Cedar Point Roller Coaster Park: Summer Family Vacation Guide
Cedar Point offers an exciting summer family day trip. This guide will cover everything you need to know to make your own plans to visit Cedar Point and ride the roller coasters! I recently had the opportunity to visit Cedar Point with my family and enjoyed every minute of it. Now I want to pass along the information so you can have a great time too!
Note: if you want to know what you can or cannot bring into Cedar Point, Keep reading!
Can You Bring a Bag or Backpack into the Park?
This is the most common question I see, can I bring a bag into the park?
The answer is very simple, Yes you can bring a bag or backpack into the park, in fact I would suggest bringing a small backpack with you containing water/food etc. (For full list of what to bring, see further down on the page)
At almost every roller coaster, there are bins to put your bag in before you ride. Just make sure it is nothing too valuable, because you don't want to risk forgetting it or getting it stolen.
So, by all means, being a bag with you when you go to Cedar Point!
The Mantis at Cedar Point
What is Cedar Point?
If you have never been to Cedar Point, you might be wondering what exactly it is.
Cedar Point is an amusement and roller coaster park located in Sandusky, Ohio on over 300 acres of a peninsula next to Lake Erie. The park has more than 70 rides and attractions as well as 16 roller coasters. Cedar Point holds many records in areas such as most rides above 200 feet, and a number of individual roller coaster records. Cedar Point is widely regarded as the best roller coaster park in the world.
What Makes Cedar Point a Good Family Vacation and Who Should Go?
Cedar Point is a great family vacation because it offers attractions geared to people of all ages. From the very young to the well seasoned individuals, Cedar Point has something everyone can enjoy which means anyone can go and have a good time!
The parks major attractions, the roller coasters, do have some restrictions including height (most are 48” or higher) and it is strongly recommended pregnant women and anyone with back problems avoid the roller coasters. But, for everyone else, such as families with teenage kids, Cedar Point provides daylong fun and entertainment.
Cedar Point Roller Coaster Park
What to Bring to Cedar Point
This is probably the best information that you won’t find anywhere else on the web. Here are my suggestions for what to bring to Cedar Point on a day trip.
Small backpack – Bring a small backpack to put your things in. Nearly every ride has a place to put your stuff while you are on the ride, so it is not a problem to bring a backpack.
Water and Sports Drinks – This is very important especially if it is a sunny day. You can buy water at the park, but it is incredibly expensive! Most food stands will give you a cup of water for free if you ask.
Energy Bars or other food – it’s important to be fueled up in order to keep going all day long!
Camera – if you like to take pictures, bring a camera! Lots of fun things to photograph, just be sure to put it in your backpack while on the rides!
Sunscreen – Even if it is not sunny, bring sunscreen and use it.
Cooler in the Car – leave a cooler with ice and bottles of water in the car for when you are done. It’s very refreshing to return to the car and have cold water waiting.
Car Snacks – Also bring some snacks for the car ride to and from Cedar Point, depending on how far it is!
Don’t Bring Important Valuables – Avoid bringing in your purse or lots of extra money etc. You can leave that stuff in your locked car and it should be fine. Additionally, you can always go out to your car during the day to grab something you forgot.
These are my suggestions, you can bring anything else you think might make the day more enjoyable. Just remember that there is a lot of walking between rides, so avoid heavy backpacks.
What is Your Favorite Ride at Cedar Point?
Top Five Roller Coasters at Cedar Point
These are my top five rides that you must try if you love roller coasters. These rides each offer unique features and excitements at Cedar Point making each one individually entertaining. These are not for the faint of heart but I do encourage you to try them even if you are a little nervous because they are so much fun.
Top Five Roller Coasters at Cedar Point:
- Millennium Force
- Top Thrill Dragster
- Magnum XL-200
Bonus! Two more extremely fun rides at Cedar Point: Mantis and Mean Streak
I won’t go into details of these rides; you can look that up if you really care, but each of these rides offer new thrills and are recognized as some of the best rides in the world. As you can see, there are quite a few exciting rides at Cedar Point!
Cedar Point Roller Coasters
Slower Roller Coaster Rides for the Less Adventurous
Not everyone wants to go on the fastest or highest roller coaster. Some people like to start with a slower ride or simply don’t want to be hurled down a track at 120mph. For those looking for gentler rides, here is a list of the best rides for less adventurous individuals at Cedar Point.
Iron Dragon – This steel suspended roller coaster offers all the fun of an exciting roller coaster while maintaining a smooth ride. It lets you feel like you are floating along in a small plane as you fly above water and vegetation. This ride is a great ride to start the day for anyone a little timid about riding roller coasters. It does not have any sudden drops or extreme twists and which makes it great for people new to roller coasters.
Cedar Creek Mine Ride – This is another fun roller coaster at Cedar Point that runs on a simple steel track with hills and turns but no large drops or twists. My favorite part of this roller coaster is the mine theme. The ride is made to look like mine carts rolling on a wooden track and there are a number of interesting mine related buildings and items set around the ride. This is a fun one for almost anyone.
Dodgem – A great ‘side’ ride that anyone can enjoy! The bumper car attraction allows nearly 20 people to each ride and control their own bumper car and drive around bumping into other drivers. At first glance, I did not really want to spend the time doing this, but at the end of the day, I had done it twice! Incredibly simple, but amazingly fun for anyone who likes to drive around bumping into others!
There are many more attractions that offer a more relaxed ride for those not seeking incredible thrills. These rides are scattered throughout the part and are listed in the map of the park.
When is Cedar Point Open And How Much Does it Cost?
Cedar Point is open daily from May until Labor Day (beginning of September) and the hours are 10am until 10pm.
An adult ticket costs $52 dollars at the gate, or $45 if you buy online. Jr/Sr tickets cost $30 online or at the gate.
There are special discounts for military members, reducing the price to $37 with an ID cars
Additionally, parking costs $12 per car.
A new feature added recently at Cedar Point is the Fast Lane. This allows you to use a different line than regular visitors and is much, much faster. However, it does cost around $50 on top of regular ticket price and a limited number are sold each day. If you have the money, it might be worth it.
If you have questions about ticket prices, go to the Cedar Point Website and learn more there.
Note: the numbers listed above reflect current pricing as of the time this was written. It may change.
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Where is Cedar Point?
Cedar Point is located in Sandusky Ohio. Use Google Maps, MapQuest or your GPS to get there. Or check the map below!
Cedar Point Location in Sandusky OH
Get on this road which will take you directly to Cedar Point located just north on the peninsula