Located twenty-two miles from Downtown Cincinnati, Mason, Ohio is the picture of urban growth and rapid development that began in the mid-1990s. With a motto that translates to "more than you can imagine," this city has proven it can match the hustle and bustle of larger surrounding cities. Dubbed one of CNN's top 100 places to live in 2008 and 2011, Mason locals enjoy the peace of rural life on the outskirts and the excitement of an affluent urban life within the city limits.
In 1803, Mason was founded by William Mason, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. However, back then, the city only stretched for 640 acres, which is now Downtown Mason. The founder originally named the city Narnia. Upon hearing this tidbit, some people think he named Mason after the fantasy land in C.S. Lewis' children books. However, the city's Narnia name was introduced a century before the books were published. The city became known as Mason after 1835. It remained a small farming community until its official incorporation as an Ohio city in 1971.
Mason began with a mere 431 people in a township in the 1850s. Now the city boasts well-over 30,000 residents, and it receives almost the same number of out-of-state visitors annually. There are numerous shopping and dining options available to locals and visitors alike, as well as entertainment experiences, like water parks, amusement parks, and historic museums.
Mason is home to Kings Island on Kings Island Drive. The amusement park is the largest in the Midwest United States. Featured are over 40 thrill rides, like Delirium and Diamondback, as well as family-friendly rides, like Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, the Grand Carousel, Congo Falls, and Scrambler. There's also a themed kiddie section called Planet Snoopy, where young children can enjoy rides like the Kite Eating Tree, Linus Beetle Bugs, and Charlie Brown's Wind Up.
Soak City, their on-site water park, is open through the summer. In preparation for Halloween throughout October, Kings Island transforms into the Halloween Haunt, a spookier amusement park in the evenings. The thrill rides operate into the dark, while several haunted houses and mazes, complete with well-trained scare actors, are strategically placed throughout the park. Other annual events at Mason's Kings Island are Military Appreciation Days, the 4th of July Spectacular, Feast of Nations, and Grand Carnivale.
History buffs will love Mason's historic museums, like the Mason Historical Society Alverta Green Museum. Set back from West Church Street, this museum is inside a beautifully restored Ohio home. The architecture, both interior and exterior, are 1890 Victorian, with décor, like era-appropriate furniture and household items, to match. Tours allow you to hear stories and legends about Mason's history, and there are often commissioned events here by local historians.
Ohio is considered the Midwest, right in the middle of everything southern, northern, and otherwise. This means Mason's cuisine is a collision of different cultures, and the restaurants are often themed to whatever sounds good to your palate. The Wildflower Café, for instance, is ranked number one in Mason as the best local restaurant. The dining experience is upscale, the atmosphere is minimalistic and pleasant, and the homemade dishes include farm-to-table options and a great selection of local wines.
Other food options in Mason, Ohio include Traditional American fare, like the salad bar and homemade mashed potatoes of Houston Inn restaurant, or the perfectly grilled prime rib from Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. For dessert or a summertime snack, head over to Tucker's Whippy Dip. This shake shack serves up ice cream sundaes, smoothies, milkshakes, and more. This dessert option is cash only, so be prepared.
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