Ohio theme parks are some of the best in the world, with the biggest rides and even bigger thrills. But, these major tourist destinations can also be a major headache. From the lines to the ticket prices, a trip to the park is often easier said than done. So, if you’re planning an upcoming Ohio theme park vacation, keep reading for some tips and tricks that are essential to family survival.
Can Your Kids Handle It?
Certain rides may come with age restrictions, but theme parks don’t. However, just because you can take your three-year-old to Six Flags, does that mean you should?
Remember, younger children can really slow down the pace of the day as you make your way from the rides to the potty to the cafeteria and back to the rides. Smaller infants are often easier as they can be pushed in a stroller, but it also limits your options as a parent. However, before you take your kids to a theme park, ask yourself if they’re ready.
Have a Realistic Budget
A simple five day vacation to some of the best Ohio theme parks will cost you more than you might think. A family of four eating at restaurants, sleeping in hotels and paying for gas can easily work up a tab of well over $ 2000. So, be realistic about your budget.
Start saving by avoiding the pricey junk food stands and by toting plenty of healthy snacks, such as juice boxes, dry cereal and fruit, string cheese, and granola bars. Next, don’t buy items like sunscreen and film at park kiosks – the prices are generally higher than they’d be elsewhere.
Skip the Crowds
Finally, call the park you want to visit and ask for a vacation-planning guide and a map so you can plot out your plan of attack. In general, theme parks are laid out in a giant convoluted circle. Theme park vets will tell you that most people veer to the right after entering the gate – so go left and work your way through in a clockwise rotation.
You can also avoid the crowds by heading straight for the rear of the park and slowly work your way toward the entrance. While you make your way to the front, you’ll avoid the rush of people. Also, get a map of the park ahead of time and plan out your route the day before.
Say No to Ticket Lines
Most parks in Ohio allow you to purchase your tickets online in advance, meaning you can avoid the massive ticket lines at the start of the day.
Where to Go
The best known out of all the Ohio Theme Parks is the Cedar Point amusement park, the biggest park in the world. However, there are numerous others and multiple water parks in the surrounding area, such as King’s Island, Six Flags and SeaWorld. For more information, contact the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism for additional details about any of their parks and the various rides.