Need Expert Advice For Ohio Trip

Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:04 AM
I have just been given free airline tickets and have decided that since I have a Paramount Parks season pass, I will go to PKI. Since I will be in Ohio, I also want to go to Cedar Point.

Here is where I need help because I am sure many of you know this right off the bat:

1. What airports are near the parks and how far are they from the park?

2. What is the driving time between the two parks?

3. Is Cedar Point the closest park to PKI, or is there one closer?

Any other advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I have never been to either of these parks. (I have never even been to Ohio for that matter.) Thanks for your help. *** This post was edited by Lorrie on 4/18/2001. ***
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:21 AM

1. What airports are near the parks and how far are they from the park?

Well, PKI is located just north of Cincinnati on Rt. 71, so I guess Cincinnati International would be the closest airport. Unfortunately, CP is far from any major airport--smack-dab in-between Toledo and Cleveland (which if you're in Cleveland, it's definitely worth the time to stop at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure!!)

2. What is the driving time between the two parks?

PKI is 1:15 from Columbus and CP is 2:30 from Columbus. I guess that makes it almost a 4 hour drive between the parks. CP and SFWoA are--I think--only 1:30 apart. The suggested route is (PKI --> CP) 71 North, 315 North, 270 East, 23 North, 4 North. Slightly complicated, but shortest route.

3. Is Cedar Point the closest park to PKI, or is there one closer?

SF Kentucky Kingdom is only 2 hours south of PKI in Louisville--and Holiday World is only another hour west of that (and truly worth the drive!).
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:58 AM
Cleveland Hopkins Airport is about 55 minutes from CP, and the drive is very direct. SFWoA is also very direct the other way, I'm thinking about 30 minutes.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 11:09 AM
I know there is a small airport on Kelley's Island. I don't know if they fly comercial flights. I doubt it. Kelley's Island is just a small ferry ride from CP.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 11:15 AM
BTW Cincy International Airport is located in Kentucky. Coney Island is located right off the Cincy beltway(I think its 271, someone want to verify that.) Wynadot Lake is located near Columbus. If you would go from PKI to CP you would go real close to it.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 12:22 PM
Lucky you, then again, I won tickets from TWA last year and went to San Francisco.

Visit all 4 parks like I did last year. PKI, Kennywoood, SFWoA, and CP. Wait until Phantoms Revenge is running, then go on your trip. I did all of this alone, and had a blast.
You fly into Columbus, it's in the middle of Ohio. Use maps.yahoo.com to get your driving directions between all the parks and hotels.
Book your hotel reservations online, www.daysinn.com.

Fly into Columbus at night or whenever and check into your Days Inn and go to sleep.
Next morning, drive to PKI, about 1.5 hours away.
The same night, drive back to Columbus and stay in the same hotel.
Check out the next morning and drive to Kennywood, this is 3 hours away, the longest drive, but you do it early in the morning when noone is on the road, like at 5am.
That night stay at a Days Inn west of Pittsburgh. The name of this Days Inn is actually called Days Inn West.
The next morning drive to SFWoA and see the park. Stay here half a day, at about 2pm, leave and drive to CP. Check into your Days Inn on the main drive leading to the point. This hotel is called Days Inn Cedar Point/Mall Central. Then go into CP for the 4pm twighlite rate.
Go back to your Days Inn and sleep.
Go to CP the next day at 8am, get some MF rides, and stay all day.
The next day, check out of the Days Inn and drive back to Columbus, turn in your rental car, and fly home in the afternoon.

Columbus is a big city, very nice, lots of hotels, restaurants, and all airlines fly into it.

If you don't want to do all parks, I'd still recommend Columbus as the city to fly into to. In that case, you would stay in Columbus 2 nights, and then the hotel near CP for 2 nights. But if you add the hotel near Pittsburgh, you can see Kennywood, and SFWoA.

It's all a question of whether you have the money for the extra ticket costs, the extra hotel night, and time off from work, but this is how I will do it when they get more rides next year.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 5:14 PM
No No. Book your hotels, Flights and Rental Cars on travelnow through Coasterbuzz :)

It is a nice little circle we have around here, CP, PKI, SFWoA and Kennywood. I plan to hit up all those parks this summer myself.
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 7:22 AM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I knew I was asking the right people! :)
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 7:36 PM
Well I live in Sandusky where CP is located and the nearest major airport is Cleveland Hopkins, about 50 minutes to an hour from here. PKI is about 5 hours from Cleveland.
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 8:59 PM
Actually, if you have the time and money for the complete ring around Ohio it is as follows:
SFWoA, CP, Holiday World, SFKK, PKI, and Kennywood. You can start anywhere on the ring and drive either way around it of course. This is probably the greatest concentration of coasters in the world. You can also add any of the smaller parks to this list.
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Sunday, April 22, 2001 7:55 PM
PKI is not five hours from Cleveland, unless you're talking east side during rush hour.

From CLE, you're looking at a 3 hour, 20 minute drive down I-71. I should know, the city I live in is on the freeway and is three hours to PKI, about 20 minutes to Hopkins. :)

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