The park continued to grow in size and popularity and in 1997 the town of Mason, Ohio, annexed Kings Island. Today there are several amusement parks, hotels, and restaurants in the area for vacationing families to enjoy. There are also plenty of activities in the neighboring town of Mason, and Cincinnati is just 25 miles south of Kings Island, Ohio.
When is the best time to visit the Kings Island area?
The theme parks in Kings Island, Ohio, dominate the scene when it comes to activities. They are open on weekends from April to October and every day from May through August. This makes summer the peak time to visit. It also means, hotel rates will be higher and rooms will be harder to come by. If you are planning a family vacation, start early and you can still find some good deals, even in the summertime.
For families looking for winter fun, there are things to do in the area in the colder months. Beach Mountain offers the chance to go snow tubing from November to February and winter vacationers will find greatly reduced rates on hotels in the area. Plus, there is no better time to try some famous Cincinnati chili than on a cold winter's day.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Kings Island, OH:
Kings Island by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean rate patterns by star rating class in Kings Island, OH. You can use these line graphs to evaluate the most cost effective time period to book in Kings Island for upcoming travels.
What are the best luxury hotels in Kings Island, OH?
4 Star Average Prices: $109.64
If you are looking for a little more luxury and some high-end amenities, there are hotels in Kings Island that are ready to accommodate all your needs.
If you're traveling to the area with a family, Great Wolf Lodge has luxury suites to please both you and your kids. Many suites have large king-sized beds for the adults and cedar-wood bunk beds for the kids. Each room is well appointed and decorated in a rustic lodge style.
Oh, and of course there is the giant indoor water park that comes with any stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. The park features water slides and wave pools for kids of all ages, even a few of the big kids (adults) will enjoy. Play the day away at the water park and then retire to a beautiful suite. Order pizza for the kids from the on-site Hungry as a Wolf restaurant while the parents enjoy the lodge's Wine Down service, a food and wine pairing meant to relax you after a hard day of play.
If you're looking for luxury accommodation without the indoor water park, try the Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati/Mason. This hotel is located just 3 miles from all the excitement of the Kings Island theme parks, making it close enough for easy access to all the fun, yet far enough to enjoy peace and quietness.
This hotel has plenty of amenities like an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and offers on-site laundry services for those staying longer than a few days. It also has a bar and restaurant. After a long day of fun, just take a ride down the elevator to enjoy delicious food and drinks.
Where are affordable hotels near Kings Island, Ohio?
3 Star Average Prices: $102.75
Visiting Kings Island doesn't have to break the bank. There are several affordable hotel options in the area that will give you a good night's sleep and keep a few coins in the piggy bank as well.
The Super 8 Mason is a great choice for families looking for a comfortable place to stay. The hotel is clean and pleasant, and has some great amenities that make this the ideal choice for anyone looking to save a little bit of money on their lodging. There is a free continental breakfast, free newspapers in the lobby, and refrigerators and microwaves in each room.
Don't want to fight parking at the theme parks? You won't have any problems if you stay at the Super 8. The hotel offers shuttle service to all the theme parks in the area that drops you off right at the park entrance.
Another affordable option in Kings Island is the Microtel Inn & Suites Mason/Kings Island. This is a Wyndham brand hotel, so you are going to get high quality beds and rooms at a reasonable price. Besides the super comfy beds, the hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast, and complimentary newspapers during the week.
There is plenty of parking available at the Microtel Inn & Suites Mason/Kings Island within walking distance of Beach Waterpark and only a mile and a half from Kings Island. Leave your car at the hotel and walk, or grab an Uber to the park, so you won't have to fight for a parking spot.