Amusement and Theme
Parks in Ohio

Full Guide 2023

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As the home of the world’s largest parks, Ohio is home to a diverse collection of both contemporary and classic amusement parks. Many different types of rides, such as roller coasters and water parks with wavy slides can be found in Ohio’s amusement and theme park destinations. There are also historical sites and merry-go-rounds for children to enjoy.

Best Amusement and
Theme Parks in Ohio

Cedar Point (Sandusky)

Over a century-old amusement park in Ohio, Cedar Point is a classic amusement and theme park which features rides and attractions ideal for the young ones and young at heart.

Cedar Point has 16 roller coasters along with other attractions such as a one-mile-long white-sand beach, an indoor and outdoor water park, two marinas, and an outdoor sports complex.

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Attractions in Cedar Point

Throughout the park, Cedar Point has four separate areas for children to play. They’re all crammed with the kinds of rides that kids adore. Bumper cars, helicopters, a Tilt-A-Whirl, and two miniature roller coasters are all available for your future thrill-seekers to enjoy.

Cedar Point’s 4×4 trucks and Mustangs allow small children to fulfill a long-cherished fantasy of theirs: driving their first car through the park. In Balloon Race, they can ride in a wicker basket gondola and experience weightlessness like never before. The Space Age is a must-see for any young aspirants hoping to become astronauts.

Children’s menus are available in the restaurant’s dine-in areas as well. It’s also possible to purchase fresh fruit juices and milk at the park.

Things to do in Cedar Point

Aside from their theme and amusement rides for kids and kids at heart, Cedar Point also features award-winning live entertainment. Sing with talented musicians, dance to the beat of breathtaking dancers, or feel the emotion in Broadway-like theater and live shows.

Reimagined Castaway Bay and Sawmill Creek, a lodge-style resort with meeting space and an 18-hole golf course, will open this 2022 at Cedar Point.

As a bonus, Cedar Point has a number of nearby lodging options. It’s possible to extend the fun by going to their Lake Erie beachfront resort or staying at their hotel. Rent a cottage at Lighthouse Point and enjoy the sea breeze.

Things to know before going to Cedar Point

Cedar Point Ohio offers a lot of awesome perks and packages to its excited guests, such as early bird discounts, discounted admission packages, and overnight stays in one of their resorts or hotels nearby. Military personnel and veterans, along with their family members, are also welcome to enjoy attractions at Cedar Point for a discounted fee.

Kids are not the only ones who can enjoy the rides and features of Cedar Point. With their Parent Swap program, parents can also enjoy the thrill rides without leaving their kids unattended. You can check Cedar Point’s official website for details, as well as for the availability of rides and other features.

Kings Island (Mason)

The thrills of Kings Island will keep you on your toes as you ride over 15 world-class roller coasters. From the stomach-dropping drop of The Beast, the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, to the spine-chilling turns of Diamondback and Banshee, the park’s 15 coasters will ensure you will leave with a smile on your face.

Related: indoor water parks in Ohio and Outdoor water parks in Ohio.

Attractions in Kings Island

Kings Island is a great place to go if you’re looking for water fun in the sun, with over 36 water slides, pools, rivers, and lagoons. Kings Island has a variety of thrill levels and requirements, making it the perfect tropical vacation destination.

Enjoy a peaceful waterfall view while your children play in the peaceful waters of Coconut Cove’s resort-style pool with your loved ones.

In order to get the most out of Paradise Plunge, it is absolutely essential that you first enjoy some fun in the sun. Similarly, you can use a bodyboard to ride a wave generated by the Pipeline Paradise wave machine on a straight or curved wall.

Lover of racing and swimming? You can get it both at Rendezvous Run. Grab a mat, slide down head first, and race with your friends as you plunge down a series of hills into a splash-filled streak.

Things to do in King Island

Kings Islands’ hotels and amenities are another great way for visitors to enjoy their vacation, in addition to the many water rides and attractions available.

Camp Cedar’s luxurious cottages are the perfect place to recharge and reconnect with your loved ones. Enjoy a modern-day glamping experience in a well-appointed cottage. Because of the modern design and amenities available at Camp Cedar, you won’t have to worry about anything during your stay.

After a long but enjoyable day at Soak City Waterpark, relax in your own private cabana at Breakers Bay with up to six of your bestest pals. At Tidal Wave, you can also reserve a cabana and take advantage of the amenities and treats available inside.

Within walking distance of Kings Island, you’ll find a variety of food truck-inspired restaurants. There are also a number of exciting outdoor activities to look forward to.

Things to know before going to Kings Island

Tickets for general admission to Kings Islands can be purchased online for a low price. When you arrive, don’t forget to bring your printed tickets with you. Also, plan ahead of time because Kings Island does not offer rain checks or refunds in the event of bad weather.

If you plan on walking in, you’ll want to bring a debit card or Apple Pay with you because Kings Islands only accepts cashless transactions. No card or Apple Pay? No problem. You can use the free Cash-to-Card kiosks to get cash onto a card.

Outside food is strictly prohibited on the Kings Islands. Guest Services can be contacted ahead of time if you have special dietary requirements or need to feed an infant.

More theme parks in Ohio

Find the full list of outdoor water parks, indoor water parks as well as hotels and resorts with water slides near Ohio!


  • Which amusement park in Ohio have the biggest roller coaster?

    The Valravn roller coaster at Cedar Point nails the title of being the tallest, fastest, and longest “dive coaster” in the world.

  • What is the biggest amusement park in Ohio?

    Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, is the Midwest's largest amusement and waterpark complex.

  • What is the oldest theme park in Ohio?

    Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, opened in 1870, making it the state's first theme park and earning the title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World" along the way.

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