Ohio has no shortage of fun places to cool off on a sunny day.
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 10 water parks in Ohio that will have you screaming with glee as you careen down a waterslide.
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
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.
Perks: The Natatorium has to be one of the coolest community waterparks around. The center offers a lazy river, a leisure pool, lap lanes, waterslides, and a hot tub. You don’t have to be a Worthington resident to enjoy this indoor waterpark, but you’ll have to buy a day pass to the community center to get in.
Location: 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!
Cedar Point Shores Water Park
Location: 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, and being on park grounds makes for a great weekend trip.
Coney Island Amusement Park
Location: 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.
Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island
Location: 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.
Great Wolf Lodge
Location: 4600 Milan Rd. Sandusky, Ohio
Perks: If your kids are good swimmers, let them wear themselves out at the water park. Parents can enjoy a relaxing day at the spa and everyone can go to bed happy!
Website: Great Wolf Lodge
Monsoon Lagoon Watering Hole Safari & Waterpark
Location: 1530 S Danbury Rd. Port Clinton, Ohio
Perks: With a small zoo, the water park, a go-kart speedway, and a mini golf course, Monsoon Lagoon have 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.
Clay’s Park Resort
Location: 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.
Long’s Retreat Family Fun Restort
Location: 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 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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