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Known as "the roller coaster capital of the world," Cedar Point is full of fast, powerful, and pleasantly terrifying roller coasters and thrill rides. Certainly not for the timid or faint of heart, some of Cedar Point's rides can transport guests at speeds of up to 120 mph and drop them at an 80 degree angle. Still, Cedar Point is also known for providing a fun family experience, since it is also home to many kid-friendly roller coasters, water rides, and shows. Because of all of this, Cedar Point has also often been referred to as the greatest amusement park in the world.
Three Must-See Attractions at Cedar Point
By going from zero to 120 mph in less than four seconds and propelling its riders 420 feet into the air, the Top Thrill Dragster is a roller coaster straight out of an adrenaline junkie's dream.
Another one of Cedar Point's thrill-inducing roller coasters is the Raptor, a floorless roller coaster that moves at a top speed of 57 mph and turns its riders upside down a total of six times.
By lifting its riders 301 feet into the air, the WindSeeker swing ride is a good thrill ride for those who don't like riding roller coasters as much as other types of rides.
Where to Stay Near Cedar Point
Cedar Point has several of its own lodging accommodations to offer to visitors. One of these accommodations is the Hotel Breakers, which was newly renovated in 2015 and is located just a few steps from the park. Those who chose to stay at The Hotel Breakers can enjoy access to the Cedar Point beach and one hour early entry into the park.
There are also several hotels near Cedar Point that give guests a little separation from the park. Cedar Point personally endorses the Breakers Express hotel, which is less than a five minute drive from the park and has an outdoor spa and heated pool on-site. The Breakers Express is also ideal for Cedar Point visitors because it allows guests to charge purchases that they make in the park to their room at the hotel.
Besides the Breakers Express, there are many hotels located off of U.S. Highway 6. All of these hotels have an average nightly rate of under $100.
Best and Worst Times to Go to Cedar Point
The best times to go to Cedar Point are in May and from the end of August to the beginning of September because although these times aren't Cedar Point's peak seasons, they are the times when the park is less crowded and the wait time for lines is typically shorter.
Another good time to visit Cedar Point is on Fridays-Sundays in October, when the park hosts its special "HalloWeekend" events.
The worst time to go to Cedar Point is from June-the end of August, when the park is typically the most crowded and the wait time for lines can sometimes be several hours.
Once the peak season ends, Cedar Point is only open on Fridays-Sundays in September and October and the park completely closes in November until it reopens in the spring.
Discounts at Cedar Point
Before planning a trip to Cedar Point, visitors should check the "Cedar Point Hotel Packages" page on the park's website. This page is updated with different deals that visitors can get for booking a hotel package, including the ability to gain free admission to the park after 4 p.m.
Active and retired military personnel and AAA members are sometimes able to get a ten percent discount on rooms at places such as the Hotel Breakers and the Breakers Express.
Tickets to the park can be purchased at the gate, but those that buy tickets online are able to save $12 on admission costs, and can save a total of $16 if they buy a weekday saver ticket online.
Active and retired military personnel can receive a $22 discount on admission upon arrival at the gate.
Food at Cedar Point
There are a variety of food stands and restaurants located throughout the park that serve everything from salads to root beer floats. The best place to eat in the park is at the Johnny Rockets, a 50s style diner that serves burgers, shakes, and fries.
In general, food at Cedar Point tends to be expensive, and even a soft drink can cost several dollars. Because of this, visitors may want to consider purchasing an all-day dining plan for a little under $30, which gives them the opportunity to have a main dish and a side every time they stop to eat in at one of the participating restaurants in the park.
Parking at Cedar Point
Parking costs range from $15-$25, depending on the size of the vehicle and if the visitor wants to park in the closest available spot.
The parking lot at Cedar Point is large, so visitors should have little trouble finding a spot, though they may have to park quite a distance from the entrance. Visitors who want to park in a spot closer to the entrance can purchase a preferred parking pass, though it is more expensive than the cost of regular daily parking.
Transportation Alternatives to Cedar Point
The Greyhound Bus system runs routes to the city of Sandusky from almost anywhere in the country. If prospective visitors want to learn more about taking a Greyhound Bus to Cedar Point, they can call 1-800-229-9424 toll-free for more information.
Amtrak trains also run routes to Sandusky from all states except for Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, South Dakota and Wyoming. Those who want to learn more about taking an Amtrak train to Cedar Point can call 1-800-USA-RAIL toll-free for more information.
Author's bio: Miranda Roehler grew up in Northwest Ohio. She studied Creative Writing and History at The University of Findlay and has been published in multiple international journals.