Play Like a Local: Award-Winning Fun in Warren County

One of the best ways to get the most out of traveling is to fully immerse yourself in the culture of your destination. When in Rome–do as the Romans do. When in Warren County–play, play, play!

Each year, Warren County residents (and frequent visitors) let their voices be heard, nominating their favorite local attractions for the annual Best of Warren County Awards. Don’t miss these award-winning favorites on your next visit to Ohio’s Largest Playground!

The Beach - Mason, Ohio

The Beach – Mason, Ohio

The Beach
White sand, wild waves, real palm trees and 40+ rides and attractions not only make The Beach a summertime standby in Warren County, but also earned the Mason, Ohio water park Best of Warren County nods for “Best Outdoor Adventure” (2010) and “Best Hangout for Teens” (2013). In 2014, they added winter-themed rides and activities which are collectively known as “Beach Mountain”.

Bonnybrook Farms
Down-home food, fun and festivals earned this 370-acre Clarksville, Ohio farm recognition as the county’s “Best Fun for School Age Kids” in 2013.

Caesar Creek State Park - Waynesville, Ohio

Caesar Creek State Park – Waynesville, Ohio

Caesar Creek State Park
Home to more than 43 miles of hiking trails,  65 species of plants and wild birds, and a sprawling recreational lake, Caesar Creek State Park earned “Best Outdoor Adventure” honors in 2013.

Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve
The largest and best preserved prehistoric hilltop enclosure in the United States, Fort Ancient’s 2,000 years of Native American lore made it the local pick for “Best Place to Explore History” in 2012.

The Golden Lamb Restaurant & Inn
History meets modern cuisine at this charming Lebanon, Ohio landmark. Named Ohio’s most iconic restaurant by Yahoo! in 2014, The Golden Lamb has also snagged “Best Place to Explore History” (2010, 2011 and 2013) and “Best Date Night” (2013) in the Best of Warren County Awards.  Their prime rib sliders have also been honored with “Best Dish” (2012 and 2013).

Great Wolf Lodge - Mason, Ohio

Great Wolf Lodge – Mason, Ohio

Great Wolf Lodge
An elaborately decorated, wilderness-themed hotel, Great Wolf Lodge’s extensive indoor and outdoor water parks, interactive children’s activities and  numerous dining options earned it Warren County’s “Best Fun for School Age Kids” award in 2011.

Irons Fruit Farm
Named Warren County’s “Best Place for Family Fun” in 2010, Irons Fruit Farm sells fresh strawberries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, and more while also offering seasonal hay rides and corn mazes.

Kings Island
Home to record-breaking roller coasters, a state-of-the-art water park, the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur attraction, and a kids’ area named Best in the World 14 years and running, it’s no wonder Kings Island has also staked claim to a pair of Best of Warren County Awards. The Southwest Ohio standby won both “Best Fun for School Age Kids” and “Best Hangout for Teens” in 2012.

La Comedia Dinner Theatre - Springboro, OH

La Comedia Dinner Theatre – Springboro, OH

La Comedia Dinner Theatre
One of the nation’s largest professional dinner theatres, La Comedia’s unique blend of culinary and musical arts earned it a “Best Date Night” win in 2012.

Ozone Zipline Adventures
2011’s winner in the “Best Hangout for Teens” category, Oregonia’s Ozone Zipline Adventures takes outdoor adventure to new heights, sending guests soaring 200 feet above the Little Miami Scenic River.

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