With their adrenaline-fuelled slides, splash pads, water playgrounds, lazy rivers, and other aquatic-based amusements, there are few more enduringly popular family attractions than water parks. And thanks to its humid climate, the Midwestern US state of Ohio is an ideal destination for donning your swimwear and heading to a fun-packed water park.
As well as a large number of outdoor water parks, Ohio is also home to several indoor venues too. If you’re coming to Ohio and would like to fit a water park trip into your itinerary, we’ve done some research and picked out 5 of the best indoor and outdoor options dotted across the state.
Situated in the city of Mason in southwestern Warren County, and spread across 35 acres of rolling wooded terrain complete with palm trees and white ocean sands, The Beach combines a scenic outdoor setting with a huge array of thrilling rides and attractions. Among the park’s highlights are an uphill water coaster, a mat racing slide, a speed slide, a wave pool, sand volleyball, a zip line, and an arcade.
2590 Water Park Drive, Mason / Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm Fri-Sun 10am-9pm
One of the world’s biggest indoor water parks, The Kalahari is a vast emporium to all things water-based and fun. Part of a popular guest resort, every imaginable type of aquatic slide and ride can be found here, including two surfing simulator rides, a water coaster, a lazy river, a bowl ride, a wave pool, body & tube slides, raft rides, a mat-racing slide, an interactive water play structure, activity pools, and whirlpool saunas. Day passes are available for non-resort guests.
7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky
Coney Island Park
Perched on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, this small outdoor water park is part of Coney Island amusement park. The park lays claim to having the world’s largest recirculating pool – the famous Sunlite Pool – which dates all the way back to 1925. An enticing assortment of water slides and other water-based attractions add to the captivating appeal.
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati / Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Closed Sat-Sun
Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky
One of two Great Wolf Lodge resorts situated in Ohio, the chain’s Sandusky venue offers resort guests access to a well-equipped, on-site indoor pool delivering fun for all the family. Perpetually popular features include tube slides, body slides, activity pools, two whirlpool spas, a lazy river, kids’ play areas, an interactive play structure with a tipping bucket, and an aqua rock-climbing wall.
4600 Milan Rd US 250, Sandusky
The Watering Hole at Monsoon Lagoon
A family owned and locally operated outdoor waterpark, The Watering Hole at Monsoon Lagoon in the city of Port Clinton caters for visitors of all ages and predilections. There are four water slides, a lazy river, bumper boats, put-put, go carts, and a swim up tiki-bar. Visitors can also explore the on-site zoo, including the chance to help feed giraffe, zebras, and kangaroos.
1530 South Danbury Road, Port Clinton / Mon-Sun 10am-6pm