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Cedar Point is, for every Ohio kid and roller coaster enthusiast, the ultimate destination.We have been waiting to take the kids and new this was going to be THE summer to go. So, I requested the time off, got the tickets, told the kids, and gassed up the car but - it was raining! What would you do?
If you are like us, whose schedules, never seem to sync you go anyway. It's Northeast Ohio, give it five minutes and the weather will change. In hindsight, I wish we would not have left so early. We only live an hour away and the park is open late so waiting a few hours to go would have made a world of difference.
Friend and blogger at Clue into Cleveland, Amanda Hicken, is a dedicated Cedar Point aficionado who had a ton of suggestions after we went. Also, studying the website would have given me a better idea of what to do if it rained. Since I did none of that I am sharing what I learned.
Before you go, check their website.Cedar Point has a live webcam and it may be raining where you are but sunny there. If it is rainy there, go later in the day. Of course, if you are staying at one of the many hotels in the area all you have to do is look out the window but the same advice holds true to go later in the morning or early afternoon. There is no rush at this point and the park is open most days till 10:00PM. Yes, many of the rides will run in the rain. Some of the coasters will not run because of lightning and wind conditions, but there are rides that are covered like bumper cars and the carousels.
We were wimps and only made it to 1:00 PM before throwing in the towel so here are the four things I wish we would have done that would have made our rainy day even more enjoyable.
1. Good Eats
Okay, we did do this one. There are so many to pick from and we went with our hunger pains to the first restaurant we saw - Chickie's & Pete's near the Blue Streak. Later did we realise that there are 24 restaurants including a Joe Cool Cafe near Planet Snoopy. I bet Snoopy hangs out there when it rains!
2. The Arcade
|photo credit: Amanda Hicken, Clue into Cleveland|
Who does not love arcade games? Not that we went, because I forgot but I know that they are still there because Amanda, who really is an expert at Cedar Point, reminded me of them! In my younger years, I spent way too much time at the pinball machines so maybe it is a good thing. I would so ignore my family for a good game.
Cedar Point has award winning, live entertainment! Most shows start at 2:30 PM with the exception of the outdoor live performances from the Peanuts gang but those are weather permitting.
4. The Town Hall Museum
So much to learn! I have a vague recollection of going there with my eighth grade class but now I think it would be fascinating to look back in time at what was Cedar Point and how it went from being a lakeside beer garden and bathhouse in the 1870's to what Cedar Point has become today.