For parts of five decades, it has been the premier entertainment destination in the Midwest for millions of families seeking the best in rides, shows and attractions, all in a magical setting: Kings Island.
Located off I-71, 24 miles north of Cincinnati and 36 miles south of Dayton, the 364-acre amusement and water park is celebrating its 45th anniversary season.
Since opening in 1972, Kings Island has worked hard to ensure a visit to the park is a vacation to remember for the entire family – the best day of the year. Kings Island provides memorable fun for visitors of all ages, from children to grandparents.
Kings Island offers a complete entertainment package and is divided into theme areas, each with a selection of rides, activities and food. Kids have their own area which has received a Golden Ticket as the “Best Kids’ Area in the World” 16 years in a row – Planet Snoopy (with rides like the Great Pumpkin Coaster, Snoopy vs. Red Baron and Woodstock Gliders) – while families and thrill-seekers have their own array of choices including 16 world-class roller coasters like The Beast (world’s longest wooden roller coaster), Banshee (world’s longest steel inverted roller coaster), Diamondback (230-foot-tall steel coaster that reaches speeds up to 80 mph), Firehawk (Ohio’s only flying coaster), Invertigo (only steel looping, forward and backward, face-to-face coaster in the Midwest) and new this year, Mystic Timbers, a 3,265-foot long wooden roller coaster that has opened to rave reviews.
Other popular family attractions include the Eiffel Tower (one-third scale replica of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France), Grand Carousel, White Water Canyon, WindSeeker, and the K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad.
When the action in the park becomes too hot to handle, guests can cool off in Soak City, a 33-acre waterpark. Soak City offers more than 50 fun and thrilling water activities for the whole family, from waterslides to children’s areas. Private cabanas, full bar facilities, family changing rooms, secluded shade-covered areas, and free use of inner-tubes are among the many amenities. Tropical Plunge, a seven-story tall slide complex featuring six different water slide experiences, is the star attraction in Soak City, which is included with park admission to Kings Island.
Kings Island’s thrills don’t end with the rides and Soak City. The park’s live entertainment is amazing too! The 2017 season features six live shows highlighted by “Back to the 90’s” in the Festhaus and “Origins: A Cirque Experience” in the Kings Island Theater.
Visitors to Kings Island can also step back in time to the beginning of the “Age of Dinosaurs” at Dinosaurs Alive! – the most immersive and comprehensive Mesozoic experience – and encounter the beasts that dominated the planet for over 180 million years. This multi-sensory and interactive experience is the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur park and brings not only insight into the new scientific discoveries concerning the appearance and behaviors of dinosaurs, but also features some of the latest finds including Mojoceratops and Kosmoceratops, both of whom were discovered in 2010. Dinosaurs Alive! is presented in spectacular outdoor setting, in order to feature the full life-sized majesty of gigantic sauropods such as Mamenchisaurus and the over 40-foot tall Ruyangosaurus giganteous.
Dinosaurs Alive! is not included with park admission to Kings Island. A separate admission fee is required to experience this major attraction for non-Gold and Platinum season passholders.
In the fall, Kings Island transforms into Halloween Haunt, the biggest, baddest and just plain scariest Halloween event in the Midwest. Countless numbers of terrifying creatures – vampires, werewolves, mummies, zombies, undertakers, clowns and assorted ghouls and monsters – will be lurking in the shadows and pathways around the park looking for victims during the fall event.
For families and children, there is The Great Pumpkin Fest in the fall that’s fun for guests of all ages.
Beginning November 24, Kings Island will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland full of enchantment and holiday cheer with the return of WinterFest. Guests will become immersed in the season’s spirit with spectacular holiday lights and décor, world-class live entertainment, luscious treats and fanciful experiences throughout the park.
Guests visiting Kings Island can save up to $22 off the front gate admission price when tickets are purchased in advance online through the park’s website at visitkingsisland.com.