I took my Girl Scout troop for a weekend trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky, Ohio. We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio, and they were very accommodating with our large group. The family suite allowed for the six of us to be in the same room, with plenty of beds. Great Wolfe’s suite is very spacious, but warning, the bathroom is tiny. The lodge has an arsenal of awesome indoor water attractions with admission included in your room charge.
Great Wolfe Lodge
Great Wolf offered several restaurants so you never have to leave the property. The girls especially enjoyed the Northern Lights video arcade. Check the hotel newsletter for postings of daily activities such as story time and walks. The hotel’s indoor water park features Totem Towers water slides, swinging net/rope climbing, water basketball, jumbo whirlpool hot tubs (for those over 21), the huge 1,000 gallon splash bucket, and a four story interactive tree house right in the middle of the pool. There is an on-site store for swimming apparel and accessories as well as Buckhorn Exchange for t-shirts and souvenirs; so do not worry if you have forgotten something because they’ve got you covered. Lumber Jack ‘s Cook Shanty offer a breakfast buffet where the buffet is brought to each individual table, which was very cool.
As a bonus, we drove over to the historic waterfront area of Lake Erie before going to Cedar Point. We enjoyed a tasty lunch at The Lunch Box. The tomato, dill, and feta quiche was a wonderful choice and the girls were pleased with their selections as well. Though not fancy in decor, we had amazing service, plenty of choices, and desirable pries.
Cedar Point is a wonderful amusement park, the roller coaster enthusiast’s dream and the roller coaster capital of the world! The park is very clean and spacious, but it is located on the lake and the weather can get very chilly at this time of year. The adult price (age 3 and over) is $42, but you can buy discount tickets at nearby grocery stores. Cedar Point has message boards at the front of its rides with approximate wait time and for all the rides we rode, they were right on the money. A lot of cute shops and kiosks are scattered throughout the property as well as a plethora of snack bars. We enjoyed sit-down dining at Johnny Rockets, complete with burgers, fries, and of course, their thick milkshakes.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Our favorite rides at Cedar Point were the Shoot the Rapids and Snake River Falls watersides, MaxAir, old school Matterhorn, and coasters Wicked Twister, Corkscrew, and Maverick. Of course these were only for thrill-seekers and not for the faint of heart.
FYI: Great Wolfe Lodge has thirteen locations across the United States. Check out their website for special deals.
Tip: If you do not mind the splurge, upgrade to the VIP ticket which gets you to the front of the lines for rides. This ticket gets you preferred parking, admission to the park an hour before general opening time, unlimited drink wristbands, and more. Money well spent in my book.