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Kalahari Waterpark Resort - Sandusky Expaning Indoor Waterpark
from 80,000 sq. ft. to 173,000 sq. ft. Making it America’s
Largest Indoor Waterpark

SANDUSKY, Ohio (February 2007) – Go big or go home.  As the indoor waterpark industry  continues to surge – new construction is up 33 percent over 2005 according to consulting firm JLC Hospitality – Kalahari Resorts is taking the trend to new heights.  The African-themed waterpark resort company which boasts the largest indoor waterpark in the nation – 125,000 sq. ft. – at its Wisconsin Dells, WI property, today announced plans to build another showstopper at its resort in Sandusky, Ohio.  Scheduled for completion in December, Kalahari’s Sandusky property will measure 173,000 sq. ft., making it America’s largest indoor waterpark.

To accomplish the undertaking, Kalahari, which opened its Sandusky property in May 2005, will more than double the size of its existing 80,000 sq. ft. waterpark and feature several innovative amenities including a special Texlon transparent roof.  The “intelligent” roof system creates a comfortable ideal vacation environment, allowing natural light in, enabling real foliage to grow, and softening acoustic conditions.
With ordinary hotels adding less than 1 percent growth to the hotel industry room supply and 36 indoor waterpark hotels under construction, Kalahari maintains that going big is better.  “We’re not concerned about oversaturation in the indoor waterpark arena,” says Todd Nelson, president and owner, Kalahari Resorts.  “It takes a tremendous amount of commitment, ingenuity and funding to create an exciting waterpark and we believe consumers will continue to choose resorts that make their getaway experience a big deal.”

Due to the popularity of indoor surfing, Kalahari’s new waterpark will feature two FlowRider surfing rides.  In addition, Kalahari’s indoor waterpark will highlight a 12,000 sq. ft. wave pool, a Behemoth Bowl which rotates 2 to 4 people through its 60’ diameter bowl, Octopus Racers where you can race down a 55’ incline, a body slide Pro Bowl ride, indoor/outdoor spas with swim up bar, a 3,700 sq. ft. basketball pool, a 2,500 sq. ft. children’s play area and more. 

About Kalahari Resort

Kalahari Resort-Sandusky, located on Highway 250 just north of exit 118 of the Ohio Turnpike, debuted Ohio’s largest indoor waterpark at 80,000 sq. ft. in May 2005.  In addition to its indoor and outdoor waterparks, Kalahari features the full-service Spa Kalahari, a collection of unique retail shops, an indoor miniature golf course, a $1 million children’s dry play adventure, one of the largest game arcades in the Midwest, a fully-equipped fitness center and eight dining options, horse-drawn carriage rides, pottery painting and more.  In fall of 2006, Kalahari-Sandusky will break ground on an expansion of its indoor waterpark.  In addition to its Sandusky location, Kalahari Resorts has a location in the popular “Waterpark Capital of the World,” Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. For reservations and guest information, call (877) 525-2427 or visit



Kalahari Waterpark Resort
7000 Kalahari Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870


Also See: Kalahari Resort Opens Nation's Largest Indoor Water Park; High Stakes Game of Who Can Build the Biggest / December 2002
What Is a Waterpark --- Really? Blending Swimming Pools, Amusement/Theme Parks, Hotels & Resorts Calls for New Definitions / October 2004


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