Summer is just around the corner. Do you know how you’ll be spending it?
Ohio is a gold mine for water parks, both large and small. From massive indoor water parks to little-known lakes with water slides and splash pads, there’s likely a water park a short drive from your hometown. The following are 14 of our favorite water parks in Ohio—and you’ll want to visit each one this summer.
1. Kalahari (Sandusky)
America’s largest indoor waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio is truly massive. With both indoor and outdoor waterparks (as well as a Safari Outdoor Adventure Park), there's always something to do at the Africa-themed Kalahari Resort. You'll find it at 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870.
2. Water Works Aquatic Center (Cuyahoga Falls)
This northeast Ohio water park is a hidden gem for visitors and a favorite summer destination for locals. It features multiple water slides, a lazy river, spray fountains, a zero-depth entry pool and more. Water Works Aquatic Center is located at 2025 Munroe Falls Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.
3. Zoombezi Bay (Powell)
Across from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium you'll find one of central Ohio's favorite water parks. Zoombezi Bayfeatures several water slides, private cabanas, a lazy river and more. It's located at 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065.
4. The Beach Waterpark (Mason)
Near Kings Island Amusement Park you'll find another epic water park option. The Beach is a tropical themed water park with several slides, pools and other attractions. It's located at 2590 Water Park Dr., Mason, OH 45040.
5. Troy Aquatic Park (Troy)
Troy Aquatic Park features two large water slides, a drop slide, diving board, baby pool and an interactive splash area. It is located at 460 West Staunton Drive, Troy, OH 45373.
6. Long's Retreat Family Resort (Latham)
This southern Ohio family resort in Latham has transformed its swimming hole into a mini water park, complete with a splash pad, diving board and three water slides. It is located at 50 Bell Hollow Rd., Latham, OH 45646. Camp here and make a weekend out of it.
7. Soak City (Sandusky and Cedar Point)
Both Cedar Point and Kings Island feature a Soak City water park, where you can take a day to cool off after you've ridden every roller coaster you can stand to.
8. Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center (Tipp City)
This family friendly water park features a spray ground area, two water slides, diving boards and three different pools to accommodate all age groups. Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center is located at 225 Park Ave., Tipp City, OH 45371.
9. Great Wolf Lodge (Sandusky and Mason)
Both Sandusky and Mason are home to this family favorite indoor water park. With unique, themed rooms, you'll want to make a trip here a mini vacation.
10. Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark (Port Clinton)
With a zoo, putt putt golf, go-karts and other family fun activities on site, you'll have a blast at this little known water park, (which features multiple water slides, a lazy river and so much more.) It is located at 1530 S Danbury Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452.
11. Baylor Beach Park (Navarre)
This 2-acre water park lake in Navarre features tons of family fun. Make a mini summer vacation out of it and camp here as well. Baylor Beach Park is located at 8777 Manchester Ave. SW Navarre, OH 44662.
12. Beachwood Family Aquatic Center (Beachwood)
With water slides, a lazy river and multiple pools, you'll have hours of fun in the sun at this family favorite water park. It is located at 25125 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122.
13. Coney Island (Cincinnati)
This little known amusement park is also home to a little known water park in Cincinnati. Here you'll find multiple water slides and the famous "Sunlite Pool," which is the largest flat-surface swimming pool in North America. It is located at 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230
14. Splash Zone Waterpark (Springfield)
This western Ohio water park is a hidden gem that locals love. It features a splash pad, water slides and more. You'll find it at 300 Eagle City Rd., Springfield, OH 45502.
Have you been to any of these water parks? What’s your favorite water park in Ohio? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!