Kings Island, located 24 miles NE of Cincinnati just off of I-71, offers 364 acres of family fun, including 41 rides and 14 coasters. However, the area around Kings Island offers more to do than just riding a "coaster." There are museums, golf courses, water parks, historic sites, and lots more near the park. Read about the many attractions near Kings Island.
Located about 15 minutes from Kings Island, along I-75, Cincinnati Premium Outlets offers more than 100 outlet retailers, including Coach, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. The mall is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cincinnati Premium Outlets
400 Premium Outlets Drive
Monroe, OH 45050
Located in the shadow of Kings Island, the Lindner Family Tennis Center hosts the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament also known as the Cincinnati Masters tournament, which is held each August. The facility features four permanent tennis venues, the only facility except for the four grand slam venues to have more than two. The center court stadium seats 11,400 spectators.
Lindner Family Tennis Center
5460 Courseview Dr.
Mason, OH 45040
The Kings Island Golf Center, located in the shadow of the amusement park, features both an 18-hole championship golf (designed by Jack Nicklaus) and a nine-hole family course. The center is also home to a Senior PGA tour event and offers all of the features of a country club.
Kings Island Golf Center
6042 Fairway Drive
Mason, Ohio 45040
Tee Times/Proshop: 513 398-7700
A part of the Kings Island complex, the 35-acre Soak City features more than 50 water attractions, including more than two dozen slides, a tropical lagoon, surfable waves, five children's' pools and a 650,000-gallon wave pool. Soak City is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and admission is included in the Kings Island admission price.
6300 Kings Island Drive Kings Island, OH 45034-0901
Located less than a mile from Kings Island, The Beach Waterpark features 35 acres of lush, wooded landscape (even palm trees) and an array of water features, including three pools, 11 slides, and three children's' pools. The park is open from mid-May through Labor Day. Hours vary by month.
The Beach Waterpark
2950 Water Park Dr.
Mason, OH 45040
Located about 20 minutes from Kings Island, Fort Ancient State Memorial is a partially-reconstructed SunWatch Indian village. The SunWatch was a mound-building culture, descended from the Hopewell tribe. They populated present-day southern Ohio, southeastern Indiana, northern Kentucky and West Virginia from around the early 1st century to the mid-18th century.
The 764-acre park and 100-acre Fort Ancient Memorial feature more than 3.5 miles of earthen walls, a museum of Ohio Indian culture and miles of hiking and biking trails.
The Fort Ancient Site, a part of the Ohio Historical Society, is open Tuesday through Sunday from April through November and on Saturday and Sunday from December through March. Admission (2013 prices) is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children age 5 and younger. Discounts are offered to AAA members and members of the U.S. military and their dependents.
Fort Ancient State Memorial
6123 Ohio 350
Washington, OH 45054
The town of Lebanon, located about 20 minutes away from Kings Island, is a popular regional tourist destination. The town has a fine history museum, a historic downtown shopping districts with antique stores and art galleries, and a host of late 19th-century Victorian-style homes. Lebanon is also home to the Golden Lamb Inn, Ohio's oldest inn built in 1803, as well as the Warren County Fair and the annual Applefest, held each September.