Cedar Point Road Question

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 11:49 AM
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I was just looking on Bing Maps and was wondering if just anyone could drive out to the park going on Cedar Point road, and not going over the causeway? Not that it matters or anything, I was just curious, as the neighborhood that CP Road goes thru looks very nice, and I didn't know if that was a private road, and it goes all the way up to the park.

Is it possible to drive to the park if I'm staying out that way and decide to drive in by going up thru the neighborhood on CP Road? I'd never really noticed or thought about it before.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 11:55 AM

There's a booth/gate on that approach, which is surely closed this time of year.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 11:59 AM

Yes, you can drive to the park on Cedar Point Road. It has it's own Parking gate to enter the lot.

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Last edited by Bozman, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 11:59 AM
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 12:14 PM
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Cool, thanks. I wasn't planning on going when it was closed, but I'm thinking of going up for Mania, and thought that would be a neat thing to do.

Edit: I just noticed the small parking lot booth too. That settles it, I'm heading in the new way next time :).

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 12:43 PM
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I go that way on bright sunny days, because I like driving under the canopy of willow trees. You don't usually save any time going that way, but it is kind of a nice drive.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 1:09 PM
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I tried to make it a point to go that way once a year, just to see which houses had been renovated or replaced. As long as you don't get behind someone going 15 mph the entire way, it's cool. I always liked hearing the waves hit the breakwall for the first time each year.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 1:13 PM

The other thing that is interesting about that drive is that you can't see *anything* of the park until you get all the way down to the end of the road. It's surprising with the number of 200+ foot structures on the end of the peninsula, and NONE of them is visible from Cedar Point Road. Then you make the final curve just before you get to the Kinzel residence, and you can see the Space Spiral. Then the road dead-ends into the tollbooth. What I have never understood is why you don't get a $0.50 discount on your parking when you come in that way; the $0.50 is the *causeway* toll, not the road toll!

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 1:26 PM

*cause* that's the *way* they want it? ;)


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 1:29 PM
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Keep in mind that if you make your way towards that side of the parking lot as you exit, they will force you to exit the park on Cedar Point Road. That could make travel time to your nearby hotel a lot longer. It would especially suck if you specifically got a nearby hotel because you wanted a very short drive back at the end of the day.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 1:31 PM
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I always park back in the Gemini lot.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:03 PM
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Nobody is going to Sue for the .50 I doubt the ACLU would take it up either...

The Road is nice, but takes you way out of the way if you intended to head west or south.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:09 PM

It's perfectly on the way for those of us headed back to Cuyahoga Falls, however. :)


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:24 PM
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^ Yeah, but it's dark, there's nothing to see, and there will inevitably be that 15 mph car in front of you Jeff mentioned. :)

Actually, the times I've gone that way home after closing, I've had to wait a long time turning left onto Cleveland Road, which is annoying. If you go the causeway, you get a stoplight to turn.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 11:15 PM

I would say that, 85% of the time, the people in front of me are sensibly hauling ass, just like me.

As far as the left turn thing goes, that does happen sometimes (though most of the time it doesn't seem to hang up more than a few cars.) But even the worst occasion of this is more than offset by being able to get out of the park using the alternate, left hand exit -- which in itself can offer huge time savings over having to join the main trout flow out onto the causeway.

Edit: What in the world am I saying? It's a huge freaking mess trying to get out on Cedar Point Road. Take bird's advice and nobody even try it! ;)

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Thursday, January 6, 2011 3:38 AM

I also usually take that road a few times a year. That's the way my parents always took us as kids because that's the way they went as kids, plus they didn't like dealing with traffic on 250. It's definitely the "scenic route".


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Thursday, January 6, 2011 7:19 AM
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Ensign Smith said:
It's perfectly on the way for those of us headed back to Cuyahoga Falls, however. :)

I thought you could fly from Sandusky to Cuyahoga Falls? :)


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Thursday, January 6, 2011 10:09 AM

My dream was always to retire to a house on the Chaussee - I'd have beachfront across the road, a boat dock to the rear, and close access to the park - what could be better? Oh, and for those brutal winter months I'd be in Florida. Right?

Then one by one those crappy little jalousie-windowed houses I had my eye on in the 70's began to be torn down and sold off (sometimes 2 or 3 lots at a time) to be replaced by the enormous McMansions we see now. Probably goin for about 1.2 million now, and there goes my dream.

The Cedar Point Road is a beautiful drive and I always take it at least once a summer. It is long and sometimes on busy days backed up with traffic (a definite drawback to trying to live there, I imagine) but defintely one of the most scenic drives in Ohio.

Property can be had there, though. Once last summer i counted a total of 17 for sale signs along the Chausee,which seemed like a lot, and I wondered what was going on. I just kept driving though...if retirement ever comes for me I'll be spending it right here in Columbus!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:42 AM

Clint, make the drive down CP Road. It's such a nice relaxing ride and the houses and landscaping is beautiful, not to mention the soft lap of the waves hitting the breakers. We re-discovered it a few years ago when we started coming in on Route 2 and staying on that side of Cleveland Rd. I'd like to take it more often but Steve says it takes too long, blah, blah, blah.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:18 PM
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RCMAC said:
My dream was always to retire to a house on the Chaussee - I'd have beachfront across the road, a boat dock to the rear, and close access to the park - what could be better?

Lake Washington comes to mind.


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Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:58 PM

Raven-Phile said:

Ensign Smith said:
It's perfectly on the way for those of us headed back to Cuyahoga Falls, however. :)

I thought you could fly from Sandusky to Cuyahoga Falls? :)

It's called a transporter, and sometimes Commander Scott has it down for maintenance. Duh. ;)


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