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Cedar Point / Cleveland / Niagara Falls- Need information for vacation

By 67cutlass

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    We will be doing a family vacation this summer to Cedar Point Amusement Park / Cleveland (Zoo and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) / Niagara Falls.

    If anyone has any pointers about any of these places, can you please reply. Places to stay, things to do, places to eat, places to play pinball that are family friendly.

    Cedar Point we are staying in Sandusky, getting their two day passes and all dining. When what I read, you can eat every 90 minutes with this pass, is this correct? We are planning going on a Monday and Tuesday (mid - June). How busy will the park be? This is our first visit. Any information would be great.

    Cleveland - Dropping the wife and daughter at the zoo and me and my son are heading to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Any place to get discounted tickets. This will be on a Wednesday. Hopefully not too busy.

    Then heading to Niagara Falls area. I'm guessing the US side, since we don't have passports and I assume we need them to go over to Canada to see the falls. It seems like there is alot to do around there. Should we plan 2 full days for the falls or is that an overkill? Is there anything that is MUST see? Any ideas about places to stay. Want to be on the cheaper side, since all we planning on doing is sleeping there. Any recommendations on where to stay? Or maybe where NOT to stay? Any place for pinball?

    Currently the agenda is to leave WI on Sunday morning (in June). Drive to Sandusky (not sure if there's any stops on the way... suggestions are welcome). Stay in Sandusky. Do Cedar Point on Monday and Tuesday. Head to Niagara Falls on Wednesday making a stop in Cleveland for the zoo/museum and then head to Niagara Falls area Wednesday night. Do a full day Thursday and Friday at the falls, and head back starting Saturday morning. But if I'm missing anything on the way there or back, please let me know. Will be a family of 4. "Kids" will be 13 (boy) and 17 (girl) years old.

    #2 4 years ago

    Cutlass,

    Cedar Point is awesome. If you spend any time at Great America, you'll like CP even more. If you're planning on staying in Sandusky, spend the extra few $$ and stay at one of Cedar Point's hotels. That gets you into the park one hour early before the ropes drop for the general public. Hotel Breakers is the inexpensive option there.

    As for what to hit, grab whatever coasters that are open for that early hour, then make your way over to Top Thrill Dragster a few minutes before regular open. TTD is temperamental, and doesn't run in high winds, so you want to get that early on. Another recommendation to hit early is Maverick at the back of the park. That doesn't move people through as efficiently as biggies like GateKeeper or Valravn. Mid-June on a Monday/Tuesday should be OK for crowds. CP doesn't usually get nutty until July/August and October.

    For pinball, the selection is slim, mostly old EMs and a Hercules. Only arcade anymore with them is the Grand Emporium, which is the big building with the domed turrets on the RH side of the main causeway, just past Raptor.

    Hope you enjoy the Point!

    Later,
    EV

    #3 4 years ago

    2 days is overkill for the falls if you're only staying on the American side. One whole day might be overkill, a few hours is probably plenty. There is a decent pool hall with over 40 pinball machines about 30-45 mins south of the falls. You should pass by it on your way up. It called pocketeer billiards.

    #4 4 years ago

    Cleveland has a few good pinball spots:

    Superelectric - Very Nice Pinball Hall - Good Guys, Pinsiders, obv!
    Happy Dog (bar, 2 locations, lakewood AND Cleveland Heights) - Serves delicious custom hot dogs with like 8 machines in the back
    16 Bit (bar) in lakewood has a really nice TOTAN, CFBL, High Speed 2, and Indiana Jones, only 4 pins but a really nice free arcade
    The Science Center (feet from the rock and roll hall of fame) is AWESOME!!!!! I would totally recommend spending at least an hour there almost all of the exhibits are interactive, very very fun place.
    B-Side: under a "local famous" bar called Grog Shop, B Side was an arcade bar that's slowly becoming a bar-bar. They've got like 5 tables (ACDC, LOTR, the Who, Fish Tales, Avengers) They are usually in good shape but typically 1 or 2 tables with have gameplay-affecting-problems like credit mech is broken or a flipper is out.

    #5 4 years ago
    Quoted from 67cutlass:

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    Cedar Point we are staying in Sandusky, getting their two day passes and all dining. When what I read, you can eat every 90 minutes with this pass, is this correct? We are planning going on a Monday and Tuesday (mid - June). How busy will the park be? This is our first visit. Any information would be great.
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    Eating every 90 minutes and going on rollercoasters is a really bad combination. There are high positive and negative G-forces at work that will move the food in your stomach in various directions. If you have to eat before going on the thrill rides at least be courteous and sit in the back of the train.
    The park is super busy on weekends. If you can help it go during the week. When I was there we got lucky. A thunderstorm cleared out the crowds, after that we had the park almost to ourselves.

    #6 4 years ago

    Agreed... you can get through the American side in a good day.

    If you're there to 'view' the falls...it's a lot better on the US side. Get over to Goat Island...you can view both 'falls' from here. Once you get done looking...there's way more stuff to do on the Canadian side.

    The Journey Behind the Falls is really neat. Also the Maid of the Mist ride is probably something you would want to consider doing.

    I wouldn't go out of my way to go to the aquarium...there's not really much there. I mean...it's ok for really young kids...but that's about it

    As Dragon mentioned..Pocketeers in Buffalo...about a 30 minutes south has 45+ machines. They just got a Hobbit and Aerosmith last week.

    I've only stayed at the Seneca Nation Casino in Niagara Falls. Pretty sure it won't be the cheapest...but there's a decent casino there if that's your thing

    Quoted from Dragon36:

    2 days is overkill for the falls if you're only staying on the American side. One whole day might be overkill, a few hours is probably plenty. There is a decent pool hall with over 40 pinball machines about 30-45 mins south of the falls. You should pass by it on your way up. It called pocketeer billiards.

    #7 4 years ago

    Not all of you will need the meal passes get 1 for 2 of you it will be plenty. 2 days at the falls for USA side to long. Fun to go over to Canada.

    Have fun at the point 2 days you should get it all in. Maverick and Top Thrill will be long waits but worth it.

    #8 4 years ago

    At the falls I would get the pass for allowing everything. Maid of mist, cave of winds, museum, movie etc.. it's a solid day but really just one day.

    Doesn't look like you'll be in at right time but Tuesday in the park concerts are great. http://www.artpark.net
    And within a couple miles of Artpark are the Jetboat rides in the lower Niagara gorge which for teens is pretty thrilling. For a guy like me that owned a jetskis and would jump 15' waves not so much. But you get the idea.

    Oh and of course in Buffalo Pockeetteer billiards has over 40 machines and is really the pinball destination for Buffalo.

    And not far from Buffalo is Darien Lake Amusement park which is always fun too.

    #9 4 years ago

    Is Pocketeer ok for a family or mainly Adults?

    The reason I said two days was because of the drive and it looks like there are walking trails and such, which would kill some time. Looks like there are some fireworks and light show at night also. I did see the discover pass (or whatever it's called), which looked to have quite a bit.

    As far as Cedar Point, I didn't mean I would eat every 90 minutes (even though I probably could). With 4 people I figured 2 or 3 food passes. We've been to like 5 or 6 Six Flags and this will be the first time we haven't gone to one on vacation. I know there's one like 3 to 4 hours away. We did the New Jersey one last year. Loved it.

    Will have to look at the other stuff listed. Thank you for all the information. If you have anything else, please let me know.

    #10 4 years ago

    Yeah I've seen kids in their before

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