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Here’s Where You Can Splash Around At The Best Water Parks In Ohio

Originally published 6/13/17. Updated 5/23/19.

Ohio has no shortage of water parks.

Both Sandusky and Cincinnati are full of these hubs of aquatic fun and they all make the perfect day trip from Columbus!

I love riding roller coasters and shooting down water slides. But in the heat of summer, standing in line for a coaster can be painfully hot. That’s where water parks come in handy. Indoor water parks can be enjoyed year-round which is even better! And you don’t have to deal with sunscreen running into your eyes.

Whether you’re hoping to book an overnight stay, or just spend the day by the wave pool, here are 12 water parks in Ohio that will have you screaming with glee as you careen down a waterslide.

1. Kalahari Resorts

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 110 miles, 7000 Kalahari Dr. Sandusky, Ohio
Perks: Kalahari has great attractions both indoors and out, so no matter the weather, you’re going to have a blast. They also have a whole spa area that’s perfect for some relaxation while your spouse plays with the kids!

2. Cedar Point Shores Water Park

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 124 miles, 1 Cedar Point Dr. Sandusky, Ohio
Perks: The coolest part about Cedar Point Shores is that it’s at Cedar Point! If you’re an all-around fan of thrills, this trip is for you.

3. Coney Island Amusement Park

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 115 miles, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio
Perks: A massive pool, water slides, carvival rides, and fair foods. Coney Island has it all. You’ll be able to partake in just about every summertime activity in the book when you plan your visit, including the world’s largest hydro storm.

4. Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 85 miles, 6300 Kings Island Dr. Kings Mills, Ohio
Perks: Again, this is another great water park for adrenaline junkies. Spend some time at Soak City before you blow dry your hair by riding some high-speed roller coasters.

5. Zoombezi Bay

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 21 miles,
Perks: Start your morning off at the zoo before the temperatures start to climb. Once you’ve got your fill of baby polar bears, head over to the water park when the summer sun starts blazing in the afternoon. A ride in the lazy river is the perfect way to spend a Columbus summer afternoon.

6. Great Wolf Lodge


Distance from Downtown Columbus: 117 miles, 4600 Milan Rd. Sandusky, Ohio
Perks: If your kids are good swimmers, let them wear themselves out at the water park. Parens can enjoy a relaxing day at the spa and everyone can go to bed happy!

7. Castaway Bay

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 125, 2001 Cleveland Rd. Sandusky, Ohio
Perks: If you register your kiddo’s birthday for the free Castaway Birthday Club, they’ll have the chance to win a free day pass to the water park or other great prize bundles.

8. The Beach Waterpark

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 84 miles, 2590 Waterpark Dr. Mason, Ohio
Perks: I think that this water park has one of the coolest slides of all time. The Cliff drops you straight down for roughly three stories before you come gliding out of a tube at top speeds. It’s the red slide you can see in the picture above.

9. Monsoon Lagoon Watering Hole Safari & Waterpark

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 123 miles, 1530 S Danbury Rd. Port Clinton, Ohio
Perks: With a small zoo, the water park, go-kart speedway, and mini golf course, Monsoon Lagoon has something for the whole family to enjoy. They have has tons of summer events planned including several movie nights and even an adults only swim.

10. Clay’s Park Resort

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 115 miles, 13190 Patterson St. NW, N. Lawrence, Ohio
Perks: Clay’s Park Resort gives you the chance to enjoy some water-themed fun and outdoor adventures thanks to their camping and glamping areas.

11. Long’s Retreat Family Fun Restort

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 80 miles, 50 Bell Hollow Rd. Latham, Ohio
Perks: This water park sits on Long’s Retreat Lake which means that you won’t have to deal with chlorine burning your eyes and skin. They’ve got shelter houses where you can host a party, campgrounds where you can plan to stay a while, and a beach with real sand to wiggle your toes in.

General admission prices may vary due to age, height, thrill package, time of year, and day of the week. Please visit each water park’s website for more details. And most importantly, get out there and have some fun!

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