Safari Joe's H2O water park set to open Memorial Day Weekend; big changes in store

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Oklahomans everywhere felt the sting of saying goodbye to yet another Tulsa icon when news broke last August that the Murphy family was selling Big Splash. It hadn't even been ten years since Bell's Amusement Park closed down next door.

Unlike Bell's, which now maintains a handful of kiddie rides located at Swick's Saturday Market in West Tulsa, the former Big Splash is actually seeing major renovations and upgrades under new ownership.

Matthew Estes, who also owns a wildlife sanctuary in Adair, is the new owner and is putting a fresh spin on the park with several new additions. The Wave Pool, Lazy River, Master Blaster, Flumes, and other classics remain. The iconic Silver Bullet is gone, but in its place will be three new slides, dubbed the "Reptile Rush." 

Exotic birds, Shelly and Sheldon the tortoises, and other wildlife will be one of the biggest new attractions for the kids, but the adults will get a new treat as well. 

Peg Leg Pizza and the Ocean View Cafe will be joined by the Shark Beach Bar. Safari Joe's looks to tap into the adult market with Adult Night every Thursday. Only adults 21 years and older will be admitted and there will be live music weekly. 

Also in the works is a June 19 Fathers Day event titled "Hot Rods & Reptiles" which will feature a car show and "pin-up girl" contest. Contestants must be 18 or older to enter, but all ages are admitted.

The park will have its Grand Opening on Saturday, May 28th. Season passes are on sale for $75, but are Buy One Get One Free till 11:59 PM Tuesday night and can be purchased HERE