Mason is recognized as the resort area of southwest Ohio and is “Ohio’s Largest Playground”. Paramount’s Kings Island Amusement Park, The Beach Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge and Conference Center, The Golf Center at Kings Island are among the prominent recreation destinations in the area. Mason is home to the world-recognized Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati as well as several well-loved local annual events. The Alverta Green Museum, operated by the Mason Historical Society, keeps the city in touch with its historical roots. There are seven city parks covering 301 acres that include baseball fields, basketball courts, fishing lakes, hiking trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, soccer fields, softball fields, a swimming pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and wildlife areas. The City of Mason operates and manages a state-of-the-art community recreation center that was built by the school district. The Community Center has over 150,000 square feet of recreational and leisure facilities and equipment, as well as hundreds of programs and activities. Mason hosts several annual events including Red Rhythm & Boom held in July.