Cedar Point Amusement Park on the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky Ohio is the Roller Coaster Capitol of the World. It also is the number one rated amusement park in the world, with more rides, 75 (as of 2010) than any other park. In 2000 it opened the tallest, 310 feet and fastest, 93 miles per hour roller coaster…the Millennium Force. (Since 2000 that has changed with the addition of Top Thrill Dragster.)
Cedar Point, a seasonal park, has rides for all ages and numerous shows with live entertainment. For lodging it has a campground, several hotels and marina for boat owners.
Growing up on Ohio’s north coast it seems Cedar Point has always been a part of my life. I visited there yesterday, for the first time in many years. It was a day of reminiscing.
First were the days when I visited there as a child, the days of the horse drawn stagecoach rides and especially Jungle Larry’s African Safari. You don’t even see the stagecoach rides listed in the parks history…oh I am old! Another favorite of mine was the Sky Wheel, a double Ferris Wheel, two wheels spinning at once. Also gone are the Fun House, the Pirate Ride and the Scamper.
Then I remembered the days with my girls, and the endless trips driving them to or from “The Point” before they were old even to drive.
Wandering around the park it was comforting to see that somethings had not changed. The Sky Ride was still in the same location, through the center of the park and was the same ride as it had always been; as was the Space Needle and the Blue Streak. I also noticed the Japanese styled Pagoda Gift shop had not changed and the colorful flowers in the flowerbeds were as beautifully manicured as any gardens worldwide.
It was a wonderful day, full of fun on amusement rides and cherished memories of days gone by.