Travel Blogs from Sandusky
Today we did the first (and longest) car journey of our road trip which was over 7 hours long. We had two stops (the second of which being Burger king for lunch) before we arrived at Cedar point. We got a clear view of how large terrifying these rides really are (but that soon changed to excitement as Zac was literally jumping up and down). The …
We have been planning this vacation/trip since we purchased our "new to us" motorhome. It has been 25 years since we visited some of the national parks out west and with the cameras we now own we thought it would be fun to revisit some parks we have been to before and add some new ones to our itinerary.
We started out this morning and almost immediately returned home for forgotten items. Then finally hit the road about 8:30 am. A quick stop a Walmart and ...
... on the ride.
What else, what else... I went on the Magnum, Wicked Twister, oh, oh, and Mantis!! I went on Mantis. This is a normal enough roller coaster, but you go on it standing up. :D It definitely feels quite different. I also went on Gatekeeper. I think it's a fairly new ride there. And soooooo smooth!!! Big loops and inversions that make you want to put your arms out and just sail. Beautiful feeling. And you gotta ...
... all day to decide to try the Top Thrill Dragster coaster. This ride accellerates to 120 mph within a few seconds and then climbs straight up to ~400' and then straight down and back to the station. There are no appropriate words for this ride that are suitable for a family blog. Suffice to say that this ride is a rush.......
No pics as it would have been too much of a hassle to bring in a camera to the park.
... I did) a sort of panic when we forgot our Locker number and spent 40 minutes trying to get our important stuff however we eventually got it out. Our finishing rides were Dragster where Tyler and I hit a swarm of flies at 120mph, and Millennium Force which was great in the dark. Tomorrow we leave for Niagra ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Breakers Sandusky
Love Hotel Breakers!!!
My husband and I visit Cedar Point every year. We stayed outside the park at first but last year we decided to stay on sight. I highly recommend the Breakers. The new section that is where you want to be. The old section is just that old. Room was very small and had to climb up a fire escape to get to our room and the there were May Flies all over the room and the window air conditioner did not work. We went to the desk and told them about the problem and they more than graciously moved us to a room in the new section with no problem and no additional charge. Staff could not have been nicer. The price is quite steep but it is worth every penny when a sudden thunderstorm pops up and you can run to the safety of your hotel room on site. AND Cedar Point is the best park on the Planet or in the entire Universe. Love those coasters.
THE PLACE TO STAY AT CEDAR POINT!
We just returned from a 3 day trip to Cedar Point. My wife and I are in our early 40s and took three children ages 15, 14 and 8. They loved it!
We arrived on a Thursday evening and spent Friday and Saturday at the park.
The older boys loved the roller coasters. In fact, they rode so many times that they were actually getting sick of them. Favorites were the Millenium Force, Magnum XL-200 and Raptor.
Unfortunately, the Top Thrill Dragster was either too crowded or down a large part of both days. They were experiencing a number of "roll backs."
The younger boy isn't as much of a dare devil but he liked Campy Snoopy, the DodgeEm cars, the CP & LE railroad, and the antique cars.
While it was too cool to swim at Soak City, we found the 2 day ride and slide tickets to be best bargain. With a coupon from our local paper, we paid $60.95 each for 2 days, much cheaper than most major amusement parks!
We stayed at the Hotel Breakers. Something that I would HIGHLY recommend. The Hotel is along the eastern beach. It is very clean and allows easy access to multiple points in the park. One by the Magnum Coaster and the other by the Wicked Twister.
It may be a little more expensive than "off site" hotels, but in the end things should even out. The convenience can not be over emphasized.
We paid $207 per night for a non-lake view room (suite), large enough for six people in the east wing. By the way, save your money by not staying in a lake view room. Our room had and many "non-view" rooms have a partial view of the lake. Besides, there is a nice "boardwalk" along the beach. You won't want to spend time in your room except to sleep.
It has one indoor pool (should the weather be bad) and two very large "clean" outdoor pools. Unlike a lot of hotels, these pools are staffed with lifeguards. The beach is also staffed with a lifeguard. I don't believe that I would swim in Lake Erie but the beach was great. They "disked" it every night to smooth it out. It has two dynamite volleyball playing areas.
Our room had a small refrigerator, microwave and two televisions.
Other benefits included 2 "starlight" tickets, 2 one day cedar point passes, $30 in food money, 4 go-cart/miniature golf passes and a 10% discount for several of the restaurants. The only thing that we didn't use was the "starlight" tickets, which are essentially tickets that can be used to get into the park after 4 or 5 pm (so that you don't have to pay full price for 1/2 day). Unfortunately, we arrived with only 2 hours before the park closed. Suggestion - plan your arrival to take advantage of Starlight rates.
Food in the park was, as you might imagine, expensive. $2.50 to $3 for sodas, most sandwiches were $4 and so on. We found the Midway Market (an all you can eat buffet) to be the best bargain. $12 per adult and $7 per child. They had pizza, hamburgers, roast pork, tacos, nachos, vegetables, salads, desserts, and sodas ALL INCLUDED in that price. It certainly beat the hot dog, fries and soda for $10 typical throughout the park.
Macaroni's is the only restaurant that we hated. We ended up walking out. The tables and silverware were dirty and the menu selections were limited. The service was very slow.
We have been to DisneyWorld, DisneyLand, California Adventure, HolidayWorld, Kings Island, Knott's Berry Farm... Cedar Point compares favorably to all. Very clean and well run. It is on a penninsula giving it an old "boardwalk" type feel. Really cool!
Speaking of cool. Take a jacket because even in the summer, the evenings can get quite cool along the lake.
Keep in mind that many of the park employee are students from local colleges and universities who are earning money for school. They are very pleasant and friendly. This is how they are spending their break from school. I mention this to remind you that they are not professional workers. They try hard, but you need to temper your expectations of perfection. Some are really good "people" persons and others are a little less outgoing. All appeared to be working hard to make visitor's experience enjoyable.
I don't know how much more of this anyone can read so I will stop. In short, if visiting two or more days - stay at the park, eat and the Midway Market, and ENJOY yourself.
What's not to love??
Our family started going to Cedar Point in 1978.... We have missed just two summers since that date. Currently our family has grown to include granchildren. Each year at holiday we sit and plan for the next year! What changes have been made to this wonderful family vacation. Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for us to be able to say that you are one of our family traditions.
Lighthouse Point perfect for Cedar Point families
Our first trip to Cedar Point we tried to economize and stayed in town and used the shuttle bus service. Huge mistake. The next trip we bit the bullet and decided to stay on-site. Yes, it was really overpriced but we could come and go all day long as we pleased. With two teenaged boys in tow, their stomachs could handle those rides 24/7 while the rest of us could go back and collapse if need be. The rooms were clean and configurations worked fine for us-kitchen had all we needed to grab and quick bite and the view of Lake Erie was surprisingly beautiful from the deck out front. I'd do it again!
We went the beginning of the summer 2003 and found everything very dirty, especially TGI Fridays. There was urine stains on the outside of the toilets, every table dirty with the staff just sitting around. But it was the only decent priced restaurant at the hotel itself. We woke up one morning to find ants all over our towels in the bathroom. I love Cedar Point and would love to have the convenience of Hotel Breaker's location again, but I cannot quite justify it yet. My husband and I spent over $800 for two days at the resort in a standard room and nothing out of the ordinary. We didn't even get souveniers. I just find it very expensive and not worth the price.
Great location but not a great hotel
This hotel is in a fantastic location for Cedar Point park which we visited for 3 days last summer but it is not a great hotel. It is big, poorly decorated, unhelpful, surely staff, uncomfortable basic rooms.
If it wasn't for the location I wouldn't recommend staying there.
The standard is equivalent to a low budget motel.
Just what is the Hotel Brakers doing with the money they are making off of people expecting a hotel stay worthy of 150$ a night?
This place is what I imagine a 29.95$ roadside motel to look like. The rooms are filthy, the beds are at least 50 years old. The pillows are yellowed and thin. The bathroom features a lovely sliding wooden door that doesnt even close completely.
The hallways of the hotel do not have heat/AC. The food is overpriced and gross (ie. nacho chips with chili on them).
The full towels in the bathroom are not big enough to wrap around my waist (size 6!!), and the pool towels are even smaller.
We hated it so much that we left a day early (even though they would not refund any money). I HATED hotel breakers. Character is charming, but this hotel is anything but!
Hotel Breakers does have 5 sections to include 3 older and 2 newer. Yes, the older sections are a bit older (built originally in 1905 but since remodeled), and do NOT have elevator access (but they are only 3 floors high) and the staff at CP Resorts to include the reservations staff try to best accommodate our needs. They do have window air conditioning units, and vintage 1960's decor in the bathroom, however for those of us who enjoy an antique room, these rooms satisfy us. These rooms are always clean and are kept up to standards just like the two newer sections. To explain the newer sections: Breakers East built in 1995 is only 4 floors high with elevator access and the smallest room is with 2 queen beds. Breakers Tower was built in 1999 with 10 floors (10th is the concierge floor, access only granted to those staying on the floor). So you can see that the original part of the hotel will be 100 years old next year and that Cedar Point does all it can to please all the guests.
Great hotel but
We just returned from a great vacation at Cedar Point. Hotel Breakers was a really nice place and the convenience of being between the amusement park and the water park was definitely worth the money. I`d highly recommend families spend the extra to stay here.
On a side note, we also stayed at Great Wolf Lodge on Hwy 250 coming into Cedar Point - fantastic!!! It`s cheaper than Breakers and has a great indoor water park where we spent our last day - we were exhausted from all those terrific roller coasters!!!!
Do not stay in old section
Do not stay in old section of the breakers hotel.. It was 140 a night. which I figured would be okay sicne we would be in the parks most of the time.. It was toally Gros.. I mean disgusting.. I felt so bad I had us srive theo whole wa tthere to saty in a dump.. the lake is nice outside.. but other than that.. I could not wait to get out of that room.. Maybe newer section is nice.. I would never pay the price to stay in the new section.. and
the dirt and filth in the old.. is sickening..