We left the beauty of Maine for Ohio. This spring/summer has been more about connecting with friends than it has been about seeing places. Sometimes, we have the benefit of both. In Ohio, we are meeting up with another traveling family before we leave for Minnesota.
Our first stop was Sandusky, Ohio to visit Cedar Point Amusement Park. Throughout our travels the kids have talked about experiencing an epic roller coaster. Jon wanted to surprise the kids with the opportunity to ride ValRavn which just opened in May – the world’s tallest dive coaster, at 223 feet high; the longest, at 3,415 feet long; and the fastest, at 75 mph. With the most inversions (three) and the highest inversion (at 165 feet), it breaks six world records.
The scariest part of the ride was after the climb where you looked down at the whole entire park (of course I had to ride it). The coaster just stopped and let you hang there before the dive. The anticipation was brutal! Watch this and you will know what I mean.
Our younger three had never experienced the big coasters and rides. Grace and Elijah ran from coaster to coaster without a break. We really liked buying the discount tickets after 4pm on the Cedar Point mobile app (buy online to save money on tickets and parking btw), heading there on a weekday, and avoiding the intensity of the summer sun.
While the younger two were tiring out their dad on coasters, Ethan and I also enjoyed more relaxing rides like the gondola, and Ferris Wheel. Loved all of the sparkling lights we could see from above.
Jon and I visited Cedar Point over 20 years ago together in our late teens. The difference now is in the speed and thrill of the coasters, and bodies that let you know what you have just done to them!
Do you still brave rides? What is your favorite so far?