Cedar Point Tickets, Hours, New Rides, and More for 2024

Find out what’s happening at America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast, including hours, ticket prices, and new rides, for the summer of 2024.
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A trip to Sandusky, Ohio, and a stop at Cedar Point is on the summer bucket lists of many people in metro Detroit, but a lot goes into planning a trip to America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast, and getting all the answers before you make the trek down can make or break your experience.

If you find yourself wondering how much tickets will set you back this year, when the park is open on the date you’re wanting to go, what the newest rides are, or anything else about 154-year-old amusement park, look no further.

As a roller coaster enthusiast — not to mention a former ride host at the park — I know a lot about making the most of your trip. Plus, I did a little digging to find out the specifics on what to expect this year.

Check it all out in this handy Cedar Point guide.

Getting to Cedar Point

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The easiest ways to get to Cedar Point are either the Ohio Turnpike or Route 2.

If you choose to take the Turnpike, get on at Maumee-Toledo and use the Sandusky Norwalk exit. Fare without an E-ZPass will cost you around $5.75. Route 2 will take slightly longer than the turnpike but is free to use.

Where to Stay

Metro Detroiters can easily do Cedar Point in a day, but if you’re looking to have a weekend getaway at the park, or if you’re planning a longer vacation, the park offers five resorts to choose from:

  • Hotel Breakers is located on the beach on the peninsula and features 669 rooms and suites.
  • Lighthouse Point is a campground also on the peninsula and offers cottages and RV sites.
  • Cedar Point’s Express Hotel is the more budget-friendly option on the Causeway leading to the park.
  • Castaway Bay offers a 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark at the entrance of the Causeway leading to the park.
  • Sawmill Creek is around 10 miles away from the park and has a golf course, among other amenities.

Park guests who stay at the resorts receive exclusive perks such as early entry and free parking.

Cedar Point Ticket Costs

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 This year, regular admission to the amusement park will cost you $85 at the gate, but you can save some money on your tickets if you purchase them through Cedar Point’s website. Here, you’ll find adult tickets for $49.99, and junior and senior tickets for $39.99.

If you’re planning on visiting multiple days during the summer, the 2024 Summer Pass for $110 or a season pass, which ranges in price from $145-$350, may be better options for you.

Upgrades including Fast Lane, which allows you to skip the line, for $95-$950; all-day drink and dining packages for $17.99-$105; or FunPix photos for $34.99-$66.99 are also available. They also offer a Funday Bundle, which gets you single-day admission, free parking, and all-day dining for $74.99

Regular parking is $30 for a regular-sized vehicle or $40 for preferred.

Cedar Point Hours

Cedar Point’s opening day in 2024 is Saturday, May 4. The park will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The park’s hours through the end of the season are as follows:

  • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 5-6, May 9-13, and May 16-23
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 24-26, May 31-June 1, and June 7-8
  • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 27-30, June 2-6, and June 9-13
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 14-July 3
  • 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4-6
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays July 7-Aug. 15, and Aug. 18
  • 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 12-Aug. 17
  • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays Aug. 19-29 and Sept. 2
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 1
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 6-7
  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays Sept. 8-29
  • 6 p.m.-midnight Thursdays Sept. 12-26
  • 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 13-28

Cedar Point Shores

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This 18-acre park features 17 different water attractions to beat the summer heat, along with Mufflehead’s Beach Bar and The Sandlot beach area.

Younger kids will enjoy dipping their feet into Lemmy’s Lagoon kid pool, which features a splash bad, waterfalls, fountains, and geysers, or taking a ride on one of the 12 “pint-sized” slides at Lakeslide Landing.

There are also two pools, Great Lakes Cove and Breakwater Bay wave pool, and the Cedar Creek Lazy River, to chill in.

For thrill-seekers, tackle one of the larger slides. Two standouts are Point Plummet and Crosscurrent. The latter offers three different slides that deliver two different rides through enclosed tunnels and over dips, while the former drops riders in a near-free-fall from an enclosed capsule into the tunnels below.

Single-day tickets to Cedar Point Shores are $49.99 when purchased online (prices go up at the gate). You can also rent a private cabana for up to 16 people for $139-$299. Waterpark hours are as follows:

  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily May 25-June 7
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily June 10-Aug. 10
  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Aug. 11-Sept. 2

Rides and Roller Coasters  

Cedar point is home to more than 71 rides including three kids’ areas and 18 of the most gut-wrenching roller coasters around.

All the rides at the park are marked with a “thrill level” at the entrance to let potential riders know what they’re getting into. Level one thrill rides are the tamest options, while level fives are more aggressive.

All of the roller coasters in the park, except for the kiddie coaster Wilderness Run, are level four or five thrill rides, but those seeking to ease into the coaster scene can try Cedar Creek Mine Ride, a level four ride that stands just 48-feet-tall and reaches speeds of 40 mph, or Iron Dragon, a level four suspended roller coaster that is 76-feet-tall and reaches speeds of 40mph.

Watch Cedar Creek Mine Ride in Action

Watch Iron Dragon in Action

Other good starter-coasters with a little bit of a kick include Blue Streak, a classic coaster built in in 1964 that takes riders up 78-feet and reaches speeds of 40mph; or Corkscrew, which is 85-feet-tall, reaches speeds of 48 mph, and has three inversions.

Watch Blue Streak in Action

Watch Corkscrew in Action

If those rides don’t deliver enough terror for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of record-breaking coasters that will take you up high, drop you down low, through loops, and over hills at mind-blowing speeds.

Steel Vengeance is one of these rides. Built on the bones of what used to be Mean Streak, Steel Vengeance holds the title of the world’s longest hybrid coaster (a coaster made of wood and steel). It takes riders up 205 feet before dropping them 200 feet at a 90-degree angle, and through four inversions at speeds of 74 mph.

Watch Steel Vengeance in Action

Cedar Point is also home to the world’s first giga coaster (a coaster that is taller than 300 feet), Millennium Force. Riders on this behemoth, which has been voted one of the world’s best roller coasters since its opening in 2000, will rise 310 feet and fly over hills and through tunnels at 93 mph.

Watch Millennium Force in Action

If you’re looking for speed without the height, Maverick might be more your vibe. It’s only 105 feet tall but is pretty fast at 70 mph. It features two launches, a 95-degree drop (the steepest in the park) and three inversions, including the first-ever Twisted Horsehoe Roll.

Watch Maverick in Action

If you want a roller coaster that will make you nervous, the dive machine, Valravn, is a must. Riders will slowly ascend 223 feet up, round a corner, and hang over the edge of the first drop before being released into a sudden 90-degree fall to the earth at 75 mph.

Watch Valravn in Action

Of course, roller coasters aren’t the only rides at Cedar Point. Guests will also find thrilling flat rides like Atomic Scrambler and MaXair, along with classic rides such as the Midway Carousel and Giant Wheel. Plus, skycoaster Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling and reverse bungee ride SlingShot, for an additional charge.

You’ll also find plenty of pint-sized thrills for kids, two water rides, and of course, the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad.

New for 2024

Rendering courtesy of Cedar Point

Cedar Point reaches new heights this year with the opening of the brand-new Top Thrill 2, the world’s tallest and fastest triple-launch strata coaster (a coaster that’s 400 feet tall) in the world.

Top Thrill 2 will use the same 420-foot tower as its predecessor, Top Thrill Dragster, which operated at the park for 19 seasons before shutting down in 2021 after a piece of the ride fell off, hitting and injuring a woman waiting in line, and will launch riders three separate times, reaching a top speed of 120 miles an hour.

The first launch will take riders from zero to 74 mph, taking them roughly halfway up the front tower. Riders will then experience a free-fall as they drop backwards off the tower into a second, 101 mph, backward launch up the new 420-foot back spike.

Riders will look down at the 145-foot Rougarou and the top of the 240-foot Power Tower before plunging straight back down into the final and fastest launch, up and over the front tower, and across the finish line.

Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to ride. Loose articles including, but not limited to, bags, cell phones, and keys as well as loose-fitting shoes without a strap or back will not be permitted past the entrance and should be left with a non-rider or in a locker for an additional charge. Glasses may be worn with a strap.

Riders will go through metal detection before entering the line.

Take a Closer Look at Top Thrill 2

Shows and Experiences

While rides are one of the park’s major draws, another is the spectacular shows and live performances.

The park has not announced the full line-up of the 2024 shows just yet, but they have released details about several events including the Light Up the Point fireworks display on July 4-5, CoasterMania! on June 7, and the new Boardwalk Nights, which include live entertainment, food and drink, games, music, dancing, and more July 19-Aug. 18.

You can find full details about these events on the park’s website or in the park’s mobile app.

But the shows still aren’t all the park has to offer. Guests can also enjoy special experiences such as boat charters and wine tours, the Fort Sandusky Mining Company, glassblowing, jet skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding, meet-and-greets with Peanuts characters, pony rides, and The Barnyard Petting Zoo.

Dining  

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From grab-and-go options like pretzels and funnel cake, to burgers and hot dogs, walking tacos, ice cream, and even a sit-down waterfront dining experience, Cedar Point has a little nosh for every taste.

Meat-lovers will enjoy a visit to BackBeatQue, located near Magnum XL 200, where everything from smoked brisket to rotisserie chicken is on the menu, or Famous Dave’s on the Marina.

Burgers are abound at Dockside Grill and Coasters Diner, or if you’re just wanting a basket of fires, get them fresh-cut with chili, cheese, or your choice of sauce at Hot Potato.

Kick back and have a drink at several locations throughout the park including Last Chance Saloon, Summer Brews, and Red Garter Saloon — or grab a walking taco from Lemmy’s and some Dippin’ Dots for the entire family.

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and soy-free options are also available at various food locations throughout the park. Check out the full list of special dietary options throughout the park at CedarPoint.com or on the park’s mobile app. Find details about where allergens are used throughout the park in that list, too.

More Cedar Point Tips and Tricks  

One of the most important things to know about Cedar Point is that the park is completely cashless. Credit and debit cards, Apple Pay or Google Pay are all accepted. There are also Cash-to-Card Kiosks that can convert cash into a prepaid debit card that you can use anywhere without a charge.

Families visiting the park with young children should know about the family care centers in Planet Snoopy and Frontier Town that are equipped for diaper changes and nursing, along with the Rider Swap and KidTrack programs.

You can obtain a Parent Swap pass from Guest Services, Town Hall Museum, or the Magnum XL-200 Entrance Gate. When using this program, one rider stands in line for a height-restricted ride while another rider takes the child to do something else. When the first rider exits the ride, they hand the pass off to a ride host at the exit, and then the second rider will come up the exit to ride without waiting again.

The KidTrack program is a quick way to reunite kids and parents who have been separated from one another. Sign up for that in the same locations you’d get a Rider Swap pass.

The park also has the Boarding Pass Program for guests with disabilities or sensory processing disorders. All guests at Cedar Point are required to meet the ride requirements posted at the entrance at each ride. This program easily outlines which rides are suitable based on each person’s individual needs. It also allows for guests who can’t wait in the queue to get an assigned boarding time for each ride instead. It is available at Guest Services.

In addition, the park offers stroller, wheelchair, and locker rentals at the Rental Center near the main entrance as well as a pet check near Bay Harbor Restaurant. Plus, a free phone app that features all kinds of information including an interactive map, ride wait times, food order, a car finder, and much more.

The park has a dress code that prohibits clothing “generally considered offensive,” along with costumes and disguises, and requires shirts and shoes at all times. Smoking or vaping is not allowed anywhere in the park except for designated smoking areas. 

Cedar Point’s Halloweekends

MaXair at Cedar Point. Photograph by Aaron Burden via Unsplash.com

Every year in the fall, Cedar Point hosts a merry-not-scary Halloween celebration in the daytime, and terrifying attractions featuring roaming monsters and ghouls in the evening.

Cedar Point Halloweekends will kick off this year on Sept. 12 and will run through the end of the operating season on Oct. 27.

Check hourdetroit.com in mid-August for an updated version of our Cedar Point Halloweekends Guide and more information about this year’s event. For more information about what’s new at Cedar Point in 2024 and more things to do at the park, visit cedarpoint.com.

This post has been updated for 2024.