Ohio offers several indoor and outdoor water parks for summer fun

Ohio thrill-seekers undoubtedly are familiar with the state’s world-famous amusement parks, Cedar Point and Kings Island. But near those parks are also a number of other thrilling attractions that are fun, family-friendly destinations, especially if you don’t mind getting your thrills while wet.

Here are some of the biggest water parks to be found near or at Ohio’s two big theme parks.

In warmer weather, Kalahari opens its Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark to visitors.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Water Park

The king of indoor waterparks, at least if judged by size, is Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Water Park (7000 Kalahari Drive, www.kalahariresorts.com/ohio) in Sandusky.

The resort claims, at 173,000 square feet, to be the largest indoor waterpark in Ohio. It’s certainly one of the very few places in the Buckeye State where surfers or body-boarders can enjoy thrills in the middle of winter — and every other day of the year — at a water-park comfortable 84 degrees.