Whether it’s the rush of looping upside down or riding at a world-record pace, there are many great attractions in Ohio to feed your need for excitement. With Cedar Point celebrating its 150th anniversary and Kings Island introducing a new roller coaster, 2020 is the year to visit one of these parks!
From family-friendly water parks and amusement parks in Ohio to world-class race courses and heart-racing thrill rides, we’ve got a bit of everything an adrenaline junkie could want.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020, Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky continues to draw thrill-seeking crowds from around the world. For its sesquicentennial, the park will be introducing a new nighttime spectacular, a river adventure ride for the entire family and many nods to the park’s history.
Speed junkies will enjoy the park’s Steel Vengeance, the world’s first hyper-hybrid roller coaster. Standing at a height of 205 feet, this steel-on-wood hybrid coaster starts with a stomach-in-your-throat 90-degree drop, tops out at 75 miles per hour and features nearly 30 seconds of airtime — the most of any roller coaster on Earth.
Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there. This iconic theme park also features 71 amazing rides of all different speeds, including 18 world-class roller coasters like the record-breaking Valravn dive coaster, the high-flying Gatekeeper, and the speedy Top Thrill Dragster.
Once known as Soak City, the park also provides a newly-revitalized water park now called Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. This 17-acre park has lots to like including the four-rider Storm Surge slide, the five-story Portside Plunge and the six-story aqua drops known as Point Plummet.
Located In Mason, Kings Island features a dozen roller coasters appealing to every level of adrenaline seekers.
Opening in 2020 is Orion, Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster. Orion is only one of seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.
If you want something a little more tame, ride one of the trains that roll side-by-side on The Racer, or push past 50 miles per hour on Mystic Timbers, the 109-foot-tall wooden roller coaster that races through forest terrain and features 16 thrilling airtime moments.
In for a lot of twists and turns? Ride the Invertigo, the only face-to-face inverted coaster in the Midwest. Sit across from your friends and watch them scream in delight as you speed through three inversions heading forward, then reverse and do it backward!
And if you prefer wet and wild fun, Kings Island’s Soak City water park features over 50 water activities including thrilling water slides like the free-falling Tropical Plunge.
Part of the to the less-thrilling, but just as awe-inspiring Columbus Zoo facility, Zoombezi Bay is a 22-acre water park in Powell.
Spanning 22 acres with 17 water slides ranging from mild to wild, Zoombezi Bay is a great place to cool off while also getting your fix of thrilling high-speed rides. New in 2020 is the Croctail Creek & Sandbar, an adults-only experience with a swim-up bar, heated lounge pool and lazy river.
One of the park’s premier attractions is the Python Plunge. Known as Central Ohio’s only “water coaster”, this ride actually pulls you uphill for about 10 seconds, accelerating you at high speeds before plunging you back down into a 70-foot-long landing pool.
You’ll also find great thrills in rides like the Cyclone, which shoots you into a cone-shaped funnel, and of course lots of animal-themed slides like the Slippery Seal body slides, the Dolphin Dash, and Big Boa Falls.
Thrilling visitors to Southwestern Ohio for more than 100 years, Coney Island truly is a one-of-a-kind amusement park in Cincinnati. If you like a little nostalgia with your thrills, this park — which opened in 1886 — is the place for you.
Over the years, the thrills have changed, but the concept remains the same, provide some good old fashioned family fun.
You won’t see tons of towering roller coasters at this theme park, but what you will find is a variety of classic thrill rides like The Scrambler, The Tilt-A-Whirl and plenty of other, spinning, dropping fun.
The park’s Sunlite Water Adventure does provide some speedy slides worth checking out, including The Twister and the Pipeline Plunge, which drops riders and their tubes 45 feet at high rates of speed.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
If you prefer your speed a little more intense — and a bit less high-flying — Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, is the perfect Ohio attraction for you. Here you can get behind the wheel and fuel your adrenaline rush by handling high-performance vehicles.
The Mid-Ohio School features exciting programs for wannabe racers in a safe environment that maximizes driving and riding time while developing the skills of participants of all levels. The school offers classes on two and four wheels with everything from Defensive Driving classes for teens to High Performance and Racing classes to Performance Track Riding classes for motorcyclists.
And if watching high-speed excitement is more your style, there’s plenty of great Mid-Ohio racing events throughout the year. You’ll find events with vintage sports cars and motorcycles, car shows and even world-class racing action from the Indycar and NASCAR Xfinity Series here.
More thrill rides in Ohio
Those looking to throw caution (and themselves!) to the wind can experience the ultimate thrill ride with one of several places offering skydiving in Ohio. Depending on where your Ohio getaway takes you, spots like Cleveland Skydiving Center and Skydive Greene County in Xenia offer this one-of-a-kind “bucket list” thrill.
Zip lining in Ohio has also become a popular pastime for visitors seeking some speedy fun. There are many great options here, including Valley Zipline Tours in Hocking Hills, Common Ground Canopy Tours in Oberlin and Wild Zipline Safari at The Wilds animal preserve in Cumberland.