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Cedar Point

James Koehl
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Published: February 28, 2015

Location: Cedar Point is located on a peninsula between Sandusky Bay and 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 bathing beach and beer garden in 1870. Rides and hotels 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. Discount tickets are available from many local retail outlets, and from AAA.

Strategy: Since wait times on some of the park's more popular 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 or Gatekeeper right when you enter the park due to the crowds- come back mid-day for a shorter wait. 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.


Cedar Point has three children's rides areas.Camp Snoopy offers a Peanut's summer camp themed-area with an extensive and varied collection of rides for children and accompanying adults. In addition, county fair-style kiddie flat rides are available in the Kiddy Kingdom, off the Main Midway. Kids will also enjoy Planet Snoopy, which was added in 2008 and is located between the Main and Wicked Twister Midways beside the Coliseum. There are other classic rides and attractions that families can enjoy together such as the Midway Carousel, Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad, and Giant Wheel .

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.

Another way to make you way to the back in a timely fashion is to take the Skyride. From there you can either head to Millennium Force or take the train to the back to hit the Maverick.

AttractionsRatingHeight
Camp Snoopy
Red Baron1042
Peanuts 5009
Camp Bus9
Balloon Race8
Lolli Swing7
Woodstock's Airmail736
Woodstock Express7
Wilderness Run4
Tilt A Whirl4
Frontier Trail
Millennium Force948
Thunder Canyon846
Shoot the Rapids742
Mantis654
Rougarou54
Frontiertown
Maverick952
Wave Swinger948
Skyhawk848
Antique Cars7
Snake River Falls648
Cedar Creek Mine Ride648
Mean Streak548
Gemini Midway
Top Thrill Dragster952
Magnum XL-200848
Matterhorn8
Power Tower852
Gemini848
Witches' Wheel848
Monster736
Pipe Scream6
Super Himilaya6
Lake Erie Eagles6
Corkscrew548
Kiddy Kingdom
Dune Buggies10
Helicopters10
Hot Rods10
Motorcycles1036
Roto Whip10
Police Cars10
Sky Fighters10
Old Timers9
4x4s8
Carousel7
Mustangs7
Main Midway
Raptor954
Cedar Downs Racing Derby848
Calypso8
Scrambler8
Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad8
Blue Streak748
Sky Ride7
Iron Dragon746
Dodgem6
Midway Carousel6
Ocean Motion4
Wicked Twister Midway
MaxAir852
Wicked Twister852
Giant Wheel8
Gatekeeper8
Windseeker748
Troika7

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DiningRating
Camp Snoopy
Charlie Brown’s Cookout8
Frontier Trail
Panda Express7
Gristmill Refreshments7
Frontiertown
Chuck Wagon Inn9
Chick-Fil-A6
Gemini Midway
Happy Friar 7
Grand Stand Foods6
Hotel Breakers
Perkins8
TOMO6
TGI Friday's4
Main Midway
Subway - Main Midway10
Kiddieland Refreshments10
Coasters10
Midway Market7
Burger Patio7
Game Day Grille6
Hurricane Hannah's6
Johnny Rockets6
Marina
Bay Harbor10
Famous Dave's8
Wicked Twister Midway
Joe Cool Cafe9

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