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Waterpark Fun and More at Kalahari, Ohio

Just about four weeks ago my family and I went to Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio. I can’t believe it’s been that long already, but wow did it take me a long to to get the photos sorted through and edited! πŸ™‚ We had an amazing time! If you aren’t familiar with Kalahari, it is an amazing (and huge) indoor water park with an African theme. They have two locations: the one we went to in Sandusky and another in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. I had no idea how huge this place would be. Another person who went not long before said it was big, but wow…I never thought it would be like this! There is so much to do at Kalahari and I seriously think it will take many visits to do it all and then we’ll want to do it all over again so it is somewhere we’ll visit often! There were so many photos that really explained all about what I want to say so this may be more of a photo story than a word filled story! πŸ™‚

Arriving at Kalahari

Here’s my darling husband and son as we were arriving at Kalahari. They have a walk across bridge that has a gorgeous waterfall and the water beneath the bridge has ducks swimming around.

Kalahari Waterfalls

Here’s a closer look at the waterfall – I love waterfalls so this really won me over! It was a lasting first impression! πŸ™‚

Feeding Ducks at Kalahari

LA and Daddy had a great time feeding the animals outside of Kalahari!

Kalahari Rooms

We stayed in an African Queen Suite that has two bedrooms (one with a king sized bed and one with 2-queen sized beds). The living space has a fireplace (perfect for those evenings after being in water all day!), a flat screen TV, a table and chairs as well as a couch and chair. It is roomy and wonderful to sit around and chat with the family about the day! The suite also included two bathrooms, and an area that had a refrigerator and microwave for eating/snacking in the room. There was also a balcony that you could enter from the living area or from the king sized bedroom. It was perfect and everything we needed to be comfortable for the weekend! I love that the entire place, rooms and all, are of an African theme. It’s beautiful and all of the animals make it exciting for the kids!

We arrived at Kalahari Friday afternoon. My sister and her family met us there to stay the weekend with us. We arrived and checked in without any problems. The people at the check in desk were very friendly and helpful. There were employees everywhere near the front doors to help with questions or bags. After checking in we took our things to the room and relaxed for a bit after our long drive.

When it was time for dinner we decided on visiting a restaurant inside of Kalahari instead of leaving to go somewhere else. We saw a flyer in the room that had a meal special that looked great! When we got to the restaurant the waitress wasn’t aware of the special. She did ask about it though and reported back to us that the special was for Saturday night (even though the flyer in the room said nothing about a specific day). We decided to stay anyway and get the buffet. It looked great but it was a bit pricey at about $23 per person. The price for kids though was very reasonable at only a few dollars. When we visited the buffet we were disappointed as there were gnats around some of the food and much of the food was not hot. We did ask to speak to the manager at the end of our meal and he told us we should have mentioned it earlier but offered us a 25% discount. Although we weren’t thrilled with that restaurant, we refused to let it ruin our impression of Kalahari and we were looking forward to the rest of our weekend! We ended up going out for breakfast and dinner the next day and while we were out we bought some things to snack on and eat for lunch in our room.

Kalahari's Candy Hut

The Candy Hut. This is a MUST VISIT DAILY place inside of Kalahari. Oh. My. Goodness. I have never been to a candy shop that I enjoyed more. My favorites from this place are the chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick (to die for!!), chocolate covered strawberries and the ice cream! My husband was rather fond of the caramel apples and I think he ate one every day we were there! πŸ™‚ Best candy shop ever, in my opinion!

Animals at Kalahari

This is inside of Kalahari around all of the restaurants and shops. I told you it had an African theme everywhere! I love the animals and LA and my niece did too!!

Kalahari Water Park

The waterpark…So much to cover here and I don’t even think we saw it all! The photo on the left shows one (yes, there were multiple) of the pool areas with basketball hoops! You can also see there is seating outside of the pool area! The center photo was the huge wave pool! This was a hit with the guys and the toddlers! More about that later! πŸ™‚ And finally, on the right Β you can see the step-pads to walk across as you are holding the nets above. It looks like a lot of fun and I am sure when the kids are older we’ll definitely be in that section of the park! πŸ™‚

Kalahari Water Park

More of the waterpark! The left looks so fun! It was a “water” play house, a giant one with slides and all! The middle photo shows the shots of water that are placed throughout the park! I loved them and LA had fun stepping on them and getting splashed! And look!! They even had palm trees!! Ok, so it wasn’t real, but it’s the mindset, right? πŸ˜‰ Love ’em!

Kalahari Daddy and Son

Ok, time to get in the water!!! Oh boy were the kids excited! My niece is about a year and a half older than LA and both of them LOVE the water! First things first, daddys were getting life jackets on the little ones! Safety first and I love that Kalahari has the life jackets available and easy to figure out. They are color-coded for different weight/age groups. The first stop was the wave pool!! The little ones were a bit hesitant about it, but once the daddys took them in they had so much fun!

Swing and Slide Fun at Kalahari

Kalahari had a separate place for toddlers that was AMAZING! We loved it and it was a place where the kids could walk around and have fun without parents having to hold them above water. This is where we spent most of our water time and we truly enjoyed every minute. There were toddler sized slides and swings and it was just perfect! Daddy even went down the slide with LA and they had a blast!Β You can see in the middle photo my husband is sitting on the ground at the end of the slide and the water isn’t deep at all!

Waterpark Extras at Kalahari

Some extras from the waterpark…I just had to get a photo of the giraffes at the entrance to the toddler area. We love giraffes and these were a great design touch! Check out that slide in the center picture!! I seriously wanted to go down this slide but this trip was more about the little ones so I didn’t go. They do have some great things for older kids and adults though and I would love to go back to Kalahari with just my husband to enjoy the things we missed (maybe for our anniversary in December?!). They even had a giant hot tub outside that looked so neat with lights changing colors and all! The photo on the right was a cabana type thing inside of the waterpark that you can rent! It was awesome! It had a couch and chairs and a TV! I would love to get one of these when it is just the adults! Perfect for relaxing away from the crowd! Speaking of crowds…I also wanted to mention we went at the end of September and I honestly didn’t think it was crowded (although there were a lot of people). We didn’t feel crammed in the waterpark areas at all and had plenty of room to enjoy everything! I am sure there are many, many more people there in the summer though! πŸ™‚

Kalahari's Arcade and More

I told you Kalahari has more than just a waterpark! Although if they stopped at just a waterpark this place would still be amazing and lots of fun! They have a Treetop Play House that is a jungle themed indoor play place for kids. Although we didn’t get the time to go inside it looks like a lot of fun and can’t wait to visit it the next time we go to Kalahari! They even had a bowling alley in the arcade area! My husband was excited about this, but again, it was something we didn’t do this time.

Diamond Mining at Kalahari

My husband thought this was pretty neat! It was a mini diamond mine area! I’d have to agree with him, how cool!

Zip Lining at Kalahari

Kalahari even had some outdoor activities! My husband and sister had never gone zip lining and it was on my sister’s bucket list! Since Kalahari had it available they went!! I was excited for them but no way would I ever do it myself!! I’d be TOOOOO scared!! πŸ™‚ Good for them though!

Zip Line at Kalahari

I know, you can’t see them too well, but the left is my husband and the right is my sis!!

Kalahari Buildings

Another thing that caught my eye was one of the buildings that had this beautiful mural on it with the word Kalahari to the right of it. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Kalahari's Safari Adventure

And finally, right before we left Sunday, we went to the outdoor Safari Adventure. They had animals including zebra and kangaroo (hanging out above!) They also had goats and rabbits that LA enjoyed! You can even buy food and feed the animals! They do have giraffes, however, it was too cold for them that day so we didn’t get to see them. Bummer. Maybe next time. Oh wait, we’ll probably go this winter…maybe in the spring or summer! πŸ™‚

We had an amazing, fun-filled weekend at Kalahari! There really is so much to do and everything is so much fun! This is the perfect weekend getaway for a family, or even for just you and your significant other! It’s a great place to celebrate a little one’s birthday or even an anniversary for you and your husband! What are you waiting for? Make your reservations today!

Have you ever been to Kalahari? What’s your favorite thing about it? Haven’t been? What do you think you would like the most? I know, that’s a hard question! πŸ˜‰

Disclosure: I was provided with a one night stay free of charge (our second night we paid a media rate) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way.

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness that looks like fun. I only visit Ohio for business but your post makes me think the Kalahari Park would be a good place for a vacation. Of course, we will wait until it is warm again. Not coming up there during the winter.

  2. Amanda G. says:

    I’ve never been to Ohio, but that looks like so much fun for a summer trip with the family- definitely keeping Kalahari Park in mind for a future adventure!

  3. Amanda Larson says:

    What a cool place. We have never been but you better believe that if we make it to OH or WI we will be checking it out! I love that they have such a variety of things to do on top of the water park πŸ™‚

  4. I was at the Kalahari in WI years ago and it was a blast. The one you were at has some amazing features that I wonder if they’re at the WI one now?! I’d love to go back! Looks like you guys had a great time. No way I’d zip line! lol

  5. I”ve never been to Kalahari though it looks so much fun. Love the water park, who doesn’t right? but i’d have loved to see more about the Treetop Play House . maybe next time you go, I could read about it, that is if i don’t visit there first πŸ™‚ thanks for the great review/pics πŸ™‚

  6. That place looks amazing! I’ve never heard of it, but next time I’m visiting my sister in Wisconsin I want to go there!

  7. Danielle H says:

    It looks like you guys had an awesome time! I’ve been to Kalahari once before… about 6 years ago and it was really nice then, but it looks like they have added lots more fun activities since we were there last. I definitely wanna take my kiddos now because I think Alleigh and Kaely would have a blast. And I totally need to visit that candy shop!

  8. It looks like you had great fun. I wish it were closer so we could enjoy it next summer.

  9. Carolyn A Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    A beautiful place, you got some great pictures, I’ve never been there before. Looks like you guys had a great time.

  10. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Wow there was a lot to do! I think dd would enjoy it! It is something to look into when we take another vacation but it would be a looong drive for us in Texas! LOL So it is inside and outside? Or all inside? BTW was the waterpark heated inside?!?!?!

    • Hi Amanda! There is SOOOO much to do there! We need to go back just to enjoy more of it! πŸ™‚ It is mostly inside and is heated, but there are some outside things for when it’s hot outside. Yes, long drive from Texas, but it would be oh so fun!! πŸ˜‰

  11. The indoor water park looks incredible and it looks like you guys had a really good time. I went to something similar when I was around 9 years old and still vividly remember it because I had such a blast. Your kids won’t forget it! =)

  12. That all looks so fun! Any kid would love these thigns. Def worth the trip

  13. chattie hinkle says:

    looks amazing

  14. Elizabeth Lainey says:

    This looks so fun. I live close but have never been…hopefully I will get there sometime in the near future! Thanks for the review and all the great pictures.

  15. Jessica Barnhart says:

    This looks like so much fun! My 4 year old loves water parks, and it’s awesome it’s indoors. We’re in pa. so this would make a great road trip!

  16. I grew up around this area. So fun to see you feature it. πŸ™‚

  17. The place looks awesome and looks like you guys had a great time. I love waterfalls also, living in Tn we have some pretty waterfalls in the mountains between TN and NC line.

  18. Wow this place has a little bit of everything. Why must I live in California! I would love to see water park portion the most but you’re right I can’t just pick one!

  19. This place looks amazing!! I would love to take my grandsons here!

  20. Crystal Gibson says:

    My hubby is a trucker, I used to ride with him, and we seen this place from the road several times.. I always told him I wanted to stop since I have only been to 1 water park and 1 zoo (once).. He always said if we could park somewhere there, we would go.. Needless to say, they dont have much room for a 72 foot vehicle LOL…I do believe the waterfalls would be my favorite.. I love water! However, I do believe that staying in this room with these fun looking headboards would be awesome as well!!! Thank you very much for sharing this destination, your thoughts, and your family with us!

  21. I have been trying to figure out where to take my 2 toddlers this summer and this place sounds awesome! I LOVE that it has a separate place for toddlers, sounds perfect =)

  22. I live in kentucky and this isn’t that far of a drive. Looks like a fun family destination

  23. Sarah Carlee says:

    I’m always on the lookout for family friendly places with really little ones. The toddlers would adore the nimals and it is so great that you can use your stroller! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Natalie Nichols says:

    This is a place I would definitely consider taking my little family. .It’s not too far from my mom’s house (a few hours) so it would be a good destination for us.

  25. jody cowan says:

    Wow! I’m from Ohio and my father used to live in Sandusky, I lived in Marysville. But we’ve been there a ton of times and I never knew about this place. I wish I would have! We live in GA now. But we went to Cedar Point a few times. This place looks awesome! I’d love to go there sometime.

  26. My kids love to feed the animals, too. That one duck (or goose, whatever) looks really mean!

  27. Wendy Mastin says:

    Wow, this looks like a great place to go at any time. The kids would just love everything about it.

  28. We would love to go here on vacation. Looks great! πŸ˜€

  29. Marisa Johnson says:

    I have really wanted to visit this place since I heard my brother talk about it a few years back. Your review (and pictures) have added it to my list of must go places. Whenever we have enough money to plan our next Cedar Point vacation, I will have to make sure to spend 1 day here. I really love how they cater to the whole family. Thank you for the review.

  30. Kathleen says:

    Holy cow, that place has EVERYTHING and something for EVERYONE!! What a blast it must have been for you and your family. It is AWESOMELY themed with African dΓ©cor and activities. I think it would be worth visiting even if you had to travel from out of state! Thank you for sharing with us! =)

  31. Ashley Smith says:

    I have always wanted to go here but it just seems so expensive! I know the kids would love it. after reading about your experience I really am going to have to make it work and make a trip there, It looks awesome.

  32. This looks like fun! It is very similar to great wolf lodge, here in washington we found it kinda creepy but that one looks so fun with all the animals!

  33. Rebecca Peters says:

    Love that its indoors and a little more than just a waterpark! Are you going to be taking any out of state trips?

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