When you were a kid, roughly between the ages of 4-10, did you and your friends compare one another by how tall you were in inches? Among my daughters and their friends, this seemed to be their only concern until they reached the all-important 54” mark. That’s the height one is officially tall enough to ride everything that Cedar Point has to offer.
For those of you who are either not from the Mid-West or an amusement park enthusiast, Cedar Point is located on the southern shores of Lake Erie. When asked where I live, I often just tell people “near Cedar Point” instead of my actual town. A simple internet search of “top amusement parks in the world” will have Cedar Point ranked in the top 10. (I did find one search that did not include Cedar Point in their top ten. I immediately dismissed the search results as “fake”). Between the years 1997 – 2013 Cedar Point held the title of “Best Amusement Park in the World” by Amusement Today.
This weekend is opening weekend for Cedar Point, its 151st opening day. It is a bit unfortunate that the park could not celebrate its 150th birthday last year as it planned. Like most other venues and events planned in 2020, Cedar Point wasn’t immune to Covid either. In honor of the second oldest (active) amusement park in the United States, I thought I’d share some of its history with you: https://rollercoaster.fandom.
This next article discusses the historical buildings still being utilized today. I didn’t know much of the information in this one: https://www.themeparkinsider.
If you aren’t 54” (or brave enough), here are videos of a few of the rides from the front car vantage point:
Steel Vengeance (the new fan favorite) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Millennium Force (still my favorite) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Gatekeeper (best seat is front left) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The park is best known for its big rides but it does offer other activities as well, to include various shows throughout the park. If you do get to the Point this summer, I recommend catching one of the shows at the Red Garter Saloon. There’s a good chance you’ll see my brother, Frank, performing. If you wonder which musician he is, just yell “Brother Frank!” and that’ll catch his attention. He’ll also know that I sent you.
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As always, I hope that you are doing well, and staying safe & healthy!