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 2008 by Amusement Today for the eleventh year in a row
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 more than 75 rides. It has the most roller coasters in a single amusement park, 17, with the opening of Maverick in 2007. 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 the 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; Castaway Bay is an elaborate indoor waterpark. Challenge Park features four attractions: 'Ripcord,' 'Skyscraper,' 'Challenge Racing' go kart tracks, and 'Challenge Golf', a fantasy miniature golf course.
One can easily spend a full day at the main Cedar Point by itself. If you plan to take in all the attractions, you should buy the 2-day "ride and slide" pass and to spread your enjoyment of Soak City and Cedar Point over two days.
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Address and Phone
The park is located on a peninsula into Lake Erie at:
Take Exit 118(7) and follow the signs north on US 250
Take Exit 110(6A) and follow Route 4 north.
Once you get to Sandusky, just follow the signs to the Cedar Point Causeway; the causeway is a toll road. Cedar Point can also be accessed via the Chausse, a single lane road along the entire peninsula 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 have seasonal docking arrangements.
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 2008 Admission prices are as follows:
Cedar Point FundayAges 3-61, 48" and taller.$42.95
Cedar Point Junior FundayAge 3 and older, under 48" tall in shoes.$15.95
Cedar Point Senior FundayAge 62 and over.$15.95
Ride & Slide 2-DayAges 3-61, 48" and taller. Ride & Slide Ticket will admit one guest to both Cedar Point and Soak City for any two regular season days.$71.95
Ride & Slide 2-Day SeniorAge 62 and over. Ride & Slide Senior Ticket will admit one guest to both Cedar Point and Soak City for any two regular season days.$33.95
Ride & Slide 2-Day JuniorAge 3 and over; under 48" tall. Ride & Slide Junior Ticket will admit one guest to both Cedar Point and Soak City for any two regular season days.$33.95
ChildrenAge 2 and under are admitted free to Cedar Point and Soak City.
Cedar Point StarlightValid after 5 p.m. when Cedar Point closes at 10 p.m. or later; valid after 4 p.m. when Cedar Point closes earlier than 10 p.m.$25.95
MilitaryValid ID required. Discount applies only to active or retired military personnel and immediate family members.$32.00
Daily ParkingPer vehicle.$10.00 for regularly-sized vehicles, $15.00 for vehicles taking up more than one space
Season PassValid for unlimited admission during the 2008 season $109.95. For true amusement park fanatics, a "Platinum Pass" is available for $150.00, valid for unlimited admission to all Cedar Fair amusement parks and water parks for the entire season with the exception of Star Trek: The Experience. Family Pack pricing is also available.
In addition to the discounts for seniors, combined days, children and military mentioned above, other discounts are available to Cedar Point
AAA (American Automobile Association) Members AAA offices sell discount Cedar Point tickets for their members. These tickets must be bought through an AAA office. Showing an AAA card at the gate will not get you a discount.
Soft Drink Cans Typically in the summer months, cans of Pepsi products have a coupon right on the can. Stop by a convenience store on your way to Cedar Point and pick up a pack; you may save substantial money.
Meijer Meijer stores sell discounted one- and two-day tickets.
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.
The CP&LE Railroad includes four coal-fired steam trains that delivers guests between two stations towards the back of the park. Enjoy the "wild west" show during your ride.
The Skyride brings passengers over the main midway, from the entrance towards the center of the park or back.
Roller coasters, rides, water park, Challenge Park, Lake Erie. The Cedar Point blog has confirmed that no new rides are coming for the 2009 season, but there will be a few in-park improvements on the way as well as a peek at the new Cedar Fair corporate HQ. Some of the updates will include some new signs that are sure to impress around the park, including an LED screen going in at the causeway. A new ride sign for Magnum XL-200 will go up to promote the fact that this will be the ride’s 20th anniversary. The old fountain near Raptor on the midway will also be removed to make way for a new interactive water sprayground area.
Blue Streak - the roller coaster when it was built in 1964; a bit small by current standards but still a fun ride.
Cedar Creek Mine Ride - a "hybrid" coaster: wood structure with tubular steel rails.
Corkscrew - the world's first triple-looping coaster; spans the midway.
Disaster Transport - enclosed free-rolling toboggan run.
Gemini - two trains run side-by-side for most of the course, one inevitably beating the other.
Iron Dragon - a suspended coaster.
Jr. Gemini - a "kiddie" coaster.
Magnum XL-200 - First coaster to top 200 feet, and still ranked highly by coaster enthusiasts. It offers a ride similar (if tamer) to the more famous Millennium Force, but with a fraction of the line.
Mantis - built in 1996, it premiered as the world's tallest, fastest, and steepest stand-up coaster, reaching a height of 145 feet, dropping 137 feet at a 52-degree angle, and going upside-down four times in four different ways while reaching speeds over 60mph along 3,900 feet of red and yellow twisted tubular steel track
Maverick - Cedar Point's newest coaster, containing a 95-degree first drop. Voted best new ride of 2007 by Amusement Today.
Mean Streak - a big "woodie."
Millennium Force - First "giga" coaster (tops 300 feet). Smooth, fast, and plenty of air.
Raptor - suspended B&M; 6 inversions.
Top Thrill Dragster - First coaster to top 400 feet. An amazing 17 seconds of speed and height.
Wicked Twister - the world's only double-twisting impulse coaster and the world's tallest and fastest inverted coaster. This coaster on the beach uses LIMs to launch out of the station five times (forward three times and backward twice), reaching a top speed of 72mph and traveling up two 215-foot-tall twisting towers, each spiraling 145 degrees.
Wildcat - a wild mouse; cars seat four.
Woodstock Express - another "kiddie" coaster.
Snake River Falls
Planet Snoopy - New for 2008
Snoopy’s Express Railroad
PEANUTS Road Rally
Kite Eating Tree
Flying Ace Balloon
Snoopy’s Space Race
Snoopy’s Deep Sea Divers
Tilt A Whirl
Midway Carousel - Built in 1912, the Midway Carousel is one of the few Daniel Muller carousels in existence today. Its long history also makes it the oldest operating ride at Cedar Point. The Midway Carousel was originally carved for John J. Hurley of Revere Beach, Mass. Later, the machine was bought by the Holzapfel family of Sandusky, who operated the carousel at Cedar Point from 1946 until the park bought it in 1963.
Kiddy Kingdom Carousel -Located in the center of Cedar Point’s Kiddy Kingdom, this 1925 carousel is a fine example of the craftsmanship of theiohouououh William H. Dentzel firm of Philadelphia. With 52 animals (16 standing and 36 jumping) and two chariots, the Kiddy Kingdom Carousel is one of Dentzel’s personal favorites.
Cedar Downs - Sixty-four horses race around the track on the Cedar Downs Racing Derby, one of only two racing derby rides in the U.S. The carousel was built in 1920 by Prior and Church and was brought to Cedar Point in 1967. The machine was built for the Humphrey Company of Euclid Beach near Cleveland. Also known as the Great American Racing Derby, the ride ran at Euclid Beach for 47 years. Although a few changes have been made, the ride is still housed in its original structure. The ride features an immense turntable with a 90-foot diameter that revolves as the ride begins. The four-abreast horses move back and forth producing a racing effect. The momentum of the ride increases until it reaches a speed of approximately 15 mph.
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.
Beer and wine coolers are sold at various restaurants in the park, with a policy of one drink per valid U.S. 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.
The city of Sandusky itself has numerous hotels and motels catering to Cedar Point visitors.
Hotel Breakers, One Cedar Point Drive, (419) 627-2106, . Beautiful turn-of-the-century hotel located adjacent to the park.
Breakers Express, 1201 Cedar Point Drive, (419) 627-2106, . A modern, less-expensive alternative to Breakers.
Lighthouse Point, One Cedar Point Drive, (419) 627-2106, . Located at the north end, there are cabins or waterfront cottages.
Castaway Bay, 2001 Cleveland Road, (419) 627-2106, . A resort hotel featuring an indoor water park and T.G.I. Fridays.
SandCastle Suites, One cedar point drive, . checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. This hotel is for people who have a little extra cash to spend. The property offers all suites and includes three main suites. It has an indoor pool and out door pool as well as a spa.252.00.
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, as well as a bonus at contract completion, and many opportunities for overtime, 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.
The city of Sandusky has some attractions of its own, including two other water slide parks. During the summertime there is an active night life scene.
About 40 miles due south of Cedar Point, the Seneca Caverns, located near the small town of Tiffin beckon those interested in caves. Tiffin itself has small town charm as well as a historic theatre.
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