5 Great Ways to Beat the Heat in Southwest Ohio

Blog by Scott Hutchinson

Summer may be one of the most beautiful and highly anticipated times of year in the Midwest, but let’s just face the facts: for every Popsicle, parade and firework finale, there’s a sweat-soaked shirt, sunburned shoulder and scalding hot sedan to match. Fortunately, that sweltering summer heat can easily be beat with a quick trip to Ohio’s Largest Playground®! Home to not one…not two…but three wild water parks, a beautiful recreational river and a sprawling crystal lake, Warren County is hands-down one of the coolest places to play when the weather starts sizzling. Here’s where to head for a break from the heat.

Kings Island’s Soak City
Kings Island may be more renowned for its record-breaking roller coasters, but the award-winning amusement park is also home to one of the Midwest’s wildest water parks. Boasting more than 50 water rides and attractions, including a 6-story, 5-slide wonder named Tropical Plunge, it’s a perfect compliment to the park’s already awesome lineup of attractions. Ready for the best part? Soak City admission is included in the price of your park ticket, so you’ll get two thrills for the price of one! That’s tough to beat.

Big Surf Wave Pool at The Beach Waterpark | Mason, Ohio

The Beach Waterpark
Just down the road from Kings Island sits another popular summertime spot, The Beach Waterpark. Home to one of the region’s most iconic water slides – The Cliff – plus dozens of other tropical attractions, it brings all the vibes of an island oasis to Southwest Ohio. As an added bonus, real sand beaches, palm trees and festive cabanas make it an awesome place to just sit back and chill even if you aren’t as wild about water slides.

Great Wolf Lodge | Mason, OH

Great Wolf Lodge
For those reaaally looking to escape the sun, or just looking for a new twist on the water park experience, Great Wolf Lodge welcomes guests to swim, splash, dive and slide their way through its enormous, 84-degree indoor water park. Featuring a wave pool, numerous tube and body slides and a towering, wilderness-themed water playground, the lodge also has an outdoor pool area for those seeking a little more sunshine.

The Little Miami Scenic River | Warren County, Ohio

The Little Miami Scenic River
Looking for something more on the natural side? The Little Miami Scenic River is one of only 156 rivers nationwide to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River by congress, and is just as much fun as it is beautiful! Kayak, canoe, raft or tube your way down a relaxing stretch of the picturesque Warren County waterway, or fish, hike or bike along its tree-shaded banks. Refreshing yet riveting, it’s the perfect blend of water-drenched fun and outdoor adventure.

Boating at Caesar Creek State Park | Waynesville, Ohio

Caesar Creek State Park
Tucked in the heart of northern Warren County, Caesar Creek State Park invites its nature-loving visitors to explore endless acres of scenic hiking trails, hunt for ancient fossils and spot an awesome array of native wildlife, but for the purposes of this article, it’s all about the lake. Sporting a beautiful marina and long recreational beach, Caesar Creek Lake welcomes outdoor explorers to swim, boat and fish its waters, and is also a popular spot for family gatherings and waterside picnics.

Ready to greet the summer heat with water slides and a dip in the river? Plan your Warren County fun today at!