Make last-minute waves this summer at Kalahari

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Spending family time in a waterpark makes for a great getaway because there's something for kids of all ages. The Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, is the largest indoor water park in America. From a large area to keep the little ones happy for hours, to a flow-rider and water coaster for the older ones, all of your kids will be pleased at their options.

If you want, you can even use the Kalahari experience to learn more about Africa and its wildlife. With authentic decor and real African artifacts, Kalahari offers a unique family vacation with the new Safari Adventure. It features giraffes, zebras, camels, and more than 40 animals to experience. In addition to the waterpark area, the resort itself offers close to 884 rooms, a full-service spa, a miniature golf course, a tree-top play area, a fitness center, game arcade, dining, shopping and more. One of our family favorites is the candy shop. Located in the main lobby, you can't help but gaze longingly at the decadent treats.

Some of the waterpark highlights include a texlon roof which allows natural light in, a 2,500 square foot safari area for young ones, two flow riders, a 12,000-square-foot wavepool, a must-do Tanzanian Twister (which our boys fondly call the toilet bowl ride), the Cheetah Race and the list goes on. In the summer, we head to the outdoor area where our kids check out the geysers, slides and the pool. There are plenty of bungalows and lounge chairs for Mom and Dad to relax away an afternoon.

When heading to Kalahari, be sure to visit the website for current specials. By reserving early, you can also book a room mid-week and save money. Also consider upgrading to a room with a kitchen your family can enjoy meals in the room and save on food costs. To get the most of out of your stay, take advantage of Kalahari's policy that allows you to begin enjoying the waterpark as early as noon on the day of your arrival. You're also free to enjoy the waterpark until 3 p.m. on the day of your departure.

To learn more, visit

Kalahari Waterpark Resort

7000 Kalahari Dr.

Sandusky, OH 44870

(877) 525-2427