Erie County's Kalahari water park Resort on U.S. 250 is the largest water park in the United States. The 173,000 square foot resort also draws visitors to Erie County with its 100,000 square foot convention center.
The Sandusky location is the second Kalahari resort, after the original one in the Wisconsin Dells. A third is in the works in Fredericksburg, Va.
The driving force behind those water parks is Todd Nelson, the company's president and owner.
Q. Why did you choose Erie County to build your big water park?
A. There was a variety of reasons, one of them being it is a designated tourist destination. You have the fantastic Cedar Point that draws over three million people themselves a year. The area draws over 7 million, it was what my understanding was back then, between the islands and everything in the general area. There's over 50 million people in a four-hour driving radius. So it was really an obvious choice. We like to go to a place that already has a huge base of tourists, and we become part of it. We don't try to create the destination. We become part of the destination.
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