Looking for a fun and inexpensive family getaway close to Columbus? Enjoy indoor waterpark fun for the price of a hotel room at Comfort Inn Splash Harbor in Bellville, about an hour from Columbus. With room rates starting at less than $100 depending on the season, it’s an affordable trip that offers 2 days of fun. Comfort Inn Splash Harbor is the perfect stay for a birthday, holiday, family reunion, or an inexpensive summer, winter, or spring break getaway near Columbus!
My family was invited to check out Comfort Inn Splash Harbor recently, and our kids had such a fun time! Not only do our kids love staying in hotel rooms, but there was a fun indoor water park right outside of our window! It was great to not have to worry about the weather or applying sunscreen, which makes this a perfect year-round getaway!
On the day of our arrival, we drove 15 minutes further into Mansfield to spend a few hours at the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum.
This hands-on children’s museum is geared towards ages 2-10, and there’s so much for kids to do! Our kids could have spent all day there without getting bored! Two stories of exhibits encourage exploration with art, science, transportation, and imagination play.
After we left the museum, we walked one block to the Richland Carousel Park for a few spins on the beautiful hand-carved carousel. Ride tickets are just $1 and are less expensive when you buy more. With 52 figures and several benches to ride on, we were able to get off and get right back on, even with 4 birthday parties going on at the carousel park.
We grabbed a snack in the gift shop and headed to Bellville to dine at the Buckeye Express Diner, which is located right next to the hotel. This unique restaurant features comfort food served in a old train car, as well as an outdoor seating area with a kids’ play area. Come hungry because the portions are large!
After eating, we headed to the hotel to check-in and swim! We hadn’t really told the kids what they should expect, so they were quite excited when they saw the giant pool area! Once we got everything settled into the room (taking a 2 and 4 year old on an overnight requires about 15 bags), we got changed and headed to the pool.
Comfort Inn Splash Harbor Accommodations
The pool area is situated in the courtyard of the hotel, with about 1/2 of the hotel rooms looking in towards the rooms, and 1/2 facing outside. The window of our room looked right into the pool area, which was fun for our kids and a good way to see how busy the pool was at any given time. Don’t worry – there are 2 layers of blinds to ensure complete privacy if you close them. Even though the pool area was open until 10 pm, it wasn’t too loud in there for our toddlers to fall asleep, though we did go on a less busy day. You can also ask for a room on the other side of the hall if you are concerned about noise – we were offered the option at check-in. Up to four water park passes are included in all room rates, and they will give you a bracelet at the desk that must be worn in the pool area. Mom tip: if your child will mess with the bracelet, put it on his or her ankle. Day passes can be purchased when the hotel is not at full occupancy.
Our room was a clean, standard size room with 2 queen beds. The room includes a 32 inch tv, small refrigerator, microwave, desk, and in-room safe. There was plenty of space to set up our 2 year-olds pack-n-play as well. The bathroom was clean and updated, with plenty of towels and a vent fan. I hate when hotel bathrooms don’t offer a fan and the bathroom gets steamed up from showers (or, let’s be honest, stinky). There is also a coffee maker in the room, but skip that and head to the lobby for your coffee, where they offer a hot beverage station with the best coffee I’ve had in a long time. The coffee machine has options to choose the strength of your brew, so I was able to get my coffee very strong – just like I prefer. I don’t usually rave about hotel coffee, but the flavor was just so good definitely rivaled coffee shop coffee! Need more space than a regular hotel room? There is a suite and several adjoining rooms available. While adjoining rooms can be requested, due to high demand, the request isn’t guaranteed.
Your stay also includes a free hot breakfast buffet in the morning. The buffet includes juice, cereal, fresh fruit, sausage gravy and biscuits, eggs, sausage, yogurt, make your own waffles, an assortment of pastries and beverages, and more! Hotel also offers free weekday newspaper, Fitness center, Game room, Banquet and meeting rooms, Video game arcade, HD TV/HBO, and bicycle rental. Special packages include Birthday Party Package, Family Fun Package, Pastor’s Special, Meeting Package Special. Follow their Facebook page to find out about limited-time seasonal specials throughout the year! Rates vary during high and low seasons, and special events and holidays.
Splash Harbor Water Park Features
The water park features a zero depth splash pad area with geysers, dumping buckets, and spinning sprayers.
There’s also a good size kiddie pool area with sloping water depth from 6 inches to 14 inches deep. That area steps down into the main pool area, which is just 3 ft – 4.5 ft deep. In the main pool area, you’ll find the 49 foot spiral water slide, water basketball hoops, a floating raft, plus lots of space for swimming. There are also two hot tubs; the bigger one is for adults only and has hotter water, and the other is for families with less hot water. Our kids were on a circuit of waterslide, kiddie pool, main pool, family hot tub, and back around again. They are ages 2-4, which means we were on that course with them the entire time, but the shallower depths means that most school-aged kids can enjoy the fun and water slides on their own.
There is no lifeguard on duty, so its important for parents to keep their eye on their children at all times, and smaller kids should always wear floating devices. The splash pad area is near the main pool, so young kids could walk off into the 4 foot deep water if they get a few steps from their parents, as they are known to do.
While the water park is geared towards ages 10 and under with the shallower water and smaller slide, there was a group of teenage boys that came in on a day pass who were having an absolute blast for hours. They played water basketball, challenged each other to balancing on the floating raft, and hung out in the hot tub. The game room has tons of games for teenagers and kids of all ages to enjoy too, so don’t rule this out for older kids. Swimming is swimming, after all.
The water park is open from 8 am – 10 pm, so you can check in at 3 pm and start swimming, and swim in the morning until check out time! Small towels are available for use in the pool area, but I’d recommend bringing your own beach towel.
If you’re bringing young kids, consider going with another family or bringing grandma, a babysitter, or other family member. This would allow you to take turns supervising the kids so you can enjoy the adult hot tub, relax by the pool or in the room, and go out for dinner once the kids are sleeping!
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If you can get away from the pool, you’ll find plenty to explore in the area, no matter what season.
- Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
- Richland Carrousel Park
- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
- Ohio Bird Sanctuary
- Several Golf Courses
- Richland B & O Bicycle Trail
- Richland County Fairgrounds
- Shawshank Trail Driving Tour
- Snow Trails Ski Resort and Clearfork Ski Resort
- Gorman Nature Center
- Cardinal Shooting Center
- Altitude Trampoline Park
- Kingwood Center Gardens
- Malabar Farm State Park and Museum
- Mansfield Motor Speedway
- Mohican Adventures Canoe Livery
- Mohican State Park
- Ohio Genealogical Society
- Ohio State Reformatory
- Pleasant Hill State Park
- The Barnyard (fall season)
- Tree Frog Canopy Tours
U-pick berries and fruit
If you’re coming during summer or fall months, stop by one of these farms for u-pick berries and fruit!
- Olivesburg Berry Patch (u-pick strawberries, raspberries, black raspberries, blackberries)
- The Blueberry Patch (u-pick raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- Blue Sky Farms (u-pick blueberries)
- Apple Hill Orchards (u-pick cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and apples)
Dining near Bellville and Mansfield
- Buckeye Express Diner
- Der Dutchman Bellville, OH
- 1285 Winery at The Blueberry Patch
- Happy Grape Wine Bar
- The Phoenix Brewing Company
- several chain restaurants and many fast food restaurants near the exits