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Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio

by Jill & Cathy on April 7, 2013


We just returned from a great spring break trip to Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. If you live near Ohio and haven’t been, you need to work a trip into your summer plans! We visited for two nights last spring break and our boys were thrilled when we told them we would be returning this spring break.  Kalahari is located near Cedar Point Amusement Park but if you are visiting in the off season, don’t worry… you will still find plenty to do !  In fact, there were many things at the resort on our to-do list that didn’t get touched. 

You can see from the picture above how large the resort is.  It includes many restaurants, small gift shops, a convention center,  a waterpark, an arcade and so much more!  We arrived at 11:00 although check-in isn’t until 4:00.  They will allow you to get your wristbands for the waterpark early so that even if your room isn’t ready, you can still enjoy the park.   We met friends at the resort so as soon as they arrived, we headed to the waterpark.

The waterpark is enormous! And…there is plenty to do for every age group, even the youngest in your family. The favorites of Grant (9), Spencer (6) and Libby (6) were the Leopard’s Lair and the Wave Pool.  They also have a great Kids Safari play area that is designed for babies and toddlers.  There are also some big slides and a roller coaster like waterslide.  All three kids enjoyed the Cheetah Race slides that they slid down on mats.  They were fast and we saw many older kids and adults also enjoying them.  Kalahari has a variety of body slides, tube slides and larger raft rides for groups of 2 to 4 people. 

The one warning I have is that ALL children, regardless of their swimming ability, must wear a life jacket if they are shorter than 47″ tall throughout the entire waterpark.   This caused a few tears last year from our 5-year-old and it would have been nice to know ahead of time so that we could have warned him to avoid the tears. 

Other than the water park fun, the food was another great aspect! I ate WAY too much but it was all delicious.  My boys are always fans of a breakfast buffet and this one had everything they would want.  It included pancakes, waffles, french toast, cinnamon rolls and everything else you could want!   There is also a buffet for dinner and an African-themed sit-down restaurant for dinner – check out the cool serving dish for the nachos!   The dinner buffet has its own chocolate fountain – another hit with the kids. 


There is a play area colled The Tree Top which is designed for kids around 9 and younger (there is a height restriction – if you’re too tall, they won’t let you in.) The arcade is big but pricey. Our hotel package included a $50 game card which didn’t last long between two boys. The arcade does have all of the newest games with a huge variety of games for young kids to teens and even adults. We didn’t make it to the Madagascar Glo Golf or the mini-bowling. There is also a store called Pottery Pizzazz where kids can paint their own pottery (another spot we didn’t hit.)
This is a resort that you could easily spend three or four nights at and you will never have bored kids. Two nights was fun and busy and the kids got to hit all of their must-go-to spots. We can’t wait to return!

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