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Cedar Point

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Published: January 27, 2013

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: 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 .

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.
As a passholder for the last 12 years another way to make you way to the back in a timely fashion is to take the skyride, you can either head to millennium force or take the train to the back to hit the Maverick. This year the new coaster Gatekeeper will have everyone staying up front. So hit the back.

Camp Snoopy
Peanuts 5009
Woodstock Express8
Balloon Race8
Camp Bus7
Woodstock's Airmail736
Lolli Swing5
Red Baron442
Wilderness Run3
Tilt A Whirl2
Frontier Trail
Millennium Force948
Thunder Canyon746
Shoot the Rapids642
Wave Swinger848
Antique Cars7
Cedar Creek Mine Ride648
Snake River Falls648
Mean Streak548
Gemini Midway
Top Thrill Dragster952
Magnum XL-200848
Lake Erie Eagles8
Power Tower852
Witches' Wheel848
Pipe Scream6
Super Himilaya5
Kiddy Kingdom
Old Timers7
Dune Buggies6
Sir Rub-A-Dub's Tubs6
Hot Rods5
Police Cars4
Roto Whip3
Sky Fighters3
Main Midway
Cedar Downs Racing Derby848
Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad8
Blue Streak748
Turnpike Cars7
Midway Carousel7
Iron Dragon746
Sky Ride7
Ocean Motion4
Wicked Twister Midway
Wicked Twister852
Giant Wheel8

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Camp Snoopy
Charlie Brown’s Cookout8
Frontier Trail
Panda Express7
Gristmill Refreshments4
Chuck Wagon Inn8
Gemini Midway
Happy Friar 7
Grand Stand Foods2
Hotel Breakers
TGI Friday's3
Main Midway
Subway - Main Midway10
Kiddieland Refreshments8
Midway Market7
Hurricane Hannah's6
Burger Patio6
Johnny Rockets5
Game Day Grille5
Bay Harbor8
Famous Dave's8
Wicked Twister Midway
Joe Cool Cafe6

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