Get Your Thrills at Cedar Point

It’s common to hear screaming in the town of Sandusky, Ohio, but don’t worry – they’re just the excited screams of visitors riding the many roller coasters at the Cedar Point amusement park.

Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in North America, covering a total of 364 acres. Cedar Point is known as “America’s Roller Coast,” and it holds the world’s record for the most roller coasters. In fact, it’s the only amusement park that’s home to four roller coasters taller than 200 feet. In 2008, it had more rides than any other amusement park, with 75 rides in total. It has also been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 11 straight years. Roller coasters fanatics go crazy about Cedar Point and for good reason – there’s simply no better destination in American if you want to ride a roller coaster.

Cedar Point takes its name from the native cedars that once covered the peninsula where it’s located. The first roller coaster – the Switchback Railway, which ran on gravity – opened in 1892. In 1902, a figure 8 roller coaster known as The Racer made its debut, and 1926 brought with it the Cyclone. After the Cyclone, Cedar Point didn’t have many changes in the roller coaster department until 1959, when the Wild Mouse was built.

The Blue Streak, the oldest Cedar Park roller coaster still in existence, was built in 1964, and in 1976, the record-breaking Corkscrew coaster was built. It was the first corkscrew roller coaster to have three loops and to span a midway. Next, the Iron Dragon debuted in 1987, the same year the outdoor water park Soak City opened.

Soon after, the roller coasters at Cedar Point began to regularly set records. When the Magnum XL-200 opened in 1989, it set new world records for height and speed, which were broken by the Mean Streak in 1991. The next year, Cedar Point celebrated 100 years of roller coasters and opened its outdoor water attraction, Snake River Falls.

An inverted coaster called Raptor debuted in 1994, and among stand up roller coasters, the Mantis took first place in speed and height when it opened in 1996. Next up, the Millennium Force, which opened in 2000, remains one of the tallest, fastest and longest complete circuit roller coasters even today. The Wicked Twister, which next claimed the titles of fastest and tallest inverted coaster, opened in 2002, and the Top Thrill Dragster, which opened in 2003, still holds second place in terms of height, at 420 feet, and speed, at 120 miles an hour.

Of course, there’s more to do and see at the park than ride roller coasters. The following are some other notable attractions that might catch your eye:

  • The world’s largest swinging ride, the Skyhawk, swings at speeds of up to 60 mph.
  • The Witches’ Wheel is the ride for you if you want to find yourself upside down about 60 feet above the midway.
  • If you like Ferris wheels, check out the Giant Wheel, one of the tallest in North America.
  • For a vintage carousel experience, take a ride on the Midway Carousel, built in 1912. It’s the oldest ride operating at Cedar Point.
  • Take a spin, literally, on the Space Spiral, which set height records as the first amusement park ride that topped 300 feet tall. When it was built, it was the tallest ride in the world, and still remains the second tallest in the park.

There are plenty of other things to do at Cedar Point as well, so you’ll be glad to know there are plenty of hotels and restaurants where you can rest and catch your breath before taking the next slow climb to the top and the fast plunge down the other side of a world-famous roller coaster.