A stay at Kings Island Camp Cedar is the perfect complement to a visit to Kings Island Amusement Park.
Kings Island Camp Cedar can be a great place to stay for out-of-town guests AND locals who want a local staycation adventure.
I’m sharing more about what to expect from guests visiting the outdoor luxury resort for the first time.
My family from Michigan was in town to experience Kings Island Amusement Park for the very first time. This was the perfect opportunity to check out the new Kings Island Camp Cedar for two nights while they were in town.
The luxury resort’s opening date was in June of the summer of 2021 and as a Kings Island Ambassador, I was thrilled to share their first time at the park and at Camp Cedar.
Thanks again to Kings Island Camp Cedar for hosting our stay. All opinions are my own. This article contains affiliate links.
Stay Close to Kings Island Amusement Park
One of the best things about staying at Kings Island Camp Cedar is that it’s located less than a mile from Kings Island’s front gates.
It’s so nice to not have to travel far after a long day of fun at the park, especially if you have traveled to the area from out of town.
Lodging Options at Kings Island Camp Cedar
The hybrid resort offers 184 full-hookup RV sites and 73 deluxe cottage rentals. No tent camping is allowed at the resort.
Is There a Minimum Stay Requirement at Kings Island Camp Cedar?
There isn’t a minimum night stay requirement at Kings Island Camp Cedar with the exception of some peak times and major holidays.
ADA-compliant Features for Guests With Special Needs
- ADA-accessible parking near the entrance
- Sufficient parking space to allow a ramp
- Ramp access at all of the entrances and exits
- Unobstructed pathways from the parking lot to the entrance
How Old Do You Need to Be to Book a Cottage at Camp Cedar?
You must be 21 to book and check in for a cottage at Camp Cedar.
Full-Service RV Sites
Each of the full-service recreational vehicle spaces comes will full hookup capability including water, sewer, and electric.
Each RV site is on a level concrete or blacktop pads and there are sites available with different configurations to make it easier for RVs to pull through or back-in.
There are two different sections of the park with RV sites.
One is closer to the expressway side and has a bathhouse and playground.
The other RV site section is closer to the area with pools and lodges. I was told that many of the repeat RV campers have preferred sites on both sides of the resort.
It really comes down to preference and what you want to be closer to.
Each of the RV sites includes a picnic table and grill and most of the RV sites include a fire pit for guests to enjoy.
Bathhouse and 24-Hour Laundry Facility
I went inside one of the bathhouses near our cottage several times over the course of our stay and I found it to be very clean.
Each bathhouse also has a 24-hour laundry facility available for guests.
There are several bathhouses at the resort for guests to use including one by the pools.
It’s also nice to have a backup shower and bathroom option if you are staying in a cottage with multiple people trying to get ready at the same time.
What Are the Check-in and Check-Out Times?
Guests can check in at 2pm for RV sites and 4 pm for cottage rentals.
All check-outs for guests are at 11 am. If you do need a late check-out you’ll need to check with the front desk and there could be an additional fee.
Quiet hours in the resort are from 10PM – 8AM and 11PM- 8AM in the summer.
Beautiful Cottages at Kings Island Camp Cedar
If you prefer a glamping experience like mine, you may want to consider renting one of the cottages.
Additional Cottages to Rent at Kings Island Camp Cedar
There are plenty of options when it comes to cabins with different sleep capacities and various kitchen layouts.
Types of Cottages at Kings Island Camp Cedar Resort
- Hickory Cottage (sleeps up to 8 guests)
- Aspen Cottage (sleeps up to 8 guests)
- Mulberry Cottage (sleeps up to 4 guests)
- Sycamore Cottage (sleeps up to 4 guests)
- Birch Cottage (sleeps up to 4 guests)
Take a Tour of Hickory Cottage
The cottage comes with both heating and air conditioning so that guests can be comfortable during their stay year-round.
Cottage guests use a key card to enter the cabin. It does automatically lock so I would recommend having a few people keep a key on hand.
The front porch comes with two chairs and a side table perfect for enjoying your morning coffee.
Each cottage has one designated assigned parking spot. Additional vehicles can park near the welcome center.
Resort guests can transfer items to the cabin with ease with the two-wheel carts.
Inside the Hickory Cottage
The cabin felt more spacious inside than it looked on the outside with the high beam ceilings, continuous white walls, warm interior finishes, and lots of windows throughout.
The stairs to the loft can also double as storage for luggage during your stay for more floor space.
The kitchen at Hickory Cabin
The kitchen was stocked with modern appliances including a full-size refrigerator with an ice maker, electric stove, dishwasher, toaster, and coffee maker.
The additional amenities make it easy for families to feel at home during their stay with the basic cookware and dishes needed to make a meal.
If you need to stock up on food for your stay there is a Kroger grocery store less than 2 miles away at 5210 OH-741, Mason, OH.
I love that you can have an urban camping experience conveniently located within 5 minutes of the expressway, restaurants, and stores.
The eat-in kitchen bar makes it easy for kids to eat inside or you can utilize the picnic table outside for additional table space.
Sleeping Spaces in the Hickory Cabin
The Hickory Cabin can sleep up to 8 people. There is a private bedroom in the back of the cabin with a queen-sized bed and pocket door.
The main bedroom has built-in cabinets and a vanity.
When you slide the barn doors there is ample storage with racks to hang your clothes, a safe, and an ironing board and iron.
The loft area is a popular sleeping spot for kids. They love to climb up and down the ladder and have their special space tucked away.
I slept comfortably on the bottom bunk of the recessed bunk beds. I liked that each bunk had a little shelf and an outlet to make it easier to charge my phone at night.
The sofa also pulls out into a bed to sleep an additional 2 people.
There is seating on the couch during the day in addition to two stools located underneath the flat screen tv.
The Hickory Cabin has a full bathroom with a toilet and a large shower.
There were a few small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and a bar of hand soap provided in the bathroom.
Outside Hickory Cottage
Our cottage had a picnic table on a concrete pad and a charcoal grill.
Most sites do have a fire pit. I loved that our specific cabin had a gas fire pit. You can create fire with a touch of a button.
I would suggest packing camping chairs so that you can sit close to the fire.
There are outdoor wood fire rings at other campsites and firewood is available for purchase at the camp store.
Relax in the Hornbeam Lodge
Hornbeam Lodge holds the resort’s grand lodge and the welcome center connected to Ironwood Grill and Tap Room and Coyote Creek Camp Store.
There is cozy furniture for guests to gather and relax in front of the grand fireplace.
This is also a nice area for guests to gather to play games or watch a game.
Dining Options at Kings Island Camp Cedar
There are several dining options for resort guests onsite.
Ironwood Grill & Tap restaurant
During peak season the Ironwood Grill & Tap Room offers casual sit-down breakfast, lunch, and dinner inside Hornbeam Lodge or outside on the patio.
The diverse menu offers soups, salads, appetizers, pizzas, and more to pair with the variety of craft beers on tap.
We stayed during non-peak season and the restaurant opened at 11:30 am which allowed us to experience their menu items during lunch and dinner.
Guests can also order their meals to go or take advantage of the delivery service to their RV or cottage for an additional fee.
Ironwood Grill Menu Recommendations
If you are in the mood for Italian fare, Ironwood Grill has delicious pizza with toppings that can be split so that parents and kids are happy.
We enjoyed two separate meals with salad and pizza over the course of our stay because kids are always in the mood for pizza.
A few other recommendations are the potato skins topped with bacon, cheddar & Monterey Jack
cheese, scallions, and sour cream.
Their Fried Pickles are lightly breaded, fried and served with Cedar Sauce.
The Cedar Sauce is so good!!!
The Loaded Nachos are perfect for sharing topped with Chef Walt’s Chili, a blend of Monterey Jack & cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo, sour cream, and fresh jalapeno.
Be on the lookout for the campfire symbol on the menu to indicate Chef’s favorites.
There are local beers on tap in addition to wine and cocktails on the menu at the bar. My brother-in-law really enjoyed the beer from Sonder Brewing in Mason.
The bar area has a garage door that can open up allowing guests from the adult poolside to order and enjoy a drink without leaving the pool area.
Unique Dining Options at Belize Street
On Friday and Saturday nights during peak season, you can pick and choose food from the outdoor restaurant of your choice.
The outdoor cantina is inspired by food truck-influenced favorites.
- Fresh Tortilla features tacos and burritos.
- Route 66 features classic American favorites such as burgers, hotdogs, fries, and more.
- Urban Cow features soft-serve and hand-dipped ice cream and other sweet treats.
- Beach Box is a great spot to grab a drink.
Dry Bean Coffee Shop
Camp Cedar has a coffee shop on site located inside the Hornbeam Lodge. You can grab a cup of coffee or specialty coffee drink or pastry item to go.
Dry Bean also serves Dippin’ Dots if you are craving ice cream.
Coyote Creek Camp Store
You can find basic cooking supply needs at the Coyote Creek Camp Store onsite including supplies for S’mores. There is also firewood for sale if you have a fire pit ring at your site.
If you are shopping for a souvenir the camp store also has souvenirs, apparel, and some swimwear.
Grills for Guests
Guests can cook up their own meals on the outdoor grills at each RV site or cottage.
Deerfield Springs Family Pool at Kings Island Camp Cedar
Families will enjoy splashing around the heated 5,000-square-foot interactive pool with plenty of lounge areas for resort guests.
The expansive family activity pool is heated which makes it easier to actually get in the water to swim with your family.
There is a zero-depth entry to the pool for younger guests that also has a mini slide, water sprays, geysers, and bubblers.
There are several seating areas in the pool for adults to cool off and keep a close eye on their kids. Lifeguards are also onsite for the family pool.
The saline pool which has lower levels of chlorine than typical chlorinated pools is gentler on the eyes and skin.
Older kids will enjoy challenging each other to a game of water basketball.
There is a bathhouse next to the pool with an outdoor shower if you want to rinse off after a swim.
Kingfisher Landing Adults Only Pool at Kings Island Camp Cedar
Kingfisher Landing is an outdoor pool just for adults to relax.
The adult-exclusive pools stay open two hours later than the family pool and have plenty of lounge chairs and tables around the perimeter of the pool.
Next to the adult pool, you can enjoy poolside service at the outdoor bar.
The six-inch water-immersed sundeck makes it easy to work on your tan while staying cool. The heated pool makes a night swim inviting too and there is a gas fire pit for guests to enjoy.
Private Cabana Rentals at Kings Island Camp Cedar
If you prefer exclusive seating you can rent a private cabana by the pool.
The private cabana allows guests to relax in the shade with several seating options including two lounge chairs.
There is also a personal flat-screen television at each cabana in case you want to watch TV while you’re at the pool.
It was really nice to be able to enjoy our pizza poolside from our cabana and have a designated space to keep all of our belongings.
It’s also pretty easy to get in vacation mode with a pina colada in hand by the pool.
More Outdoor Fun at Kings Island Camp Cedar
Resort guests can take advantage of outdoor entertainment during their stay with unique amenities onsite.
Camp Cedar Resort Fee covers amenities and free high-speed wifi throughout the park.
Guests can opt to play pickleball or basketball on the large court. All of the game essentials can be checked out at the welcome desk.
There is a bocce ball court and a shuffleboard court located near the family pool.
The children’s play structure is also located near the family pool.
The entertainment destination also offers additional games and activities for guests near the family pool during peak season.
Check the Kings Island Camp Cedar special events page for more information on movie nights, happy hour, college football and Bengals watch parties, live music, S’more Scary Weekend, and Breakfast with Santa.
Check Out Games At the Welcome Desk
Thanks to Camp Cedar General Manager, Terrie Zajo for sharing the tip that guests can also check out additional games at the front desk.
She suggested taking Tower Ball back to our cabin when we had to leave the pool because lightning was spotted in the nearby area.
Take a Hike on the Little Miami Walking Trail at Kings Island Camp Cedar
There is a hiking trail for resort guests to enjoy that takes you through the woods and by scenic ponds.
The mile-long trail goes along the perimeter of the resort and is a nice option to enjoy nature and a change of scenery.
The cedar chips on the walking trail make the path easy to walk on without being too muddy or slippery even after it rains.
If you want to work out during your stay, you’ll find plenty of workout equipment to choose from in the fitness center.
Golf Cart Rentals at Kings Island Camp Cedar
Guests can rent a 4-seater gas-powered golf cart for their stay. A golf cart rental is a fun way to explore the 53 acres of land at a slower pace.
Golf cart availability is limited and guests can rent them ahead of time for their stay or at the welcome desk. You must be 18 to drive the golf cart.
Is King Island Camp Cedar Dog Friendly?
Camp Cedar currently welcomes well-behaved dogs traveling with RV guests. The dogs must be on a leash while on resort property. The cottages are currently NOT pet-friendly.
*Only authorized service animals are allowed in other areas of the resort.
There isn’t currently a designated dog park but there are plenty of areas to take your dog for a nice walk including the walking trail.
Watch the Kings Island Fireworks From Camp Cedar
Another perk of being down the road from Kings Island Amusement Park is that you can see parts of the firework and drone show without leaving the resort.
The playground is a great area to watch the firework show. There are a few picnic tables for adults to sit at nearby too.
Kings Island Deals for Camp Cedar Guests
There are a number of exclusive resort perks for Kings Island Camp Cedar Guests.
Camp Cedar guests can get early entry to Kings Island 30 minutes before the park opens to the general public.
This perk is exclusive to Kings Island Camp Cedar guests and Platinum and Gold Season Pass holders.
Resort Guests can also purchase Kings Island Amusement Park tickets for a discount.
Take the Complimentary Shuttle to Kings Island
You don’t have to bother with the hassle of parking after a long day of hair-raising thrill rides. Camp Cedar offers complimentary shuttles to and from the park continuously.
Special Events at Camp Cedar
If you are having a special event, family reunion, or corporate meeting the Terrace Banquet room is available for rent.
Ways to Save on Your Stay at Kings Island Camp Cedar
There are a number of exclusive resort perks including additional ways to save on your stay with the following packages, deals, and discounts.
- Kings Island Admission Packages
- Kings Island Haunt Packages
- Kings Island Winterfest Packages
- Super Summer Savings
- 4th Night Free (RV guests *check promo terms)
- Kings Island Passholder Discount
- Good Sam Discount
- Military Discount
- AARP Discount
Where is Kings Island Camp Cedar Located?
Kings Island Camp Cedar is located at 5158 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH in Deerfield Township within Warren County.
Local Attractions Near Kings Island Camp Cedar
Kings Island Camp Cedar is close to the following attractions and events:
6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH
There is plenty to do for all ages of riders and non-riders at Kings Island including splashing in their world-class water parks.
Younger kids will love the Peanuts Character appearances and rides at Planet Snoopy and older kids will enjoy the thrill rides and coasters. Read this comprehensive article to learn more about bringing a guest to Kings Island with special needs.
Kings Island admission is an included perk of Platinum Cedar Point annual pass holders.
1408 OH-741, Lebanon, OH
Western & Southern Open (Annual tennis tournament in August)
5460 Courseview Dr., Mason, OH 45040
Be on the Lookout For Future Expansions at Kings Island Camp Cedar
Small Brothers and Terra Firma Associates are the joint owners of Camp Cedar and there are exciting plans for an expansion to Camp Cedar that will transform vacant land into more sites for guests.
Kings Island Camp Cedar is managed by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company which also owns Kings Island Amusement Park through a unique partnership and licensing agreement.