Things to do in Ohio with kids

Ohio is a melting pot of beaches, rivers, cities, mountains, museums - and the world’s largest Amish community!

Did you know that the WORLDS biggest coaster collection can be found at Cedar Point? Pretty impressive! Did you know you can experience an African Safari in Ohio? You can!

Want something else? Did you know that The Jump Yard is the largest indoor inflatable play land in the country? All in Ohio!

The state is filled with a rich history, from Columbus’ own Santa Maria, to the Century Village Museum. There is even an 1880s living museum at Slate Run, and real life castles with Piatt Castles. Castles!

Families and active kids have a plethora of activities to choose from across the whole state. Inquisitive kids will love attractions like Imagination Station, sports fans can enjoy places like Sluggers and Putters, and even the little kids get their own amusement park with Memphis Kiddie Park.

This gem in the heart of the Great Lakes is a great place to go with kids. There’s a reason 50% of the United States population lives within 500 miles of Columbus. They all want to be close to Ohio! 

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  • Cedar Point

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    Sandusky

    Over 75 awesome rides featuring the world's biggest coaster collection, including Maverick and Millennium Force. Plus family rides and kiddie thrills aplenty too!

  • Kings Island

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    Kings Mills

    Thrills and spills at the largest amusement and water park in the entire Midwest! With over 80 rides, attractions and shows, it's great fun for the whole family in Ohio.

  • Strickers Grove

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    Hamilton

    A family friendly amusement park open to the public four times in a year, with great activities for active kids - including roller coasters!

  • Wildwater Kingdom

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    Aurora

    Water fun galore in Aurora, with slides, thrills, kiddie activities, lessons and lots of family fun!

  • Zoombezi Bay

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    Powell

    Introducing a brand new 22.7 acre water park that occupies the former home of Wyandot Lake and then some! The park features 15 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy ...

  • Cedar Points Soak City

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    Sandusky

    Water fun galore in Cedar Point with thrills, spills, slides and rivers - perfect for the whole family in New Jersey!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Cincinnati

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    Cincinnati

    Where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park adventures, where it’s always 84 degrees, kids can have a blast with slides, play island, adventure river and more!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Columbus

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    Newark

    Gather your family and friends and come experience one of Ohio's Newest Indoor Water Parks. Join us for the day at CoCo Key Water Resort where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park ...

  • Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

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    Columbus

    Yee haw! 60,000 sq ft of wet and wild waterpark action with a western-themed resort setting....Jeepers!

  • Monsoon Lagoon

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    N Port Clinton

    A fun water adventure with go-karts and crazy golf!

  • Kalaharis Indoor Outdoor Waterpark

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    Sandusky

    Experience the LARGEST indoor waterpark in the USA at Kalaharis in Ohio! Outdoor activities seasonally.

  • Pioneer Waterland and Dry Fun Park

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    Chardon

    Family fun in Ohio, split into Water Fun Land, Kidsland and Sportsland, offering between them great entertainment to keep the kids happy, from six story high water slides to paddle boats, mini golf ...

  • Waterworks Family Aquatic Center

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    Cuyahoga Falls

    Cool off in Ohio with flume slides, water sprays, tube slides and a lazy river...just to name a few! Great waterpark fun for kids.

  • Baylor Beach Park

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    Navarre

    Nature's waterpark with tube slides, paddleboats, and water fun, as well as mini golf, and sports! Great family fun in Ohio!

  • Toledo Zoo

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    Toledo

    With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos it's also the regions top family destination! One of the many fun family places to visit ...

  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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    Cleveland

    One of Cleveland’s most popular attractions and foremost conservation organizations, with 3,000 animals representing 600 species.

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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    Powell

    A beautiful world of adventure home to more than 9,000 animals that are just waiting to be visited!

  • Akron Zoo

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    Akron

    When you visit the zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and Komodo dragons. One of the many fun ...

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    Cincinnati

    Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo's award-winning exhibits annually and was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was ...

  • African Safari Wildlife Park

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    Port Clinton

    Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!

  • Noahs Lost Ark

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    Berlin Center

    Noahs Lost Ark offer the chance to see and interact with some of the most amazing animals that inhabit the earth. Through tours offered to school children, groups and the general public, thousands of ...

  • The Wilds

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    Cumberland

    The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around ...

  • Wagon Trails Animal Park

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    Vienna

    Feed over 350 animals at this Ohio animal park!. Camels, zebra, bison, water buffalo, ostrich and antelope are just a few of the creatures from 6 continents you will experience on safari!

  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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    Cleveland

    Kids can get up close to the creatures of the ocean at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and learn about all the wonderful creatures, including sharks!

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

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    Peninsula

    - you will experience the fun and adventure, the romance and nostalgia of riding the train on one of the oldest, longest, and most scenic excursion railways in the country. One of the many fun family ...

  • The Santa Maria

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    Columbus

    In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies. Carrying him was the Santa Maria - and kids can visit this incredible replica!

  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

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    Nelsonville

    The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public.

  • Faith Ranch Riding Stables

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    Jewett

    A non denominational Christian Ranch Camp offering trail rides, riding lessons, camping, and lush surorunds for hiking and family exploration.

  • Perrys Cave Family Fun Center

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    Put in Bay

    Perrys Cave Family Fun Center is your family's next great vacation destination. Explore nature, learn history, reach great heights while having great family fun along the way! One of the many fun ...

  • Swings and Things Family Fun Center

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    An amazing year-round experience with two floors of games and prizes and attractions for everyone, with skeeball, bumper boats and an ice cream parlor!

  • Jump and Jacks

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    West Chester

    Visit the LARGEST multi-level play structure in Ohio, with play areas, a toddler room and interactive play floor. Inflatables play yard on limited availability.

  • Jump Stop Safari

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    Lebanon

    We have a mega-playground with 4 levels and two slides, 2 inflatables, cannonball air blasters, toddler area with trains, a virtual reality game system, and an arcade with prizes! The snack bar ...

  • Adventure Landings

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    Canton

    Dry play includes a bounce house, Obstacle Course, Super Slide, and Bungee Basketball, climbing wall and toddler soft play area. You can also use the swimming pool, either traditionally or in an ...

  • Sylvania Playland

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    Sylvania

    Features include 5 inflatables, 4 swing sets and a dedicated toddler area, plus 18 hole glow in the dark mini golf.

  • The Kangaroo Cave

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    Delphos

    Offering inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides; 9 hole safari themed glow in the dark mini golf; plus skill games. Please note limited public opening hours.