Never-ending Fun At Ohio Amusement Parks

Whether you’re traveling with a carload of kids or it’s just you and the wife, Ohio offers a wide variety of fun and games in every corner of the state. One of the most famous Ohio amusement parks in the state is also one of it’s oldest: the Cedar Point Amusement Park and Resort in Sandusky, located on the southern shores of Lake Erie.

Open spring through fall, Cedar Point (known as the roller coaster capital of the world), boasts 17 rollin’, rockin’ roller coasters of varying speeds, heights, turns and enough spins to keep everyone screaming with joy. (Don’t forget to try Maverick- this roller coaster, voted the best of 2007, will leave a lasting impression on you). This theme park is a classic example of Ohio entertainment at its best. The Cedar Point amusement park offers something for young and old and everything in between. If you’re not up to the roller coasters, Cedar Point has more tranquil rides, as well as water rides, so not to worry.

As a matter of fact, native Ohioans are proud of the fact that Cedar Point, the most famous of all Ohio amusement parks, has been voted the Best Amusement Park in the world for eleven years in a row. With over 75 rides, it’s easy to see why it’s a perennial favorite with natives as well as visitors. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Castaway Bay or Challenge Park. Challenge Park offers miniature golf, go-kart racing and the incredible Ripcord Skycoaster (don’t ask). For other amusements in the northern part of the state, try Monsoon Lagoon or the Dover Lake water park.

For those visiting southwestern Ohio, why not spend a day or two at Paramount’s Kings Island? With over 80 rides, Kings Island is one of the largest in the entire Midwest, with over a dozen world-class roller coasters to choose from. Or waste the hours away at the Coney Island Amusement Park. Designed for family adventure, Coney Island offers multiple rides, including The River Runner and The Scream Machine. Ferris wheels, bumper cars and bumper boats, as well as good old-fashioned carousel rides offer all age groups and stomach temperaments something to do. A new ride, called The Twister, is planned for 2009. Whichever park you decide on, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of fun and the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of rides and attractions.

For a listing of Ohio amusement parks, contact the state of Ohio’s tourism website or check local resources such as Chambers of Commerce, city directories and amusement park websites throughout the Internet. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’re bound to find an amusement park that will keep everyone happy.

Ron Looker has lived in Ohio his whole life and helps promote tourism in the state. Learn about Never-ending Fun at Ohio Amusement Parks.