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3 reasons to go to Kings Island this weekend

There is lots happening at Kings Island this Memorial Day weekend. Here are three things to know:

1. FREE MILITARY WEEKENDS

May 27-30

Kings Island is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S military during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and then again over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. A valid military ID must be presented at Kings Island to take advantage of this offer.

Military personnel can also buy admission at a special price of $29.99 for up to six family members.

2. CIRQUE EXPERIENCE

Opening May 28: Let It Rock and Origins – A Cirque Experience

An all-new musical revue featuring tunes by rockers Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and more will be featured on the Festhaus stage this year. “Origins – A Cirque Experience,” showcasing strength, balance and athleticism will open at Kings Island Theater.

3. SOAK CITY OPENING

Opening May 28

Kings Island's waterpark Soak City opens this weekend. Tropical Plunge, a complex of six different water slide experiences towering nearly seven stories in Soak City Waterpark will make its debut.

Three of the slides on the 65-foot tall complex start with guests climbing inside an Aqua-Launch chamber, which will send them into a high-speed free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. It promises to be fast and furious and something guests haven’t seen before.

Tropical Plunge also features a slide that will send riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before they’re released out into a pool of water and dueling 337-foot long tube slides that zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns.

Admission to Soak City is included with regular park admission.

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