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Cedar Point

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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: 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.

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