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Ohio Vacations Series- Amusement Parks

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This summer when everyone thinks of where to vacation, many of us in the Midwest will be booking flights and planning days-long drives to states along the coast.  Personally, I’ve done more than my fair share of flying so I’m going to be looking for things to do right here in Ohio!  This month I will be sharing a new type of attraction each week.  We have something to please everyone, so I invite you to read on and see all of the entertainment that we have to offer.  

Amusement Parks


Ah… The screams from a coaster, cheeky characters, and massively overpriced but oh-so-delicious food stands.  I love amusement parks and Ohio is the home of Cedar Point.  On top of the amazing selection of coasters and kids rides, Cedar Point has added a new “Dinosaurs Alive!” exhibit in 2012 featuring over 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs.  Once you’re done looking around The kids can go on a dino dig and have a chance at winning a “K’Nexosaurus Rex” by finding K’nex pieces.  When the fun is winding down for the day, you can enjoy drinks, food, and live entertainment down at the Red Garter Saloon on the Frontier Trail.  Don’t forget to stop by Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor before you leave so that you can pick up a box of their delicious taffy to take home with you.  It’s the ultimate sweet reminder of all the fun you had!


In the southwest of Ohio we have King’s Island, the park who has received the Golden Ticket Award for the best kids area in the world for 11 years running.  King’s Island has Planet Snoopy, a section dedicated to PEANUTS themed rides and attractions.  There’s even a ride dedicated to The Great Pumpkin.  When you’re visiting King’s Island you’ll also get admission to Soak City, a massive water park that includes a 650,000-gallon wave pool and 30 water slides.   Finish off your fun by taking part in one of the many live events that go on weekly: Peanuts Party in the Plaza, Remember When: The 70’s, and British Invasion.


Ohio has two locations for Great Wolf Lodge, one in Mason and one in Sandusky.  This is a giant indoor waterpark for those of us not too keen on spending much time in the sun.  After splashing around, you can ease into one of the Manitoba Tubs for a whirlpool experience.  They offer them both for families, and an adults only version.  Passes to the water park are free with your stay in one of their suites.  Great Wolf Lodge offers suites at great rates and they’re no tiny motel room accommodations.  They go all the way to two-story luxury suites with space for the whole family to rest.

Have you visited any of these places?  What was your experience?  Tell me in the comments below.

This is Part One of a series of places in Ohio to visit this summer.
See Part Two Here
See Part Three Here 

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  1. I haven’t been to either, but they both look like so much fun!
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  2. A lot of fun out there in Ohio I see! I think we have a Great Wolf Lodge here in NC, but I haven’t been to it yet. I think the kids would enjoy the Peanuts attractions.
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  3. What great attractions ! Your review of them is wonderful! People going through Ohio have a great chance to experience these! Thank you for sharing.
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  4. I have never been to Ohio, but I can see that there’s tons of fun to be had there. There is a Great Wolf Lodge not to far away form me in the neighboring state of PA. I really want to take my 5 year old there.
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  5. Since I live in Warren County where Kings Island and Great Wolf reside I have been to both at one point in my life! KI is fun, just expensive. I love the Snoopy area for the kids and since the closing of the other water park KI has expanded theirs. Great Wolf is nice and the water is great!
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  6. Cedar point has a lot more smaller kids ride but I love Kings Island a lot more. Reason 1 its cheaper reason 2. You get two parks for the price of one. You get the water park and the amsement park. For me that’s a huge deal. I haven’t been to great wolf lodge but I really want to. We also have fort rapids in Columbus and Kalahri resort up north close to Cedar Point. Both are AMAZING not only for children though. Thanks for sharing Brooke :)

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