Can anyone tell me when is the best time to visit Cedar Point this year? I'm sure it's after the kids have gone back to school but, I have no idea when that is. Is the KOA in Sandusky pretty good? Do they have a shuttle to the campground or do I need to pull the toad? I would rather bob-tail it up there, hit the roller coasters and drive home.
When school starts the hours will start to get shorter. They may last a bit but don't go to long. Check their website for that. I would recomend during the week as weekends get very busy. I don't know what Labor day is like but I was there on July 4 a few years ago and wasn't crouded at all. I would estimate less than half capacity. I don't know about the KOA you can call them but there is a campground right there connected to the park. It was nice we walked back to the RV for lunch then back to the park.
The CG has a shuttle stop at the pool and at the CG office that will take you to several park entrances(East/waterpark, West/Marina/Famous Daves BBQ, Hotel, CG). You will also gain park entry earlier than those at the main entrance. You can always walk everywhere on the pensula and skip the shuttle. If you wanted to get away from the park e.g. to go to the other water park nearby or specific groceries not at the CG store then you need the toad. It wasn't cheap but for the convience and services, I'd go back.
Seriously camp in camper village. It's SO worth it! I did it a couple years ago during Hallo-Weekends, and will NEVER, EVER do it any other way!
First, Camper Village residents get in an hour early, and it's possible to hit four or five of the best rides before the main gates even open.
Second lunch and dinner are MUCH cheaper as you can walk back to the trailer, eat, then re-enter the park without a problem. Just try and time it so you're near that end of the park around meal-time. I recommend a crock pot set on low to make dinner for you.
Third, the packages they offer are pretty great! We ended up for the four of us, the site from Friday to Sunday, and admission for Saturday and Sunday (we upgraded our moonlight passes from Friday for day passes on Sunday) worked out to $75/person. Made for an awesome weekend!
Fourth, after a day riding the coasters, nobody really wants to drive anywhere, and if you stay for the fireworks, the lines to get out take for freakin' ever!
So worth it... Honestly! I've done the day trips and the overnights at hotels off-park since I was in junior high... Never again!!
That's cool. Since I'm coming from NC and driving through Va. and WVa. mountains I'd just prefer to not pull the toad. The RV seems easier to deal with on curvy, hilly, interstates without the toad. I just want to run straight to Sandusky, camp, ride the roller coasters for a couple of days and come home. It's about a 9 hour drive from here to Sandusky. Probably more like 10 in the RV so I'd do it in two days just to keep things relaxed and fun. My wife hates to ride for a lot of hours and I like to keep things low stress.
You might try King's Island,, I know the KOA there has a shuttle.
Seriously this year I think it is "As late in the season as possible" due to the kind of weather we have been having, Not much fun with the temps are in the triple digit range. and it's been far too close to that far too much this summer.
Also if you are a Thousand Trails member. there is a campground just down the freeway from King's Island, not so Cedar Point. Though as I recall my last trip to the point I spent the sleeping hours at Fort Firelands, this is east of the park, you come in to the bark by a "Back entrance" that gets you to the gate in record time every morning. Kind of neat. Vermilion River is another campground on the east side of the park,,, And it is Coast 2 Coast or was when I was there.
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Even with temps in triple digits, Cedar Point will likely still be tolerable. They have misters over most of the lines, and many of the newer rides have decent shade canopies to cover the waiting riders. Plus, being on an island out in Lake Erie, there's usually a pretty steady breeze, which helps.