I first got to go to Cedar Point with the family for HalloWeekends in September last year (read about that post HERE). With children ages 5 and 7, I wasn’t sure if there was much to do for my girls. I soon learned that question was obsolete. My girls had SO much to do! So Mia and Meghan were super-excited when we were invited up for Memorial Day. They had area bloggers up to enjoy the day with their families and hosted a lunch for us. It’s about a 2 hour drive for us, so we were up and out the door pretty early. For coffee lovers, you’ll be excited to know there’s a new Starbucks! Coffee and adrenaline – a great mix to help a Mom out!
We headed straight back for their two new rides, Lake Erie Eagles and the Pipe Scream at the back of the park located in the Gemini Midway. Meg loved these rides that she was included on as well that felt “grown-up.”
Heading to the Roller Coaster capital of the WORLD, Mia was elated that she had hit the magic 48″! She was able to ride quite a few of the the “BIG” coasters. She loved it SO much, she was riding in the first car a few coasters in. There are so many rides and options for 48″ riders. You can find the full list of height requirement for rides HERE.
We really enjoyed having Mia be able to ride some of the coasters with us. Before we had to take advantage of Cedar Point’s “boarding pass.” While one parent rides, the other waits with the children near the ride exit. When the first parent has finished riding, the other can slip in the exit door to take the ride without waiting in line. You can ask for a pass at the Operations Office, near Kiddy Kingdom.
Meg was not left out! There are 4 kid-friendly areas devoted to our little tikes, not counting all of the family rides Cedar Point has as well. There’s the Kiddy Kingdom, Planet Snoopy, Camp Snoopy and the Gemini Children’s area. This is near the new family rides, Lake Erie Eagles and Pipe Scream. Each of the children’s rides has a thrill rating to allow parents to make decisions according to their child’s personality. You will find a sign posted to let you know in advance what kind of thrill to expect. The children’s areas seem to have a bit more shade than other areas of the park. For a sunscreen fanatic like me, I welcome this! Having two children with fair skin is always a challenge to keep up on sunscreen when fun is involved!
We also loved visiting Dinosaurs Alive again. It’s heavily shaded and a slower pace. Kids LOVE it and Jim and I really enjoyed reading the facts. These are life-like animated replicas that allow you to appreciate the sheer mass and size of these prehistoric beasts. Many of the animatronic dinosaurs are interactive, allowing us to press buttons on the dinosaur’s sign that control the sounds and movement of various body parts. Dinosaurs in the exhibit include: Albertosaurus, Allosaurus, Amargasaurus, Angustinaripterus, Anhanguera, Apatosaurus, Baryonyx, Carnotaurus, Chasmosaurus, Deinonychus, Dilophosaurus, Eotyrannus,Herrerasaurus, Hypacrosaurus, Irritator, Kosmoceratops, Mamenchisaurus, Mojoceratops, Monoclonius, Monolophosaurus, Olorotitan, Omeisaurus, Ouranosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Ruyangosaurus, Saltasaurus, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus,Tenontosaurus, Torosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Yangchuanosaurus.
I am excited to get back up to Cedar Point. My girls’ new love is water parks, so I would love to try out Soak City!
Where is Cedar Point? Cedar Point is in Sandusky, Ohio, midway between Cleveland and Toledo and about an hour from each. From Cleveland, take I-80 (the Ohio Turnpike) west to Exit 118 and follow the signs on U.S. 250 north; from Toledo, take I-80 east to Exit 110 and follow Route 4 north. In Sandusky, follow the signs to the Cedar Point Causeway.
Where to get tickets? Cedar Point runs specials all the time – make sure you check out Cedar Point on the web first. You can also find discounted tickets at Drug Mart, Giant Eagle, AAA and Credit Unions (may vary).
LOVE this Picture! Aren’t those the cutest docs you’ve seen in awhile?