Kalahari Resort In Sandusky Review

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Recently we were given the wonderful opportunity to visit Kalahari Resort in Sandusky to experience their Summer Splash Celebration, to play in their Outdoor Adventure Park , and to splash around in their waterparks. It was a fantastic overnight stay filled with fun and Kora & Logan enjoyed themselves so much they’ve been talking about it every day since.

Kalahari Summer Splash CelebrationWhen we first arrived at the resort we checked in and were excited to see our room was ready early. We were given our room keys and wrist bands  and when we arrived at our room we were impressed with its size and amenities. Some of our favorite features included:

  • Two comfortable double beds
  • A decent size refrigerator and microwave
  • A table for two
  • A couch that converted into a bed
  • A fireplace and flatscreen tv
  • A nice size balcony with a fantastic view

Kalahari RoomFrom the balcony of our room we had a gorgeous view of the outdoor pool. Seeing everyone swimming and having so much fun on such a beautiful day made us feel like we had truly escaped. Even though Kalahari Resort in Sandusky is only an hour from our house, this view had us feeling like we had embarked on a tropical vacation.

Kalahari Balcony ViewSee the line running across the top of the photo above and the person riding it across? Yep, that’s a zip line. It runs around the outdoor waterpark and the outdoor safari park. It connects at four points giving you a great view of the property. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony watching the zip liners float by for a few minutes before the kids were asking if they could give it a try.

So we were off. It was a popular attraction and we had a bit of a wait but it was worth it. We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed ourselves so much we did it again the next day.

Ziplining at Kalahari

Kalahri Zipline

Kalahari Zipline

Kalahari Zip Line

Here’s a look at Kora zipping along:

Along with the zip line the Outdoor Safari Adventure Park also offers a climbing wall and an enormous ropes course that Kora and Logan couldn’t wait to try.

Kalahari Ropes Course

If you look hard you can see Kora in a tie dye shirt up there on about the third level.

There is also a Safari Adventures Animal Park where you could feed the animals. There is a cost for this. You can purchase large buckets of carrots, corn cobs, and more, or you can use the old-fashioned candy dispensers to get a handful of feed at a time. We saw a variety of animals including:

  • Kangaroos
  • A giraffe
  • Lemurs
  • Baby goats
  • A baby camel
  • An ostrich
  • Tortoises
  • A Kookaburra
  • …and more.

Kalahari Outdoor Safari Park AnimalsThere was also a Stingray Encounter opportunity where you could pet or even swim with stingrays. There were pony rides and camel rides. There’s even the opportunity to be a Junior Zookeeper where you can learn fun facts about the animals, help saddle a pony, help groom a camel, help feed the porcupines, shine the tortoise’s shell, and help bottle feed the baby camel. Doesn’t that sound fun? The activities and duties of the Junior Zookeeper can change daily or seasonally but the position is available all year round.

After spending mid-day at the Outdoor Adventure Park in the hot sun, we were happy to see how large the outdoor pool was and that the activity pools looked like lots of fun.

Kalahari Outdoor Pool

Kalahari Outdoor Pool AreaWe were impressed by the outside pools but the kids couldn’t wait to get into the wavepool and on the waterslides in the Indoor Waterpark.

Kalahari Wave Pool

Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

Kalahari WaterparkI was impressed to learn that Kalahari Resort in Sandusky is America’s largest indoor waterpark at 173,000 square feet. I can believe it too. The wave pool is enormous, there are bright, colorful, twisting waterslides everywhere, there’s a lazy river, Flow Rider which is a boogie boarding attraction, a Zip Coaster, a Leopard’s Lair activity area with net crawls, water guns, and more, Crocodile Cove with a water walk, water basketball, and even water cannons, and a Kids Safari area for the little ones.

We spent a lot of time in the wave pool which is Kora & Logan’s favorite. It was a hit with others too. Every time the bell rang right before the waves began we’d hear a loud collective yelp of excitement from all the children who had been counting down the minutes until the waves started again. There were tubes to bob on. Life jackets to use if you wanted or were under 48 inches. Or you could just float or jump over the waves as you wished.

We had a fantastic time in the Indoor Waterpark and visited multiple times during our stay. We were happy to learn that even though our checkout time was at 11 am the day we had to leave we still had access to both the indoor and outdoor waterparks and outdoor adventure park until they closed. There were lockers where we could rent a lock to store our belongings and nice size locker rooms with showers where we could change and shower before heading home.

We took a break from all the swimming by visiting the amazing arcade. It’s actually the largest game arcade in the midwest. Kora & Logan were thrilled everytime we passed through and when they had a chance to play some of the games they could barely contain their excitement. There was giant Connect 4, skeeball, claw machines, and more. Logan gave an enormous wheel a spin and we were all shocked when the arrow landed on 1000 tickets!

Kalahari ArcadeThe kids were excited to turn in all of their tickets and were able to get a some cute souveniers from the trip and even bough a few things for their cousins as well.

One of my personal favorite things at Kalahari both the last time we visited and this time as well were incredible displays of treats at the Candy Shop and at Java Manjero just off the lobby registration area. Here’s a look at just a few of the goodies they offered while we were there.

Kalahari Candy Shop

Kalahari Candy Shop DisplayDon’t they look amazing?

If you have a sweet tooth, these side-by-side shops are the place for you. They offer a wide variety of chocolate, candies, cookies, fudge, caramel apples, giant cupcakes and more. I loved walking by these displays as often as I could to watch the smiles on people’s faces whenever they purchased something. It was like being in Candy Land!

We were excited to see that we had made it just in time to participate in the Summer Splash Celebration. For this event Kalahari connected to their rich African roots and featured a number of activities to offer something for everyone. Here’s  a look at some of the activities and events that took place throughout the summer.

  • Elephant Encounters
  • Animal Safari Sand Art
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Story Time
  • Dance Contests
  • African Mask Making
  • Sidewalk Chalking
  • Coloring Contest
  • Bracelet Making
  • Tie Dye Shirts
  • Cookie Decoratiing
  • Kite Flying
  • …and more!

We had a wonderful time at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky and I recommend it to anyone looking for a great family getaway. There’s so much to do all year round and it’s a wonderful escape especially once the whether turns colder.

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Accommodations and tickets were provided. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own.

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  1. Birdiebee says:

    Wow, what an amazing place. I didn’t realize that there was such a big indoor water park. I would love to visit Ohio someday and stay at this resort as there are so many things to do.

  2. Priscilla S. says:

    The zip lining looks so fun and wow, that waterpark! What a great vacation spot.

  3. saminder gumer says:

    looks like a great resort. i would love to go there if and when i go to sandusky. thanks.

  4. Kalahari sounds like such a fun place. The waterpark would be a blast!

  5. I wish I was there with you!! Wow it does look like you had a wonderful time. I love the wave pool too. Everywhere looked so neat. I can see why the kids are still talking about it. I would be too!!!

  6. Maria Malaveci says:

    Would definitely like to visit Kalahari one day. I always hear people talking about it, and it sounds so fun!

  7. John Joseph says:

    Wow it looks nice the pools and all. I went with my family as a child to the African Safari and used to go to Ceder point before leaving for the Navy. I hope to make it back sometime, as I still visit family back in lake county Ohio.

  8. Maralea says:

    Everything about this place looks amazing! I am definitely going to visit one day.

  9. Priscilla S. says:

    Wow! This place is pretty amazing. I love how much there is to do and how unique the activities are. The Safari Adventures Animal Park would be on the top of my must see list!

  10. courtney hennagir says:

    I have friends in Ohio and I am so wanting to visit them and go here together! It would be such a blast!

  11. Michael G says:

    Wow, nice place.

  12. nicole dz says:

    We visit Sandusky ohio every year to go to cedar point park and water park. This resort looks so much fun for the kids especially.

  13. Julie Wood says:

    This place looks amazing. I want to go and have fun at all the wonderful activities. My family would have a blast and I want to go to this particular Park in Kalahari!

  14. Robin Wilson says:

    How wonderful that you and your family get to travel and make so many wonderful memories! Your children are never going to forget these times with you and of course neither will you. That zip line is awesome…but terrifying! The whole resort is awesome!

  15. ellen beck says:

    Thats an awesome place-youre so lucky to get to go! The room looks gorgeous and it looks like there is alot to do and to see.

  16. Tammy S says:

    What a perfect vacation spot. There is something for everyone to do. I would love to try the zipline. I am sure my daughter would love the zoo. Plus the room looks nice and comfy.

  17. shelly peterson says:

    Nice room and what a beautiful place. Looks like a lot of fun!

  18. The zipline looks really cool!

  19. Mary Williams says:

    This looks like so much fun! We are going there this summer and I’m so excited!

  20. Carol Roberts clark says:

    looks like u had a blast would love to go ziplining big bed frames love the post

  21. Cynthia C says:

    I had no idea there was so much to do at Kalahari. I’ll have to tell my niece. I think it would be a nice weekend getaway for her family.

  22. Cassandra Eastman says:

    This looks like such an awesome place to visit with family! Your kids are so brave to do the zip line! I can’t believe you could feed kangaroos, that must have been quite a fun experience! Thanks for the review!

  23. shelly sawicki lash neuhouser says:

    Lots of great things to do, can’t wait to see all the animals!

  24. Jennifer Marie says:

    I think we will need to go there this summeR!! I can’t believe we have never been there yet!

  25. Wow, what a smorgasbord of activities – altho you wouldn’t get me up on those rides off the ground! Nice pool, great place – the fact the kids are still talking about it says it all!!

  26. rayraycartucci says:

    Oh WOW…what an amazing place! Looks like so much fun! Sigh…I wanna go!

  27. stephanie says:

    i been there and loved it

  28. Lots of activities! I’ve always wanted to try zip lining!

  29. rebecca shockley says:

    Oh boy am I impressed with this vacation spot. Never a dull moment at any of the locations you write about. This place looks like so much fun! The room was beautiful as well.

  30. Christopher Sorel says:

    wow much more than just a water slide joint

  31. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    So beautiful! I’ve always wanted to try that!

  32. Yay! I was so excited to see another place to go ziplining here in Ohio! I have only gone down in Hocking Hills.

  33. Looks like a fun place!

  34. What a super fun looking place to visit! Lots of exciting things to do and see!

  35. Yes, a tropical getaway only 1 hour from your house. Bet next summer you’ll go there several times. I’m impressed that everyone went on the zip line.

  36. joseph gersch says:

    that zip line looks like loads of fun

  37. Richard Hicks says:

    What a great place to get away. Rooms looks really nice and tons of stuff to do!

  38. Susan Smith says:

    This looks like a lot of fun especially the Safari Adventures Animal Park where you could feed the animals. The zip line looks scary and fun.

  39. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Looks Like A Great Place To Get Away! I Love That It Is Family Friendly! And The Zipline Looks Like A Blast!

  40. Tracie Vandermeulen says:

    My kids love kalahari!!!

  41. Michelle S says:

    looks like a great time to keep the family involved and on the go! I would be scared to do the zip line, though.

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