About Sahara Sams
The Premier Choice in Family Entertainment
Sahara Sam's History
Sahara Sam's Opens to the Public
In March of 2009, Sahara Sam’s Oasis opened its doors in the community of West Berlin as New Jersey’s first free-standing, indoor water park with 58,000 square feet of aquatic and arcade attractions. Each year since its inception, Sahara Sam’s has managed to increase the value of their guest experience by making capital investments in attractions, expansions, and new programs.
The water park is owned and operated by the Girlya family. President Ilya Girlya is quick to note that the success of the water park can be attributed to its staff and the hard work of his family. The Girlya’s business is diversified in various holdings; however a strong emphasis is placed on the local development and management of entertainment venues such as Sahara Sam’s Oasis.
The Sahara Sam’s Oasis Mission: To be the premier choice in family entertainment through innovative design and exceptional service in a safe, friendly, and fun atmosphere.
SAMAZON Ropes Course
SAMBULANCE is Formed
Aquatic Safety Recognition
Special Needs Nights
The Beach Club Expansion
Outdoor Water Park Opens
Apex Parks Group
“Adding Sahara Sam’s Oasis brings a differentiated entertainment concept, a new market and a proven management team to the Apex portfolio,” stated Al Weber, CEO of Apex Parks Group. “As the only free-standing, year-round, indoor-outdoor water park in the United States, Sahara Sam’s Oasis is truly a one-of-a-kind guest experience. Ilya Girlya, CEO of Sahara Sam’s, and his talented team have a well-deserved reputation for innovation and excellence in the entertainment industry, and we are excited they will be joining the Apex family.”
The Opening of the Mirage Expansion
“We are excited to do our part to help kick off the summer season in South Jersey with the grand opening of the Mirage and opening of the Beach Club falling on Memorial Day weekend,” said Ilya Girlya, CEO of Sahara Sam’s. “The leisure pool and two slides are going to be really unique add-ons; providing our guests with even more excitement and value.”