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We started the drive a little later than we wanted and I was dancing about in impatience. First stop was Ryan's for a hearty brunch. We got there 2 minutes before 11am so got to pay breakfast prices. Loaded up with mountains of food, we FINALLY got to tell Navigon to point the way to Kalahari. There was a 10 minute lineup to check so I controlled …
i'm originally from ohio, and i don't go home very often. if i do, it's usually en route to some place else, and there never seems to be enough time to see everyone. anyway, i decided it would be best to spend a week with my family before i take off for this trip. my niece and nephew are growing into little humans more and more each day, and i want to make sure i set an example for them even though i ...
... much about me, but I love food. More specifically, I love eating lots of food at the same time. So naturally, my curiosity shot through the roof. A buffet is the last thing I expected at a theme park. My first thought was that it would cot $25, but lo and behold, it was just a bit pricier than a Golden Corral. On top of that, drinks were included in the price. I was absolutely shocked, and I don't use that word often. My ...
It's been raining and thunder storming off and on (more on than off) since yesterday. When it's not raining the fish flies swarm us if we try to take a walk through the grass. So we're hunkered down on Meander getting a few things done ...
... kinds of birds...Canadian geese, blackbirds, sparrows, seagulls, and some other birds I didn't recognize. Sadly, we ran across a goose that was tangled up in fishing line...it had to hop around on one leg because it couldn't extend the other. We tried to get it loose but it would just hop away from us (and quickly, too...pretty agile on one leg).
Out at the end of the park, we could see across the water to Cedar Point's island...that's ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKalahari Waterpark Resort Sandusky
Got a great Saturday night rate so headed to Kalahari for the weekend. This was an awesome birthday present for my 11 yr old son from his grandpa. The theming was almost Disney-quality. We checked in at noon and happily our rooms were available. As our room was a long walk to the waterpark, we opted to carry a swim bag and shower/dress in the changing rooms there. Everything was fabulous and we thought we got a lot of value for our money and we would be back if the timing/price was right. For almost nonexistent lines (even on a weekend with 80% occupancy), hit the waterpark from 7-10pm in the evenings and 9-11 in the mornings. From 9-11:30 on Sunday morning, we rode everything multiple times. For the Flowrider, the best time is between 9am and 9:20am in the morning - there was barely anyone else there and 2 of us rode it 4 times in the 20 minutes! Also, the changing rooms have this awesome tiny swimsuit dryer. It wasn't obvious (to me) what it was, but look for a small box hanging on the wall. Every waterpark should have these!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kalahari Waterpark Resort Sandusky
From the Second we pulled up to this hotel....we were like WOW!
We went to Kalahari on Tuesday through Thursday June 21 -June 23. It was a great time to go because we had no waiting in lines and all of the rides were in working order! There are a variety of slides and rides:
Just returned from a stay on June 16, 2005. I have 2 boys (ages 9 and 12). We got there early - around noon (check-in is 4 pm). Went into the waterpark before our room was ready (you are allowed in at 12:00 and you can stay the next day until 3:00 after checkout). The kids loved it. We have stayed at Great Wolf Lodge and the boys liked it better. I must say I enjoyed it too. It has more chairs to lounge in and seems to be a lot larger / more open space. Of course, everything is brand new and it is kept very clean. There were plenty of towels.
Just got back from a one night stay on June 11, 2005. Second time there and it was better than the first. We were automatically upgraded to a two room suite for our family of five. What a bonus!!! The waterpark is very warm and inviting. Family raft ride is the best. Been to Castaway Bay and Great Wolf Lodge, both in Sandusky, and Kalahari is certainly the best for families. Traveled with husband and three children (11, 8, and 5 years).
Just returned from a two night stay! We had a blast. i took two children, ages 7 and 16. They loved it. there are plenty of activities. The waterpark is awesome and there are other activities as well. The dry play place was big hit as was the arcade,the tiger cub, and the pottery place. There are also other freebie activities such as a cookie decorating time, storytime and family movie night. the restaurants of course are WAY overpriced and you definitely want to take your own food or venture out. There are tons of restaurants within sight of the resort. Walmart and Meijer are also close, as is the Sandusky Mall. The outdoor hot tub(giant) and pool were both open. all rides were operational. The zip coaster did have its problems but we rode it 3 times with no troubles. I have stayed many places and have never encountered a friendlier, more helpful staff. I would suggest water shoes as the floors are mighty slick when wet. Also, the rides are a little rough and I am not sure a child younger than 7 or a very small child would be able to handle it. Other than the overpriced food problem, we had no real complaints. Just take your own food and drinks, which you can because there are microwaves, refrigerators and coffee pots in the rooms. They are still building but we did not find noise to be an issue. Overall, a big star for this resort. it was fun and the opening special package was a bargain deal. I think they will improve with time, as well.
We've been to Great Bear/Wolf, Splash Lagoon and Castaway Bay. We have a 5, 7 and 9 year old and they all had a blast at Kalahari. The rooms were new, well prepared, had plenty of space to sleep our 5, microwaves and refrigerators. They have a large arcade area and indoor putt-putt but we used neither of these. They do have an indoor multilevel play area that our kids loved. The water park itself was a lot of fun. The staff was very friendly and did a great job. The restaurants and snack shops were pricey but good. In the main restaurant they have a lot of interactive time for the kids. They got all the kids up on stage and let them sing and dance. And they had a menu more exciting than the other parks. From the time you check in to the time you check out you can charge everything to your room with only your wrist band. Once you check out you are back to cash/credit. Plenty of parking.
This resort was definitely not ready to open. Don't get me wrong, the atmosphere of the rooms and lobby was beautiful, but the waterpark does not even compare to the other two in Ohio. I was first told by reservations when I booked a 2 family suite that the room overlooked the waterpark and the waterpark was open until 10pm. The room actually overlooked a dirt pile that will become the outdoor waterpark sometime around Labor Day and the indoor waterpark actually closed at 9pm. The two major attactions of the zip coaster and family slide were broken down for most of the two days. We were actually stuck at the top of the family coaster for close to 30 minutes waiting for repairmen to fix the lift for the rafts. My 4 year old was not happy about standing at the top of a platform for that long. Not to mention there was not alot of air circulation at the top of the slides. I never did get to ride the zip coaster. Also for my two year old there was one very small area that was overcrowded with parent trying to entertain their kids. The outdoor pool was not open because it had yet to pass inspection. There was still much construction going on in and around the pool area and had to tell management about a forgotten circular saw that was left with the blade sticking out on one of the garbage cans. I see this place having much safety issues because there is no height restrictions on these rides. I could go on and on..... But if you are considering it, I would definitely wait until later on in the summer or next year when you don't have a dust wasteland to look at and the sound of construction equipment waking you up at 7am. Just a fyi, either take lots of money or pack food because it cost us $35 for a large pizza. I am not even sure how they can morally charge someone for something like that. Also, the bill stated both Huron and Erie county tax. How can you charge a tax for two counties? I never got a straight answer to that one. Castaway Bay and Great Wolf are a much better value and have more to do for the kids. Spend your money there.
My family and I stayed at this hotel May 25th-May 27th. We loved it. The indoor waterpark was great for people of all ages. The oldest in our group was in her 50s and the youngest only 2. Everyone could enjoy the waterpark and the hotel was beautiful to just walk through and look around.
The staff were extremely helpful although some what uniformed. As with any new hotel, there were some quirks to work out. We were told the tiger cub would be out for viewing each day, however, the cub was only on site during the weekends. Luckily we got to see the cute cub!
The rooms were extremely clean and beds were very comfortable. Our family will most likely return to this resort again this summer.
We just returned from a wonderful trip to Kalahari Resort. We stayed over night on May 30th, 2005. We had a trip to Cedar Point's Castaway Bay (about 5 miles up the road) in early March and let me tell you.....Cedar Point had better watch out. As soon as people plan a stay at Kalahari, going back to Castaway Bay just won't be an option. Check in went smoothly and everyone was EXTREMELY friendly. There seemed to managers everywhere and as soon as line began to form they found more employees to open more lines. We got a free upgrade to a two-room family suite with a fireplace, balcony, and two full baths! They had a live tiger cub in the lobby which really added to the whole atmosphere. The water park was great and not too crowded. Their new Zip coaster was open when we arrived and seemed to be running smoothly. The lazy river was a big hit along with the surf simulator. We enjoyed the water park until our room was ready (around 4pm) and then decided to go to dinner. We went to one of Kalahari's restaurants, The Great Karoo. The food was excellent and the service was even better. As theme/water parks go the prices were reasonable. We enjoyed the arcade as well. This resort has it together! During our stay I must have had at least 5 employees approach me to make sure all of my needs were being met and that we were having a good time. All that I remeber of check in at Castaway Bay was a bunch of people yelling at the employees behind the counter and no manager in sight. While waiting for check in I actually had a manager approach me, apologize for the delay and find an employee that could assist me. WOW! I also didn't get super dry skin and a slight rash this time. The chemical levels in the water at Kalahari must be better regulated than at Castaway Bay. We all had an awesome time and are busy planning our next trip to Kalahari! I was SOOOOO empressed that, being as new as they were (only open two weeks), they had EVERTHING together. I'm excited to visit again to see how much better they can get!
Just got back from a trip to the brand new Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH. The indoor waterpark was great. The kids in our group (ages 15, 12, 11, 9, and 7) could not get enough. The older ones especially loved the indoor surfing simulator - Kalahari Safari Flowrider. The waterpark also included a lazy river, tube slides, body slides, a family raft ride, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, pool with basketball hoops, kiddie pool with slides, and a huge "waterfort" play area. Lots of fun for all ages. The only downfall to the waterpark was the biggest attraction - a water roller coaster (which was heavily advertised) was not yet opened ( will open in July).