This is splashdown weekend in Ohio.

Ohio’s water parks officially open for business and the chance for daredevils to try out some new slide attractions typically found at larger parks in out-of-state resort areas.

Kings Island is debuting its new additions to its Soak City Waterpark.

The new attraction is the Tropical Plunge that stands nearly seven stories tall and boasts six different new water-slide experiences.

Three of the slides are not for the faint of heart.

Riders first have to climb to the top of the 65-foot tall complex. Then, if they are brave enough, they climb inside the Aqua-Launch chamber.

Once inside the enclosed tube, they wait for the floor to literally drop out from underneath their feet.

They then plunge down a high-speed — almost vertical — free fall through a series of loops and S-curves inside a translucent flume. The ride ends in a big splash at the bottom of the slides.

The Tropical Plunge also features a slide that sends its riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute that has four 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before releasing its rider out into a pool of water, and dueling 337-foot long tube slides that send riders through a series of drops and turns.

With the new addition, Kings Island’s Soak City Waterpark has 36 slides, two wave pools, two coves, a lagoon and an action river. Admission to Soak City Waterpark is included with park admission to Kings Island.

Cedar Fair, which owns Kings Island and Cedar Point, did not add any attractions to its Wild Water Kingdom water park in Aurora this season. Like Soak City, Wild Water Kingdom opens for its season this weekend.

Situated on the former Sea World side of Geauga Lake, the park boasts three pools, including a giant-wave pool, a lazy river, a kids water play structure and 15 water slides.

Cedar Point General Manager Jason McClure, who is also charged with overseeing the Aurora water park, said Wild Water Kingdom remains a nice regional attraction for Northeast Ohio families, and there are no immediate plans for changes at the park.

There is a cool new water slide feature this summer at Zoombezi Bay, a water park run by the Columbus Zoo.

The SoundSurfer, King of Beats, is the new name of the park’s renovated five-person raft ride that now includes LED lights, speakers and a mist-filled splashdown. Riders get to pick from eight musical experiences from disco to country.

The water park was once a Six Flags property and is adjacent to the zoo.

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547. Visit his Airtime amusement park blog on Ohio.com.