45 Amazing First Timer Tips for Cedar Point (The Ultimate Guide)

Cedar Point, also known to theme park enthusiasts as the Holy Grail of Amusement Parks, the ultimate thrill seeker’s paradise, and literally the World’s Best Amusement Park!

I was able to complete this theme park bucket list item, along with OutDoorsy Diva.

It surpassed my expectations of just how innovative the engineers are when it comes to the latest thrill ride technology.

I was extremely siked about conquering each thrilling adventure Cedar Point had to offer and I know you will be to on your trip!

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Corkscrew and Power Tower at Cedar Point
Corkscrew and Power Tower at Cedar Point

Arriving at Cedar Point

I arrived in Sandusky, Ohio on a brisk autumn morning with one goal in mind…

…to CONQUER as many electrifying rides and attractions as possible!

After all, I needed to experience all Cedar Point had to offer in order to give you a wonderful reason to visit this astounding park.

Pumpkin Patch Discovery on the way to Cedar Point
Pumpkin Patch Discovery on the way to Cedar Point

It’s a phenomenal place for not only beginner amusement park goers, but also for park veterans old and young. There are museums in the park, beach activities, and a water park too!


There is definitely something for everyone at one of the best theme parks in the world!

So it is with great pleasure that I give you the BEST tips on how to make the most out of your first time trip to Cedar Point.

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What’s New for Cedar Point (2021 Safety Protocols)

Before we get into the tips, let’s go through a few things you should know be fore you go this year.

According to Cedar Point, “Face coverings are not required outdoors unless it is not possible to maintain 6’ of social distancing. Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and not have exhalation valves or vents, which allows virus particles to escape.”

More Changes Happening for 2021 (According to Cedar Point):

  • Reservations will be required for Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. Both Season Passholders and Single Day Ticketholders will need reservations. 
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued.
  • The health screen questionnaire will be conducted by associates at all entrance gates and will not be through the Cedar Point mobile app. 
  • There will be no limitations to ride capacity, but social distancing remains in place while waiting in line. Face coverings are recommended while riding rides.
  • Guests aged 10 years and older are required to wear face coverings while indoors, unless actively eating and drinking.
  • If you have not yet purchased your Season Pass, please do so on the Season Pass page. Season Passes will not be available for purchase at park entrance gates.
  • If you have not yet purchased your single day ticket, you may do so on the Cedar Point Daily Tickets page or our Cedar Point Shores Daily Tickets page. Any ticket purchased from these pages includes your reservation.
  • Any guest who purchased a ticket prior to April 26, 2021 will not need to make a reservation to visit Cedar Point.
  • Guests staying at a Cedar Point Resort receive Guaranteed Entry to Cedar Point for their entire stay– no advance reservation is required.

You can read the full guide here.

45 Incredible Cedar Point Tips!

Now that we have all of that good stuff out of the way, let’s get to the top strategies you must use on your trip to this incredible Sandusky theme park.

Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point Roller Coaster Going Over the Hill

1. Research Your Trip

As with any great park trip, research on the latest attractions, shows, events, and policy updates are a great way to know how to tackle your trip.

Research at such an epic amusement park such as Cedar Point lets you know how to map out and plan your day.

It also gives you insight on park traditions, history, and possible secret activities to enjoy that may not be known to everyone.

2. Have the Cedar Point Location and Address Handy

Cedar Point’s address is 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870.

The Raptor blue and green roller coaster at Cedar Point
The Raptor at Cedar Point

3. Review the Cedar Point Calendar

Always go over the Cedar Point calendar before you purchase your tickets. The hours vary especially in the fall.

You can take a look at the calendar here.

What day does Cedar Point open in 2021?

Cedar Point will open on Friday, May 14, 2021!

4. Know Cedar Point Hours

Cedar Point usually opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. in the summer months.

However, during the fall the park hours and days change dramatically so always check the park’s website or mobile app before your visit.

Read: 7 Reasons You’ll Love Rougarou Cedar Point

5. Plan Your Day at Cedar Point

This is one of the top tips for anyone going to Cedar Point!

The park is 364 acres with more than 150 rides, shows, and attractions.

You may not be able to see it all, but getting a game plan together will make your trip much more enjoyable.

Cedar Point classic Ohio Bridge. Perfect Cedar Point Weather.
Cedar Point Classic Bridge

Plans such as, where to start in the park, which rides to attack first, and what time you should try to get there are just a few examples on what to think about.

You should also list out which rides are the most important and start there.

Be sure to print out the map from the official website to know which path to take around the park in order to maximize your day.

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6. Check the Weather in Sandusky, Ohio Before Your Trip

Before you head out to Cedar Point, be sure to check the weather. Don’t be like me and assume September will be cold.

Average Cedar Point Weather

  • May High 68° / Low 54°
  • June 78° / 64°
  • July 83° / 70°
  • August 80° / 68°
  • September 73° / 61°
  • October 61° / 49°

*Weather information from NOAA.

7. Prepare for the Heat

Don’t be like me and think that Sandusky, Ohio has perfect cool weather all summer long.

Cedar Point Roller Coaster Mine Train

In fact, I went to Cedar Point last September and packed all my winter clothes thinking the average temperature would be 60 degrees.

…hey I’m a Floridian and anything under 63 degrees is cold to me.

Come to find out, it was averaging 87 degrees with suffocating humidity. I was sad thinking that I’d escape the Florida heat for a brief week.

A way to combat the high temperatures is to attend a show much later in the day when the heat is at its peak. While watching a Cedar Point show such as, Lusty Lil’s French Revue, you’ll be able to re-energize yourself in the luxury of an air conditioned building.

It’s important to know the signs of heat-related illnesses.

Heat stroke

This is the most serious heat-related illness. It happens when your body builds up heat and can’t cool down.

Temperature gauge with tips for theme park heat in florida


The symptoms include:
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Extremely high body temperature
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
Heat exhaustion

This is when your body loses too much water and salt through sweating. Symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, damp skin that’s slimy to the touch
  • Irritable or confused
  • Weak pulse

Heat fatigue, heat cramps, and heat rash are less serious, but are also signs of over exposure to heat.

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8. Avoid Alcohol on Hot Days

Alcohol can dehydrate and cause heat illnesses to occur.

9. Review the Cedar Point Map Before Your Trip

Be sure to go over the park map below prior to your day.

Cedar Point Map 2020 2021

10. Start Early

This tip is especially important if you will be at Cedar Point for only one day. Starting early goes for any major theme park or event in the world.

An early start not only allows you to be able to fully enjoy the park, it will allow you to feel less pressure and you will be able to jump quickly between each attraction.

Gate Keeper at Cedar Point. Blue Roller Coaster.
Gate Keeper at Cedar Point

Nothing’s worse than finally be able to go to the most amazing amusement park in the world and feeling rushed and disappointed.

That’s why planning out your day and starting early can help ease any unwanted incidents that may occur.

Hipster Power Tip: You will get to enter the park early by either staying at one of Cedar Point’s hotels or purchasing a Platinum Pass.

11. Remember Your Parking Space

If you park in the Cedar Point parking lot, please take a picture of your parking area. It will make it super easy to find your car after a long and exhausting day at the park.

How much does it cost to park at Cedar Point?

Parking at Cedar Point is $20.00 for each vehicle, or $30.00 for preferred parking (prices subject change at anytime).

Can you leave Cedar Point parking lot and come back the same day?

Yes you can, as long as you have your parking receipt handy.

12. Purchase Tickets Online 

There are special perks to purchasing tickets online.

For one, you will be able to skip the long, drawn out ticket queue and head right away into the gates for your pretty wild experience.

Valravn Cedar Point Roller Coaster
Valravn Cedar Point Roller Coaster

Secondly, Cedar Point offers many discounts for advance ticket purchasers.

How much does a Cedar Point ticket cost?

Tickets for the 2021 season are now available for prices as low as $45 (pre-season sale) for a single day ticket depending on peak days vs. non-peak days.

Prices are subject to change.

Read: 7 Amazing Valravn Cedar Point World Records You Must Know

13. Know the Best Days to Visit Cedar Point

In order to avoid the large crowds, I recommend visiting Cedar Point on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. These days are the least busy at Cedar Point during the summer months.

Hipster Power Tip: Cedar Point peak hours are between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to go on off peak hours if you can.

14. Go in the Fall

Most theme park enthusiasts know how obsessive we can be about park hopping in the colorful fall season.

Not only is the weather perfectly enjoyable across the United States, the season also brings about low crowds.

During my first visit to Cedar Point I was lucky enough to attend an awesome Bloggers Con at the perfect time of the year.

Dragster Tall Roller Coaster at Cedar Point
Dragster at Cedar Point

The energy all around the park was magical and the breeze from Lake Erie gave a refreshingly, chilly perk while atop Cedar Point’s sky high thrills.

15. Dress for the Season

Whether you plan on going in the summertime or the fall portion of the park season, it is important for you to dress comfortably for either one.

Lake Eerie at Cedar Point. Lakefront sandy beach.
Lake Erie at Cedar Point

During the hotter months, light clothing with comfortable shoes, sunglasses and a hat is recommended to battle the bright sunshine.

In the cooler months, jeans with a light sweater or jacket will do just fine in the battle between you and the chilly Lake Erie winds.

Read: 21 Top Theme Park Packing List Items

16. Map Out Your Dining Plan

There are so many dining options at Cedar Point that it can get quite overwhelming. What makes Cedar Point different from some of the Florida based theme parks, it that their food offerings are usually from nationally known brands.

Could you imagine eating Chick-fil-A inside the Magic Kingdom?

How magical would that be?

Cedar Point Food and Dining Locations

Cedar Point HalloWeekends Tips
Main Midway
  • Auntie Anne’s® – Fresh Made Pretzels
  • BackBeatQue – Barbecue options
  • Bayou Refreshments – Sugary treats
  • Buckaroo’s Burritos – Build-Your-Own Burritos
  • Burger Patio – Cheeseburger Basket, Veggie Burger Basket, Waffle Fries, Fried Shrimp Basket
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s® – Cheese Steaks, Crab Fries, Pizza, Beer
  • Coca-Cola® Oasis – Chicken Tenders Basket, Pizza, Pretzels
  • Coasters Drive-In Restaurant – Cheeseburgers, Chicken Tenders, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Caesar Salads, Onion Rings, French Fries, Milkshakes, Malts
  • Corral – Chicken Tenders Basket, Walking Taco, Hot Dog-On-A-Stick
  • Dive In – Brats, beer and pretzels
  • Engine House Custard – Frozen Custard Cones, Specialty Buckeye Bites, Soft Serve Ice Cream
  • Mr. Potato Fresh Cut Fries – Chili/Cheese Fries, Garlic Fries, Mini Corn Dogs
  • Johnny Rockets® – Specialty Burgers, Milkshakes, Fries, Chicken Breast Sandwiches
  • Kiddieland Refreshments – Fountain Soft Drinks
  • Melt Bar & Grill – Classic American cuisine (ThemeParkHipster Recommended)
  • Miss Keat’s Smokehouse – Brews and barbeque
  • Midway Market – Buffet Serving American, Italian, & Mexican Food Items, Salad Bar, Soups, Desserts
  • Panda Express – Asian cuisine
  • Pink’s™ – Specialty Hot Dogs, Burgers, Onion Rings, Seasoned French Fries
  • Sky Ride Refreshments – Specialty Roots Sandwiches, Specialty Macaroni & Cheese Bowls, Bacon Chili Cheese Fries, Philly Steak Sandwich
  • Starbucks® – Specialty Brewed Coffee | Pastries
  • Subway® – Fresh Made Sub Sandwiches
  • Sweets & Treats – Elephant Ears, Taffy, Fudge, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Pretzels, ICEE®
  • Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor – Hand-Dipped Cones, Shakes, Sundaes, Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Lakeside Midway
  • Lakeside Express – Cheeseburger Basket, Pizza, Cheese-On-A-Stick, Perch Sandwich Basket, Hot Dog-On-A-Stick, Draft Beer
  • Melt Bar & Grilled – Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Hand Cut French Fries, Fountain Soft Drinks, Specialty Cocktails
  • Potato – Fresh Cut Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Garlic Fries, Mini Corn
  • Yogurt Plus – Make Your Own Yogurt Sundaes
Gemini Midway
  • Grandstand Refreshments – Hot Dog Basket, Nachos, Beer
  • Happy Friar Fresh Cut Fries – Chili/Cheese Fries, Garlic Fries, Hot Dog or Cheese-On-A-Stick, Mini Corn Dogs
  • High Energy Station – Energy Drinks, Ice Cream Novelties, Popcorn, Cotton, Candy
  • Pretzel Fillers – Stuffed Pretzels, Pretzels
  • Yogurt Plus – Make Your Own Frozen Yogurt Sundaes
Millennium Midway
  • Coasters Drive-In Cheeseburger Basket, Coasters Classic Basket, Chicken Tenders Basket, Milkshakes, Malts, Grilled Chicken Sandwich Basket
  • Auntie Anne’s® /Cinnabon® – Fresh Made Pretzels, Cinnamon Rolls, Coffee
  • Dive In – Bratwurst, Pretzels, Bosco Sticks, Draft Beer
  • Dragon’s Inn – Chicken Tenders Basket, Hot Dog Basket, Cheese Sticks Basket, Hot Dog-On-A-Stick Basket
  • Panda Express® – Gourmet Chinese Food, Egg Rolls, Lo Mein, Rice, Orange Chicken
  • J.’s Provisions – Chicken Ranch Wraps, Macaroni & Cheese, Funnel Cake Sundaes, Ice Cream, Caramel Apple Wedges
  • Red Garter Saloon – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Ham & Turkey Sandwiches, Hotdogs, Macho Nachos, Chicken Caesar Wraps, Popcorn, Draft Beers, Malt Beverages
Cedar Point HalloWeekends Tips
  • Coca-Cola® Fountains & Floats – Hand Scooped & Soft Serve Ice Cream Cones, Shakes, Sundaes
  • Chickfil-A – Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Nuggets, Waffle Fries, Lemonade, Milkshakes
  • Engine House Custard – Frozen Custard Cones, Fresh Fruit Smoothies
  • Miss Keat’s Smokehouse – Smoked Brisket, Wings & Sausage, Chopped Pork, Coleslaw, Mac & Cheese, Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Salad
  • Last Chance Saloon – Macho Nachos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Nachos, Southwest Hot Dog Platter, Popcorn, Peanuts, Moonshine, Draft Beer
  • Round Up – Maverick (Bacon Cheeseburger) Basket, Chicken Tenders Basket, Cheeseburger Basket, Bacon Chili Cheese Fries
  • Sidewinder Sue’s – Specialty Sidewinder Fries, Nachos
  • Stockade Refreshments – Grilled Chicken Sandwich Basket, Macho Nachos, Walking Taco, Chicken Tenders Basket, Veggie Burger Basket, Cheeseburger Basket, Pretzel, Elephant Ears, Cotton Candy
  • Wagon Wheel Pizza – Cedar Point’s Fresh Hand-Crafted Pizza by the Slice, Breadsticks
Frontier Trail
  • Trail Tavern – Craft Beer, Specialty Wines, Moonshine
  • Frontier Foldovers – Specialty Foldover Sandwichers, Turkey Legs, Chicken Tenders, French Fries
Mantis Cedar Point Roller Coaster
The missed Mantis roller coaster at Cedar Point
Cedar Point Shores Waterpark®
  • Beaches & Cream – Funnel Cakes, Hard Scooped Ice Cream, Soft Serve Ice Cream
  • Crystal Rock Café – Brisket Sandwiches, Fried Shrimp Basket, Fresh Pressed Pizza, Specialty Salads, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Bratwurst, Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders & Sandwiches
  • Dockside Grill – Cheeseburger Basket, Chicken Tenders Basket, Grilled Chicken Sandwich Basket, Hot Dog Basket, Custard, ICEE®
  • Mufflehead’s Beach Bar – Specialty Cocktails, Beer
  • Schooner’s Bayside Bar – Macho Nachos, Breaded Cheese Sticks, Pretzels, Fountain Soft Drinks, Wine, Full-Service Bar
  • Subway® – Fresh Made Sandwiches

*Dining locations and options subject to change.

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17. Take Advantage of the Cedar Point Dining Plan

The Cedar Point Dining Plan allows you to save money by buying a plan that allows you to eat for one set cost.

NikkyJ at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio with Snoopy

There are currently two main Dining Plan options at Cedar Point for a one day visit:

  • An All Season Dining Plan – allows you to eat all day for a monthly cost of $25
  • All Day Dining Plan – allows you to eat all day for one affordable price for $31.99 (plus tax)

Is the Cedar Point Dining Plan worth it?

Absolutely! As you know, theme park food is pricey. This plan can help you keep your budget under control.

Plus, you’ll have fun tasting all of the delicious treats at Cedar Point.

Hipster Power Tip:  There’s a 90-minute interval time between your meals. 

18. Split Meals

If the dining plan is not your type of thing, consider making a food budget and splitting the cost with your friends.

You’ll save money which will allow you to concentrate more on riding the world’s best roller coasters.

19. Eat at Pink’s

If you’re familiar with the famous Hollywood hotdog franchise, then you’ll be super happy to know that Cedar Point has one!

PINKS loaded Hot Dogs with fries in California anf Cedar Point

I looove Pink’s hotdogs. However, I always have a hard time deciding which hotdog to try.

They’re all so delicious and put together in such a creative way.

20. Spend More than a Day at Cedar Point

Cedar Point is not as massive in size as some of the popular Florida theme parks, but it makes up for it in the number of thrilling attractions and shows to experience.

Can you do Cedar Point in one day?

You can if you are intense about your game plan and possibly have the Cedar Point Fast Lane Pass.

However, there’s so much to see and do inside of top American theme park, that you’ll need at least two days.

Cedar Point Day One Itinerary:

  • Ride Steel Vengeance
  • Conquer Maverick
  • Ride Millennium Force
  • Hop on the Gemini
  • Scream your head off on Top Thrill Dragster
  • Ride Magnum XL-200
  • Conquer Cedar Creek Mine Ride
  • Ride the Skyhawk
  • Hop on the Wave Swinger
  • Get wet on Snake River Falls
  • Enjoy Antique Cars
  • Have Lunch at Miss Keat’s Smokehouse
  • Explore Frontiertown
  • Visit Town Hall Museum
  • Ride Thunder Canyon
  • Conquer Pipe Scream
  • Ride the Corkscrew
  • Experience the Power Tower
  • Have a Snack
  • Watch a show in Frontiertown
  • Redo any rides you missed in Frontiertown or Gemini Midway
  • Relax and take last minute photos

As you can see, on day one we’re focusing on the top half of the park: Frontiertown and Gemini Midway.

Cedar Point Map 1

In order to make the most of your time and money, I recommend staying on site at Breakers Hotel.

This will allow you to get early park access and help you conquer many of the must do rides before Cedar Point opens.

Day Two Cedar Point Itinerary:

  • Ride Gatekeeper
  • Conquer Valravn
  • Ride Raptor
  • Hop on Rougarou
  • Experience the Iron Dragon
  • Ride Blue Streak
  • Conquer maXair
  • Enjoy the WindSeeker
  • Scream your head off on Wicked Twister
  • Have Lunch at Melt Bar & Grill
  • Watch a Show in Main Midway
  • Ride Sky Ride
  • Grab a snack
  • CP&LE Railroad and tour the beautiful Cedar Point theme park
  • Get off train and redo any of your favorite rides
Cedar Point Map 3

As you can see, on day two we’re focusing on the bottom half of the park: Lakeside Midway, Main Midway, and Millennium Midway.

21. Take a Break at Hotel Breakers or the Beach 

One thing I liked about the Cedar Point property was the variety of restaurants and scenic rest stops in and outside of the park.

You will find many popular franchises such as Famous Dave’s, TGI Fridays, Chick-fil-A, and many more!

The coolest thing is the ability to grab your lunch and head out to the majestic shore of Lake Erie where you can spend your park break relaxing next to one of America’s most naturally beautiful lakes.

Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point
Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point

It gives you a stunning front view of the great lake in addition to an equally incredible view of the park’s skyline.

22. Have Dinner at a Restaurant Inside Breakers Hotel

The Breakers Hotel has some of the top restaurant chains in America. I just love the classic, laidback feel of the resort.

Plus, stopping by there after a day of screaming my head off at Cedar Point is the perfect way to end the day.

Restaurants at Breakers Hotel

  • Perkins
  • TGI Fridays
  • TOMO Hibachi

I recommend making a reservation to TOMO Hibachi to cap off your day at Cedar Point.

Hipster Power Tip: Stop by Surf Lounge inside Breakers Hotel for some of the best cocktails on property!

Can you walk from Hotel Breakers to Cedar Point?

You sure can!

There are two park entrances that will land you directly into Cedar Point within a 5-minute walk. They are:
  • Resort Entrance (near Gemini Midway)
  • Beach Entrance (near Lakeside Midway)

23. Take Advantage of Hotel Perks

Along with early park entrance, you can enjoy some incredible perks at Hotel Breakers.

Perks such as:

  • Free Parking
  • Direct Beach Access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Water Park Early Access

24. Take Your Time and Discover the Park

I know you’ll want to conquer every incredible roller coaster and thrill ride, but put some time in your Cedar Point itinerary to discover all the nooks and crannies of the park.

Margaritaville Cleveland Ohio Cedar Point

25. Explore the Sandusky Area

While on your Cedar Point trip, set aside a day to explore the unique city of Sandusky, Ohio and all of the top-notch attractions of Lake Eerie Shores and Islands.

You must visit Put-in-Bay, Ohio!

Put-in-Bay is a small Ohio town on South Bass Island in Lake Erie also known as the “Key West of the North!”

Put-in-Bay Bar in Ohio with bloggers.
Grabbing Drinks at Put-in-Bay Ohio Bar with @Outdoorsy Diva

It’s a short ferry ride from the mainland of Sandusky, Ohio and is one of my favorite places to visit in America.

What is there to do in Put in Bay Ohio?

  • Antique Car Museum
  • Crystal Cave
  • Heineman’s Winery
  • Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub
  • Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
  • Lot’s of topnotch dining and entertainment

26. Take Advantage of Cedar Point’s Child Swap

Cedar Point has something for everyone from the Peanuts gang in Camp Snoopy to Antique Cars the whole family can enjoy together.

According to Cedar Point, the Parent Swap works like this: one parent waits in line to ride a height restricted coaster. After riding, they give their Parent Swap pass to the ride operator, and the other parent/guardian, who’s been taking care of the little one(s), can walk up the exit to get right on the ride.

To participate in Parent Swap, you have to get an authorize slip from Guest Services (at the main gate), Town Hall Museum or Resort Entrance Gate (near Magnum).

Tips for Using Cedar Point Child Swap:

  • Have a designated point to meet back up
  • Parent Swaps passes are good for one day (the day of visit)
  • There’s no time limit during the designated day on the Parent Swap Pass

27. Know Where the Family Care Centers Are

Cedar Point also offers two Family Care Centers, like Disney, that give you private restrooms, secluded nursing stations, quiet playrooms, ice cold water, changing rooms, medical facilities.

They are located in the Planet Snoopy area and between main gift shop and restaurant in Frontiertown.

You can locate them on the park map.

28. Know What to Pack

theme park checklist. What to pack for Disney World.

While preparing for your day at Cedar Point, you should know what basic items to bring with you.

  • Disposable Rain Ponchos or rain jackets
  • Tickets
  • Download ThemeParkHipster App
  • Water in a sealed bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Small snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand wipes
  • Downloaded Cedar Point Park Map
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Hat for sunny days
  • Portable Phone Charger
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Cash
  • Water mist sprayer

29. Know What You Can Bring Inside Cedar Point

Before you pack your day bag, you should know what’s allowed and what’s not allowed at Cedar Point.

Per Cedar Point, you are not permitted to bring any food or drink items into the park.

Can you bring water into Cedar Point?

You can bring individual, unopened water bottles, as well as special diet/need items, may be brought into the park.

Cedar Point in the Fall with pumpkins and Top Speed Dragster

Beer, wine and liquor are also items that you can not bring into the park.

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30. Make Sure You Review the Loose Articles Policy

Cedar Point is extremely strict about their loose articles policy.

For safety reasons, purses, backpacks, beverage containers or any other loose articles may not be taken on the following rides:

  • Blue Streak
  • Cedar Creek Mine Ride
  • Cedar Downs
  • Corkscrew
  • GateKeeper
  • Gemini
  • Kite Eating Tree
  • Magnum XL-200
  • Maverick
  • maXair
  • Millennium Force
  • Power Tower
  • Delbert’s Frontier Fling
  • Raptor
  • Rougarou
  • Skyhawk
  • SlingShot
  • Snoopy Bounce
  • Super Himalaya
  • Top Thrill Dragster
  • Valravn
  • Wave Swinger
  • Wicked Twister
  • Witches’ Wheel
  • Woodstock Express
  • The Woodstock’s Airmail

Can you wear fanny packs on rides at Cedar Point?

You can leave your cell phones or other small items in the cargo pockets or waist packs on select attractions.

Hipster Power Tip: Steel Vengeance does not allow loose articles of any kind including waist packs, purses, beverages, and backpacks. You cannot even bring them past the entrance.

Glasses must also be secured with an athletic strap on Valravn, GateKeeper, Maverick, maXair, Power Tower, Skyhawk, Steel Vengeance, Top Thrill Dragster and Wicked Twister.

You can read all of their ride policies here.

31. Ride the Train at Cedar Point

The CP&LE Railroad is a must do experience on your trip!

Cedar Point Train with Millennium Force blue roller coaster in background
Cedar Point Train

You’ll be taken around Millennium Midway and Frontiertown with some amazing views of all Cedar Point attractions and scenery.

32. Take Lots of Photos

You’re going to be at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World, so be sure to take all those epic shots. You’ll want to have all these photos to remember your incredible time at the park.

Scary horses at Cedar Point halloweekends

33. Attend Special Cedar Point Events

Since Cedar Point is only open from May until October, there aren’t too many special events.

There is one major event that you must attend at Cedar Point called Halloweekends. It’s a spine-tingling event that occurs in September and October.

It’s no Halloween Horror Nights, but it’s still a lot of fun.

More 2021 Cedar Point Festivals

34. Ride Millennium Force!

Cedar Point offers some of the world’s most innovative roller coasters. If you make this thrilling journey to Sandusky, Ohio, then you must go for the big ones!

Make it somewhat of a day to knockout your daredevil bucket list items. It will definitely add some color to an already sensational day.

Millennium Force Blue Roller Coaster in Sandusky Ohio
Millennium Force Roller Coaster

If you can only choose one coaster to feel as if you’re not a “roller coaster chicken,” then I recommend making Millennium Force your ultimate goal for the day.

I was at Cedar Point for an entire weekend. However, it wasn’t until the very last day that I finally mustered up a bit of courage and finally conquered it!

I really had to talk myself into it.

I’m not much of a thrill rider any more (more of a theme park cocktail drinker and people watcher now), but I couldn’t fly all the way from Florida and not do it.

I had to be daring and you should too!

35. Purchase Fast Lane Pass 

I recommend this park feature if you have the extra money and if you are a true coaster fanboy or fangirl.

It will definitely help you get the most out of your day giving you ample time to enjoy Cedar Point in a magnificent way.

Millennium Force at Cedar Point
Millennium Force at Cedar Point

The Fast Lane Pass works by allowing you to bypass the regular lines on more than 20 rides and attractions including Millennium Force, Raptor, and more! It is only valid for the purchased day of admission.

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There are four rides that the regular Fast Lane does not cover are:

  • Gatekeeper
  • Valravn
  • Maverick
  • Steel Vengeance
  • Top Thrill Dragster

Hipster Power Tip: If it’s a really busy day, then you will want to buy the Fast Lane Plus. 

36. Use Side or Back Entrances

A cool tip I learned during my first visit was the ability to use the side entrances when entering the park.

The mentioned entrances will help you avoid the front gate rush and will you the ability to enter right next to the attractions you want to ride first.

Alternative Entrances to Cedar: Access directly to Lake Eerie. Colorful Ferris Wheel.
Alternative Entrances to Cedar: Access directly to Lake Erie

The western entrance will get you the closest to Millennium Force, the second most popular ride at Cedar Point.

37. Don’t Be Rude

Cedar Point is one of the nation’s premiere theme parks, so be kind, have fun, and enjoy yourself.

Remember not to skip people in the line. That is a big no, no at this amusement park.

38. Do it Scared!

Yeah, I know record-breaking roller coasters may not be your thing, but push past any fear and try at least one on your trip.

I can remember my first trip to Cedar Point. Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster were my two rides I had to conquer and I was scared.

Dragster at Cedar Point white and green scary roller coaster.
Dragster at Cedar Point

I’ve always loved roller coasters, but for some reason their coasters all seemed like Goliath standing in front of me and ready to take me down.

On my last day of the trip, I finally worked up enough courage to wait in line for Millennium Force. I can remember the feeling of constant nervousness as the train car eased up the hill.

Then the drop happened and after the initial drop of fear, I was in pure ecstasy!

Still there was Top Speed Dragster that I had to conquer…

…I wouldn’t come face-to-face with it until four years later.

39. Conquer Cedar Point Dragster

Although I wasn’t courageous enough to face Top Speed Dragster on my first trip, I was determined to ride it on my second trip to Cedar Point.

Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point Roller Coaster

Again, I waited until the very last day of my trip to face this beast of a thrill.

I just had to do it!

No turning back!

As I approached my chair in the train, the ride attendant could tell I was scared beyond measure.

She quickly eased my mind and let me know I would be okay. It did help a little, but not enough to keep my hands from shaking as I held tightly on my lapbar.

Then it happened…

Zero to 120 m.p.h. (miles per hour) in 3.8 seconds.

The thrill was like no other.

Fast. Scary. Exhilarating.

Then it was over…

I’d officially conquered Top Speed Dragster and it made me realize how much fear paralyzes us in life.

Fear makes things real that aren’t even there. There was no reason for me not to face this ride.

The only thing that was a stumbling block was my mind.

And that day I won the battle!

Read: Top Thrill Dragster and How to Conquer It Like a Pro!

40. Avoid Magnum XL 200

I feel bad telling you to avoid a ride, but this one was so rough. Usually I can take the light banging of roller coasters, but Magnum XL just hurt.

…and it hurt a lot!

Magnum-XL 200 roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky
Magnum-XL 200

The thing I like about Magnum XL is that the track layout is amazing and the speed is awesome.

Overall, I know this roller coaster can be incredible. I just cannot deal with the pain I feel after it is over.

41. Ride Maverick at Night

I must say that this is an absolute must do!

If you’re a roller coaster fanatic, then you must saddle up and ride crazily through the night on this wild adventure.

Maverick will take you through a “twisted horseshoe roll” and a 400-foot-long speed launch through a pitch black tunnel at a top speed of 70 mph!

42. Know What the Best Cedar Point Rides Are

  • Steel Vengeance (the newest ride at Cedar Point)
  • Maverick
  • Millennium Force
  • Top Thrill Dragster
  • Valravn
  • Gatekeeper
Cedar Point Lake Eerie Roller Coaster View

Does Cedar Point have water rides?

Yes. Cedar Point currently has two water rides:

  • Snake River Falls
  • Thunder Canyon

43. Know What You Can do Besides Roller Coasters

This park has something for everyone and if you’re not ready for the roller coasters, they do have milder rides that I love to enjoy.

The train ride around the park is one of my favorite things to do. I also love riding in the antique car attractions that show the beautiful scenery of the park.

Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point view from Snoopy Land

The Sky ride is a classic and gives epic aerial photo opportunities. Plus, it’s kind of romantic!

Cedar Point has a few shows to do, but something I recommend that’s outside the box is to do a dining and beverage tour.

This can be done by mapping out the various eateries and trying unique snacks at the top locations.

…kind of making it like your own Food & Wine Festival.

Don’t forget to take a break and walk on the shore of Lake Eerie. It’s breathtaking and an absolute must!

Unique Tours and Experiences to Do at Cedar Point

  • Segway Tour: Here you’ll get to ride along the majestic Lake Eerie stopping at important Cedar Point landmarks to hear incredible stories of the rich history of this Sandusky location.
  • Boardwalk Cruiser Wine Tour: This fun adult-friendly experience allows you to enjoy your intoxicating beverage while being chauffeured alongside the boardwalk for incredible views of the Cedar Point Peninsula.
  • Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island: This is a new land for you to discover, filled with adventure and mystery!
  • VIP Tour: If you want to see and do it all without the hassle of long lines, then you’ll want to purchase a VIP Tour to be a Cedar Point Rockstar for the day!
  • Cedar Point Interactive Adventures: You can also participate in activities that allow you to mine for gems, learn the art of glassblowing and create your own candle.

These are just a few of my favorite unique ventures that you can do on your Cedar Point vacation. You can learn more about them here.

44. Buy Cedar Point Souvenirs at Local Stores or Online

Always check local stores like Target, that may have a selection of Cedar Point merchandise for a lower price.

You can also purchase souvenirs on sites like Etsy.

45. Prepare for Cedar Point Bugs

The little flying critters at Cedar Point are annoying! Plus, they’re EVERYWHERE!

Hipster Power Tip: Be sure to look at the riders getting off any of the rides before you. You’ll know how “buggy” the ride is if you see lots of people fanning and wiping their face.

You will notice them as it becomes nighttime especially if the weather is hot and humid.

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Cedar Point Roller Coasters Ranked From Best to Worst

  1. Steel Vengeance
  2. Maverick
  3. Millennium Force
  4. Top Thrill Dragster
  5. Valravn
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. Raptor
  8. Rougarou
  9. Magnum XL-200
  10. Wicked Twister
  11. Gemini
  12. Blue Streak
  13. Iron Dragon
  14. Cedar Creek Mine Train
  15. Corkscrew
  16. Pipe Scream
  17. Woodstock Express
  18. Wilderness Run

Final Thoughts on Visiting Cedar Point for the First Time

If you’re thinking about visiting Cedar Point during the 2021 season, then hit me up with a question or comment below.

Or you can just let me know what your favorite ride is below.

I’d love to answer any questions you all may have. If you have any tips please write them below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


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(Original Article written in Fall of 2014/Updated April 27, 2021)

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35 thoughts on “45 Amazing First Timer Tips for Cedar Point (The Ultimate Guide)”

  1. Thanks for the info. Also FL natives visiting at the end of July and can’t wait. Any advise on getting to the park from Cleveland??

    • You’re going to have sooooo much fun! We rented a car from the Cleveland airport and drove about an hour to Cedar Point. The main highways we used were I-480 (west), I-80 (west), and state road 2 (west). Mapquest has more directional details. It’s a beautiful drive and Cedar Point is an amazing theme park!

    • Glad I could help. I absolutely love Cedar Point and I can’t wait to go back. Let me know how it goes for you guys. I’m sooooo excited for you all 🙂

  2. I am going the last weekend in September. I haven’t been in probably 15 years. I grew up going. I am so excited to go relive childhood memories, eat an elephant ear (you must eat an elephant ear) and release my inner thrill seeker!

    • You’re going to have a blast!!! I will be going this September too (middle of the month). I am sooooo excited. I will definitely try the elephant ear this time.

  3. We’re heading to CP this weekend! We have fast lane passes and are staying at Breakers. We have 2 kids who are tall enough for most rides. Plus a 5yo who won’t ride some. We plan to divide and conquer a bit so the older kids (11 & 9) can hit up the big rides with Dad. Any tips for parents who have to split like this? We took advantage of Child Swap passes at Disney. Does CP offer this? We will be there for one day only.

    • Congratulations on your upcoming Cedar Point Trip!!!!

      Cedar Point has something for everyone from the Peanuts gang in Camp Snoopy to Antique Cars the whole family can enjoy together.

      According to Cedar Point the Parent Swap works like this: one parent waits in line to a coaster or other height-restricted ride. After riding, they give their Parent Swap pass to the ride operator, and the other parent/guardian, who’s been taking care of the little ones, can walk up the exit to get right on the ride.

      To participate in Parent Swap, parents need to obtain a slip to authorize them for the program at one of the following locations: Guest Services (at the main gate), Town Hall Museum or Resort Entrance Gate (near Magnum).

      Some additional tips:
      • Have a designated point to meet back up
      • Parent Swaps passes are good for one day (the day of visit)
      • There’s no time limit during the designated day on the Parent Swap Pass
      • This pass cannot be used for someone to watch loose articles; there must be a child with you

      Cedar Point also offers two Family Care Centers, like Disney, that give you private restrooms, secluded nursing stations, quiet playrooms, ice cold water, changing rooms, medical facilities.

      Don’t forget to take a break and check out the beautiful Lake Eerie beach. It’s such an amazing site to see from high above in the roller coasters!

      Have fun and let me know how it goes 😊

      • As a side note for Steel Vengence… there is a metal detector. If you have a pace maker for any reason be prepared to educate the staff. Our daughter has a pace maker for Epilepsy. It is not for her heart and they tried to keep her riding because they thought pace makers are only for heart issues.

        • Thanks Darlene for this awesome tip that is super important to know!
          I hope your daughter was able to enjoy Steel Vengeance despite the staff not understanding her condition.

  4. Thanks for the great article:) When you used the alternative entrances did you still park in the main parking area and just walk to the other entrance? Thanks!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the tips 🙂 On my first day there, I parked in the lot next to the barbecue restaurant called Famous Dave’s. I went later in the afternoon on a September day so the crowds were low. I entered in the entrance nearest the restaurant with no problem associated with parking.

        • Thank you!

          Out of all the roller coasters Magnum XL was the most painful. I hated to have to put it on my no ride list because it’s fast and has a great layout, but the older I get the less I can handle the headbanging rides. The other rides at Cedar Point are not as bad. The Corkscrew roller coaster has just a little bit of headbanging, but it’s not as bad as Magnum XL.

          Hopefully Cedar Point can improve it 🙂

          I hope you have a great time on your trip!


  5. Hi! My husband and I are going next week to celebrate his 60th birthday. We haven’t done a coaster in about 10 years. In case we can’t handle as many as we thought we can😉 what else would you recommend we do? TIA

    • Hi! Congrats on your epic Cedar Point trip 🙂

      This park has something for everyone and if you’re not ready for the roller coasters, they do have milder rides that I love to enjoy. The train ride around the park is one of my favorite things to do. I also love riding in the antique car attractions that show the beautiful scenery of the park. The Sky ride is a classic and gives epic aerial photo opportunities…plus it’s kind of romantic.

      Cedar Point has a few shows to do, but something I recommend that’s outside the box is to do a dining and beverage tour. This can be done by mapping out the various eateries and trying unique snacks at various locations…kind of making it like your own Food & Wine Festival. Don’t forget to take a break and walk on the shore of Lake Eerie. It’s breathtaking and an absolute must!

      I hope this helps and let me know how your trip goes 🙂

      • Going in August and need to know is purchasing the Souvenir cup for my one day visit worth it? I’m flying in from Texas and don’t need another cup. Lol plus I don’t want to have to lug it around and find places to keep it when I’m riding.

        • If you’re okay with water, I recommend just getting a free cup of water with your meals and may be do one soft drink during your trip. You’ll save lots of money and stay hydrated since it will be warmer in August.

          Have fun!


          Let us know how your trip went. You can leave a comment on our mobile app for me to read on the ThemeParkHipster Podcast or you can leave a message here 🙂

  6. Great article! We are planning a summer road trip with the kids from RI…10 and 14 yr olds… All big roller coaster fans:)How many days should we plan to spend in the park…2?3? Any advice on lodging? We are planning a visit to Hershey on our way back (it will be our second time ) thanks!!!

    • Hi Erin!

      You guys are going to have an amazing time at Cedar Point. I recommend at least 2 days at the park during the weekday (lower crowds) if you can. I went this past fall and it was hard to see and do everything because of the many options and the long wait times.

      I also recommend staying onsite at the Breakers Hotel which will give you early admission into the park. It just makes it so much more easier to focus your time at Cedar Point knowing your hotel is onsite. Plus, it’s a nice resort with access to Lake Erie.

      Chat later,



      I wish I was going to Hershey Park. You guys are sooooo lucky!!!

  7. Great article and tips. Thank you for sharing. We are planning our first trip in August. We have reservations at Breakers. We will be at he hotel for 3 nights and have two day passes to the parks.

    • You guys are going to have a wonderful time. Great job grabbing that reservation at Hotel Breakers! You won’t regret it as you’ll need the early park admission to see and do most of the rides at Cedar Point.

  8. We’ve stayed at breakers but switched to the cabins in the camping section because they’re roomy, easy to get to and best of all have kitchens and private decks with a grill!!

    • Wow! The cabins sound so amazing. I’ve never stayed at one, but based on your description of them I must do it on my next Cedar Point trip.
      How was your Cedar Point visit?

  9. Hi there, great article!

    Going all the way from Brazil to Cedar Point next September 14.
    Also visiting Six Flags Great Adventure, Hersheypark and Canadas Wonderland.
    About CP, shoud I be concerned about finding huge crowds? I know its a Saturday, but not Summer season anymore.

    I just have one day at the park and would love to enjoy every thrill ride without buying Fast Lane Plus.
    See, we dont get this rides here in Brazil. Looking forward to enjoy every second of it.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Gabriel!

      Congrats on the EPIC American theme park adventure ahead 🙂

      As for the September 14th date, it may be crowded that weekend. There’s a conference going on that weekend, plus HalloWeekends starts too. If you can’t get the Fast Lane passes to skip the lines, then I suggest getting to Cedar Point before the park opens. Staying on site will allow you to access the parks an hour early before the general public.

      You can read more about HalloWeekends at Cedar Point here – https://www.themeparkhipster.com/happy-halloween/

      I hope you have a great time. It’s the best time of year to go to Cedar Point!


  10. Hey! Thank you for the informative article. My family and I will be heading to Cedar Point on October 13th. My wife doesn’t ride roller coasters and my daughters are too young. I’m debating if I should get the Fast Lane Plus or not. I am desperate to ride Steele Vengeance, Maverick, and Millennium Force. Is it worth it to get a Fast Lane pass just for those? Should I just wait to see what the crowd is like once I get in the park?


    • Hi Louis!

      Since you guys are going on a Sunday, the lines should be better. If you start your day as early as possible, then you should be able to conquer Steel Vengeance, Maverick, and Millennium Force before 3 p.m. Keep in mind that HalloWeekends will be going on, so that may still cause people to visit Cedar Point on a Sunday.

      If you can get the Fast Lane pass, I definitely recommend purchasing one if you don’t want to wait at all.

      Here’s my guide on HalloWeekends at Cedar Point https://www.themeparkhipster.com/happy-halloween/

      Let me know how your trip goes!


  11. Hello,
    I grew up going to CP and LOVE it!

    My adult son and I are planning a trip there for 2 days and we are adrenaline junkies going for all the coasters as many times as possible.

    The Hotel Breakers is EXPENSIVE. We do not mind getting up super early and waiting for the park to open. The express hotel also allows 1 hour early entrance, correct? Do you see this as a viable option?

    Second, the Fast Lane PLUS pass – do you have to “book” the time you are going to the ride or do you just join a the Fast Lane line?


    • Hi Scott!

      Staying at an Express Hotel is definitely a great option. It’s much cheaper and you get to enter the park early (which is one of the MAIN PERKS for staying at a Cedar Point hotel).

      For Fast Lane PLUS, you do not have to book a time like the FastPass situation at Disney World. I hope you have (or had) a wonderful trip out to Cedar Point!



  12. Great article! My family is visiting Cedar Point (first timers) in July. We are staying at the Breakers and doing 3 days in the park. Our only downfall is that it will be a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are all junkies and our kids are tall enough to ride everything! Do you think that will give us enough time to hit all the roller coasters?

    • Hi Laura!

      Thanks for writing in. You guys will definitely be able to do all the top attractions in 3 days. Since you are staying on-site, you’ll be able to enter the park much earlier than everyone else to knock out the most popular rides first. By day 3, you should be in a good spot to redo some of your favorite rides. I hope you have a great time!

  13. We are going for a halloweekend visit starting Thursday, I want to get the day food pass, are there a lot of food places to choose from with this option?
    Your guide has been very helpful in preparing for our trip.

    • Hi Claire!

      I hope you guys have an INCREDIBLE time! The food festival is such a great add to HalloWeekends…there’s just too many options to choose from, lol. But I’m not complaining 😁


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