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7 waterpark adventures a short drive from home

Looking to make a splash? Here’s a roundup of some of the best waterparks within a short drive from home for a day of fun with your love, your friends or the whole family.

THE BEACH WATER PARK

The Beach Waterpark 2018 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

Description: The 35-acre park includes a heated wave pool, a 600-gallon dump bucket, 22 water slides, 2,600 tons of white sands, over 150 live palm trees and more than two million gallons of water to splash in.

Location: 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason (Warren County)

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Open: Operating hours vary by day and throughout the season. Check here.

Attractions: 

Admission: $28.99 for general admission, $22.99 for military, $19.99 for seniors and $23.99 for children under 48’’ tall, free for ages 3 and under. You can save up to $4 by purchasing your ticket online.

Parking: $10

Least-busy days: Mondays through Thursdays; check website for hours. Closes Sept. 8.

Tickets/information: 513-398-7946 | Website

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CONEY ISLAND

Description: This park located along the banks of Lake Como, has both water and land rides that’ll thrill kiddos, teenagers and adults alike. 

Location: 6201 Kellogg Ave., 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Open, Sunlite Pool: Open through Labor Day. Hours vary, so check here.

Attractions: Pool cabanas, a 3-million gallon pool (with slides and diving boards), typhoon tower (equipped with 73 interactive play stations), water slides, as well as thrill rides.

Admission: $21.95 for general admission, discounts for children and seniors available. Tickets available for just the Sunlite Water Adventure and the Rides and Attractions only; check website for pricing.

Parking: $9

Least-busy day: Tuesdays

Tickets/information: at the park and online; 513-232-8230 | Website

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GREAT WOLF LODGE

At both Ohio Great Wolf Lodge resorts, the focal point is the 1,000-gallon tipping bucket adorning the top of Fort Mackenzie. CONTRIBUTED

Description: The indoor water park features water slides and a four-story treehouse with water sprays.

Location: 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason (Warren County)

Open: daily, year-round

Admission: must be an overnight guest; rooms and suites available

Parking: free

Least-busy days: midweek

Information/reservations: 513-459-8885, 1-800-913-9653 | Website

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KINGS ISLAND’S SOAK CITY WATERPARK

The new Tropical Plunge at Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island made its debut May 28. The amusement park complex continues to be a major tourism attraction in Warren County.

Description: Open through Labor Day, the waterpark at Kings Island opens with its offerings more than 100 rides, including 15 roller coasters (and the Beast, the world’s longest wooden coaster), and Soak City, a 33-acre waterpark.

Location: 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason (Warren County)

Soak City (free with Kings Island park admission): operating hours vary; click here for details

Attractions: 17 different slides, bays, plunges, rivers and twists to get your adrenaline pumping as you cool down in the water.

Single priced tickets: Single day admission tickets can be purchased on the Kings Island website for $44.99 each — a considerable savings off the front gate price. You can also purchase a two-day ticket (the second day an additional $17) and an after 4 p.m. admission ($32). These prices not include applicable taxes and fees.

Parking: $15 online or $18 at the gate

Least-busy day: Wednesdays

Tickets/information: online, at the park and participating AAA and Kroger locations; 513-754-5700 | Website

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WAKE NATION CINCINNATI

Description: The water-sports complex offers wakeboarding, water-skiing, knee-boarding and wake-skating without the use of a boat. Riders are pulled on a 10-acre lake at 18 to 20 mph by an overhead cable-pulley system.

Location: Joyce Park, 201 Joe Nuxhall Way, Fairfield (Butler County)

Open: Open through Sept. 30 Friday through Sunday noon to 7 p.m

Attraction: Super trampolines, giant waterslides, and ninja features coming soon.

Admission: $32 for two hours, $35 for four hours, or $42 for an all-day pass; free for spectators; equipment rental available. Additional cost for Aqua Glide Waterpark. Group discounts also available

Parking: free

Least-busy day: Tuesdays

Tickets/information: available on-site; 513-887-9253 | Website

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ZOOMBEZI BAY

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Description: A 22.7-acre water park — adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium — features 17 water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas and a kiddie play pool.

Location: 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell (Delaware County)

Open: Open through Labor Day. Daily, operating hours vary; click here for details

Admission: General admission, $34.99, children 3-9 and seniors, $26.99, children under 3 free. Get up to a $5 discount by purchasing your tickets online.

Parking: $10

Least-busy days: weekdays

Tickets/information: available at the park, AAA, Columbus-area Kroger stores and online; 614-645-3550, 1-800-MONKEYS | Website

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