Amusement park fans have much to look forward to this summer, from new slides and coasters to birthday celebrations (The Beach Waterpark turns 25, and the Beast roller coaster turns 30).
The Beach is devoting an entire week to celebrating its 25th year. From July 20 to 26, it pays homage to its first year in business and revels in all things ’80s:music, movies and even a few ’80s prices.
In addition to The Beach’s 51 rides and attractions, you can also catch special events all summer. Every Saturday from June 27 to Aug. 15, you can bring your kids to a dive-in family flick. Every Friday from July 3 to Aug. 14 features the Surf Rockin’ Concert Series, which brings back the 1960s music of Dick Dale and the Beach Boys. Club Aqua night for teens is held every Tuesday from June 9 to Aug. 11.
When you’re ready for some land-based thrill rides, head a few miles south to Kings Island. Diamondback, the new $22 million steel roller coaster, is now the tallest and fastest ride at the park, reaching up to 230 feet high and 80 miles per hour. Also, take a ride on the still-prowling Beast, which maintains its claim to fame as the world’s longest wooden roller coaster.
And “Coney has it” if you’re looking for the world’s largest re-circulating swimming pool that holds three-million gallons of water. The four-chute, 45-foot tall, 1,400-foot long Twister opens Memorial Day weekend. The $2 million slide is the first major addition to Sunlite Pool in more than 30 years.
Coney Island’s park, which offers 22 rides, Moonlite Gardens and more, will also host several special events. The 8th Annual Ohio River Way Paddlefest, June 26 and 27, draws more than 1,500 people in a paddling trip. The 10th Annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow, July 3, features 20 hot air balloons illuminating the night sky and a grand finale fireworks display. You can also catch live shows, garden parties and dances at Coney’s Lakeside Pavilion and Moonlite Garden.