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! 🙂 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! 🙂
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.
Here’s a closer look at the waterfall – I love waterfalls so this really won me over! It was a lasting first impression! 🙂
LA and Daddy had a great time feeding the animals outside of Kalahari!
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.
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! 🙂 Best candy shop ever, in my opinion!
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!!
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! 🙂 And finally, on the right 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! 🙂
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? 😉 Love ’em!
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!
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! 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!
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! 🙂
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.
My husband thought this was pretty neat! It was a mini diamond mine area! I’d have to agree with him, how cool!
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!! 🙂 Good for them though!
I know, you can’t see them too well, but the left is my husband and the right is my sis!!
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?
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! 🙂
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! 😉
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.