There’s more to Cedar Point than roller coasters
Experience the amusement park’s beach parties, Wild West town and more
Cedar Point is not just about roller coasters
Visitors can go to the beach and take part in other activities throughout the park
Spend the night to get more opportunities to see live shows, eat and relax at a beach resort
Cedar Point is synonymous with roller coasters, and that’s probably the main draw for many visitors who go to the amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. However, once you’ve had your fill of rapid twists, turns, drops, and loops, there’s more to explore in the park.
Get your water fix at the beach or water park
Cedar Point sits on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Eerie, so there is no shortage of water activities. The mile-long Cedar Point Beach offers visitors opportunities to kayak, paddleboard, jetski, parasail, take a boat ride or just relax along the shore. There are volleyball courts and a beach bar.
Another way to enjoy the water, and get your thrills, is to head to the Cedar Point Shores Water Park. There’s kid-sized attractions, steep slides and quick rides for adventurous guests, and VIP cabanas for those who want to relax.
Attend a show or special activity
Cedar Point has live entertainment, including dance and musical performances and themed and seasonal shows. There are other activities in the park daily. Take a segway tour along the boardwalk and learn about the park’s history. If that’s not your style, the Barnyard with small farm animals is fun for everyone, not just kids. But speaking of kids, there are activities for them, too, like getting to be a guest train conductor.
Plus, keep an eye out for special events at Cedar Point. Visitors in warmer weather may be able to enjoy wine and cheese during a pedicab ride along the boardwalk. In the summers, guests can party on the beach at Cedar Point Nights, which include DJs, a silent disco, and more.
Live the Wild West at Frontier Town
The Frontier Trail and Frontier Town are Wild West-themed and historic-looking areas of the park, with dining options, craft exhibitions, a general store, and more. It’s where guests can take glassblowing classes or learn how to make candles. It’s also home to Fort Sandusky Mining Company, where children can mine for gemstones. The Town Hall Museum shows photos and memorabilia from the park’s history.
You can also stroll along the Frontier Trail, a relaxing section of the park that provides the perfect place for a break with Adirondack chairs and, according to the park’s blog, bluegrass versions of famous rock songs playing throughout the trail.
In the summer, the park takes the Wild West theme even further with a Frontier Festival.
“Once you’ve had your fill of rapid twists, turns, drops, and loops, there’s more to explore in the park.”
Eat, drink, and stay the night
There are various places to stay at Cedar Point. The historic Hotel Breakers (which opened in 1905 as one of the Midwest’s biggest hotels, according to the park’s website), has indoor and outdoor pools, access to the water and restaurants. Another area, Lighthouse Point, has cabins, cottages, and sites for RVs. If you want to have fun at an indoor waterpark, stay at Castaway Bay.
As for dining, there are well-known chains throughout the park, like Auntie Anne’s and Starbucks. There are also themed options like the Trail Tavern, which has local wine and craft beer, or The Roundup burger joint. Just make sure you digest before deciding to get back on a roller coaster!
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