Cedar Point is pure Americana. My kids go almost delirious with joy whenever we head to Sandusky -- the park is practically a right of passage for any adolescent within a 500 square mile radius.
The roller coasters are the main attraction, of course, but there is always the sense that the management is continuously working to improve the experience. Every year we visit there are new rides, better food and general upgrades to the park operations.
*Get there when the park opens and hit the biggest, newest attractions first. The lines for flashiest stuff will quickly rack up to hour-long waits on a sunny day but you can easily ride them a few times before the masses show up.
*Wear a bathing suit under your clothes. The water rides in Cedar Point (not just Soak City) are awesome, and you will get soaked. The park offers lockers to store your stuff, and I can tell you from experience that walking around in drenched denim shorts isn't the way to go, even on a hot day.
*There is healthier food available if you search a little for it. Dodge the funnel cakes and $10 chili fries for some Panda Express or veggies. They even have an extensive salad bar offering at a restaurant in the front of the park.
*Don't pay retail. There are tons of coupons available on-line and the local grocery stores usually sell discounted tickets at their customer service desks.
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