AAA Editor Notes
Cedar Point is off US 6, 10 mi. n. of Ohio Tpke. exit 118 at 1 Cedar Point Dr. This 364-acre amusement/theme park and resort opened in 1870. Cedar Point offers more than 150 rides, shows and attractions, including 17 roller coasters and more than a dozen thrill rides. The newest coaster, Valravn, reaches 75 mph and includes a 90-degree drop. Other coasters include Rougarou, a floorless coaster; the 420-foot-tall, 120 mph Top Thrill Dragster; the 310-foot-tall Millennium Force; the six-inversion Raptor; Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200-foot barrier; and GateKeeper, a winged coaster. Two water rides offer refreshing thrills. SlingShot is a two-person experience that launches participants 360 feet in the air. Other thrill rides include Ocean Motion (a ship that swings back and forth), Scrambler, Power Tower and WindSeeker.
If all those sound a bit intense, fear not. Most of the park's rides cater to families and young children. Pipe Scream takes riders back and forth several times across a 300-foot track, twisting and turning as it maneuvers across the hills. On Lake Erie Eagles riders fly in individual eagle cars and can control how mild or wild to make their flight. There are also carousels, three kids' areas, the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad and an array of other classic amusement park rides.
For a completely different experience, head to Dinosaurs Alive!, where more than 40 animatronic figures offer a peek into the dinosaur age with interactive experiences. Cedar Point also presents a variety of live shows, including the high-energy nighttime show Luminosity and several shows starring PEANUTS characters like Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie Brown. Other offerings are pioneer crafts, a marina and a sandy beach on the shore of Lake Erie.
HalloWeekends is an annual fall favorite that offers daytime events like a parade and The Great Pumpkin Fest as well as the nighttime Haunt. Select rides are open Friday nights and all non-water rides are usually open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Food is available.