Surrounded by more family fun than you can possibly squeeze into one visit, it’s no easy task choosing where to begin your journey through Ohio’s Largest Playground. While there’s certainly no wrong way to kick off a Warren County weekend, one of the most popular is with a trip to two of the region’s wildest wonders–Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo.
We sent Laura Smith, a grandmother of three and founder of Michigan-based family travel blog, MichiganSavingAndMore.com, out to both awesome attractions to learn what it’s like to ‘Ride & Roar’ in Southwest Ohio.
One of the largest amusement and water parks in the entire Midwest, Kings Island marked the first stop on Laura’s Warren County journey, and proved to be an outing she and her family won’t soon forget.
Hitting the park bright and early, the Smiths plotted out their day as many families with young children do, first checking out its incredible selection of 15 roller coasters (including two world record breakers) before making their way to Planet Snoopy, a kids’ area named ‘Best in the World’ 15 years and running at the amusement park industry’s annual Golden Ticket Awards.
Once they’d wrapped up a morning full of wild rides, costumed characters, and delicious dining, they completed their Kings Island experience with visits to Dinosaurs Alive!, the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur attraction, and Soak City, the park’s enormous accompanying water park which is included in the price of admission.
In Laura’s words: “Kings Island and Soak City offer so much to do you could have fun for a week and probably not do everything.” (Read all about her Kings Island experience here)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Consistently ranked among the top zoos in the United States and located just a short drive south of Warren County, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden made for a full day of fun for Laura, her husband, and their three animal-loving granddaughters.
Wandering their way through the site’s incredible collection of more than 500 animals and 3,000 unique plant species, the Smiths shared as many laughs as they did learning experiences, making special stops along the way to meet and greet animals up close and in person as insightful zookeepers shared facts about everything from unique animal behaviors and eating habits to the best methods for washing down enormous Asian elephants.
Planning a visit of your own? Among the zoo’s annual highlights are Zoo Babies, which brings infant animals from the around the world to its exhibits each spring, and the Festival of Lights, a wintertime celebration that sees the zoo’s ground decked out in holiday lights and decor.
In Laura’s words: “The Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces…I highly recommend visiting and taking the kids or grandkids.” (Read all about her day at the zoo here)
Sound like your kind of getaway? Book your own Ride & Roar Family Vacation Package today and experience both Southwest Ohio standbys for one low price!