July 6, 7, 8Th 2016
Around Mid June however, the discussion arose that perhaps DC was not what people were interested in seeing. Truth be told, the boys are getting older, the older two have already dis-engaged in "family" vacations off living their own vacationing lives, and Ben graduates next year, so this may be our last multiple children "family" adventure for a while. (Grandchildren perhaps some day...NO RUSH mind you.) We do have a cruise coming up in November, but this was not a "usual" family vacation so it doesn't count.
I personally have had my fair share of theme parks. (although I would definitely go to Disney again, and would NOT pass on a trip to a theme park if offered). BUT in all honesty, I am no longer a roller coaster, spinning around, up and down scream till you puke kind of gal any more. However, when Disney was botched, and DC was a no thank you any longer. Our last vacation with both the younger boys had to be a theme park, and why not the Roller Coaster Theme park of the WORLD?
After our fun time at Niagara Falls and the 4 hour drive briefly through PA and into Ohio, we made it to Castaway Bay. One of the many Cedar Point resorts. Despite some of the negative reviews about checking in. We checked in rather quickly and started our vacation fun right away.
Along with an outdoor pool and not so hot hot tub they feature an indoor water park. We never made it into this pool while visiting.
Although not a new place for us, we still enjoyed the multi choices of wing sauce and can you guess? I had a burger.
After dinner the boys were entertained with all things arcade games while I took a look at the evening activities indicating that Snoopy would be available in the club house for story time before bed,
It was a long day but a pretty GREAT one too. Tomorrow we hit up the Theme Park: Roller Coaster Capital of the World Cedar Point, This shot was taken from our balcony.
Day 2: Theme Park time
We started out our long day at the Breakfast Buffet. (Included for an extra fee in our stay). While eating we got a feel for the park layout. Although it doesn't appear to be that large. This park is gigantic.
We got to get in an hour earlier then the general admission due to our staying at the resort. Also included with the resort (This was not an inexpensive trip.) was FREE admission to the Cedar Point waterpark. (We never went, and it really wasn't free when you add up all the prices, but anyways....)
We also got FREE parking. Which was a good thing cause the parking isn't cheep. We drove the 10 minute drive from the resort to have our eyes come upon the endless skies of twisted metal. WOW!!!Look at those coasters.
The boys had discussed a few of the coasters they were interested in riding. I was simply along for the support. No way was I getting on ANY of these coasters. In fact I really didn't ride much of anything all day, There is 71 rides in total and 17 of them are roller coasters. Cedar Point is the second oldest theme park in the United States beginning it's amusement sometime in the 1870s.
(it still looks pretty scary to me.) Pic taken from the internet.
Up next we all made our way to the newest roller coaster the Valravn. The line was SOOOOO long. We waited at least 45 minutes before I watched as several of the 10am entrance people came running in to get their chance at this featured coaster.
Next they rode the Blue Streak.After that I lost count.
As the day progressed the HEAT climbed. We all got ourselves refillable cups. This was a Godsend and we all had our share of multiple fillings.
We ended our day near the exit and discussed plans to return to the car to get items for the water park. Finding it was all the way on the opposite side of where we were parked we opted to go to the water park in our hotel instead. It was so hot we were convinced that it would be a crowded nightmare anyways.
Once back at the resort and cooled off. We made plans for dinner at Steak and Shake! YUMMY!!
The evening was spent enjoying the indoor water park. We all had a great time at Cedar Point, I have to say I'm disappointed we had never taken this trip before. It turned out to be a wonderful park. There wasn't many rides that I enjoyed (part of the reason why I love Disney so much) but I am getting older afterall. Several years ago I would have been all over those CRAZY coasters. I just simply cannot do them anymore. It was still lots of fun and the boys had the best time, That is what really counts anyways.
On our last day at the resort we decided to simply enjoy the resort and the local area.
We spent some time in the hot tub, enjoyed the wave pool. swam in the basketball area and I even went down a water side. (I had a panic attack about 1/2 down.That ended that!). It was very enjoyable as we lazed around all morning enjoying the water with very little others to compete with. (Most people were gone during the day.)
In all fairness, there is really NOT a whole lot else to do in Sandusky other then the amusement Park. We had been here once before many years ago. When we were there I had no idea about the Amusement Park. We had instead gone to a drive through petting zoo. Animal Safari Park. The kids were much younger then and we were driving through on our way to Indiana. (This was where I was born and where my Grandparents were. Indiana that is).
We did a few web searches and did some driving around, and we found the best score (other then the Resort and the Amusement Park) right next to the resort. The Thirsty Pony.