Let’s suspend reality and pretend that Cedar Point didn’t have any roller coasters. Shaking your head, right? But, take out the coasters that the park it’s famous for and you’d still have a great park, in my opinion. Even for folks that don’t enjoy thrill rides, there’s plenty to do, see, and eat this season. From water slides to spooky weekends, here’s 6 exciting reasons to visit Cedar Point in 2017.
Brew and BBQ
As a gal that has a “brew snob” for a husband, we’re definitely looking forward to Brew and BBQ. Each weekend from May 19 – June 11 (and Memorial Day as well!), the third annual event is promising to be bigger and better. With four styles of BBQ and over 100 brews to quench our thirst, I know we’ll be spending more time sampling than riding during our visit. The fun begins at 2pm each event day through park closing with last call 45 minutes beforehand.
- $97 – Cedar Point + Brew and BBQ Admission Bundle
- $30 – Brew and BBQ Only (park admission required)
- $25 – Brew and BBQ Only (Passholders, Resort Guests and Marina Passholders)
Cedar Point Shores
New for 2017, Cedar Point Shores is 18 acres of water park fun! Highlights include a six-story plunge, Point Plummet, and Crosscurrent, three tube slides that use fast currents to move you along. Cedar Point Shores opens at 11am daily beginning on Memorial Day Weekend through early September.
Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark
We’ve had the pleasure of staying at Castaway Bay in the middle of winter and it was such a fun respite from the snow and cold for The Kid and me. Only a few miles away from Cedar Point, the hotel offers a fun, tropical theme – and visits from Snoopy and his pals. In a nutshell, the 38,000 square feet waterpark combined with comfortable accommodations and close proximity to Cedar Point is a no-brainer for folks wanting to stay overnight near the park. Not hanging out in Sandusky more than a day or want to break up your park days? Day passes to the indoor water park can be purchased.
Perks of overnight stays:
- Discounted tickets – One day, $45 per guest, two days, $70 per guest, three days, $90 per guest.
- Through May 26, 2017, tickets purchased as part of a hotel package or at the front desk include free unlimited in-park soft drinks. May 27 – September 4, 2017, tickets purchased will include free admission to Cedar Point Shores!
- Early Park Entry – Guests staying overnight at Castaway Bay get in the park one hour before general admission. Popular rides including Valvran, Millenium Force, Maverick, and Gatekeeper, as well as Kiddy Kingdom and others, will be available to ride. Of course, rides, may close at anytime due to weather conditions or other issues.
Cedar Point Nights
Did you know Cedar Point has its own beach? We love taking timer away from the park hustle and bustle to sit and play on the sand – even when it’s just Mr. Locke and me visiting! Every night from July 14 – August 13, 2017, guests can experience Cedar Point Nights at the Cedar Point Beach in a fun way with fire pits, live music, and a Beach Glo Party. There will also be dinner options including grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and a fireworks finale at park closing.
Last Blast of Summer
When summer begins to wind down is when the Last Blast of Summer gets going! Beginning August 21, each weekend will be filled with the opportunity to ride over 70 amusement park rides and sample food truck flavors in an awesome food truck competition. Which will get the honored “first place in taste”? You’ll have from August 21 – September 4, 2017, to find out.
There’s no way to deny that September and October are our fave months to visit compliments of Halloweekends. There’s plenty of family-friendly fun including parades and Peanuts character meet and greets during each weekend day, but once the sun goes down is when I really love the park. Decked out in its Halloween finest, it transforms into a spooky, kooky, spot filled with haunted houses, jump scares, and all of that Halloween holiday fun. Halloweekends are also a time to enjoy more moderate temperatures while visiting the park, too.
Is Cedar Point one of your annual summer treks? What are you looking forward to most this season? Please let us know in the comeent section below!