Kalahari is the perfect place to hold a conference. It offers conference attendees first-class service, unrivaled amenities, a luxurious spa, enticing on-site restaurants, and diverse shopping options. Located immediately off Route 250 in Sandusky, Ohio, the Kalahari Resort Convention Center is ideally located near Lake Erie shores and islands; 2 minutes from I90/Route 2 at exit 118; 45 minutes from Cleveland, 2 hours from Detroit, 1.5 hours from Akron, 2.25 hours from Columbus, 4 hours from Cincinnati, and 3 hours from Pittsburgh.
Kalahari offers conference attendees 1 to 3 bedroom suites, which include: a microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, in-room safe, complimentary high speed wireless internet, table and chairs, complimentary parking, remote control television with cable and pay-per-view movies, alarm clock, voice mail system, hair dryer, luxurious bath amenities, fitness center access, 20% discount on Spa Kalahari services, and admission to America’s largest indoor waterpark. Room rates for the conference will be $147 per night. To receive that rate, attendees should call Kalahari at 877-525-2427 on or before Sunday, March 29, 2020, and ask for the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference 2020 room rate. Attendees are encouraged to book their rooms early.
Sandusky is found on the banks of Lake Erie, its name means “at the cold water” in Wyandot. Founded in 1817, Sandusky originally was called Portland. By 1880, Sandusky’s population had reached almost sixteen thousand residents. This much larger population resulted in an increasing number of social institutions, including twenty churches and three newspapers. The community also became more economically diverse, with at least twenty-nine businesses with ten or more employees. Among the items that Sandusky businesses produced were lime, railroad locomotives and cars, carriages, wheels, crayons, chalk, beer, paper, baskets, and tools. In 1886, Sandusky was home to the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home and the Ohio State Fish Hatchery.
With the dawn of the twentieth century and the advent of automobiles and trucks, Sandusky’s importance as a shipping center declined. Today, the city boasts approximately twenty-eight thousand residents. Many of these people find employment in tourism, including working at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky.
Cedar Point, opening in 1870, is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States. In the mid-19th century, the south shore region of Lake Erie was a popular vacation destination for the emerging middle class in the United States. The lake’s islands, such as Kelleys Island and South Bass Island, were gaining a reputation for their freshwater bathing resorts. The Cedar Point peninsula, named for its abundance of cedar trees, was originally known for its fishing. Sandusky, which featured an important shipping harbor and two railroads, transformed into a major economic center over the next three decades. Railroad and steamship travel supported an emerging tourism industry, and rapid development of the area began. In the 1860s during the American Civil War, housing for a battery of four field artillery pieces was constructed at the tip of the peninsula. It was used to defend a prison for Confederate soldiers on nearby Johnson’s Island. Louis Zistel, a German immigrant, built two boats to transport the prisoners. In 1870, he began to ferry locals to the Cedar Point peninsula, which was regaining popularity as a summer picnic destination.
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7000 Kalahari Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
From Toledo: Take I-280 S to Exit 1A. Get on the turnpike I-80/90 E, exit the Turnpike at exit 118/Rt. 250 Sandusky. Take Rt. 250 W (north) towards
Sandusky. Go approximately 2 miles and Kalahari Resort will be on the right.
From Cleveland: Take I-90 W to Exit 170B. Continue to follow I-90 W, it will turn to Rt. 2. Follow Rt. 2 to the exit for Sandusky/Norwalk Rt. 250. Make a left onto Rt. 250. Kalahari Resort will be approximately 1 mile south
on the left.
From Detroit, MI: Take I-75 S to Exit 208, I-280. Take I-280 S to
exit 1A on the Ohio Turnpike. Get on the Turnpike (I80/90) E. Get off the Turnpike at exit 118/Rt. 250 Sandusky. Take Rt. 250 W (north) towards Sandusky. Go approximately 2 miles and Kalahari Resort will be
on the right.
From Dayton: Take 1-75 N to exit 195, Ohio Turnpike I-80/90. Take the
Ohio Turnpike I-80/90 E. Exit the Ohio Turnpike at exit 118/Rt. 250 Sandusky. Take Rt. 250 W (north) towards Sandusky. Go approximately 2 miles and Kalahari Resort will be on the right.
From Cincinnati: Take I-75 N to exit 169 for Rt. 13 N. Make a Left onto
Rt. 13 N. Take Rt. 13 N to Rt. 250 W. Turn left onto Rt. 250 W and travel west to Kalahari, which will be on the right.
From Indianapolis, IN: Take I-70 E to exit 33B (I-75 North). Take exit 195, the Ohio Turnpike east I-80/90. Exit the Ohio Turnpike at exit 118/Rt. 250 Sandusky. Take Rt. 250 W (north) towards Sandusky. Go approximately 2 miles and Kalahari Resort will be on the right.
From Wheeling, WV: Take I-70 W (US 250 N) to exit 180B, I-77 N. Follow I-77 N to exit 87 US-250 W. Follow US-250 W to Sandusky. Kalahari Resort will be
approximately 2 miles north of the Ohio Turnpike.
From Columbus: Take I-71 N to exit 169 for Rt. 13 N. Make a left onto Rt. 13 N. Follow Rt. 13 N to Rt. 250 W. Make a left onto Rt. 250 W. Follow Rt. 250 W until you see Kalahari Resort on the right. Kalahari Resort will be approximately 2 miles north of the Ohio Turnpike.