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Who says Ohio can’t be exotic? Only 20 minutes outside the metropolitan bustle of Cincinnati exists a white-sand, refreshingly lush tropical getaway. And come winter, it transforms into a snowy white wonderland.

Situated in a highly competitive region for waterpark entertainment, The Beach, this year’s Class 13 winner, works to spotlight its uniqueness compared to other local parks.

Those seeking more adventure can plunge down several slides, while those looking for a quieter retreat can float down the Lazy Miami River or relax in the heated spa pool. For folks in a more local frame of mind, there’s karaoke, poolside movies and after-dark teen parties.

Also, despite competing with other local theme parks for employees, The Beach successfully completes its staffing requirements every summer. With 500 seasonal employees, The Beach emphasizes service and teamwork, which it says is responsible for drawing young people.

When the snow flies, The Beach transforms into the North Pole, complete with horse-drawn carriage rides, ice-skating and tobogganing. Who says you can’t enjoy The Beach in winter?