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Splish, splash, you can go taking a bath at any of these area waterparks. From outdoor parks such as The Beach and Boomerang Bay, to indoor shots of H2Ohhh at Great Wolf Lodge and Co-Co Key, there are any number of options — even ones for a rainy summer’s day. Some are perfect for the little tykes, such as the shallow Sunlite Pool, and some are even free, such as the spraygrounds found at some Hamilton County parks:
Beach Waterpark
2590 Waterpark, Mason
(513) 398–7946
This 35-acre water park features Aztec Adventure, the Midwest’s only “water-coaster”; the five-story Cliff waterslide (voted among the nation’s top-l0 water attractions by the readers of Inside Track magazine); Banzai racing slide; Typhoon Twist body flumes; a Volcanic Panic thrill slide; Riptide inner-tube ride; the Hidden Rapids gnarled tube ride; Watusi, an enclosed, double helix tube; the Snake River Rapids tube adventure; Twilight Zoom (a black, enclosed — and dark — tube ride); the Pearl waterfall and spa area; the Thunderbeach wave pool; and the Lazy Miami River tube ride for those who like slow rides.

Jolly Mon Shores is a 10,000-square-foot water-and-sand area just for the little squirts. Splash Mountain is 30,000 gallons of heated water just for children 4 feet tall and under. For older children, there’s Emerald Bay, which includes a lily-pad walk, cable-pulley ride, rope bridge, and monkey bars suspended over water. Add to this the ambience of 100 live palm trees and 2,600 tons of sand. In addition to its many rides and attractions, The Beach boasts a number of summer events that keep guests coming back throughout the season. One of the most popular happenings is Dive-in Movies. On Saturday nights in July and August, guests gather to watch family-friendly movies on a large screen positioned above the Kahuna Beach Wavepool. Each summer, Teen Dance Club gives teenagers another reason to come to the park. Every Tuesday night, The Beach hosts a teen-only party at The Pearl with music and MTV-style contests. And Sunday afternoons featurelive reggae.

The park is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day beginning at 10 a.m.; closing times vary through the season, though it’s generally 9 p.m. Single-day admission is $27.99 for adults, $10.50 for children under 48 inches tall and seniors. If you go late, the rate is $15.50 for adults after 4 p.m. Season passes are $79 per person.

Boomerang Bay
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason
(513) 754–5700

Boomerang Bay, the 15-acre waterpark adjoining Kings Island, offers more than 50 water activities including 30 waterslides, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers, three family activity areas, careening waterfalls and a 36,000-square-foot wave pool. Five-star amenities including lounge chair-side waiter service, cabanas, full bar facilities and family changing rooms.

The water park is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day beginning at 10 a.m. and generally closing at 7 p.m. Boomerang Bay is free with Kings Island park admission, which is $45.99. Season passes are $89.99.

CoCo Key
11320 Chester Road, Sharonville
(877) 211-6311
Located by the Sheraton Cincinnati North, CoCo Key is a 50,000-square-foot waterpark featuring a Key West theme, waterslides, whirlpools and a play island. Attractions include the Shark Slam, a body slide with slamming curves; Gator Gush, a full-speed splashing body slide with banked turns; Barracuda Blast, a raft ride that blasts riders through a series of curves, and Pelican Plunge, a raft ride that ends in a scream-inducing splash. Other features include Parrot’s Perch Play Structure, an interactive play island with slides for younger children with a water canon and a huge bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water every few minutes; Coconut Grove Adventure River, a tube ride through the water island; Dip-in Theatre children’s pool with shallow water to float in while enjoying movies and animation on a movie-size projection screen; Coral Reef Cavern, with lily pads and water basketball with a colorful coral reef backdrop, and the Palm Grotto Spa featuring giant indoor/ outdoor whirlpools.

Waterpark hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Hotel packages at the Sheraton Cincinnati North begin at $169 per night and include four day passes. A limited number of non-hotel guest day passes are available at $20 each ($25 on Saturdays).

Great Wolf Lodge
2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason
(513) 459-8885
Great Wolf Lodge is a 78,000 square-foot indoor water park, one of the nation’s largest. The gigantic facility offers visitors six pools and 11 water slides, two body slides, three tube slides, four kiddie slides and a water roller coaster ride. The Lodge’s Cub Club keeps the imagination of kids afloat with a variety of arts and crafts, while the Northern Lights Arcade lets them play all the new and classic video games. The Lodge also features MagiQuest, a new live action adventure game. Mixing fairies, dragons, magic and treasure, it’s described as a high-tech interactive scavenger hunt. Players accumulate higher powers as they charge through this Renaissance-themed fantasy, solving riddles and hunting out clues as their magic wand signals for special effects and records their accomplishments. The magic wand is $14.99. Cost of each game day is $9.99.

The hotel and waterpark are open daily. Packages range $169 to $699.

Sharon Woods Park
11450 U.S. Highway 42,
(513) 563–9484
Admission to the water park, which includes an elephant fountain and different kinds of boats, is $1; it’s open the same dawn-to-dusk hours as the park. Admission to the park is free, provided you have a $1 daily parking pass or a $5 annual Hamilton County Park District pass.

Sunlite Pool
6201 Kellogg Avenue,
Anderson Township
(513) 232–8230
Sunlite Pool at Coney is billed as the world’s largest recirculating pool, and features a 500-foot waterslide, and a 180-foot water coaster. Sunlite Pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. It’s $19.95 for a combo pass to both Sunlite Pool and all the mechanical rides, or $10.95 for just Sunlite Pool and $10.95 for a ride pass. A single season pass is $115, and a family season pass is $395.