Cedar Point

For other places with the same name, see Cedar Point (disambiguation).
The Magnum XL200 at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Amusement Park is a 364-acre amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio on one of the North Coast Beaches overlooking Lake Erie. It is often billed as the "Worlds Largest Amusement Park", and draws visitors from throughout Ohio and surrounding states. It was voted the best amusement park in the world in 2012 by Amusement Today for the 15th year in a row.

Understand

Cedar Point is one of the oldest continuously operating amusement parks, having begun in the year 1870 as a beach resort on the shore of Lake Erie. Today it covers 364 acres and is home to some of the tallest, fastest roller coasters in the world, including Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force. All together it has more than 70 rides. Without doubt Cedar Point is the best amusement park in the world. It is a MUST for any serious thrillseeker out there, offering the second largest number of roller coasters found in a single amusement park (16 altogether, and second to Six Flags Magic Mountain with 19). Although its primary attraction is the assortment of coasters, the park has rides and other attractions, including kiddie rides, water rides, a traditional arcade, award-winning musical shows, and a PEANUTS-themed ice skating show, etc. The park also offers access to a lovely beach on Lake Erie—something which has been attracting visitors since its inception.

Two separate attractions are part of Cedar Point but not included in the general admission. Soak City is an outdoor water park; Challenge Park features four separately-gated attractions: 'Ripcord,' 'Skyscraper,' 'Challenge Racing' go kart tracks, and 'Challenge Golf', a fantasy miniature golf course.

One can easily spend a full day at Cedar Point itself. If you plan to take in all the attractions, you should buy the two-day "Ride and Slide" ticket and spread your enjoyment of Soak City and Cedar Point over two days. If you are coming on a busy day (weekends especially in the summer), make sure to plan time to wait in line, as some lines such as Millennium Force, Maverick, and Top Thrill Dragster can be up to two hours.

Get in

The park is located on a peninsula on Lake Erie at:

1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870-5259,
Phone : (419) 627-2350

By car

Sandusky is between Cleveland and Toledo.

Once you get to Sandusky, just follow the signs to Cedar Point; the causeway is a toll road. Cedar Point can also be accessed via the Chaussee, a two-lane road which connects to Cleveland Road a few miles east of Sandusky.

By private boat

Cedar Point has two large marinas on Lake Erie. The Cedar Point Marina allows daily slip rentals for $25 per day; it and the Castaway Bay Marina also offer seasonal dockage.

By train

Not the usual way to go to Cedar Point, but Amtrak serves the city of Sandusky with daily service from points east and west.

Admission and discounts

Cedar Point's 2013 admission prices are as follows:

Discount admission

In addition to the discounts for seniors, multiple days, juniors and military mentioned above, other discounts are available.:

Get around

Cedar Point from Sandusky

Because its size is constrained by surrounding Lake Erie and its own parking lots, Cedar Point is pretty tightly packed, so you can get around pretty easily on foot throughout the park. In addition, two of the more tranquil rides offer a means to get around the park itself.

See

New for 2013: an incredible record-breaking wing roller coaster, GateKeeper. Also: 15 more roller coasters, PEANUTS-themed children's ride areas, Dinosaurs Alive! (extra-charge attraction), nightly show Luminosity (starts in June), water park, Challenge Park, Lake Erie.

Do

Roller Coasters

Thrill rides

Water rides

Family rides

Other attractions

Children's Areas

Planet Snoopy

Camp Snoopy

Kiddy Kingdom

Challenge Park (Separately Gated)

Carousels

Eat

The park has many food concessions operated by the park, including stands selling walking-around snacks and restaurants where you can sit and rest a short while. All are very fast-food oriented, with limited menus, and prices geared for a semi-captive market of visitors unwilling to endure the time-consuming hassle of driving back to the city just to get a meal. However, there are also several restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the park and fairly convenient to get to with a free park re-entry stamp... but these are also on the pricey side, for the same reason.

Drink

Beer and wine coolers are sold at various restaurants in the park, with a policy of two drinks per valid driver's license or state photo ID (to prevent friends buying for their under-21 friends). The out-of-park restaurants generally have full bars and typical alcohol-sales requirements.

Sleep

The city of Sandusky itself has numerous hotels and motels catering to Cedar Point visitors.

Work

Cedar Point hires over 4000 seasonal employees from all across the US and beyond every year; about 2500 live at Cedar Point itself in employee housing. Actors and musicians in particular can find gainful work in their field (entertainment-related jobs are offered via auditions). While the wages aren't great, the park offers its workers a choice of subsidized dormitory accommodation and meals, and many opportunities for extra hours, so it is possible to save quite a bit of money over the course of the summer. With so many young people working there, as well as perks like free access to the park and other special events, Cedar Point can be a fun way to work over the summer.

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