Where to Go, What to Know

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Travel staffer Christina Talcott recently had her bones shaken on the roller coasters of Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio. Here's her reporter's notebook.


1 hour 15 minutes


About an hour


$592 -- Airfare: $188 Rental car: $224 Hotel: $88 Park and parking: $92


Continental, Southwest and US Airways fly to Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport out of BWI. Continental, Delta, Northwest and United fly there from other area airports. Cedar Point is an hour's drive west of the airport.


Cedar Point can easily fill a week, especially if you want to hit all 17 coasters plus the nearly 60 other rides at the park. If you get park fatigue, the resort towns on the Lake Erie Islands are nearby; from Sandusky, or from nearby Marblehead or Catawba Island (both are about 30 minutes northwest of Sandusky), you can catch a ferry to Kelleys Island or the isle of Put-in-Bay, where you can rent kayaks or bikes or just explore by car or on foot (call 419-625-2984 or 800-255-3743, or visit http://www.lake-erie.com).

If, on the other hand, Cedar Point only fuels your jones for amusement parks, close by there are several indoor water parks (Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay, Kalahari Resort) and the African Safari Wildlife Park.

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