The current version of this description is at .Location: Cedar Point is located on the shore of Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour west of Cleveland. You can get driving directions by clicking the Cedar Point link on Theme Park Insider's Google map of U.S. theme parks.
History: Cedar Point opened as a lakeshore park in 1870. Rides were added in the early 1900's, with rapid development of the park beginning in the 1960s.
Hours: http://www.cedarpoint.com. Cedar Point is open from early May through Halloween.
Tickets: Buy and print online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.
Strategy: 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. Ride some of the major rides like Top Thrill Dragster or Maverick. try not to head to Raptor right when you enter the park due to the crowds, come back mid-day for a shorter wait. 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 Planet Snoopy which was added in 2008 and features rides from Geauga Lake, located between the Main and Wicked Twister Midways - behind the Coliseum, as well as classic amusement rides like the Carousel, Railroad, Giant Wheel and Space Spiral.
Kids of different ages will enjoy the Snoopy on Ice show near the Marina entrance and the Wildcat coaster. It's a nice cool place to escape the heat of the day.
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.
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