Cedar Point: We Love Rougarou & Hotel Breaker!

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Going to Cedar Point has become a family tradition that my kiddos absolutely love! There are so many sites to see not only up there but also on the drive up! We get to go through Dayton and stop off and see a few sites such as the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Scene75 Entertainment Center or the Dayton Dragons Baseball! Then a little further stop and check out the Armstrong Air & Space Museum or check out the sites in Cleveland such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Zoo or the West Side Market! We love checking out the sites on the way to vacation! Want to head straight through, then be sure to pack activity bags to keep those kiddos busy!

Once in Cedar Point there are so many sites to see, Castaway Bay, Miller Boat Line, Put In Bay and Lake Erie! But once you get into the park, there are so many new rides and sites to see, plan to spend the day catching rays, hitting the hills of the thrilling coasters and just plain having fun!!

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WHAT’S NEW:
Cedar Point announced last year that they would be unleashing the Rougarou! Named after a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore, Rougarou [roo-guh-roo] feeds on screams and lurks in and around the swampy lagoon at the center of the park, shared with other coasters like Iron Dragon and Top Thrill Dragster.

Rougarou’s floorless trains will take riders on an epic journey at speeds reaching 60 mph as their feet dangle just inches above the track and the murky waters below. The trains will be manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland, the same team behind rides like Raptor and GateKeeper, and will transform the ride experience dramatically while utilizing the structure and track of the former Mantis roller coaster.

The ride begins with a climb to the top of the 145-foot-tall first hill, providing amazing views of the Cedar Point skyline. After reaching the apex, the trains will make a 180-degree turn to the right and plummet 137 feet, at a 52-degree angle, to within inches above the water. Thrill-seekers caught in Rougarou’s grasp will then be flipped upside-down by a 119-foot-tall vertical loop, spun around a 103-foot-tall dive loop, whipped around a highly-banked 360-degree turn and then twisted upside-down again by the world’s only inclined loop on a floorless coaster, angled at a wicked 45 degrees. Just when guests think the ride is over, the steel beast will take them through a 360-degree flat spin, tight and twisty turns and a figure-eight finale. Riders must be 54” tall to ride Rougarou.

“Rougarou is going to be a fantastic addition to our coaster lineup and our guests are going to love it,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “With the swampy waters below, the vibrant colors of the supports and track, lighting and other effects, it will be a ride like no other at the park.”

If you haven’t had a chance to ride it yet this year, this is a must have on your rides list for your next Cedar Point trip. My girls love this ride and said it was “AMAZING”!! Turns and flips and hills and drops just to mention a few of their favorite things! Who would have thought my girls would have been such thrill seekers! hotel breaker room cedar point

HOTEL BREAKER REMODEL:
If you need a place to stay, which I’m sure you will when visiting Cedar Point, the newly renovated Hotel Breaker is the place to stay! Rooms are spacious, amazingly decorated and fit my whole family (which is a huge bonus)!

2015 will also mark the debut of the newly-renovated Hotel Breakers. Located along the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, Hotel Breakers will complete its two-year transformation into the ultimate resort destination. Along with a new exterior, the modernized hotel will have a new entrance portal, classic interior finishes, newly-furnished and remodeled rooms with LCD TV’s, new furniture, bedding and décor, and many other amenities and offerings. The two things that make my visit the most important, great water pressure and comfy beds- can’t travel without those two necessities!

Additional enhancements include a new Starbucks and the Surf Lounge bar inside the famous rotunda, widened exterior green space with panoramic views of Lake Erie and an outdoor water play area with zero depth entry and splash features. TGI Friday’s for dinner is what we had and have to say the service was great- loved that it was in the hotel allowing us to stay on site for the whole day!

hotel breaker cedar pointWe want to provide a well-rounded and complete vacation experience for our guests, and the enhancements at the Hotel Breakers will help them have just that,” said Jason McClure. “It will have a fun and fresh feel, is steps away from the park and it’s a great place to start new family traditions.”

 The charming waterfront hotel first opened its doors in 1905 as the “largest and greatest hotel on the Great Lakes.” Known for its breathtaking views and cool summer breezes, Hotel Breakers has been an important part of any complete Cedar Point experience. Notable guests over the years have included celebrities such as sharpshooter Annie Oakley, comedians Abbott and Costello, composer John Philip Sousa and six U.S. presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

When you arrive at the hotel the front of the hotel is just amazing! Perfectly landscaped and full of color and beautiful flowers, my girls said they felt like royalty when we entered Hotel Breaker!

As you enter the hotel you see beautiful stained glass windows, interesting carousel portraits, large majestic carousel horses and my favorite – the entryway into the rotunda, the circular indoor balconies are beautiful! I could have stared up at it the whole night!

cedar point hotel breakerOther amenities include outdoor two pools and Jacuzzis, access to the Cedar Point Beach and Boardwalk, a gift shop, arcade, exercise room, three restaurants, Early Entry (access to some of the biggest rides and coasters before the park opens to the general public), discounted Cedar Point admission tickets, complimentary Wi-Fi and the comfort and convenience of staying right next to the rides and roller coasters of Cedar Point.

The kiddie outdoor pool looked amazing! It wasn’t quite warm enough just yet during our visit to play in it, but with slides and water spraying every where, your kiddos will definitely enjoy splashing around! We did get to enjoy the indoor pool as it did not close until 11pm, giving us a hour to swim after we left the park! Then walk out to the back patio and sit by the fire pits or head to the beach, which remains open until midnight!

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Planning a trip to Cedar Point -Reservations for the 2015 season can be placed now online at cedarpoint.com/hotelbreakers or by phone at (419) 627-2106. Be sure to check out Cedar Point on the following for the latest updates and specials:

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I received tickets to Cedar Point and Hotel stay at Hotel Breaker to conduct this review. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own. 

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Beautiful Views on the @MillerBoatLine to See Put-In-Bay

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When visiting Put-In-Bay you must ride the Miller Boat Line Ferry. The ferry makes trips every half an hour to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) & Middle Bass Island from Catawba, Ohio all day everyday! Miller Boat Line offers a great view and easy transportation between the islands and mainland.

miller boat line 2When we arrived at the Ferry drop off area I had never been there before, so I was not really sure what to do or where to go! I asked the extremely helpful and sweet ladies working the ticket booth my many, many questions! Things like what is there to see and where are the best places to take the kiddos and of course the most important, what’s there to eat! She recommended several places to visit and then offer me the Travels Guide, which is chalked full of great stuff! I wasn’t sure if we should bring our van, she said it was no problem to take our van but suggested riding the tram to get a scenic informative tour of Put In Bay. So we left our van at the drop off parking lot and walked onto the ferry! It was a great choice!

My girls were so excited to ride along the top of the ferry getting a great view of the water and even doing their own reenactment of the Titanic by leaning against the rails screaming, KING OF THE WORLD! Weather permitting this is the way to go! I think riding along in the van would have been a lot less enjoyable! The fresh cool air blowing in our faces and seeing the other islands and boats splashing around, has to be viewed from outside your vehicle! The ride was extremely smooth and very few bumps during the docking! These guys know what they were doing!

Fun Facts about Lake Erie:
Did you know that Lake Erie is the 4th largest Great Lake but smallest in depth and the 11th largest in the world! While on the water keep an eye out for the 40 foot monster that is suggested to live in Lake Erie and of all the 4 Great Lakes, Lake Erie produces more fish each year for human consumption than any other Lake!

History about Miller Boat Lines:
In 1971 Lee Miller appointed Bill Market to take over as manager of the boat line. Market, a fourth generation islander, had miller boat line put in bayworked for Millers as a purser and deckhand since 1954. With the loss of young Bill Miller, who also was Market’s best friend, Market became captain of the vessel William M Miller. When Lee passed away in 1973, Mary Miller asked Market to take over operations of the company.

Put-in-Bay’s growth and rebounding popularity became apparent in the 1970’s. Local residents and developers began to preserve and showcase the fine private homes and downtown buildings, many of which had fallen into disrepair. Historic buildings such as the Colonial, Park Hotel, Blacksmith Shop, Crescent, and Round House were restored and upgraded.

Funding began to flow into the DeRivera Park, South Bass Island State Park, and infrastructure. The 1970’s high water erosion of the shoreline surrounding the Perry’s Monument (National Park) was alleviated with the construction of the unique concave concrete breakwall on either side of the memorial grounds. Put-in-Bay began to move in fast-forward, and tourism became the island’s economic mainstay.

Prices:
Fees are reasonable and well worth the view while floating along the water to visit the other islands.

Adult $7.00
Child (6-11yrs.) $1.50
Child (under 6yrs.) Free
Bicycle $2.00
Car* $15.00
Motorcycle* $15.00

Find Miller Boat Line:

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Ways to Save on Your Miller Ferry Trip to Put-in-Bay:

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The Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center Route 53, six miles south of the Miller Ferry Catawba Dock. This Welcome Center offers maps, lodging info, displays and video, last minute travel tips, restaurants, area events info and more Put-in-Bay discounts. Purchase your tickets in advance at the Welcome Center and receive $1.00 Off your Adult Put-in-Bay fare. 800-441-1271. The “Lake Erie Shores and Islands Travel Planner” Show your Shore Savings Card and receive $1.00 Off Adult Round Trip Passenger fare to Put-in-Bay. To receive your free Visitor’s Guide call 800-255-3743. Download the Shore Savings Card directly at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

On DiscoverOhio.com you will find a printable $1.00 Off Coupon for Adult Put-in-Bay Passenger round trip fare aboard Miller Ferry.

Active Military Personnel Please show your military card at the ticket booth for your $2.00 off adult round trip savings.

Find Put-In-Bay coupons here for other activities and places to eat!

So if you haven’t figured it out yet, we absolutely loved the ferry ride and are already planning our next trip. The staff was amazing and very helpful! No matter how silly your question may seem they were very informative and willing to direct you where to go! Stop by and check it out next time you are visiting the area!

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4 Tickets to @CastawayBay Giveaway Ends 3/1 #BloggingatCP

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Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites including family-oriented units, fitness center, 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art arcade, a craft and child activity center, three restaurants, retail shops, adjacent marina and space for meetings, group events and birthday parties.

Enjoy a weekend at Castaway Bay with their new “Room, Waterpark and Breakfast Buffet Package” for just $149. Use promo code BLOG at checkout online at Castaway Bay or call 419.627.2106 to make reservations!

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Got Water? @CastawayBay Does! #BloggingatCP

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Living in Cincinnati, the only thing you can count on, is how unpredictable the weather is here. One day it is 10 degrees and the next 55 degrees, in January! Always keeping us on our toes as to what we need to wear and bring just in case it gets cold! So getting to visit a place that is always 82 degrees, was just what we needed.

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Castaway Bay is near one of our favorite amusement parks, Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. And is also owned by them as well! With their tropical theme and and their 38,000 square feet of waterpark fun they offer hours and hours of water loving fun!

Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites including family-oriented units, fitness center, 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art arcade, a craft and child activity center, three restaurants, retail shops, adjacent marina and space for meetings, group events and birthday parties.

Crabbie’s Quarterdeck Arcade is a great addition to help keep the kiddos busy when you need to take a break from the waterpark. They feature all your arcade favorites and will keep you busy for hours if needed!

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The rooms at Castaway Bay are more than enough. With 6 of us, we easily fit right into their suites with 2 bunk beds, a king size bed with 1 regular closet with a safe and a over-sized walk in closet! Not to mention the large bathroom and vanity area that allowed us to take showers and get kiddos to brush teeth and hair without creating a long line for bed time tasks!

The view is something that, this weekend was a little covered with ice! But would probably be my favorite part during a summer time visit! The lake was completely covered with ice but there was a great breeze and beautiful scenery from the 2 chairs on our balcony!This would most likely be my quiet place after a long, fun day at Cedar Point! Phototastic-2015-02-18-14-52-40

But if it gets too cold you can always pull up a seat and get nice and warm with the large fireplace in the main lobby near the gift shops! Plus shopping can always make me warm up buying all those souvenirs that I need to take home!

Enjoy a weekend at Castaway Bay with their new “Room, Waterpark and Breakfast Buffet Package” for just $149. Use promo code BLOG at checkout online at Castaway Bay or call 419.627.2106 to make reservations!

While you are there check out more of Cedar Point and their great properties!

This summer will be a great time to visit Sandusky! Not only the fun times you can have at Castaway Bay but there will be some great additions to Cedar Point with a new ride as well as a remodel of the Hotel Breakers. Here are some pictures of what to expect! I will be visiting this summer and will sharing with you what we think and get a insiders view of all the new changes!

Parkside Rendering

Hotel Breakers Pool

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While in Sandusky, be sure to check out all the other great things available to do in the Lake Erie area! You can check out the improvements of the Lake Erie Island State Park, visit Put in Bay or Kelly Island via Jet Express, Merry Go Round Museum and many, many more places to visit! Check out the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center to find all the great places.

Be sure to check back this evening to enter into a giveaway for 4 FREE Castaway Bay Water Park Tickets.

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