The Cedar Point is a 364 acre amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio, United States on a narrow peninsula jutting into Lake Erie. The Cedar Point is the only amusement park with four roller coasters that are taller than 200 feet (61 m). As of 2010, Cedar Point has more rides (75) than any other amusement park.
The Cedar Point also has a mile-long white sand beach, an outdoor water park (Soak City), an indoor waterpark and the hotel (Castaway Bay), two marinas, several hotels, and Challenge Park, which features attractions such as go-karts, miniature golf, Ripcord and Skyscraper. Known as "America's Roller Coast", Cedar Point has been deemed "Best Amusement Park in the World" by Amusement Today for the past thirteen years.
The Cedar Point park opened in 1870, and is the second oldest amusement park in North America after Six Flags New England which was opened in 1840 as Riverside Amusement Park (Six Flags bought it in 1995 and renamed it Six Flags New England). Cedar Point is the flagship park for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (which is headquartered at the park) and, along with Valleyfair, was one of the original parks owned and operated by the company. Cedar Point's normal operating season runs daily from early May through Labor Day, then for nine weekends following Labor Day. Operating hours vary throughout the summer, but on most days the park opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. However, on July 4, the park stays open until 1 a.m. Cedar Point also has six resorts
In the 1860s, during the American Civil War, the housing for a battery of 4 field artillery pieces was constructed at the tip of the peninsula to guard access to the confederate prisoner of war camp on nearby Johnson's Island. When the war ended, Cedar Point resumed its role as a summer picnic area, and the initial park was constructed in 1870. In 1870, Louis Zistel, a German immigrant, who was a cabinet maker at the time in Sandusky, Ohio, constructed a beer garden with a small dance floor on the peninsula. He also made a set of small, unsightly bathhouses, and constructed a couple of children's playground attractions. Zistel charged 25 cents a ticket to get a ride from Sandusky to Cedar Point on his boat, "Young Reindeer." In 1871, there had been no indication of Cedar Point reopening. The activity level at Cedar Point from 1871 until 1878 was nearly zero. In 1878, James West opened a group of bathhouses, when there were no boating services to Cedar Point. Benjamin F. Dwelle and Captain William Slackford made a lease with the peninsula's owners, Adolph and Stoll, in 1882, and started to make major improvements for the upcoming season.