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Kalahari named ‘World’s Coolest Indoor Water Park’

Melissa Topey • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Kalahari Resorts is racking up the awards this year.

Condé Nast Traveler, a respected trade magazine in the travel industry, recently named the local Kalahari Resorts “The World’s Coolest Indoor Water Park”

Stated the magazine’s review: “This is the granddaddy of America’s water parks. Covering a massive 173,000 square feet, Ohio’s Kalahari is the largest indoor water park in the country, designed with an African motif and a roof system that allows for yearround natural light (spring sunbathing, anyone?). Beyond its vast village of condos and spa, there’s a newer 215,000-squarefoot convention center. (Because the corporate team that works together, waterslides together.)”

Todd Nelson and his family founded Kalahari Resorts in the Wisconsin Dells in 2000.

“It has been a good run overall. It’s been a good year overall,” said Kalahari spokesman Travis Nelson, Todd’s son. “We have an amazing water park and adding its convention aspect is something we are proud of.”

The Nelson family opened its water park on U.S. 250 with resort rooms in May 2005. A year later it added a convention center with a seating capacity of 2,200. The resort then doubled the size of the convention center in December 2011, to hold 5,200 people.

“A lot of people believed a water park and meeting conference rooms in the same space would not work” Todd Nelson said. “Now people do it all the time. Not as well as us, but it’s standard now”

Kalahari dominates 2014 awards

•World’s Coolest Indoor Water Park — Condé Nast Traveler

•10 Amazing Indoor Water Parks Around the World — weather.com  

•TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards

•Best Family-friendly Meeting Hotel and Resort — Smart Meeting’s 2014 Smart Stars Awards

•First place in Sandusky Register’s Rotary Pizza Challenge for breakfast pizza; third place in the pepperoni pizza category.

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