5 Must-See Attractions at Kings Island #KIFirstTimer

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Living in the Midwest all of my life, Kings Island has been an amusement park that my family has frequented for years. I grew up in Indianapolis and we would drive the 2 hours one way several times each summer to visit Kings Island. With great rides like the classic Racer, to newer rides like the Banshee, Kings Island has literally something for everyone.The RacerWe recently had friends come to town from Louisiana and I thought Kings Island would be a wonderful way to show them a bit of Ohio they had never seen before. We woke up bright and early and loaded up the truck to head to Kings Island.Kings Island BoundSince we are local, my daughter has a Season Platinum Pass that allows her access to the park all season long. With the season pass comes a few perks including:

  • Unlimited Summer Visits
  • Unlimited Soak City Access
  • Unlimited Halloween Haunt Visits
  • Free Parking
  • Early Ride Times
  • Early Entry to Soak City
  • Food & Merchandise Discounts (10%)
  • Bring-A-Friend Discounts
  • All Cedar Fair Parks Access

The best part is, you can make monthly payments on this pass, so you don’t have to pay all at once if you can’t do so. The pass has so many benefits, if you live locally or remotely close, you will earn your money back in just 2-3 visits to the park.

You can see the excitement Kings Island has to offer even from the highway as you approach the park. All of the coasters, rides and even their infamous Eiffel Tower. Kings Island At a GlanceKings Island Entrance


As we heading into the park, you can see how much fun and excitement Kings Island offers. After a quick stop to measure the younger ones and determine what rides they are tall enough to ride, we heading right to the Action Zone to take a trip on The Banshee. KI EntranceBanshee


After taking a few trips on The Banshee and The Bat, we headed to The Festhaus to grab a bite to eat. Kings Island offers so many choices of food. From local tastes like Skyline Chili and LaRosa’s to things like Chick-fil-A, Auntie Anne’s, Subway and more. You can find something hot and savory, or cool off on a hot summer day like we did with their famous blueberry and vanilla ice cream cones.  I loved that the Festhaus had a live, interactive show with performers that danced and sang songs from classic hits to today’s top artists.Hollywood Nights ShowOne of my favorite things about Kings Island is the Souvenir Drink Bottles. They offer two different kinds, the all-day long bottle (green) or the all-season long bottle (orange). The green drink bottle allows free refills all day long with first bottle purchase (wrist band included). The orange allows you free refills all season long (no wrist band required). This will save you tons of money, especially on hotter days.Kings Island Souvenir Drink Bottle


After lunch, we headed over to Planet Snoopy to give the kids a chance to enjoy some of the rides. With fun rides like Woodstock Whirlybirds to The Great Pumpkin Coaster, Kings Island Planet Snoopy has so much to offer kids and adults alike. KI Planet Snoopy Planet Snoopy Snoopy Woodstock WhirlybirdsYou can even take the kids for some live animal interaction at Snoopy’s Barnyard Friends. A Petting Farm with more than 60 animals for guests of all ages to learn about and interact with, including rabbits, sheep, goats, alpacas, miniature horses, steers, pot bellied pigs, and additional exotic animals. Kings Island Petting ZooIf thrill rides and the kids area aren’t enough, Kings Island also has family rides that are great for everyone. We enjoyed taking a ride on Boo Blasters. Somewhat like laser tag, you ride along in your car, shooting your Boo Blaster zap ghosts and skeletons throughout the ride. Boo Blasters


After a thrilling afternoon of adventure and excitement in the park, we headed over to Soak City Waterpark for some fun pool time and water slides. From the wave pool to Tropical Plunge, you can literally spend an entire day at Soak City Waterpark alone and have a splashing good time. 13603514_10208768078033372_7784776759235544730_oKI Tropical Plunge Castaway bay 13559197_10208768074273278_2268518891580362354_o 13580534_10208768076473333_5105726431711319716_o 13584853_10208768076433332_8945942459908634688_o 13558877_10208768074193276_4932152610238786443_oWe enjoyed our day at Kings Island Amusement Park and my friends, who were truly Kings Island first-timer’s had a blast. The park has so much to offer, you really need to visit it several times to see all of the great attractions, shows, rides and great food.



One feature we didn’t get to visit, but are sure to see when we head back this summer is Dinosaurs Alive! It gives you the chance to interact and explore with over 65 dinosaurs and more.Dinosaurs Alive

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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9 thoughts on “5 Must-See Attractions at Kings Island #KIFirstTimer

  • It has been ages since we have been to Kings Island, I will definitely have to keep this in mind for when we go again. Thank you for sharing.

  • We love Kings Island. The fast passes are SO expensive, but IMO, so worth it!!

  • This is an awesome place to vacation my grandaughter would love ii.So many things to do.

  • A few friends of mine always go to Kings Island! I’ve never been there but now I want to go more than ever!

  • My daughter is a season-ticket holder to Cedar Point/Soak City in Sandusky, but I didn’t realize it included King’s Island, as well. I would love to bring my granddaughters down for a visit, thanks for thorough review!

  • I’ve never been. When I was a kid I enjoyed amusement parks. Not so much now. I don’t like crowds and the rides scare me.

  • Wow so many great things to do. It looks like you guys had such a wonderful fun day. I know this is something my grandchildren would just love doing. I wish we lived close….

  • Wow a season’s pass to a place like this is sure to have a summer chock full of fun and good memories. So many great rides!!!

  • We had so much fun at King’s Island! The kids are already talking about going back next year.

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