We recently went on a visit to Sandusky, Ohio and had such an amazing trip. The last night in town we took the kids for an extra special treat and we stayed at Kalahari. It was perfect. The whole place is African themed, so of course my animal loving kids were in heaven.
The suite was gorgeous and the towels were even folded like an elephant (it had chocolate coin eyes which are not in the picture, because the kids confiscated them immediately!)
The hardest choice you’ll have to make when you step into Kalahari Indoor Waterpark is deciding what to do first. Even the lobby has so much to look at. There are plenty of restaurants and shops. It’s like a whole town.
They have one of the largest arcades in Ohio and we checked it out in the morning after breakfast. The kids thought it was hilarious to play ski ball in their jammies. They also have mini golf, later tag, bowling, XD theatre game and paint your own pottery! (And a spa, incase you find yourself needing a massage or pedicure!)
Kalahari is a waterpark and resort, but it’s also a convention center. So, we walked around to check it out before swimming. The place is HUGE and there are awesome big bronze animals all over.
OK. Now it’s time to go to the pool! This place is absolutely amazing. Kalahari is the size of 3.5 football fields which makes it the largest indoor waterpark in the United States! It’s impressive to say the least.
There are so many parts to the water park and we wanted to visit every area. The Shooting Star water basketball pool area was cool. For an extra thrill you could try bodyboarding or stand up surfing 365 days a year on one of two FlowRiders. I did not. But of course the bird did. And she loved it.
I loved the hot tubs. So relaxing! There are three hot tubs that start inside and you can swim through right to the outside! There is even a 21 and up hot tub with a swim up bar. YES!
For more leisure time, you can enjoy the 12,000 sq ft wave pool or the Lazy River in an inner tube. You can even catch a few rays under the Texlon transparent roof.
There are lots of things to do for all age groups. The Tanzanian Twister looked fun, but intimidated me. You slide through an enclosed slide into a funnel that drops you about 5 feet into a pool of water. Maybe next time.
You could relax in your own private indoor cabana and enjoy a security safe, refrigerator, chaise lounges and table. But, with two kids there was no time for sitting.
We had exploring and swimming and playing to do.
America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark offers something for everyone and it’s all under one roof.
The outdoor area is just as impressive! It features activity pools, hot tubs, dry play, expanded sun deck, sand volleyball courts, shuffleboard courts and much more!
The Safari Outdoor Adventure Park has a ropes course, climbing wall, animal safari petting zoo and zip lining!
My sweet little seven year old couldn’t wait to try zip-lining for the first time. It was really reasonably priced. I was having a mini panic attach watching her. Little Adventure Junkie.
Hanging out in the room at Kalahari is even fun. Eating pizza in bed. Watching TV. The best. We bought the pizza right there in the resort and it was HUGE and delicious. (My husband is very picky about pizza and this passed his test with flying colors.) He’s from Wisconsin and so is Kalahari, so maybe that’s why.
They also have a schedule of cool non-water activities, in case you need a break. They have coloring contests and games and story times. We were there for some FREE cookie decorating! Win.
Kalahari is filled with incredible detailed artwork and animals on display.
You have to check out Kalahari. It was a great vacation. It would be great in the winter, when you don’t want to go outside. But, it’s also perfect for super rainy summers, like this year. No matter what the weather is like outside, you can splish splash all day long indoors at Kalahari.
They have done a great job weaving Africa through out your experience. The rooms and restaurants have handpicked Rwandan coffee, and there is recorded music from the streets of Cape Town echoing in the resorts and original crafts for guest souvenirs.
Kalahari’s commitment is to bring you a beyond expectations experience. And they deliver.
If you’re considering going just for the day, make sure that you purchase your passes online before you go, because the waterpark daypasses can sell out.
If you stay overnight, you’ll receive several waterpark passes with your room rate. You can also enjoy the waterpark the day you check in and up until 3pm on the day that you check out!
You can find out more about Kalahari Waterparks, Resorts & Conventions from their website.
Kalahari is located at 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission for review purposes. All opinions are my own. I visited here as part of a media tour through Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Make sure you visit their webpage if you’re visiting for wonderful ideas and savings!
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