Skyhawk at Cedar Point: What to Expect 125 Feet in the Air!

I can bet that you most likely loved swings growing up. I did too. Cedar Point took common playground swings and blew it up to 125 feet tall. And boom! The Skyhawk was born.

I have never chickened out of a ride once I was in the queue, but man oh man did I have to think twice about the Skyhawk at Cedar Point.

Now if you’re one of the brave few people who want to swing up 125 feet and not puke, sit back and enjoy this guide on everything you need to know about Skyhawk at Cedar Point!

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Skyhawk Ride at a Glance:

  • Opening Day: May 6, 2006
  • Height: 103 feet tall
  • Top Speed: 65 miles per hour
  • Riders will reach a height of 125 feet
  • Height Restriction: 48 inches

Before you head to Cedar Point you may have a few questions about Skyhawk.

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Cedar Point’s Race to Be the Best

This “super-size swing” was part of Cedar Point’s race to have the tallest and fastest roller coasters (and rides) in the world.

And yes, it was very ambitious which is exactly why they had to do something big– something that would set them apart from the other theme parks and raise it to Disney’s level of stardom.

Cedar Point Skyhawk Ride in the Air
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They decided to beat every other roller coaster in the world. If there was a faster, longer or taller roller coaster, they would beat it by making an even faster, longer or taller roller coaster. 

Now, what’s ambitious?

Anyways, they got their stardom by doing this. But the other theme parks also picked up on this little trick. And so the race began.

Skyhawk Cedar Point in front of the Town Hall Museum

But Cedar Point has managed to keep the gold medal for itself. Many times it fought really hard to keep it.

The Skyhawk was one of its many attempts to reclaim the medal.

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When did Skyhawk at Cedar Point open?

This incredible ride opened to the public on May 6, 2006. At the time, the Skyhawk was the tallest and fastest swing.

It kept that record for almost a whole year before another theme park stole it.

How fast is Skyhawk at Cedar Point?

For this to be a flat ride at Cedar Point, you’ll be surprised to know that Skyhawk can reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour!

But the Skyhawk remains a huge favorite with the adrenaline junkies to this day and is similiar to the Serengeti Flyer at Busch Gardens Tampa.

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Ride Layout of the Skyhawk at Cedar Point

If you’re anything like me, you have skipped to this part because you’re so excited to find out what happens on the ride. It’s quite self-explanatory.

Cedar Point Frontierland with view of Millennium Force and Skyhawk

You stand in the queue like you would for any other ride. The wait time for this ride is much shorter than usual– considering how popular it is with Cedar Point visitors. 

The average wait time is five to ten minutes in the off-peak times and fifteen-twenty minutes during peak times. Quite reasonable, yes?

When you strap yourself into this ride… well, you can’t really call it strapping. You have one single lap bar and a small strap to hold your upper body.

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I have a sneaking suspicion that this is to make sure that you feel as out-of-control as possible. Just to get the adrenaline pumping you know.

Anyways, the ride begins by slowly swinging from side-to-side. And before you know it, you are being flung 125 feet in the air.

That’s twelve stories high. That’s scary. No. That’s scary AWESOME!

The ride will slow down again and the swinging arms will come to a halt right where you started. You will get off feeling a little woozy and totally exhilarated.

Congratulations! You just braved the Skyhawk!

Skyhawk Ride Design at Cedar Point

I love geeking out about ride designs so let’s not waste any more time.

The Skyhawk is one of the few thrill attractions that was made in the USA. The rest are usually from somewhere in Europe– usually Switzerland or Germany.

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Who built the Skyhawk at Cedar Point?

Skyhawk was built by S&S: Sansei Technologies. They are one of the most well-known amusement park builders to build pneumatic rides.

Now that is not a disease (I know it sounds like it).

Pneumatic (in this context) means that the ride uses compressed air to work. Simply put, the compressed air pushes the swing up and then pushes it back down.

Fun Fact: Pneumatic systems also control the opening of the gates of the ride (look out for the hiss) and the movement of the lap bar.

The Skyhawk has two huge swinging arms. The bottom end of these arms has a gondola to carry the riders. Each of these arms can seat 20 riders in its gondola.

That’s 40 riders per minute!

10 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Cedar Point’s Skyhawk Ride

  1. The Skyhawk has about 800 riders per hour on a regular park day
  2. It makes an almost 230-degree arc while swinging– that’s almost a full circle!
  3. This was the world’s tallest swing ride at opening and rightly so considering Skyhawk’s height at Cedar Point is 103 feet tall.
  4. If the Skyhawk was a building, it would be about ten floors high at 103 feet tall.
  5. Towards the end of the ride, riders are moving at a whopping 65 miles per hour!
  6. Riders get flung up 125 feet in the air even though the Skyhawk is 103 feet tall.
  7. You will experience a bit of airtime on the ride aka you will like you are free-falling from 125 feet!
  8. You must be at least 48-inches tall to ride this beast.
  9. There is nothing to hold on to during this ride– just a lap bar. Enjoy!
  10. The entire ride just lasts for one heart-racing minute.

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Top 6 Tips for Skyhawk at Cedar Point

Now that you know about this fun Cedar Point ride, let’s go through a few tips to know before you go!

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Skyhawk Ride at Cedar Point

1. Ride with an empty stomach

This goes for the Skyhawk in particular. All that swinging can really make your stomach churn. 

You don’t want to be spectacularly releasing some unwanted fluid while going 60 miles an hour 125 feet in the air. It’s messy.

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2. Watch the drinking

Same goes for the drinking, since there is the added element of you being drunk and therefore, more likely to hurl.

Just wait till after you ride the Skyhawk. The day is yours to indulge in whatever you like!

3. Check your pockets

I know they announce this one before you get into the ride. But take it seriously.

People have lost their gold rings, favorite bracelet and even glasses because they refused to store them away when on the ride. Don’t be one of them.

4. Ride on the side… Or not

In a ride like the Skyhawk, people sitting on the sides of the gondola get the best experience. By that, I mean that they scream the most.

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Why? Because there is nothing but air on one side! And the wind feels wild. So, if you’re an adrenalin junkie like me, ensure that you sit on the side for maximum fun!

5. Braid your hair

Ladies, this hack will change your life!

Put your hair in braids. This stops it from getting all tangled and looking like a porcupine exploded on it.

6. Read the instructions

Kind of a weird one, but seriously this ride has so many instructions and guides.

And unlike a lot of other thrilling rides and roller coasters at Cedar Point, some of these instructions might apply to you.

SO, please check if you can actually ride the Skyhawk before getting on it.

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And that folks, is the Skyhawk at Cedar Point. 

Just remember that this is not your average amusement park attraction. It is not a ride if you have a weak stomach, mark my words (or the poor people queueing up under you will).

But most importantly, remember not to take yourself too seriously and just have fun. You’re at Cedar Point to let loose and have a great time.

Skyhawk will go down in history not just for being the tallest swing coaster of 2006, but also being one of the most fun rides in amusement park history.

I mean, no one had ever thought of a ‘super-size swing’ before this, really?

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Anyhoo, slap it on your bucket list and you will very proud when you check it off. Just get on with both feet in the swing, tight seatbelt and get ready to scream your head off!

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

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My name is Nikky. I’m a wife, a mother, a pharmacist turned theme park blogger, USA Today 10Best Contributor, and a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related!

Traveling alone to the parks has changed my life and I want to show how you can create your own solo theme park memories.

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(Original Article Date: May 17, 2021/Updated on May 7, 2024)

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2 thoughts on “Skyhawk at Cedar Point: What to Expect 125 Feet in the Air!”

  1. It’s a giant backyard swing. Best way to ride is as you travel FWD Up – put your head to the left or right and tilt it back. Just like a swing when you pull FWD. as your traveling BKWD and you reach the highest point back. Just drop. Relax your body, don’t hold on and drop. Don’t worry. The restraints will catch you. Ride it like this and its one of the better rides in the park.


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