Planning Your Cedar Point Visit – Can't-Miss New Features and Attractions
A visit to Cedar Point is a summer essential in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Each year the park rolls out new features and attractions and this year is no exception. From new food to new adventures, Cedar Point delivers on the excitement front. And just-in-time as well, as next year will be the 150th anniversary of the country’s second-oldest amusement park!
You’re going to want to get there soon as you won’t want to miss a couple of limited-time attractions. Monster Jam® Thunder Alley roars into Cedar Point through June 30! Get up close, sit in, and even ride in some of your favorite Monster Jam trucks at this all-new encounter. Monster Jam Thunder Alley includes four adrenaline-charged experiences included with park admission, as well as special VIP options and kids’ activities. Also through June 30, the Frontier Festival in Frontier Town kicks off every afternoon at 4 pm. Be transported back in time at this sunflower-inspired old west street festival. There will be tasty food and drinks, bluegrass music, crafters, and kids’ crafts. The sunflower-theme is inspired by a new charitable relationship with Prayers from Maria, bringing hope to children with cancer. Support Prayers from Maria by donating your spare change at select park and festival locations and help plant the seed for hope and a cure!
Speaking of family fun activities, new at the park this year is the Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island. Included with park admission, this interactive experience challenges you both mentally and physically to solve the mystery surrounding the Forbidden Frontier. It is said every experience has a different ending, determined by the player and the secrets unlocked. The attraction is geared towards adults, teens, and tweens. The wooden climbing structure filled with ropes challenges will keep the kiddos entertained.
Two new dining options are available at Cedar Point this year as well, and they are not your typical amusement park fare. The park is truly becoming a foodie destination along with one for thrill-seekers! At the front of the park, Hugo’s Italian Kitchen replaced the Midway Market. Hugo’s features hand-made pastas, brick-oven pizzas, chicken parmesan and meatball sandwiches, and fresh salads. Towards the back of the park, the all-new BackBeatQue debuts where the Witches’ Wheel used to be. The Motown-inspired restaurant features barbecue favorites such as smoked brisket, rotisserie chicken, pork platters, and southern sides like fried okra and corn bread muffins. BackBeatQue also offers local favorites like fresh fried perch and a new take of fried shrimp using funnel-cake batter. Motown and rock & roll favorites are performed on an outdoor entertainment stage.
Two popular rides are celebrating major anniversaries this year with cool, new features. Magnum XL-200 turns 30 this year and is throwing it back to 1989 with original special effects such as fog, lighting, and sounds. Cedar Creek Mine Ride commemorates its 50th anniversary with new sound effects and a new station soundtrack. Both rides got new signage for their birthdays.
Boardwalk Cruiser Wine Tours are back. Started last year on Cedar Point’s world-famous beach, riders enjoy an hour-long, narrated pedicab tour along the beach’s boardwalk and to Lighthouse Point Pier along with a bottle of wine and snacks. Sunrise pedicab tours are also available without the wine.
Speaking of the world-famous beach, Cedar Point Nights is back, July 12-August 18. When the sun goes down, experience the beach like never before with fire pits and lounge chairs in the Chill Zone. Or, party the night away with the Glow Zone or the Silent Disco Zone. Larger-than-life games are offered in the Family Fun Zone. This is truly the hottest way to enjoy a cool summer night.
The fun at Cedar Point never ends when summer does. Be sure to check in with us this fall, when we preview the daytime fun and nighttime frights at the annual HalloWeekends. What new attraction are you looking forward to checking out this year?
Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
One of the Midwest’s hottest vacation spots, the region between Toledo and Cleveland provides an eclectic mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation.