As kids growing up in Ohio we often spent time at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky.
People throughout the entire world know about it. It’s the number-one rated amusement park on the planet. It’s also the second oldest amusement park in North America. With a history dating back to 1870, the classic amusement park/resort on the shore of Lake Erie has seen its share of rides, roller coasters, trends and history.Over the many years in Ohio we were lucky to have the park in our front yard.
Prior to 1870 the Cedar Point Peninsula was mainly used for fishing and hunting. However, that all changed with an editorial in the local newspaper in 1867 calling on “some enterprising person” to utilize the magnificent beach on the lake side of Cedar Point. In the summer of 1870, local businessperson Louis Zistel opened a small beer garden, bathhouse and dance floor on the peninsula. He would bring guests over to Cedar Point on his steamboat, Young Reindeer, for the modest price of 25 cents. By the 1880s it was noted in the local paper that “sailing and bathing parties to Cedar Point are all the rage.”
The history of thrill rides at Cedar Point began in 1892 with the introduction of the peninsula’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway. The addition of the 25-foot-tall, 10-mph scream machine would forever shape the future of Cedar Point. Later years would bring a wide variety of rides, roller coasters, games, shows and more. Visionaries such as George Boeckling, George Roose, Emile Legros, Robert L. Munger, Jr. and Richard Kinzel have all played a significant part in creating the ultimate amusement park that more than 3 million guests trek to each and every summer.
With all the changes over the years, the Cedar Point of today wouldn’t be recognized by a guest who visited in 1870 — with two exceptions. The first thing is the beach, the beautiful, sandy Lake Erie beach. The second thing — and the best thing — is the smiles. The smiles that Cedar Point guests have been sharing since the first ferry crossed Sandusky Bay so many years ago. The same smiles that are sure to be echoed at Cedar Point in the future, as Lake Erie’s summertime tradition continues with the very best in family fun and excitement.
Dock your boat on Lake Erie
Water fun too!
Plenty of room to stay a few days
Fun facts about Cedar Point! • 2016 will be Cedar Point’s 147th season of operation, making it the second oldest continually-operated amusement park in North America • Cedar Point was voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 16 consecutive years by the readers of Amusement Today • Cedar Point features more than 150 rides, shows and attractions • The Cedar Point Peninsula is 364 acres • Cedar Point hires more than 5,000 seasonal employees each summer • Cedar Point has more than 1,420,000 Facebook fans • More than 1.6 million LED lights illuminate the Cedar Point Midway • There are more than three miles of midway in the park • Cedar Point has three unique carousels, with 164 animals to ride, including one of only three operating D.C. Muller carousels in the world • Each year, Cedar Point uses more than 1,800 gallons of paint in 872 different colors
Roller coaster facts! • More than 12 million pounds of concrete were used in the construction of GateKeeper • Each piece of GateKeeper track weighs approximately 7,500 pounds. • Each of the four pieces that make up GateKeeper’s keyhole towers weighs about 65,000 pounds • Cedar Point now has 50,727 feet of roller coaster track… that’s more than 10 miles • Riders travel at 176 feet per second (120 mph) on the Top Thrill Dragster—the fastest coaster in the park • The Mean Streak is made of 1.7 million board feet of treated southern yellow pine • More than 100 tons of nuts and 568 tons of steel were used to build Magnum XL-200 • Cedar Point boasts 71 rides, including 18 roller coasters making it the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World”
Food facts! • Guests drink 802,000 gallons of soft drinks each year • Guests eat on average 91 miles of hot dogs per year • Guests eat on average 190,000 pounds of hamburger patties per year • Guests eat on average 595 tons of French fries per year • Guests eat on average 29,000 gallons of ice cream per year
We have always enjoyed our time at Cedar Point!