This past weekend my family and I had the opportunity to visit Cedar Point over the July 4th weekend! We have been to Cedar Point several times but never over a holiday weekend and I have to admit that Cedar Point did not disappoint! From Pie Eating Contests to Skydivers to a Firework Display that rivals Disney World there was not a dull moment! My family did things a bit different this year thinking that lines would be long and knowing that we didn't want to spend our day in lines for rides that we have already enjoyed over the years we decided to take a laid back approach to the day. We carved out time to enjoy the beach by The Breakers Hotel and enjoy a picnic near the front entrance as we people watched. I spoke to people as we waited in line to ride the rides and met people from as far away as Great Britain, Florida, and a couple that lived about 15 minutes from my childhood home and all of them with the same opinion that Cedar Point rocks! The park was actually less than crowded during the morniing hours but began getting busier and busier as the day went on which gave us time to ride some of our favorite rides before taking a break on the beach for a few hours. Just as I took on a different approach during our visit I am going to do the same for this review and review only the three new things I experienced this weekend.
It's usually a hit or miss with Lake Erie Beaches. I lived on Lake Erie for about 3 years and spent my summers swimming in pebbled waters which are not good on your feet! The waters can be clear or dirty, safe or not safe to swim, rocky or sandy, or crowded or dead so you never really know what you are getting yourself into. You can tell that Cedar Point takes pride in their beach and keeping it clean. The sandy beaches were a nice change for Lake Erie and you could tell that they spend good money with the upkeep of the area. They have small sections of the beach roped off for you to swim which prevents people from scattering too far across the beach to interfer with the other activities like parasailing or jet ski both of which you can do at additional cost. They offer cabanna chairs and even wooden two seaters with attached umbrellas for you to use free of charge. They have life guards on duty and supervisors walking the beach which makes you feel so safe. The water was a little shallow for my liking but my kids didn't complain as they were all able to play together without anyone being left out due to being "too small". My oldest daughter had fun searching for sea shells and building sand castles while the other two investigated the bottom of Lake Erie. We spent a few hours just relaxing at the beach which was a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of our normal day at Cedar Point. I recommend bringing your swimsuit and taking advantage of this less known attraction at Cedar Point. It's a win for the parents and the kids don't complain either. Although, we did not participate in these activities but you can at a minimal cost to parasail or rent a jet ski or even charter boats for fishing or cruisin'! Love it!
The Pipe Scream
One of the new ride at Cedar Point this year is the Pipe Scream and all I have to say is hands down this is my favorite ride to date there. I am not huge on roller coasters because I have an average fear of heights but I love the feeling you get from coming down a hill or getting twisted all up in loops and curves. This ride makes you feel like you are on a roller coaster conveniently located closer tot he ground. My six year old loves Cedar point and she is a junkie for anything and everything fast. She has no fear (that's okay Mommy has enough for the both of us) so she gets pretty depressed when she is unable to ride the big kid rides like her older sister. This ride makes her feel ilke she is actually riding a roller coaster. Our first experience was actually very scary as we placed Addison on the end of the row as we had no direction not to put her there. When the ride began I instantly could feel Addison sliding out of her seat. Addison is very petitie in fact there was a good foot of room between her and the bar which left her being able to slide out of the ride. So instead of panicking too much I just used my arm as a seat belt and kept her in the seat despite her attempts at trying to push my arm away. She had an awesome time as the ride slides you up the hill and turns you around and you brace yourself for the downward trip- back and forth gaining speed! So much fun! The second time we rode the ride later in the day the girl who was manning the front gate of the ride expressed to us that she needs to be on the inside to ride this ride. So just in case you don't get directions and you have a small child make sure they are in the inside between two adults even then I still used my arm to brace her back even though I think she would have been fine without it. Everyone working the ride was so nice and pleasant- hands down this year group of workers really seem to enjoy their jobs.
After a long day it was convenient to be able to head to the car and relax knowing the fireworks were going to be happening right above our heads. By the time 10:00pm rolled around all three of our kiddos were ready for bed but they were also wanting to watch the fireworks so they became a little antsy when they realized that there were other things happening before the fireworks display. My husband and I were a bit confused as were many of the families by us of what exactly we were supposed to be watching as a plane flew above Cedar Point. I think that this was one of those things that looked better on paper than it actually did in the sky. For those of us on the ground below it just looked like a plane flying overhead playing with their lights and it seemed to go on forever. At one point there were sparklers coming from the plane which made us hopeful that somethign mroe would be happening but unfortuantely there wasn't. I don't know if maybe there was supposed to be colored smoke coming from the plane that just didn't work with the night sky or if that was the intention of the show but either way it was not something that the families around me including my family enjoyed. The second part of the celebration had three men night skydiving but it was totally missed because they either jumped before they were supposed to or the monologue that went with it was played too late. The jumpers were already on the ground before the announcement happened which made us confused if we were missing something great somewhere else. You can tell that there was alot of preperation that went into the evenings events but I think if they would have just stuck with the fireworks that it would have been epic! The fireworks were UNBELIEVABLE! The fire works were consistant and beautiful for about a 25 minutes span. There were not just one grand finale but huge finale's after each songs with dozens of fireworks lighting up the night sky! Cedar Point spared no expense at making sure we got the display of a lifetime. I had not seen a display like this since visiting Disney World and that says a lot!
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Disclaimer: Free is for Me was not paid for this review. Free is for Me received tickets to visit the park and write an honest review of the park. The opinions demonstrated in this review are those of Free is for Me and might differ from your own.