Cedar Point Amusement Park and the Cedar Point Shores water park are located in Sandusky, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie just west of Cleveland, OH. The area is known as ‘America’s Roller Coast. Kid’s rides include several Snoopy-themed rides such as Joe Cool’s Dodgem School, the Snoopy Air Bounce, Woodstock’s Air Mail and the Snoopy Space Race.
Family rides include bumper cars and other driving rides such as Cadillac Cars, 4x4’s and Antique Cars. Charlie Brown’s Wind Up and the Flying Ace Race are swinging rides. Family rides also include classics such as a carousel, miniature train and giant Ferris wheel. Sky Ride is a gondola ride that takes guests over 90 feet into the air for a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the park.
Thrill rides at the park include free fall rides such as Power Tower, Sling Shot and Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling, in which individuals are harnessed onto a rope, taken 15 stories high, then released to swing over the park at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour. Thrilling swing rides include The Matterhorn, Ocean Motion, Super Himalaya and the Wave Swinger. Ranked among the most extreme is maXair. Designed to be one of the most disorienting rides, guests are strapped to a giant wheel facing outwards, then swung on a pendulum to heights of 140 feet while spinning counterclockwise.
Cedar Point offers 18 roller coaster rides, from family-friendly mini-coasters to the park’s newest attraction, Steel Vengeance. A hyper-hybrid roller coaster, Steel Vengeance is the world’s tallest wood on steel frame coaster, reaching a height of over 200 feet. The coaster’s initial drop is a record breaking 90 degrees, guests reach speeds of up to 74 miles per hour and the two and one half minute ride offers almost 30 seconds of free fall time, the longest hang-time of any hybrid roller coaster in the world. According to Cedar Point, the roller coaster has broken 10 hybrid roller coaster world records, and has added to the park’s world records as well. With the addition of Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point has become the park with the most roller coasters over 200 feet tall (there are six), and the park with the most roller coasters with a first drop of 90 degrees or more (there are five).
Cedar Point Shores is an 18-acre water park. Child-sized slides are offered at Lakeside Landing, a children’s area featuring Lemmy the dragon, Lake Erie’s version of the Lochness monster. Eight of the park’s waterslides are marked as thrill rides, featuring enclosed twists and turns, 6-story high drops, and tube rides. Guests seeking to explore Lake Erie may rent waverunners or charter boats, or try parasailing. The Jet Express takes guests across the lake to Put-in-Bay and Kelley’s Island.
History: Cedar Point is America’s second oldest operating amusement park, having first opened in 1870. The original park was not much more than a bathhouse with a small dance floor and beer garden. By the late 1800’s the site had grown in popularity and was built up to include several more bathhouses, a boardwalk and grand pavilion. The arrival of electricity allowed for the first roller coaster to be built, 1892’s Switchback Railway. The 25-foot tall coaster had a top speed of 10 miles per hour. Cedar Point is currently owned by Cedar Fair, and is the flagship park of the publicly traded company’s twelve American amusement parks.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Live entertainment at the park includes singing, dancing, Broadway and Snoopy-themed shows. Additional park activities include craft workshops in glass blowing, candle making, panning for gemstones at the Fort Sandusky Mining Company, and getting to know farm animals at the Barnyard petting zoo. Snoopy and the cast of Peanuts roam the park daily to meet and greet guests. Dinosaurs Live! is a walk-through attraction featuring 50 animatronic life-sized dinosaurs. Interactive consoles allow guests to control the dinosaurs’ movement. Guests may also participate in simulated paleontological digs and learn about dinosaur bones.
The park offers special options for group outings of 15-99 guests, and additional options for 100 or more guests. VIP tour packages include perks such as priority parking, fast lane access on all attractions and exclusive food and merchandise. The Sunrise Thrills tour offers early-morning behind-the-scenes access to the park’s roller coasters. Guests may take the lift elevator to the top of Valravn, the world’s longest, fastest and tallest dive coaster, to see the sunrise from over 200 feet above Cedar Point.
1 Cedar Point Drive,Sandusky, OH 44870, Phone: 419-627-2350