The outside of the Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Ohio
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The Kalahari Resort and Convention Center is a water park resort chain with locations in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and Sandusky, Ohio. At 173,000 square feet, the indoor water park at Kalahari's Ohio resort is the largest in the United States. A 3rd location in Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania is scheduled to open in late 2015.
The Kalahari Resort is named after the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, hence the African theme at all the resorts. The lobbies have artificial fountains, trees, and animals. Special African-themed events, such as getting photographed with baby lions, are also held. Most of the water slides are named after African animals, such as the Rippling Rhino and the Wild Wildebeast. Other services at the Kalahari include restaurants, gift shops, and sweet shops. Kalahari Resorts Wisconsin Dells includes a 104,000 square feet (9,700 m2) convention center, while Kalahari Resorts Sandusky, Ohio, as of January 2012, has a 215,000 square feet (20,000 m2) one. The Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, and the Nia Center in Sandusky have both won awards for their AquaRecycle system, a laundry water recycling and filtration system that reuses 70 percent of its laundry water.
The Wisconsin Dells location is Kalahari's first location, having opened in 2000. The resort has 756 guest rooms, suites, condos, and five-bedroom condos, making it the second largest resort in Wisconsin. It has four main restaurants: The Great Karoo, Ivory Coast Lounge, Wisconsin Brew Pub, and Double Cut Charcoal Grill & Liquor Bar, with other eateries in the water park, lobby, and theme park. Other activities include a spa and golfing at the Trappers Turn Golf Club on the north side of Wisconsin Dells.
The indoor water park at the Wisconsin Dells location is the largest indoor water park in Wisconsin (125,000 square feet). Until December 2007, it was also America's largest indoor water park. At that time, its sister hotel, Kalahari in Sandusky, finished its indoor water park expansion, making it America's largest at 173,000 square feet (16,100 m2). The Dells Kalahari Indoor Waterpark has the first indoor "Master Blaster", an uphill water coaster. The indoor waterpark was expanded in 2011. The Wisconsin Dells Kalahari also has a 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) outdoor water park.
The resort contains a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) indoor theme park with a six-story ferris wheel, a laser tag arena, a two story go-kart track, an 18-hole golf course, a 24-lane bowling alley, rock climbing walls, carousel, sports bar, and a ropes course, and an arcade spread throughout the complex.
The Sandusky, Ohio location is "America's Largest Indoor Waterpark", at 173,000 square feet (16,100 m2). It is located about 8 miles (13 km) south of Cedar Point on Milan Road (US Route 250) in Huron Township. The water park opened in May 2005 and contains a FoilTec roof system that lets in natural light, allowing people to receive a suntan at any time of year. The location also features two Flow Rider surfing simulators, a variety of water slides, wave pool, a basketball pool, a children's play area, an indoor/outdoor hot tub and a swim-up bar.
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