Boasting more than 15 water rides and attractions spread across 173,000 square feet of aquatic fun, the indoor water park at Kalahari Resorts is among America’s largest. You could spend all day working your way through the various slides and splash zones; rides range from high-banked, high-speed turns on the Zip Coaster to the “whirling vortex of fun” at the Tanzanian Twister.
Included in your stay: a $100 credit at Big Game Room Arcade, which has video and redemption games
Family activities: When you’re not at the water park, you can play black-light mini golf and mini bowling.
Go surfing in the wave pool.
Where to relax: Spa Kalahari specializes in rejuvenating massages and body treatments.
Safari Adventures Animal Park: Get up close and personal with giraffes, kangaroos, and other animals.
Sandusky, Ohio: Family-Friendly Town with Amusement Parks Along Lake Erie
The town of Sandusky lies on the shores of Lake Erie, about midway between Cleveland and Toledo. It’s a family-friendly destination with a slew of theme parks and scenic coastal islands. Cedar Point, open May through October, is one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States and a must-do for thrill seekers. The park’s Millennium Force roller coaster set records as the tallest and fastest in the world when it was introduced in 2000. More recently, the GateKeeper scooped up seven world records when it opened in 2013, including the “longest drop on a wing coaster.”
If you prefer a slower pace, visit Sandusky’s former post office, which has been transformed into the Merry-Go-Round Museum. The grand building is full of antique carousels of all shapes and sizes, restored to their original splendor; it’s also rumored to house a couple of ghosts. More spooky fun awaits at Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, which features a haunted house, roller rink, 4D theater, black-light mini golf, and bounce houses.
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What You Get
Stay for up to four in a hut room or desert room or up to eight in a combination suite
$100 arcade credit per night at Big Game Room Arcade
Dates into December
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee plus tax added at purchase.
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.
173,000-square-foot indoor water park
Indoor glow mini-golf course
Nine restaurants, cafes, and snack stands
Full-service salon and spa
The Fine Print
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
Not valid with reward points
$19.99 daily resort fee plus tax added at purchase.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 4
Two queen beds and one sofa bed
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 6
Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest 3 or older; kids 2 or younger stay free. Fee includes water park admission; them park passes available for $25 per person, valid for duration of stay.
One king bed, two queen beds, and one sofa bed
Standard occupancy: 8
Maximum occupancy: 8
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Resort fee includes: water-park access, WiFi, parking, in-room safe and coffee, daily newspaper, local and toll-free calls, fitness center, towel service in water park, business center
Parking: included in resort fee
Rollaways: available for $12 per day
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.
Nearest airport: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE; 50 miles)
Distance from Cleveland: 59 miles
Shuttle information: an airport shuttle is available; call Kalahari’s concierge at (419) 433-7200, ext. 34089 for scheduling and pricing.
Kalahari Resorts requires all children under 48 inches to wear life vests while in the water parks. Complimentary life vests are available.