lazy river" in the back is also better than the original one near the front of the park.

The back of the park seems rather lackluster for adults, though; there are three tube rides, which are all good, but that's it, just the three.  There's much more variety up front, especially if you prefer the faster, tubeless slides.

In addition to the water rides, there's the original "Enchanted Forest" storybook displays.  These aren't rides, but very well-done, old-school models of scenes from various kids stories.  A good diversion for kids who are too small for the rest of the rides, or those who just want to take a break.  As you work your way through the story book land (or if you get lazy and just take the miniature train) you'll eventually reach the dry rides.  These are your average carnival rides: tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars, round-up, ferris wheel and the like.  Unlike most carnivals and fairs, though, there are no tickets -- ride whatever you want, as much as you want.

There's also a petting zoo, and there's a "circus" once or twice a day, complete with stunts, animals and trapeze artists.
Written July 9, 2012
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Heather S
3 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Number 1 I love Enchanted Forest and was even a life gaurd here 25 years ago. Today I was very disapointed in some of the staff (loved the kid doing locker keys, he was very friendly) We arrived at 230 it was packed!! About 430 It started thundering in the distance, some life gaurds began cheering, sorry but it cost me over $120 today so I was not.. They closed around 445.. We waited for the storm to pass in the locker room, I asked the nice young man if they would reopen, he assured me they would. They did about 530. Yay! Now most people were gone and we had very few people left!! We did the kong ride twice and headed to the family tubing ride, as we were walking groups of lifegaurds were walking out packed and ready to go complaining about the idiots who wouldnt leave. I was quite astounded! As we got closer a female life gaurd was walking towards us It was now 5:55 pm she abruptly stops us and says “all the water rides are closed this way.” I say I thought you were open until 6:30? Her responce was “ well were closing cant you hear the thunder” I could way off in the distance, funny the other water rides by the entrance were still open.. I dont know I guess after spending that kind of money it sucks to be embarrassed and made to feel like a complete nuisance. Wonder if they realize withhout annoying patrons they wouldnt have a pay check.
Written July 2, 2018
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Heather thank you for visiting our park. We appreciate your feedback and will bring this information to our ride managers right away for a re-training opportunity. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written July 4, 2018
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Luis F
Newport News, VA1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Family
Tickets are a bit pricey $33ish per adult, and the cabana rental $100 was as well, not to forget the food $44 Per person, but that was not the greatest issues. We ordered food and it arrived extremely COLD, both the Pizza and chicken wings were COLD! The pizza tasted like you were eating a COLD cardboard box with absolutely no flavor to it.
I constantly found myself asking kindly towards people to please leave our sitting area, yes! people will just sit in your cabana or mothers would park their baby carriages in Front of you view.
It seems like 97% of the Employees do Not know where other parts of the area/rides are located nor, do they understand the Rules. When I asked if there was a manager I can speak to they said, they didn’t know. I wasn’t sure what did they know. Hope there is no immediate emergency for sure employees will be 100% completely lost.
The water shut down for (2) hours due to a “generator” issue, so we were not able to get on rides. That was 2 hours people paid for. It took me 1 hour and 9 employees to get a clear update on what happened.
They seem to have an issue with you taking pictures or GO-PRO any moments with your child. They want you to let the Park employee take the pictures and you pay for them later. Some kids’ toys are Not permissible so check before you think it cute for kids to play.
Overall for the money you pay and the Nonsense one will have to deal with and COLD food, its Just NOT WORTH IT. I don’t recommend this Park. Good Luck.
Written June 17, 2018
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Thank you for your review. We apologize for not meeting your expectations. We do not have food in the park that costs $44 per person, however having cold food is not acceptable. We had a power issue where the rides were down for a half hour exactly. Unfortunately that was out of our control and luckily were able to resolve it quickly. We absolutely allow guests to take their own photos in the park. We do not allow go pros or cameras, etc on the rides for your safety, other guests' safety and the safety of our slides. We appreciate your business and hope you will give us a try again in the future.
Written June 21, 2018
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Tiffany T
Liverpool, NY1 contribution
Jul 2015 • Family
My family and I go every year (12 total) because it's a great place for kids! This year was the last year we'll ever go. We were just there on July 25th, 2015 it was a great day to be a water park. The prices have been slowly creeping up for some time but when we spend $140.00 on chicken tenders and fries for lunch (mind you that's not even everyone getting their own order) that was a bit much for me. And is it really necessary to charge $3 per bottle of water? In today's world where we're fighting obesity and promoting health why not charge $3 for the soda and make the water a $1? I'm sure you're making enough profit elsewhere you don't need a 300% profit on water.

Customer service? There is none. At lunch I placed my order and waited at the end of the counter like I was asked to. I see other customers coming down the line with chicken tenders and fries so I ask the cashier "Where is that food coming from? I'm still standing here waiting!" The response was "Oh I don't know what's going on sorry" .... WHAT?! The straw that broke the camel’s back was when my diabetic son was in desperate need of a drink and I could tell his sugar was probably low. I ducked into the first place I saw which was their pizza restaurant and the staff was less than helpful. There was a line to the door but all I needed was a drink so I explained the situation to one of the kids cleaning the tables and he said sorry you have to wait in line. I said this is a medical emergency all I need is a drink, I'll give you the money you ring it up after. He rudely replied "Not my problem, you have to wait in line".

I sell tickets at my job every year for Water Safari and I used to promote it as a great family place. Next year I'll return the tickets and you can rest assured this will be on every review site I can find.

Sincerely,

An extremely disappointed customer
Written July 29, 2015
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