10 Fun Things for Non Riders to Do at Kings Island

You don’t have to be a fan of thrill rides to enjoy a visit to Kings Island Amusement Park.

There are still plenty of things to do and entertainment options for non-rider guests at Kings Island of all ages.

Top Things for Non-Riders to Do at Kings Island

Non-riders at King Island can still enjoy a day at the park and have a great experience. 

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1. Relax at Soak City Waterpark

Soak City offers adventures for all thrill levels. Non-riders can simply enjoy laying out in the sun. 

If you enjoy a more laid-back experience, lounge by one of the wave pools, relax in the lazy river, and join in a game of sand volleyball.

Admission to Soak City is included in your general admission to King Island which gives you two parks for the price of one.

Train ride at Kings Island

2. Ride the Train

Save a few steps to Soak City by taking a ride on the KI & Miami Valley Steam Engine Train… or just enjoy some time off your feet and learn more about the park during a relaxing ride.

The train has two stations (Soak City) and Losantiville located near the exit of Mystic Timbers in the Rivertown section of the park.

Rides on the train last about 10-15 minutes if you make a full loop depending on stops and the number of trains on the track that day.

View from the top of the Eiffel Tower at Kings Island Amusement Park e1531411003897

3. Enjoy a View From Above

Experience a birds-eye view of the park from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower at Kings Island is a one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

You can take an elevator up to the top of the observation platform of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the park that is beautiful both day and night.

games at Kings Island

4. Play a Game

One of our favorite areas to spectate is at the 3 Point Challenge area located next to the Backlot Stunt Coaster.

Kings Island also has lots of carnival-style games in the Coney Mall section of the park along with an arcade.

There are also fun games for kids at Planet Snoopy and there are games in the Rivertown section of the park.

Petting zoo at Kings Island amusement Park

5. Visit the Petting Zoo

Animal lovers will be greeted by lots of furry friends at Snoopy’s Barnyard Friends petting farm.

Guests can interact with miniature horses, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, alpacas, and my favorite to watch, the goats.

Cirque show at Kings Island

6. Watch a Live Show

Kings Island offers several performances throughout the park. One of our favorites for the past several years has been the Cirque show at Kings Island Theater.

The stunts and acrobatics by the performers typically make my heart skip a beat and everyone leaves the theater in amazement afterward.

If you love to watch a performance you can be entertained while you dine in the Festhaus or catch a live show at the Bandstand.

Animal lovers will want to check out “Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show Challenge” that features several rescue dogs who can do amazing tricks in a show that’s non stop fun.

(This is one of my husband’s favorites)

Tower Gardens

7. Walk the Tower Garden

Located steps from the base of the Eiffel Tower, the Tower Garden is a nice spot to relax and admire some of the beautiful landscaping at the park.

There are plenty of benches in this area and it tends to be one of the less populated areas of the park.

Shops at Kings Island

8. Find the Perfect Souvenir

There are keepsakes for all styles and ages if you want something to bring home to remember your visit.

If you are feeling extra adventurous check out the wild flavors of cotton candy inside The Sweet Spot shop on International Street.

Some of the most unique cotton candy flavors are chili pepper, cake batter, and ranch.

Funnel Cake sundae at Kings Island

9. Enjoy a Sweet Treat

Share a funnel cake sundae with a few of your closest friends or visit Planet Snoopy for a famous blue ice cream cone.

If you need an extra boost of caffeine, opt for a sweet specialty drink at the Starbucks on-site.

Fireworks at Kings Island

10. Watch the Fireworks Show

No visit to Kings Island Amusement Park is complete without a Fireworks Show that is synchronized to music.

It’s the perfect way to end a magical day at the park!

More Information

You can plan your next visit and find more information from the King Island website. 

Kings Island Amusement Park

Disclosure: I’m a Kings Island Ambassador which means that I share my love for the park and enjoy perks and behind the scenes access.

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9 thoughts on “10 Fun Things for Non Riders to Do at Kings Island”

  1. As my kids have gotten older, they haven’t really been ready to ride the huge rides yet so this is a great list! With us living so close, we love to just go for a show and some food on days we don’t want to do rides!

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