Where would you look to find the most fun, family friendly amusement parks in the United States?  Florida?  California?  If you are looking for award-winning coasters, thrilling water parks and exciting attractions, look no further than The Buckeye State.  Ohio offers many fun, family friendly and affordable venues that offer big thrills.  If creating unforgettable moments and lifelong memories for your family is the goal this summer, take a trip to Ohio and discover a few of the following attractions for yourself:


  • Cedar Point Amusement Park-- Sandusky Ohio, on the banks of Lake Erie, is the home of Cedar Point Amusement Park.   Opened in 1870, Cedar Point has a long history of innovation for thrill seekers.  Always staying on the cutting edge, Cedar Point boasts some of the fastest and tallest coasters in the U.S.  Not to worry, if coasters aren’t your idea of a good time, there’s fun for the entire family.  The park includes several non-coaster thrill rides, as well as Planet Snoopy for the younger kids.  In addition, Cedar Point offers Soak City Water Park to help beat the heat on hot summer days.


  • Kalahari Resorts-- Also in Sandusky Ohio Is Kalahari Resorts. This water park has the pride of being the largest indoor water park in America!  In addition to exciting slides and pools, Kalahari provides an uphill water coaster and a dual indoor surfing simulator.  As if this weren’t enough, you can opt to stay on site at the African-themed resort hotel, take advantage of their outdoor water park and try your hand at an adventure park featuring zip lining and ropes courses.


  • Kings Island Amusement Park --Traveling South on I-71, Kings Island lies just North of Cincinnati.  Guests know they are in for a good time as they come upon the enormous replica of the Eiffel Tower.  This park has bragging rights for the longest wooden roller coaster in the world (The Beast) as well as several inverted rides that keep excitement seekers coming back for more.  Want to take a break from head-spinning rides for a while?  Take the time to visit the both amazing and thrilling, animatronics dinosaur exhibit – it’s worlds largest!  For the family on a budget, Kings Island offers Boomerang Bay where entry to this adjacent water park is included, at no additional cost, with paid park admission.


  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/Zoombezi Bay--Looking to take a breather from roller coasters and thrill rides?  Columbus, Ohio is the home of this famous zoo and water park combo.  Many people will recognize the zoo director, “Jungle Jack Hanna”, who makes regular appearances on many late night T.V. shows.  The Columbus Zoo is awe-inspiring with a 100,000 gallon coral reef exhibit, one of the largest collections of reptiles in the U.S., and the breath-taking Asia Quest exhibit.  Add the 22.7 acre water park Zoombezi Bay Water Park and this Central Ohio attraction has something for everyone.  Zoombezi Bay features a wave pool, state-of-the-art water slides, and an H20-thrill ride option that promises to launch riders uphill.


By now, it’s obvious that Ohio offers many exciting and family friendly amusement parks to families and thrill seekers of all ages.  Don’t stop there: while touring The Buckeye State, don’t forget to check out the many great and varied restaurants for which this state is known.