OLD FORGE — While the 2020 season was a washout for the slippery, sliding good times of water parks, Enchanted Forest Water Safari is gearing up for plenty of action as the state and nation reemerge from the COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.
The Empire State Development on Friday announced the opening of the Enchanted Forest Water Safari, off of Route 28, on the heels of the park’s $2.6 million expansion. The park is ranked fourth in the U.S. and 17th in the World in TripAdvisor’s 2019 “Traveler’s Choice” for Best Water Parks.
As part of the expansion project, Water Safari added three new water slides — replacing two older but much-loved slides, Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill. Empire State Development awarded $500,000 in funding from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative toward this
project which is expected to increase traffic significantly in the region.
“Although COVID-19 took a toll on the tourism industry, we are thrilled that the region will once again be able to enjoy the many attractions at Enchanted Forest Water Safari,” said Empire State Development Acting President, Commissioner and CEO designate Eric Gertler.
“Tourism is a large part of the state’s economy and an integral part of our recovery moving forward. This new addition will stimulate economic growth and job creation and will help boost tourism at attractions throughout the Mohawk Valley,” Gertler said.
“The team at Enchanted Forest Water Safari is extremely excited to welcome guests back to the park this summer,” said Enchanted Forest Water Safari Vice President and Director of Marketing Katie Wojdyla. “We are looking forward to getting back to what we do, providing safe, clean, family fun for all of our guests.”
The three new state-of-the-art water slides includes:
A four-lane, 300-foot mat slide with loops to replace the former mat slide;
Serengeti Surf Hill, a 200-foot speed slide, with a drop launch pad to replace the current Killermanjaro; and
A brand new 295-foot speed slide with loops and a drop launchpad.
The expansion project included demolition of the old slides, re-engineering and construction of the new slides, as well as the re-engineering of the water pumps and filtration equipment.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari has more than 50 rides and attractions, including 33 water rides. The park also features classic amusement rides, food, a storybook character walk and a family circus show among other attractions.
The Water Park is part of Water Safari Resort, which includes Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge Camping Resort and Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari attracts over 200,000 visitors annually from all over the United States and Canada, as well as other countries.