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It’s easy to see why Warren County is known as Ohio’s Largest Playground.
Play a Lot
Home to Kings Island, The Beach, and Great Wolf Lodge, all within one mile of each other. Kings Island has more than 100 rides, shows and attractions and an award-winning kids area. Plus visitors get super-soaking fun at Soak City Waterpark, a 15-acre water park, included with Kings Island admission. Right next door, Great Wolf Lodge's 79,000 square-foot indoor waterpark is always a comfortable 84 degrees. Just around the corner is The Beach Waterpark, which underwent $5 million in renovations in 2013.
Explore a Lot
For outdoor lovers, visitors can take eco-adventure to all new heights with a flight at Ozone Zipline Adventures. Ozone includes 11 ziplines reaching heights of 200 feet and speeds of 30 miles per hour and traverses over eight sky bridges. Soaring alongside the Little Miami State Park trail corridor, Ozone offers views of the Little Miami Scenic River and Bike Trail. Cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, rollerblading, backpacking, horseback riding and canoeing along the Little Miami Scenic River are also options for the adventurous. At nearby Caesar Creek State Park, explorers can enjoy geo-caching, fossil hunting, bird watching, hiking or fishing.
If exploring history is more your style, then a visit to Fort Ancient, North America's largest prehistoric Native American hilltop enclosure is a must-see. Or reconnect with history in Springboro where walking tours guide visitors to 27 historic homes and 14 documented safe houses from the Underground Railroad. Visitors can even spend the night in one of these historic homes with a stay at the Wright House Bed and Breakfast. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a documented Underground Railroad site, this home has one of the most authentic slave hiding places in Ohio. The Warren County History Center in Lebanon is home to one of the largest displays of Shaker artifacts in the country and contains many pieces preserved from Union Village, the first and largest Shaker community west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Shop a Lot
Waynesville and Lebanon -- rated one of the "Top Ten Best Places to Browse for Antiques" by USA TODAY -- are a must for antique lovers. Nestled in the heart of Warren County, these charming communities offer relaxing dining, historic B&B’s, more than 100 antique, boutique and specialty shops, museums, entertainment and more. More shopping fun awaits at Cincinnati Premium Outlets and nearby IKEA. For unique shopping, visitors can sample local fare at seasonal farmers markets or stop by one of Warren County's three massive flea markets.
Grown Up Getaways
Whether it is dinner and a show at La Comedia Dinner Theatre (one of the nation’s largest dinner theaters), golf at Shaker Run (named one of the "Best Places to Play" by Golf Digest), a sunset hot air balloon ride, or wine and beer tastings at Valley Vineyards, Warren County has grown-up fun year-round. And while in the county, visitors can expand their culinary horizons with a visit to one of the area’s locally owned restaurants.
Wildflower Café, a renovated 100-year-old home, offers organic cuisine made from locally grown foods. The family-owned restaurant stakes claim to "Best Burger" in Cincinnati as chosen by Cincinnati Magazine in 2010. Other local favorites include the historic Golden Lamb Restaurant & Hotel, Cobblestone Village Café, Hammel House Inn, and Village Ice Cream Parlor (featured in major motion pictures), just to name a few.
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