Ohio’s famous water and theme parks in Sandusky cater to vacationing families with kids-themed rooms, nonstop activities and myriad dining options. If you don’t have kids or don’t like water, there are plenty of other choices, from serene retreats tucked in the woods to resorts that host rowdy poolside bar parties.
St. Hazards Waterfront Resort
Located on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie, St. Hazards Waterfront Resort boasts its own microbrewery. A Caribbean theme carries throughout the resort, with palm trees, thatched roofs and a poolside tiki bar. Musicians perform island music at the weekly pool party. Accommodations include condos, villas and cabins. Guests at the campground and RV park have access to the resort’s pool, Jacuzzi and brewery. The hotel provides shuttle service to and from the Ferry Dock seven days a week at a nominal charge.
Kalahari, an African-themed resort is located in Sandusky, on the shore of Lake Erie. The resort’s huge indoor water park has two FlowRiders, a 12,000-square foot wave pool, slides and a swim up bar. Private cabanas outfitted with a mini-fridge and a safe provide a secure spot for your stuff while you swim. The outdoor water park, open seasonally, features a sun deck and volleyball courts. Lodging choices include standard rooms, family suites and condo suites. Spa Kalahari offers a full menu of salon services.
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls shares the topography of the adjacent Hocking Hills State Park. Boulders, caves and waterfalls contribute to the inn’s connection with nature and serenity. A log cabin built in 1840 houses an open kitchen and dining area where gourmet meals are prepared. Guest rooms at the inn, decorated with antiques, have private baths. Twelve cottages sit on a private two-acre plot and cabins have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. The spa’s signature treatments include paw paw facials, Thai yoga massage and instruction on massaging your mate.
Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor water park, kept at a constant 84 degrees, offers slides, sprays and a four-story tree house with water features. Accommodations at Great Wolf geared toward kids include Wolf Den and KidCabin suites with separate bunk areas equipped with television sets and video games systems. The adult area of the suite features a wet bar, mini-fridge and microwave oven. Great Wolf Lodge also offers large suites with a loft and extra half bath. On-site restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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