For the last few years, my daughter has begged us to take her to Cedar Point. If you are not familiar with Cedar Point, it is an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The last few summers, it didn’t really work with our schedule to plan a day there. I knew I wanted to take here there. Growing up, I loved roller coasters and I knew she would like them too. We were able to finally plan a trip there last weekend!
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A few days before we took the kids to Cedar Point, a friend of mine texted me to let me know that the amusement park had a fantastic deal going on…buy one ticket get one ticket free! If you have that is not a fan of most rides and roller coasters, like we do, this is the deal to take advantage of. Despite not riding many rides, our son had a fun day at the park. Hindsight being 20/20, we should have gotten that child the food plan. He would have taken FULL advantage of it!
Getting Ready for Cedar Point
The last time I was at Cedar Point, was over 15 years ago. A lot has changed since then. Since we are relatively close, we planned on driving up the morning of and driving home after the park closed. However, after doing that, I would highly recommend getting a hotel room near the park. It was a long, tiring drive home after many many hours at the park, in the hot sun. There are many hotel rooms near the park and, after reading a little on their website, it looks like if you stay at certain hotels, you can get into the park early! Well worth it!
Things We Packed
Back in the day, when you went to Cedar Point, you always made sure to have a bunch of quarters with you for the lockers. Not anymore! Now you pay one fee for the entire day and you can come and go as many times as you need to. It was perfect for us. We packed a backpack and stuffed it in the locker at the front of the park. The things we took are:
- Motrin and Tylenol (I have knee issues and we weren’t sure how my knee would hold up walking all day)
- Power Bank to charge our phones
- Long sleeve shirts
As I said, we went to the locker multiple times and it really worked out well for us. The locker cost $15 for the day. I may be old school on a lot of things, but I liked that you could come and go as many times as you needed!
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Rides, Rides, and More Rides!
This was our kids first trip to an amusement park. While our son was not overly enthused about roller coasters and most rides, our daughter was beside herself to be there. The first ride we went on was the Raptor. Back in the day, that was my absolute FAVORITE roller coaster. I was excited to take Bella on it. She was nervous, but had so much fun! She couldn’t wait to go on my rides!
We went to Cedar Point on a Saturday. It was crazy busy. Being the only day we had available, whatever the ride waits were, we had to just deal with it. However, in talking to a few people that go to the park all the time, they recommended that our next visit be on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as those days seem to be less crowded. Despite the crowds, we still went on everything we wanted to and had a blast. While the Raptor was originally my favorite roller coaster at the park, my new favorite is the Rougarou!
Non-Roller Coaster People
As I mentioned, my son is not fond of roller coasters. Cedar Point has so much to offer for non-roller coaster people! Zack and Bella had fun on several of the “carnival” type rides like the Matterhorn. They also have bumper cars and several areas for smaller children. There is definitely something for everyone at Cedar Point! Not to mention, the people watching is always fun! Both my son and I are total people watchers!
Cedar Point is definitely a place we will be visiting again. Not only did we have fun (even those of us that didn’t ride much), but they also have Chick Fil-A! For this Michigan gal, I was very excited to be able to enjoy one of my favorite places for dinner! One tip…purchase the souvenir cup. The cup was around $15, but you could refill the cup every 15 minutes! It was definitely worth it. Plus, if I am not mistaken, when we visit Kings Island later in the summer, I believe we can take the cup there for $1 refills!