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Cedar Point

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Cedar Point

Cedar Point's coaster skyline.

© Arthur Levine, 2007. Licensed to About.com.

Overview:

Always rated among the best of the traditional amusement parks, Cedar Point opened in 1870 and never stopped growing. Located on a peninsula along Lake Erie, the sandy beaches that beckoned visitors more than a century ago are still enticing, but it's mostly the coasters that lure the throngs today.

While the Point revels in its past and offers a wonderful hint of nostalgia, it is utterly contemporary and boasts a beloved thrill machine arsenal that includes Magnum XL-200, the first hypercoaster to break the 200-foot threshold, Millennium Force, a 300-foot "Giga-coaster" and one of parkdom's most highly rated, and the 420-foot rocket coaster that dominates the skyline, Top Thrill Dragster. A dizzying assortment of other attractions includes virtually every spinning, soaking, swinging, and disorienting ride ever developed. Although the rides take center stage, Cedar Point also offers a decent lineup of stage shows.

More than a collection of world-class coasters and rides, Cedar Point has a well-deserved reputation for its overall guest experience. The park is always winning industry and fan-based awards.

Be aware that the park is HUGE. From the front entrance to the back of the park where Maverick beckons is 1.5 miles. (I should know; I left an item in the lockers by the main gate and had to make the 3-mile round-trip trek to retrieve it.) Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and plan your day so that your'e not criss-crossing the park.

The food is just OK at Cedar Point. Some people rave about the fries and pizza; I thought they were mediocre. There is a Johnny Rockets and an all-you-can-eat buffet inside the park; just outside the gates is a Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que.

In recent years, Cedar Point has been adding rooms to its on-site hotels and transforming into a destination resort. Accommodations include the historic Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle, Lighthouse Point, and Breakers Express. With the Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park Resort, Cedar Point now offers year-round fun.

Location and Phone:

Sandusky, Ohio
419-627-2350

Tickets and Admission Info

Passes to the amusement park include admission to the ride park only, not the Soak City water park. Combo day passes that include the water park are available. Cedar Point offers substantially discounted tickets for seniors (62 and older) and juniors (under 48"). Children under 3 admitted free. Season pass tickets are available online and at the park. Combo season passes are available for the park and Soak City as well as for the park and Geauga Lake.

On-Site Parks:

Cedar Point includes three parks:

Highlights:

The huge park features one of the world's biggest collections of coasters--and some of the best, including:

Cedar Point also offers an astonishing array of other rides -- again one of the largest collections on the planet. Along with the usual suspects, such as carousels, kiddie rides, spinning rides, and water rides, the park offers some wild thrill rides include Chaos, maXair, Power Tower, and Skyhawk.

Directions and Hotel Info:

Take Exit 118 off the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). Follow the signs north on U.S. 250 to the Cedar Point Causeway.

Nearby airports:

Hotel Info:
Compare rates for Cedar Point-area hotels at TripAdvisor.

More Park Info:

Halloween Event Info:

HalloWeekends

New at the Park:

For 2014:
Lake Erie Eagles and Pipe Scream 
A flying scooters-style spinning ride and a Disk'O Coaster (a spinning ride platform that shuttles to and from on a small section of coaster track) is on its way.

For 2013:
GateKeeper
A winged coaster will take up residence at the front of the park and perform wild acrobatic maneuvers as guests make their way through the entry plaza.

For 2012:
Dinosaurs Alive and Water Slide
Like some of its sister Cedar Fair parks, Cedar Point will get its own separate-gate dinosaur land. Soak City will be getting a multi-lane mat racing water slide.

For 2011:
WindSeeker- Seated in two-person swing-style seats with their feet dangling, passengers will get lifted to the top of a 300-foot tall tower and spin around for a three-minute ride. As they spin, riders' seats will lift away from the tower at a 45-degree angle. Cedar Fair says that the ride will cost $5 million.

Official Web Site:

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