Kalahari Waterpark Resort in
Sandusky, Ohio, hosts more than 1 million visitors annually, and
keeping everyone safe and happy is no easy feat in a
173,000-square-foot indoor waterpark (one of the largest indoor
waterparks in the United States). That’s why safety and
security are the No. 1 priority.
In addition to certification required by the Ohio Department of
Health, all Kalahari Resorts lifeguards must pass skills testing
and attend ongoing comprehensive training. Lifeguards also are
certified by Jeff Ellis & Associates.
Operators promote safety on the Website, in emails, through in-room
awareness and by offering a free learn-to-swim program to
Energy efficiency is another long-standing commitment for the park.
Green initiatives include the AquaRecycle System (which enables the
resort to reuse 70 percent of its laundry water); a Texlon
transparent roof system that allows in natural light and heat; an
HVAC energy-management system; and partnering with a local
landscaping company on a food waste composting system.
At the same time, Kalahari Resorts is dedicated to philanthropy.
The facility hosts numerous annual fund-raising events, including
the United Way Duck Derby, a toy duck race to benefit the charity.
Kalahari has contributed nearly $500,000 in cash, in-kind donations
and fund-raising events to help the Huron Athletic Booster Club
build a new synthetic sports field at Huron High School.
Growth has happened quickly. In June 2006, the resort unveiled an
expanded 77,000-square-foot outdoor waterpark. Just two months
later, a 100,000-square-foot conference and events center was
Most recently, operators added Safari Outdoor Adventure Park,
featuring an animal adventure park, zip-line tour, ropes course and
climbing walls. The property also includes 884 guest rooms, several
dining options and a day spa.
“Standouts at this facility include
energy efficiency and the authentic African design and
- Two FlowRider stationary wave
- 12,000-square-foot wave pool
- A variety of rides, including the Swahili Swirl, the Zip
Coaster, the Cheetah Race, the Rippling Rhino and Victoria
- Lazy river
- Indoor/outdoor spas