Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue,
Anderson Twp.
(513) 232–8230
Coney Island offers a 50-foot freefall Scream Machine, a family steel roller coaster dubbed the Python, Dodgems, Grand Carousel, Scrambler, Tilt-a-Whirl, Frog Hopper and more. New for the 2008 season: A Euro-Bungy (think four trampolines inside a geo dome), a Turtle Parade kiddie ride, and Raging River, a swinging pirate ship. Pedal-boat trips and bumper boats on Lake Como are a popular attraction for teens. And the park has a mini golf course and a Ferris wheel.
Coney Island rides are open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. $19.95 for a combo pass to both Sunlite Pool and all the mechanical rides, or $10.95 for just a ride pass.

EnterTrainment Junction
7379 Squires Court, West Chester
(513) 898-8000
“All aboard!” for EnterTrainment Junction. It’s touted as the only railroad-themed entertainment center in the world as well as the largest indoor interactive train display to be found anywhere. The $10-million attraction covers 80,000 square feet: “Main Street USA” is the facility’s Disney-esque entrance, with a village square, antique gaslights, a 1930s train depot and small-town shops. “Junction Journey” features 90 G-scale trains from three historical eras and a thousand smaller model trains, all running on two miles of landscaped track. There’s also the American Railroading Museum, a Train Expo Center loaded with artifacts and collectibles, a kids’ play area and a Walk-Thru Maze themed to certain holidays.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (noon to 6 p.m. Sundays). $9.95 for adults, $8.95 seniors, and $7.95 children. Walk-Thru Maze is an additional $6 ($8 during the Christmas and Halloween seasons).

Kings Island
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason
(513) 754–5700
If you’ve been to Kings Island before, don’t be confused by all the new ride names; the new owner, Cedarfair, had to drop the movie themed names when they bought the park from Paramount Pictures. Hence, Italian Job, an interactive stunt coaster, is now the Backlot Stunt Coaster. Face/Off, a suspended, floorless coaster (a face-to-face inverted thrill ride racing at 55 mph through three 70-foot loops, forward and backward), is now Invertigo. Tomb Raider: The Ride, a multisensory adventure in which park guests explore a tomb before strapping into the only possible vehicle of escape, is now The Crypt. And Top Gun, a steel suspended ride, is now Flight Deck. Other mainstay coasters include Adventure Express, a runaway mine-train ride; The Beast, the world’s longest roller coaster; Flight of Fear, an indoor linear induction coaster with a 54 mph takeoff; the Racer, two coasters running on matching dual tracks (this season, both will run forward, not forward and backward); Son of Beast, the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster; Vortex, a steel looping coaster with six inversions; Delirium, a spin-and-swing ride that rockets riders 137 feet in the air and also sways them in a 240-degree arc, and the 315-foot-tall Drop Tower, the world’s tallest free fall. Firehawk, the only flying roller coaster in the state, is the park’s newest attraction, sending riders on a 51-m.p.h. sky dive.
The park is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend starting at 9 a.m., but rides don’t start until 10 a.m. Closing times vary. $29.99 per day, $45.99 for a two-day pass.

Krazy City
Tri-County Mall
11700 Princeton Pike, Springdale
(513) 386-9907
One of Cincinnati’s newest indoor theme parks, Krazy City features 50,000 square feet packed with amusement park rides such as the spinning Tornado, bumper cars and kiddie swings, arcade games, mini-golf, bowling, and a Speedway go-cart track. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. $19.99.

Stricker’s Grove
11490 Hamilton–Cleves Road, Ross
(513) 738–3366
Even many long-timers don’t know about the region’s “other” amusement park, Stricker’s Grove. This private park — opened in 1924 — is open to the public two days each summer: the Fourth of July and the second Sunday in August. There are 16 midway rides, including a Ferris wheel, carrousel, Scrambler, Flying Scooters, Tilt-a-Whirl and the only two wooden roller coasters in Hamilton County, the Tornado and the Teddy Bear. $7 (all rides included as well as free soft drinks and parking).

1050 Cincinnati Mills Drive
Cincinnati Mills Mall, Forest Park
(513) 671–0100
WonderPark is a 22,000-square-foot complex that stars a two-story indoor roller coaster. The family entertainment center features a rain-forest theme and 100 amusement rides, video arcade games, softplay area, and more, geared to children ages 2 to 12. It’s open every days from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., except on Sundays, when hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $1 to $2 per ride.

Look for our Summer Fun section next month, with a guide to waterparks such as The Beach, Boomerang Bay, Co-Co Key, Great Wolf Lodge, Sharon Woods Sprayground, Sunlite Pool and more.