I’ve always lived about an hour and a half from Cedar Point, the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World”, and it’s been a summer tradition as long as I can remember. Showing my age, I remember years of being too short for the Jumbo Jet coaster, only to have it removed the year I would have hit the height requirement! My enthusiasm for the park remained, and we’ve still make it a point visit at least every other summer. In 2016 it was just DaringDaughter and me- and, as always, Cedar Point lived up to our expectations!
The naturally beautiful lakefront area surrounding Cedar Point has never had great success building as a tourist destination. There are just a few year-round indoor water parks, basic hotels, campgrounds, and restaurants on the way in, and Cedar Point’s own campground, cabins and historic Hotel Breakers inside the park. Over the next few years, Cedar Point is expanding its resort areas in hopes of extending the “tourist season”, and making the park more of a vacation destination. Unfortunately, all remain at the mercy of NEOhio’s relatively short outdoor season. In the end, though, none of this matters. When all is said and done, it’s all about the coasters!
While Cedar Point is a great destination for families, including a large children’s area, family rides, and a waterpark, the major draw is the rides are designed for the highest thrill quotient possible. Nearly all the legacy rides began life setting records in their day- for first of its kind, longest, fastest, tallest, or just flat-out coolest! With coasters like Valravn, Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, Maverick (and what is the latest with Mean Streak???), and more, there’s a coaster to get the adrenaline pumping for just about anyone. Beyond coasters, there are rides from speedy Cedar Downs Racing Derby to the terrifying (for me!) maXair, and plenty in between. And when one finally needs a break, especially on Ohio’s typically hot summer days, a ride on the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad is wonderful way to relax and regroup.
When visiting Cedar Point, be sure to bring patience with your excitement- there WILL be long lines for the newest and most popular rides. If you’re planning a full day at the park, consider spending the night. The rides are open late and the park is gorgeous lit at night, but open to close is an exhausting day. Tickets are a bit pricey, especially for families, and I believe all parks should offer reduced admission for folks, like my wife, who will spend the day enjoying the park with family- yet ride none of the rides beyond the train or Sky Ride. Not difficult with technology, and a definite draw for more non-riding visitors. A great thing about Cedar Point is nearly every year there are new rides and attractions to keep the park exciting and fresh, and keeping the park a fantastic way to spend a couple summer days in NEOhio!
Cedar Point opens this weekend, May 06-07, for the summer of 2017! https://www.cedarpoint.com/
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