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Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio

History of Cedar Point

One of the oldest amusement parks in the world, Cedar Point opened it's doors in 1870 with nothing but a beach, a bathhouse, and a few small attractions. It has since grown into one of the largest and most successful seasonal parks around. Cedar Point is known primarily for it's world class collection of roller coasters, containing 16 coasters of various style, speed and height. While the amusement park itself is the biggest draw, Cedar Point also has stuck to their roots by continuing to offer guests the resort feel with hundreds of hotel rooms, a mini golf and go-kart park, an outdoor and indoor waterpark, and the beach...which remains a popular spot as well.

How do you get to Cedar Point?

Take I-80 to Exit 118(7) and follow the signs north on U.S. 250, or take Exit 110(6A) and follow Route 4 north.

From the south. Take Route 23 North to Columbus. Exit I-270 (Columbus outerbelt) west to I-71 north. Follow I-71 north to 315 north, then back onto I-270. Reenter onto Route 23 north and then follow Route 4 north

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit is during the week. Cedar Point's huge local and regional fanbase feeds the weekend crowds and sometimes makes them huge, often making the wait for rides long.

Where should I stay?

You can read reader reviews and check room rates for hotels in and near Cedar Point on our Cedar Point hotels page.

How do I get tickets to Cedar Point?

Cedar Point routinely offers discounts through various northern Ohio retailers, including fast food and gas stations. The park also offers tickets online, usually at a discount, via Cedar Point's website.

The Cedar Point resorts offer discount packages containing hotel stay, tickets to the park and various other attractions, parking passes, and food vouchers for the park. The packages are relatively inexpensive, and offer extra perks such as entry into the park an hour early, and early rides on the park's most popular attractions. Those planning an overnight stay are encouraged to look into these packages. Info can be found on their website.

What's new at Cedar Point?

The MaXair is new at Cedar Point. It is a spinning ride that rocks back and forth up to hights of 140 feet in the air.

Plan your day at Cedar Point

Since wait times on the park's roller coasters can exceed two hours even on slower days, arriving before the park opens at 10 a.m. is a must. Grab a Freeway handstamp to reserve a time on Raptor on your way to Top Thrill Dragster. After riding Dragster, get a Freeway handstamp for one of the other major coasters (Millennium Force, Magnum XL-2000, Mantis or Wicked Twister). Millennium usually has the longest wait of those. Then work your way around the park to the other coasters. Cedar Point's non-coaster rides usually do not have very long waits, except on the busiest days, so you can visit those of your choosing at your convenience.

If you have young kids:

Camp Snoopy offers the park's largest collection of rides for children. In addition, county fair-style kiddie flat rides are available in the Gemini Jr. Play Area, next to Camp Snoopy, and the Kiddie Kingdom, off the Main Midway. Kids might also enjoy the Peanuts Playground, located between the Main and Wicked Twister Midways, as well as classic amusement rides like the Carousel, Railroad, Giant Wheel and Space Spiral.

Another method is to utilize the north entrance to the park and start from the back..working your way towards the front. The majority of guests start their day in the front of the park, and you are likely to sneak in a few quick rides in the back. By the time you get to the front, the crowd has spread out.

Ride and restaurant reservations at Cedar Point

Utilizing the freeway stamps for Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster is a necessity. They usually start giving them out about noon. Rides such as Raptor and Wicked Twister give out the stamps, but it's usually not necessary for those.

Is Cedar Point safe?

Like at all major theme parks, you'll be safer in Cedar Point than you'll be on the highway driving there. Check our Accident Watch section for recent injury accidents at Cedar Point.

Parents should also be sure to take a look at our list of rides with height restrictions at Cedar Point. For more tips to help ensure that you and your family stay safe, visit our theme park safety tips page.

What's coming next to Cedar Point?

Rumors abound: Water coaster, Dueling Flying Coasters, 500 foot coaster (doubtful).

I have to say that the 500 foot coaster could be ture.The rumor about this one become super wild.Unfortunately,I still don't know how they build the 500 foot of Dueling Dragons.Well,you can see it in 2007.

The new ride for 2006 is indeed a massive swingy type ride. It's going to be called SkyHawk, will carry riders 125 ffet into the air at sppeds of 60mph. For more details, check out http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/inside_park/rides/thrill/skyhawk/index.cfm

This article was submitted by Peter Meckiff on November 27, 2005.