Adrenaline-pumping fun for the whole family.

Travel + Leisure
May 16, 2012

The northwestern Ohio city, set along Lake Erie, is best known as the roller-coaster capital of the world. With more than 17 thrilling coasters and 75 more stomach-flipping operations (think a Ferris wheel, go-carts, and more), the 364-acre Cedar Point Amusement Park—which dates back to 1870—takes families on an exciting ride. Pack the car and hit the road, anytime from mid-May through Labor Day, or on weekends from Labor Day through the end of October.

Cedar Point

The park is home to 17 roller coasters, a hulking outdoor water park, a 150-foot Ferris wheel, go-karts, live entertainment, and a scenic view of Lake Erie. Don’t miss the newest kids’ attraction, Planet Snoopy (seven Peanuts-themed rides).

Challenge Park

Test your courage with Challenge Golf and the RipCord Skycoaster (like bungee jumping).

Famous Dave's

Dig into hickory-smoked ribs, char-grilled burgers, and chicken.

Gitchigoomie Grill

Opt for grilled walleye at this Canadian-style fishing lodge.

Great Wolf Lodge Hotel-Sandusky

The property houses an indoor water park and themed rooms, including a “wolf den” for your cubs.

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