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Family Vacations: Paramounts Kings Island

Courtesy of Paramount's Kings Island Driving a Mini-Cooper has never been so much fun. The Italian Job Stunt Track at Kings Island takes you on a wild joyride.

Kings Island is a 364-acre amusement and water park with a number of rides based on Paramount films, as well as seven themed areas, two of which are designed for visitors of all ages. Located near Cincinnati, it boasts 80 world-class thrill rides, live entertainment stage shows, and attractions. Boomerang Bay, a huge Australian-themed water park, has 30 slides for kids of all ages.

Areas for younger kids include both Nickelodeon Universe and Hanna-Barbera lands with a variety of Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants-themed attractions, as well as the Rugrats Runaway Reptar, the world's first suspended roller coaster designed for younger children.

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Older children will like The Beast, a legendary ride that's been called the best wooden roller coaster in the world by ride aficionados. On a roller coaster ride based on The Italian Job, guests board their own Mini-Cooper cars and peel off on a thrilling excursion based on sequences in the movie.

Paramount's Kings Island Information

Address: 6300 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island, OH

Telephone: 800/288-0808

Hours of Operation:

  • Apr.-Oct.: Hours vary

Admission: Adults, $34.95; children $29.95

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Ohio State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Ohio, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.

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