Day Tripping from the CLE: Cedar Point


Last night I slept like the dead. The kind of sleep that only comes after 10 hours of walking around an amusement park, riding extreme thrill rides and gorging on Bavarian pretzels with cheese. If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about the infamous Cedar Point.

Before I could even walk, my parents were taking me to the roller coaster capital of the world, more formally known as Cedar Point. Just over an hour away from the great city of Cleveland, it’s the perfect day trip. Or weekend trip if you choose to stay at the iconic Breakers Hotel, located just outside of the park gates.

Cedar Point is a perfect mix of some of the best roller coasters in the world, rides for all ages, entertainment and delicious (and totally unhealthy) food. Whether you enjoy the thrill of plummeting hundreds of feet through the air on Millennium Force (arguably one of the best roller coasters in the world) or taking the train ride through Frontier Town, you’ll have a blast spending the day at Cedar Point.

To make your trip even more enjoyable, I’ve compiled a list of helpful suggestions when planning your day at Cedar Point!


  • Never, ever pay full price for a ticket. Discount tickets are abundant, with some of the best deals being available as a AAA member. If you purchase your tickets on Cedar Point’s website you save $12 and Discount Drug Mart sells tickets for $49.99.
  • Don’t go on Friday or Saturday. Visit the park on days that are less crowded, like Sundays. Lines were ridiculously short on the Sunday we visited, even with nice weather. AAA Sunday tickets are only $38.
  • Start with the rides at the back of the park. It’ll be less crowded early in the day since the majority of people enter through the front gates.
  • Suck it up and buy the Fast Pass Plus. It will be the best $90-100 you may ever spend. You don’t have to wait in line for longer than 15 minutes at a time, you aren’t rushed while you’re at the park and you get to ride all of your favorite rides multiple times.
  • While we’re talking passes, buy the unlimited drinks wristband. While I missed out on this awesome opportunity, our friends paid an extra $5 and got unlimited soft drinks and ice water all day long. Considering the cost of one drink is basically $5, it’s a great investment.
  • If you’re planning on staying overnight, staying at the Breakers Hotel or one of the other Cedar Point properties grants you early access to the park. That gives you the opportunity to ride your favorite rides without waiting in long lines at the beginning of the day.

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