Cedar Point first welcomed its first guests as a public bathing beach in 1870. The park's modern era began with the installation of the Blue Streak roller coster in 1964 - the first of a line-up that has earned the lakeside park the nickname, "America's Roller Coast." Cedar Point's daily operating season typically runs from early May through Labor Day, with the park then opening on weekends through the end of October for its Halloweekends Halloween event.
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The park's oldest coaster, this Philadelphia Toboggan classic runs 2,558 feet with a 72-foot drop and top speed of 40 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches
A 215-foot-tall Intamin impulse with a top speed of 72 mph. Height requirement: 52 inches. Wicked Twister will close permanently on September 6, 2021.
A 3,935-foot Arrow Dynamics racing coaster with a 118-foot drop and top speed of 60 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches
A 2,800-foot Arrow Dynamics suspended coaster with a height of 76 feet and top speed of 40 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches
Cedar Creek Mine Ride
A 2,540-foot Arrow Dynamics mine train with a height of 48 feet and top speed of 42 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches
A 3,900-foot Bolliger & Mabillard floorless coaster with a 137-foot drop, top speed of 60 mph and four inversions. This is a 2015 conversion of the former Mantis stand-up coaster. Height requirement: 54 inches
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A 2,050-foot Arrow Dynamics custom looping coaster with a height of 85 feet, top speed of 48 mph and three inversions. Height requirement: 48 inches
In addition to the "grown up" coasters, in the Camp Snoopy children's area Cedar Point offers Wilderness Run, an Intamin children's coaster with a height requirement of 36 inches, and Woodstock Express, a Vekoma junior coaster with a height requirement of 36 inches with supervising companion and 48 inches otherwise.
Other rides and shows
Cedar Point will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2021 - a year later than planned, due to the pandemic. For the anniversary, Cedar Point is opening the Snake River Expedition boat ride and Celebrate 150 Spectacular night parade.
Other notable attractions at the park include a Sky Ride down the Main Midway, the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad around Frontier Trail, and the Camp Snoopy children's play area, as well as dozens of carnival-style rides throughout the park.
Cedar Point is located in Sandusky, Ohio - on a peninsula in Lake Erie about an hour west of Cleveland.