If you've never been to Sandusky, Ohio's Cedar Point Amusement Park, you have to visit. The park was opened in 1870, the second oldest in the United States, and rests on the shores of Lake Erie. It is America's Roller Coaster Capital.
There are 72 rides in the park including 17 major roller coasters. Every year a new and better thrill ride opens in the park. There is more than thrill riding to Cedar Point.
The park hosts HalloWeekends each fall, it has an outdoor water park, an indoor water park, two marinas and a sports complex. Cedar Point received Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for "Best Amusement Park in the World" 16 consecutive years. Several of the park's buildings are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Here are the 5 best hotels near Cedar Point.
1. Hotel Breakers
Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers is a beautiful historic resort just a short stroll from the amusement park and its attractions. The beach front hotel was recently expanded to include 669 guest rooms and suites. The hotel is a short walk the amusement park. Located on Lake Erie's beach, guests can enjoy parasail and jet ski rentals, beach activities and bonfires.
The hotel hosts two outdoor pools, an outdoor water play area, an indoor pool, a fitness room and an arcade. The hotel has several restaurants including a TGI Friday's, TOMO Hibachi Grill, the Surfside Lounge, Perkins and a Starbucks.
The Hotel Breakers is best for its history. It opened in 1905 to meet the demand of overnight visitors to Cedar Point. The park's general manager, George A. Boeckling wanted Cedar Point to be the "Coney Island of the West" and set out to build a grand resort. The hotel was designed with a French influence.
The hotel opened with 600 guest rooms. Most had views of the lake. Rooms featured running water and many private baths. The hotel's café sat 400. The lobby's tin ceiling was accented with Tiffany chandeliers. There was a four story rotunda with balconies. The Metropolitan Opera performed often from the rotunda balcony.
The hotel featured a tailor, a barbershop, manicurist, news stand and ice cream parlor. The hotel expanded with a new wing in 1917, 1926, 1935, 1995 and 1999 as well as its most recent renovation which began in 2013.
2. Castaway Bay
Castaway Bay is located just 2 miles from Cedar Point Amusement Park and is the perfect place to stay for family of all ages when enjoying Sandusky's attractions.
The tropical themed Castaway sits on the bay next to a marina. It hosts 237 guest rooms, many of which are adjoining, convenient for guests with more than one room in their party.
Castaway has a 38,000 square foot indoor water park, a 6,000 foot arcade, a children's activity and craft center, and a fitness center. There are 3 on site restaurants including the waterfront Bay Harbor, Mango Mike's and Quaker Steak & Lube.
3. Lighthouse Point
For those in the mood for a camping trip as they visit Cedar Point Amusement Park, Lighthouse Point offers many options. Located next to the park, Lighthouse Point offers space to park your own Recreational Vehicle or rent a cabin.
The site features 12 patio spaces, an outdoor pool, laundry facilities and a convenience store. Deluxe cabins sleep up to 10. These waterfront cabins have an upstairs loft with two queen beds, a first floor bedroom with a queen bedroom and 2 futons. There are 2 full bathrooms and a well appointed kitchenette.
The cabins have a 42" flat screen television, heating and air conditioning, and a patio with a charcoal grill and dining area. Inland 1 story cabins surround a pond and sleep up to 8 people.
They feature a double bed and 2 futons. A loft area fits 2 more guests. There is a full bathroom, kitchenette, televisions, and an outdoor patio with a grill.
4. Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is located a short drive from Cedar Point and is a fun place for families to stay. The resort features a large indoor swim park with high slides, fun rides and plenty of activities.
The swim park also features children pool areas and adult only spots. There is a children's activity center and character appearances. The lodge also features an arcade and shops as well as a fitness center.
Dining options include Food & Wine Pairings, Gitchigoomie Grill, Hungary As a Woof, Buckets, Bear Paws Sweets and Eats, Cravables and a Dunkin Donuts. The guest rooms and suites are decorated in rustic lodge fashion and are filled with amenities for the family to enjoy a peaceful nights sleep after a busy day and night at Cedar Point or in the lodge itself.
5. Quality Inn & Suites Rainwater Park
Located a short drive from Cedar Point Amusement Park, Quality Inn & Suites Rainwater Park is also close to many other Sandusky destinations including the Lake Erie islands and the Battery Park Marina.
The hotel offers large guest rooms with many amenities including a whirlpool. The suites perfect for families staying overnight while visiting Cedar Point. It is also close to restaurants and shopping and is next to The Thirsty Pony a fun place for a meal and games. Rainwater Park has an indoor water park for the kids to enjoy as well as an outdoor pool.
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