Are you a roller coaster fanatic? If so, you’re probably already planning your 2021 trip to Cedar Point, and you’re probably wondering: When is Cedar Point open this year? How much are Cedar Point tickets? What’s the deal with Cedar Point’s new attractions? Plus, where are Cedar Point’s best hotels located, what are the details for Cedar Point’s water park, when does Cedar Point’s Halloweekends start and how the heck are they’re handling COVID?
Well, metro Detroit families, look no further.
Metro Parent is well aware that a lot of families take an annual trip to this Sandusky, Ohio, hotspot, and we’ve gathered all the important details, and the little-known tips and tricks, all in this one convenient spot.
Not familiar with Cedar Point? This amusement park has a 151-year history since opening in 1870 – and has been dishing up screams since its first coaster, The Switchback Railway, in 1892.
Today, it boasts more than 70 rides for thrill seekers of all ages, including 18 of the world’s best record-breaking coasters, and four kiddie areas; plus tons of live shows, beachfront fun on the shores of Lake Erie, a water park, food, games and much more.
If this sounds like the perfect vacation spot, you’re in the right place.
COVID-19 protocols for Summer 2021
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, advance ticket sales are required. Season pass holders must also make reservations online before traveling to the park.
Temperature checks and limited ride capacities have been discontinued but you are still required to fill out the health screen using Cedar Point’s mobile app. Due to this requirement, all groups are required to download the park’s app.
Guests ages 10 and up are also still required to wear face coverings while indoors if they are not eating. Face masks must cover the nose and mouth and should not have exhalation valves or vents.
Face masks are not required outdoors unless it is not possible to social distance.
Cedar Point Hours
Opening Day on May 14, 2021, kicks off this year’s coaster season. The park will remain open through Sept. 6, 2021 — though Halloweekends information has yet to be released. Here is a full list of the park’s hours this season. Please note: The park is NOT open Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year.
- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 14-31, 2021
- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, June 1-June 24, 2021
- 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, June 25-Aug. 15, 2021
- 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 20-Sept. 4, 2021
- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 and 29, 2021
- 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5-Monday Sept. 6, 2021.
Cedar Point Tickets
The park offers two special ticketing deals for Michigan residents in 2021: The Michigan Super Saver, which offers admission, parking and free all-day drinks for just $49.99, and the Two-Day Michigan Super Saver, which offers all of the above for two days for $79.99.
Beyond these special offers, regular one-day admission tickets start at $45. You can add special offerings, such as fast pass, dining deals and FunPix, onto your ticket for an additional charge.
Season pass options are also available for $135-$202 and you can even get your kiddos ages 3-5 in for free with a free Cedar Point Pre-K Pass.
Driving and parking
Cedar Point is located at 1 Cedar Point Drive in Sandusky, Ohio. It’s accessible to Michiganders via the Ohio Turnpike or Route 2. If you hop on the turnpike in Toledo and exit in Sandusky, the toll is around $4 per vehicle. Route 2 is free.
Parking at Cedar Point is $20 per vehicle, or $30 for preferred parking.
Lockers, pets and food
All-day lockers are available for rent near the main gate and in Cedar Point Shores. Locker costs vary based on the locker size. You have the option of moving these lockers from location to location if you rent it out for the day.
Need a place to stow a pet? Cedar Point also offers a pet check available for $15/animal near Bay Harbor Restaurant before you enter the park. No overnight guests allowed.
And when your tummy gets rumbly, there are also tons of spots to find food in the park, including BackBeatQue, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Coasters Drive-In, Red Garter Saloon and more.
The park also offers kids’ meals at various locations and has a list of where to find food for special diets online so that you know where to find gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly and allergy-safe options. If you don’t find anything for you on that list, you can always speak to a food and beverage manager or bring your own food.
Public picnic centers are located outside of the park for guests that opt to eat outside food. You can also keep a cooler in your vehicle. That said, outside food is not permitted inside the park.
Cedar Point Shores
Cedar Point Shores, formerly known as Cedar Point Soak City, will be reopening in 2021.
This family-friendly waterpark sits just under Magnum XL 200 and features 18 acres of wet and wild fun for all ages.
Among the attractions at this spot is the gut-wrenching Point Plummet, which offers four nearly vertical, six-story drop body slides; plus the Portside Plunge water slide and the Riptide Raceway.
You’ll also find Lakeslide Landing and Lemmy’s Lagoon for kids – and for those looking to kick back and relax: There’s a half-million gallon pool and the Cedar Creek lazy river.
The 2021 Cedar Point Shores season runs June 5-Sept. 6, 2021. Daily hours are as follows:
- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, 2021
- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, June 12-Aug. 15, 2021
- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 20-Sept. 6, 2021
Two-day Michigan saver tickets to Cedar Point Shores are sold online for $79.99.
Cabana rentals for four are available for $99-$129 a day. Cabanas must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.
Roller coasters and thrill rides
Once you’ve cooled off at Cedar Point Shores, dry off with a ride on one of the park’s record-breaking and high-flying rides, including Valravn, GateKeeper, Maverick, the 420-foot Top Thrill Dragster, and the world’s first ever giga-coaster, Millennium Force.
Or if you’re really looking for a thrill, tackle the park’s newest coaster attraction, Steel Vengeance.
This award-winning hyper-hybrid coaster is built on the skeleton of Mean Streak in Frontier Town and takes riders up 205 feet and then drops them straight down 200 feet at 74 miles an hour. From there, riders scream through a 2-minute and 30-second twist of wood and steel, around tight turns, over hills and and through four inversions before arriving back into the station.
If that’s too much for you or your child, there are also plenty of great transition coasters, like Blue Streak, Iron Dragon and Corkscrew, for younger coaster lovers above 48 inches tall but below the 52-54 inches required for bigger rides.
You’ll also find thrill rides like Windseeker, Power Tower, MaXair and, for an additional fee, SlingShot and Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling (formerly known as the RipCord); plus family rides including the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad, Giant Wheel, Carousels and two water rides: Snake River Falls and Thunder Canyon.
“There is something for everyone at Cedar Point,” says Kristy Bacni, the park’s digital communications manager. “Not only do we offer the best white-knuckle thrills anywhere, but we also have four kids’ areas, a beautiful, mile-long beach, shopping, dining and award-winning live entertainment. With the brand-new Cedar Point Shores, Cedar Point is a vacation destination that’s close enough for Michigan families to drive to, but far enough away to be a real vacation.”
Best of all, you can capture your vacation with a FunPix photo plan. Photographers roam the park all day grabbing shots of all of the family moments.
With this plan, you can open these professional photos on your mobile device, and share them on social media. Add the program to your daily ticket for $34.99 or season pass for $64.99.
Guests should note that ride wait times vary day-to-day. The Cedar Point mobile app is great for keeping track of wait times. Cedar Point does not offer rain checks, so be sure to check the forecast before purchasing your tickets this year.
New Cedar Point attractions for 2021
First up is the Frontier Festival, which runs May 14-16, 21-23 and 28-June 13, 2021, and features a “Wild West hootenanny” full of live music, interactive games, cherry-inspired food and more.
Guests can also enjoy the park’s newest attraction, Snake River Expedition. This river boat ride puts a spin on the park’s past attractions Western Cruise and Paddlewheel Excursions and will take guests on a boat ride filled with surprises. It’s open May 29-Sept. 6, 2021.
More anniversary attractions include the 150 Spectacular parade, which offers up floats and live performances, special events such as the Coaster Campout and the annual Cedar Point Nights nighttime festival, special merchandise including limited edition collectible buttons and books, and much more.
The park will even give away its exclusive “Tickets of a Lifetime,” which grants the winner free admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores for the rest of their lives.
Stage shows and other ways to chill
Roller coasters, family rides and attractions aren’t all this park has to offer, either. There’s also tons of live musical and acrobatic stage shows throughout the season. This year’s shows aren’t yet listed but check online for updates on the full list of 2021 shows as the season goes on.
And that’s still not all. The park also offers an animal petting farm, glassblowing and candle-making demonstrations, meet-and-greets with your favorite Peanuts characters, gemstone mining and more.
Plus, kids help the crew of the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad ring the bell, earn their Peanuts Road Rally Driver’s License free of charge or test their limits at the Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island, which pushes guests to their limits with physical and mental challenges that aim to solve the mystery surrounding the Forbidden Frontier.
Family and special needs offerings
With so much to do, you’re going to want to bring the entire family. For parents with smaller kids who want to take advantage of the thrills, the park offers several programs to make it easy for everyone to enjoy everything.
The first is the free “Parent Swap program,” which, Bacni says, works like this: One parent waits in line for the bigger coasters, or another height-restricted ride, while the other takes the kids to one of the four kids areas: Camp Snoopy, Planet Snoopy, Kiddy Kingdom and the Gemini Midway Area. (Find a full list of kiddie rides here).
Parent No. 1 rides their ride, hands off the pass to a ride attendant at the exit, and finds parent No. 2. Parent No. 2 goes up the exit and hops on the ride while parent No. 1 watches the kids. Once parent No. 2 is off the ride, the family continues their day.
The park also offers two family care centers for nursing moms, or dads with dirty diapers to change. And a “KidTrack” program to reunite lost kids with their parents.
They also have a “Boarding Pass Program,” which is designed for visitors with disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. This program allows for these guests to get a set boarding time for specific rides, rather than waiting in the long lines.
In addition, guests with special needs or limited mobility can take advantage of wheelchair rentals and accessibility options for stage shows and rides. Find a full list of the parks accessibility programming here.
Parents also have the option to get their child officially measured at guest services to find out which rides they can enjoy and which lines to bypass until next year.
All of these programs and services are available at guest services, which is located near the park entrance, or Town Hall, located near Mine Ride.
For those in need of medical care, there are two first aid locations in Planet Snoopy and Frontier Town. Guests will go through metal detectors before entering the park to ensure the safety of all guests. That said, anyone with safety or security concerns can text CPSAFE with their location to 69050 to reach security. The park may also send out safety and other alerts via its mobile app.
Guests who are pregnant, have certain medical conditions and those with prosthetics or limb injuries should also be aware of ride restrictions. Most ride restrictions are posted at each ride entrance, but guests are welcome to check online or with guest services for more information.
Cedar Point hotels
If you’re looking to do it all, and need a place to stay, try one of Cedar Point’s hotels:
- Hotel Breakers, located smack dab between the coasters and the beach
- Castaway Bay, which features an indoor water park. Note: This hotel is currently closed for renovations.
- Lighthouse Point campground with cabins, cottages and RV sites near the lake’s shore
- Cedar Point’s Express Hotel for families on a budget
- Cedar Point Marina for those who would like to park their boat and play
Guests that choose to stay in one of the park’s lodging options enjoy added bonuses including early entry to the park, discounted tickets into the park and free tickets to Cedar Point Shores.
Details on Cedar Point’s 2021 Halloween events have not yet been announced. Check back here later in the season for more information. We’ll update this post as soon as we have the details.
For more information on Cedar Point, visit CedarPoint.com.
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