Kings Island

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Kings Island featuring rides and a sporting event

This award-winning amusement and water park in Mason has more than 80 thrilling rides and attractions.

Kings Island is one of the most visited amusement parks in the Midwest. The eight entertainment areas include a 33-acre (13-hectare) water park called Soak City. Take your pick from 13 roller coasters and many more rides, which cater to all ages.

For some of the biggest thrills head to Rivertown with its Wild West theme. Board the park’s adrenalin-inducing roller coaster, Diamondback, reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour (almost 130 kilometers per hour). The Beast’s wooden track is one of the longest in the world with a 540-degree helix tunnel for a final plunge.

More thrills can be found in the aptly named Action Zone. The Delirium lifts you high into the air at fast speeds, as if you were sitting on a giant Frisbee. You’ll find a rotating 315-feet (96-meter) Drop Tower.

For kid-sized thrills, board the Railroad trip, ride dodgem cars or get a scare in Boo Blasters on Boo Hill. And there are many more adventure rides to keep you swinging, rolling, gliding and rattling all day.

Admire a gold-plated carousel dating back to 1926 in International Street. Enjoy views from the park’s replica Eiffel Tower that is one-third the size of the original in Paris. Keep young children entertained with the rides in Planet Snoopy.

Check out Soak City on a hot day. The water park has wave pools and several water slides to cool off in.

There are more than 35 food and drink outlets around the park. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet and blue ice cream.

Kings Island is in Mason, 24 miles (39 kilometers) northeast of Cincinnati. Paid parking is available, or take a Metro bus from downtown Cincinnati. The park is open from late April until late October, with longer operational hours in summer. Opening days and hours vary throughout the year, so check times on the park’s website. You can also get a substantial discount by purchasing tickets online. Be aware that many attractions have a height requirement.

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Super 8 by Wyndham Mason
Super 8 by Wyndham Mason
2 out of 5
5589 Kings Mills Rd, Mason, OH
The price is $49 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Mason, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Beach Waterpark and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Kings Island. Lindner Family Tennis Center and Kings Mill Trailhead ...
3.3/5 (914 reviews)
"We always stay here when going to Kings Island. Affordable and near the park. Never had any issues staying here."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

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Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason
Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason
3.5 out of 5
2501 Great Wolf Dr, Mason, OH
The price is $180 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
This family-friendly Mason resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kings Island and Beach Waterpark. Kings Mill Trailhead and Lindner Family Tennis Center are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (813 reviews)
"We had an amazing time!"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

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Comfort Suites Kings Island
Comfort Suites Kings Island
2.5 out of 5
5457 Kings Center Dr, Mason, OH
The price is $71 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Mason, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beach Waterpark and Kings Island. Kings Mill Trailhead and Lindner Family Tennis Center are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (955 reviews)
"Hotel was clean , beds were comfortable"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

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Super 8 by Wyndham Mason
Super 8 by Wyndham Mason
2 out of 5
5589 Kings Mills Rd, Mason, OH
The price is $49 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason
Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason
3.5 out of 5
2501 Great Wolf Dr, Mason, OH
The price is $180 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
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Comfort Suites Kings Island
2.5 out of 5
5457 Kings Center Dr, Mason, OH
The price is $71 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Northeast/Mason
3 out of 5
2511 Kings Center Ct, Mason, OH
The price is $125 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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Tru by Hilton Mason Kings Island
Tru by Hilton Mason Kings Island
2.5 out of 5
2720 Waterpark Drive, Mason, OH
The price is $82 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
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Baymont by Wyndham Mason
Baymont by Wyndham Mason
2.5 out of 5
2793 Water Park Dr, Mason, OH
The price is $51 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Mason/Kings Island
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Mason/Kings Island
2 out of 5
5324 Beach Blvd, Mason, OH
The price is $55 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Hampton Inn Cincinnati/Kings Island
Hampton Inn Cincinnati/Kings Island
2.5 out of 5
5323 Beach Blvd, Mason, OH
The price is $73 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Kings Island Loft with Brewery, River, Bike Trail
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