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Kings Island
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason
Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason
3.5 out of 5
2501 Great Wolf Dr, Mason, OH
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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 ...

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"Children had a wonderful time. Staff is nice and amenities are great!"…"

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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 CA $54 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

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 (993 reviews)
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"The property is mainly just old. It seems that there are a lot of "long term" residents in the backside of the property. The bed was very comfortable, the room was clean, the property itself, not so much. For the rate that I paid and the amount of time I spent in the room, I was ok with it. If I ..."…"

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Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Northeast/Mason
Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Northeast/Mason
3 out of 5
2511 Kings Center Ct, Mason, OH
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The price is CA $100 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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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
Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason
Super 8 by Wyndham Mason
Super 8 by Wyndham Mason
2 out of 5
5589 Kings Mills Rd, Mason, OH
The price is CA $54 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
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Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Northeast/Mason
Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Northeast/Mason
3 out of 5
2511 Kings Center Ct, Mason, OH
The price is CA $100 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
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Baymont by Wyndham Mason
Baymont by Wyndham Mason
2 out of 5
2793 Water Park Dr, Mason, OH
The price is CA $51 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Baymont by Wyndham Mason
Comfort Suites Kings Island
Comfort Suites Kings Island
2 out of 5
5457 Kings Center Dr, Mason, OH
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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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 CA $81 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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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 CA $51 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
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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 CA $74 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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The Best of North Cincinnati @ Kings Manor
The Best of North Cincinnati @ Kings Manor
Kings Mills, OH
The Best of North Cincinnati @ Kings Manor
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