Cedar Point is an amusement park on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. It was the second amusement park to open in the United States, in 1870, after Lake Compounce Amusement Park, which opened in Connecticut in 1846. See existingcountries.com to learn more about the state of Ohio.
As of 2013 , Ohio’s Cedar Park has been one of the most visited seasonal theme parks in the United States.
72 rides on 364-acre (147 ha) await visitors to Cedar Point Park.
With 16 roller coasters, it is the third largest amusement park after Canada’s Wonderland and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Its largest roller coasters are over 200 feet (61 m) tall. There are even four of them in Cedar Park: Magnum XL-200, Millennium Force, Wicked Twister and Top Thrill Dragster.
The amusement park in Ohio is an absolute must for every visitor to Sandusky. Roller coaster fans in particular will experience true joy here and get to know their limits.
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History of Cedar Point Park in Ohio
It started out as a small fishing community, but by the mid-19th century Cedar Point Peninsula had become a popular vacation spot for many Americans.
Cedar Point was opened in 1870 as a park and beach on Lake Erie by a Sandusky businessman . Beginning with boat rides and animal rides, the groundwork was laid for Cedar Point to begin as an amusement park. Bathhouses were built, diving boards into the lake were added, a platform in the water and a clubhouse with dining, bowling, dancing and changing.
Each year Cedar Park has added an attraction, such as a baseball field, a Grand Pavilion with a two-story theater and concert hall with a bowling alley.
In 1892, the first roller coaster, Switchback Railway, opened at Cedar Park with a height of 5 feet (7.6 m) and a top speed of 10 miles per hour (16 km/h). Four more roller coasters were added from 1902 to 1912. The oldest active roller coaster in the park is Blue Streak, built in 1964.
In 1897 the peninsula was sold and became the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company. Many new attractions were created, such as the second roller coaster, The Racer. In 1902, the first Hotel Breakers opened for visitors to Cedar Park.
In 1917 there were already three roller coasters, and more hotels and restaurants opened up. Cedar Point became one big amusement park.
In the late 1930’s the Cedar Resort was sold to the State of Ohio and extensively redeveloped. On March 28, 1960, Cedar Point announced plans to convert the park into Disneyland, but the plan fell through.
With many new rides and roller coasters, Cedar Point Park has been expanded to this day. Some world record breakers at altitudes of up to 420 ft (130 m) and speeds of up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) will be there.
In 1997 Cedar Point Park introduced HalloWeekend, a Halloween event featuring haunted houses and mazes during the Halloween period.
Big new attractions came in 2012 with the Dinosaurs Alive ! with life-size animated dinosaurs and, in 2014, with the Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles rides.
Roller Coasters at Cedar Point
Altogether, Cedar Point has 16 roller coasters. We have presented all of the roller coasters from Cedar Point Park with the respective level of difficulty.
- Blue Streak (1964) – Difficulty Level 4 – A wooden roller coaster, the oldest operating roller coaster at Cedar Point.
- Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1969) – Difficulty Level 4 – A steel mine roller coaster.
- Corkscrew (1976) – Difficulty Level 5 – A steel roller coaster, the first roller coaster with 3 inversions.
- GateKeeper (2013) – Difficulty 5 – A steel wing ride, with the highest inversion of any roller coaster in the world.
- Gemini (1978) – Difficulty Level 5 – A wooden roller coaster. It was marketed as the tallest, fastest and longest when the railway opened.
- Iron Dragon (1987) – Difficulty 4 – A yellow suspended steel roller coaster.
- Magnum XL-200 (1989) – Difficulty 5 – A steel roller coaster. It was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world when it opened.
- Mantis (1996) – Difficulty Level 5 – A steel roller coaster. It was the tallest, fastest and steepest stand up roller coaster in the world when it opened. Mantis has just closed and is being transformed into Rougarou, a bottomless rollercoaster opening in 2015.
- Maverick (2007) – Difficulty Level 5 -A steel coaster, the steepest coaster in the park.
- Mean Streak (1991) – Difficulty 5 – A wooden roller coaster, it was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world when it opened.
- Millennium Force (2000) – Difficulty 5 – A steel roller coaster, tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world.
- Raptor (1994) – Difficulty Level 5 – A steel roller coaster featuring as the first inverted roller coaster with a cobra roller.
- Top Thrill Dragster (2003) – Difficulty 5 – A steel roller coaster, it was the tallest and fastest when it opened.
- Wicked Twister (2002) – Difficulty Level 5 – A steel inverted momentum roller coaster. Current it is the tallest and fastest inverted coaster in the world.
- Wilderness Run (1979) – Difficulty Level 2 – A steel children’s roller coaster.
- Woodstock Express (1199) – Level 4 – A steel junior roller coaster at Camp Snoopy.
Rides at Cedar Point
Cedar Point has 16 rides. We have put together all the rides at Cedar Point Park for you, with the respective level of difficulty:
- Calypso (1970) – Difficulty Level 3 – An amusement ride that spins riders in two directions of movement.
- Cedar Downs Racing Derby (1967) – Difficulty Level 3 – A carousel with racehorses.
- Dodgem (1970) – Difficulty 4 – A more classic bumper car.
- Matterhorn (1972) – Level 3 – A Matterhorn, riders swing up and down clockwise.
- maXair (2005) – Difficulty 5 – Moves like a frisbee rotating.
- Monster (1970) – Difficulty Level 3 – A monster octopus.
- Ocean Motion (1981) – Difficulty 3 – A swinging pirate ship.
- Power Tower (1998) – Difficulty 5 – A large drop tower.
- Scrambler (1960) – Difficulty Level 3 – The oldest ride in Cedar Point Park.
- Skyhawk (2006) – Difficulty 5 – Currently the world’s largest swing ride.
- SlingShot (2014) – Difficulty Level 5 – A 236 foot (72 m) high ride at up to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h).
- Super Himalaya (1970) – Difficulty 3 – A circular ride with different levels.
- Troika (1976) – Difficulty Level 3 – Three-armed ride in which you spin to a height of 25 feet (7.6 m).
- Wave Swinger (1979) – Level 3 – A wave swinger that reaches a height of 16 feet (4.9 m).
- WindSeeker (2011) – Difficulty 4 – A huge tower with a big carousel wheel.
- Witches’ Wheel (1977) – Difficulty 4 – A Ferris wheel that turns the driver upside down several times.
Cedar Point Park
Cedar Point has eleven family rides. We have put together all the rides at Cedar Point Park for you, with the respective level of difficulty:
- Antique Cars (1969) – Difficulty 3 – A car ride with cars reminiscent of Cadillacs.
- Cadillac Cars (1958) – Difficulty Level 3 – A track of cars.
- Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad (1963) – Grade 1 – A 15 minute narrow gauge railroad that travels along Lake Erie.
- Giant Wheel (1972) – Difficulty Level 2 – A Ferris wheel 136 feet (41.5 m) tall, making it one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America.
- Kiddy Kingdom Carousel (1968) – Difficulty 1 – A classic carousel.
- Lake Erie Eagles (2014) – Difficulty Level 3 – A flying eagle with eight wagons.
- Midway Carousel (1946) – Difficulty Level 1 – A classic carousel, the oldest ride in Cedar Point.
- Pipe Scream (2014) – Difficulty Level 4 – A U-shaped rail that climbs 43 feet (13 m).
- Sky Ride (1962) – Difficulty Level 3 – A gondola ride.
- Tilt-a-Whirl (1999) – Difficulty Level 3 – A ride at Camp Snoopy.
- Turnpike Cars (1959) – Difficulty Level 3 – The car ride on rails.
Water rides at Cedar Point Park
Cedar Point has three water rides of its own. Here we have put together all the water rides from Cedar Point Park with the respective level of difficulty:
- Shoot the Rapids (2010) – Difficulty Level 5 – A Log Flume Ride – Two 85ft (26m) and 49ft (15m) chutes take you down.
- Snake River Falls (1993) – Grade 5 – Opened as the world’s tallest and fastest water ride with a drop of 80 feet (24 m).
- Thunder Canyon (1986) – Level 4 – A river rafting trip.
National Register of Historic Places im Cedar Park
Cedar Point has several historic buildings on the peninsula, many dating from the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. The oldest building on the peninsula is the Cedar Point Light, a restored lighthouse built in 1862. Other buildings on the National Register of Historic Places include the 1906 Coliseum and the NRHP, a US Coast Guard Building.
In addition, all three Cedar Point carousels (Midway Carousel, Cedar Downs Racing Derby and the Kiddy Kingdom Carousel) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Attractions near Cedar Point
There are other interesting Ohio attractions near the park : a water park called Soak City, an indoor water park called Castaway Bay, and the Challenge Park next door.
Challenge-Park beim Cedar Point Park
The Challenge Park is located between Cedar Point and Soak City. It was opened in 1992. In order to be able to use the attractions of the Challenge Park, you have to pay a new entrance fee.
Soak City beim Cedar Point Park
In 1988, Soak City opened a water park at Cedar Point. It borders Cedar Point and must be paid for separately.
Cedar Point Resorts & Campgrounds
Cedar Point owns and operates six resorts located near the park and Cedar Point Beach. Here you can stay overnight, the oldest resort at Cedar Point Park is the Hotel Breakers. Other hotels include the Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point, Castaway Bay and Breakers Express.
Camper Village is an RV campground in Cedar Point.
Cedar Point amusement park hours of operation
Cedar Point is open daily from mid-May through Labor Day – the first Monday in September. After that, the park only opens on weekends until the beginning of November, when the big Halloween event – HalloWeekends – starts with many attractions.
Address of the Cedar Point Park attraction in Ohio
One Cedar Point Drive Sandusky
OH 44870, United States