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 70 rides, including 18 roller coasters and more than a dozen thrill rides. Valravn, which hits 75 mph and includes a 90-degree drop, is the park's newest addition. 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; the Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200-foot barrier; and the GateKeeper, the park's first 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. There are a lot of tamer rides. In fact, 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 the Lake Erie Eagles ride individual eagle cars soar in a circle, and riders have some control over how wild to make their flight. There are also carousels, a Ferris wheel, gondola rides, a giant Snoopy bounce house, a train ride 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 Lake Erie.
HalloWeekends is a fall favorite. The not-too-scary event includes haunted houses and a parade. Select rides are open Friday nights and all non-water rides are usually open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Two miniature golf courses and RipCord—a thrill ride experience for guests who are at least 48 inches tall that allows you to soar through the air—are next door at Challenge Park, which has separate fees; admission to Cedar Point is not required.
Food is available.