Visiting Cedar Point | Wednesday Activity Review

Today’s Wednesday Activity Review is a visit to Cedar Point. Unlike some of our other Wednesday Activity Reviews, this is truly an all day affair as Cedar Point is about 2 hours from Ann Arbor. On our trip, we left the house at 7:45a and returned home at 10:45p.

Thank you to Cedar Fair and Blog Meets Brand for sponsoring our visit and this article. All opinions are our own. 

Cedar Point: The Roller Coaster Capital of the World

Cedar Point refers to itself as The Roller Coaster Capital of the World. The coasters are definitely a big draw for my family who loves thrill rides. Cedar Point is located on an island in Lake Erie. As you drive across the causeway to the park, you get a great view of the towering roller coasters.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Causeway View

Then, as you approach the entry gate, you can catch a glimpse of GateKeeper threading the key holes on either side of the entrance.

We arrived right shortly before opening, so we had to wait for 10a to be allowed past the entrance midway.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Waiting for Opening on the Midway

We decided to head for Valravn, last year’s new addition. This drop coaster is one of our favorites and we wanted to visit early in the day. We waited about an hour, but by the time we left, the wait was nearly 2 hours. The views from the top are amazing. You can see across the whole park.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Valravn

Next we visited Millennium Force which only had a 30 minute wait. Personally, I love the view of Lake Erie as you climb the initial hill. It looks like you are right next to the water.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review -Millennium Force

Of course we made time to ride GateKeeper after lunch. I love how smooth the ride is.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - GateKeeper Line

We made time for a few other thrill rides like MaxAir 360, Sky Hawk, and Magnum XL.

Taking a Break at Cedar Point

If you visit on a hot, crowded day, you may want to take a break from the heat and lines. While Cedar Point has shows, you are still restricted to a schedule. We have a few options that are available at any time.

Glass Blowing

My daughter loves watching the Glass Blowing demonstrations. While the show is outside, the area is shaded and usually not crowded. The show runs continuously throughout the day with some short breaks between pieces.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Glass Blowing

Shopping

Of course Cedar Point has several gift shops. The merchandise does vary by store, so my daughter likes to visit multiple shops. We have plans to return for a weekend in September, so she bought a long sleeve shirt anticipating cool temperatures.

Museum

My daughter is fascinated by the Cedar Point Museum. There are some old carousel horses, pictures of the park’s early days, and models of rides. She loves sitting and watching the movie about the development of some of the biggest coasters. We were disappointed that the museum case with their Golden Ticket awards was gone.

Arcade

We ended up in the arcade for the first time on this visit. There are mens and women restrooms on either side of the arcade so we met inside. 

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Arcade Sega

 

Barnyard

The Barnyard offers a petting farm with animals. Feed is available for them as well. Parts of the barnyard are in the shade, but some areas are sunny.

Cedar Point Wednesday Activity Review - Barnyard

Ride Selection

A number of rides are under a cover and have minimal wait times. My daughter recommends the Bumper Cars. There are also several water rides that would offer some relief on a hot day.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Bumper Cars

The Beach

You can exit Cedar Point towards the Breakers Hotel and explore the Beach. Just make sure to get your hand stamped as you leave for re-entry into the park. You can also play in the sand and swim in the lake. They have beach volleyball nets setup as well. The night we were there, it looked like they were setting up a screen for a movie on the beach. Cedar Point Nights runs from July 14-August 13. There will be special activities on the beach – live music, fire pits, Beach Glo Party, and more. On the beach there are also paid activities like wave runners, parasailing, and more. 

Dining at Cedar Point

On our visit, we took the time to have indoor, sit-down meals in the park for lunch and dinner.

The Melt Bar & Grilled

For lunch, we visited The Melt Bar & Grilled. This Ohio chain is a new addition to Cedar Point for 2017. I love how the interior decor pays tribute to Cedar Point history. When we looked at the menu, we noticed that the sandwiches were all available as whole or half sandwiches. My daughter and I decide to share a whole Monte Cristo sandwich while my husband had a half Hot Italian.

Chickie & Pete’s

We were introduced to Chickie & Pete’s by friends in the Philadelphia suburbs. Their crab fries (fries with crab seasoning) and cheesesteaks are our favorites. We decided to share an order of crab fries and two cheesesteaks between the three of us. I was debating between two different cheesesteaks. Fortunately, my husband and daughter each picked one of these two. I had 1/3 of each of their sandwiches, leaving us each 2/3 of a cheesesteak. It was a perfect portion size for each of us.

Cedar Point Shores

Cedar Point Shores is a new water park that opened this year. It has a separate entry from Cedar Point. You can purchase either a Cedar Point Shores admission ticket or a 2-day 2-park ticket. The water park looks like it would be fun – although my daughter expressed some reservation about their drop slides.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Cedar Point Shores

Since we were not able to visit Cedar Point Shores, I was provided with a few photos and information on the park to share.

New for 2017, it’s Cedar Point Shores Water Park! Enjoy 18 acres of splish-splashin’ fun, featuring four new water attractions. Explore new water slide attractions like Point Plummet and Portside Plunge or head over to Lemmy’s Lagoon or Lakeslide Landing where the whole family can have fun! Indulge in new food options at Crystal Rock Cafe and then kick back and relax at Schooner’s Bayside Bar or Muffleheads Beach Bar! Join the conversation using #CedarPointShores.

Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Cedar Point Shores -Slides Cedar Point - Wednesday Activity Review - Cedar Point Shores - Racing Slides

Cedar Point Shores looks like fun and we will have to plan a visit sometime.

Plan Your Cedar Point Visit

The best way to plan your visit to Cedar Point is to visit their website. Hours vary by day. The website is also a great place to purchase your tickets. Online ticket prices are less expensive than gate prices.

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5 comments

  • I love cedar point! I grew up going there since we only lived 1.5 hours a way 🙂

  • Melody

    This is great info. Thanks for going so in-depth. We’re planning to visit soon!

  • Liz

    Sounds like a fun day, I love Cedar Point. I went with friends a few weeks ago. I saw that Melt place and that it was new, sounds a bit like Tom+Chee.

  • I haven’t been to Cedar Point in SO long! I don’t think my husband and I have ever been there together! We need to go sometime soon! I like your idea of taking breaks and I had no idea they had a museum. I’m not a big heights person which is probably why I haven’t been in so long, but I do like the spin you around rides.

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