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Is Kalahari worth the trip from Ontario, Canada?

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Is Kalahari worth the trip from Ontario, Canada?

We are looking at going to Kalahari as a treat for our daughter's 9th birthday in October. We have a GWL nearby in Niagara Falls, ON, and wondering if the long trip to Ohio (about 5 hrs) will be worth it?

Any advice on getting deals/specials? We are looking a 4-5 days around a w/e. How busy will it be in October?

Any and all information is greatly appreciated, as we are just starting to research this.


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1. Re: Is Kalahari worth the trip from Ontario, Canada?

If you do make the trip, perhaps combine it with some Halloween adventures. There are many available, depending upon the ages of your children.

E.g., Kirtland's Lake Metroparks Farmpark (reservations go quickly), Cedar Point HalloWeekends, and The Henry Ford's old-fashioned Halloween, complete with a headless horseman (again, reservations go quickly, especially if you book the dinner option).

Here are other attractions in northern Ohio outside of Cleveland (check "Things to Do" there). Ohio Amish Country might fascinate your daughter and is especially beautiful in early October.


In Cleveland, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the West Side Market, PlayhouseSquare, and the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall.


Severance Hall, Cleveland's Taj Mahal (built by one of the Standard Oil Trust heirs in memory of his wife) often is considered the most beautiful concert hall in the U.S. and it has many events, most featuring the world-renown Cleveland Orchestra.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the best in the U.S. even though admission to its general galleries is free. Its digital attractions currently are the best of any U.S. art museum (check out Gallery One, Studio Play and ArtLens).

PlayhouseSquare has some of the best U.S. performance spaces and a large schedule of events.


Lake View Cemetery features one of the best remaining Tiffany interiors at its Wade Chapel, the magnificent Garfield Monument, the largest presidential monument in the U.S., and the family grave site of John D. Rockefeller. It's also an arboretum and beautiful during Leaf Turn.

Other great Leaf Turn destinations are Holden Arboretum, one of the largest and best in the U.S., and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The CVNP is especially great for biking.

Kalahari is one of the largest indoor waterparks in the U.S., but I won't offer an opinion as I've never visited it.

Also in Sandusky is Ghostly Manor. Perhaps check it out on the web or TA.

Good planning!

Maumee, Ohio
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2. Re: Is Kalahari worth the trip from Ontario, Canada?

Kalahari is a lot of fun! My entire family always enjoys it, because there is something for everyone to do. If you use facebook check out there page and sign up for email alerts for the best deals. Also, some rooms have refrigerators and kitchens, so if you want to save some money swing by a grocery store in town and eat in.

Sandusky, OH
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3. Re: Is Kalahari worth the trip from Ontario, Canada?

Kalahari is a lot bigger than Great Wolf Lodge in our area. It's the largest in the U.S. You can even get a sun tan inside, learn how to surf and they have a lazy river. Both are great places. I would take a look at Kalahari's calendar with the prices. This might give you an idea if anyone if booking yet. Also, sign up for the newsletter for specials. We have Halloweekends going on in October but that would be at Cedar Point. Sign up to get the guide to our area at www.shoresandislands.com.

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4. Re: Is Kalahari worth the trip from Ontario, Canada?

I would include cedar point and maybe one of the Erie Islands in the trip if you were making the trip from Canada.

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5. Re: Is Kalahari worth the trip from Ontario, Canada?

we are from Ontario as well. It's a 3 hour drive for us. We much prefer Kalahari to GWL (both of them - the Niagara and Sandusky). It's much bigger. Check your child's height and the ride requirements carefully, as well as the policy on life jackets (it's pretty restrictive for children under 48"). So, I would say yes.

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