May 2014 Issue
Editor's Note: Thrill Seeking
Somehow, 18 years had passed since I’d last set foot through Cedar Point’s front gates. If my childhood self were to be told that bit of trivia about his future, he would be disappointed and perplexed, perhaps even outraged that such an oversight had occurred.
Being a lifelong Ohioan, Cedar Point was an indelible part of my childhood. Growing up in New Philadelphia, the amusement park was far enough away to be a special trip while still near enough that it was a viable option for an easy family getaway.
For me, the place will always be synonymous with sun and summer. You may feel the same way about Kings Island or Geauga Lake. Perhaps, your recollections of a roaring midway and hair-rising rides reach back to the echoes of Euclid Beach Park or Cincinnati's Coney Island.
Memories of such places are usually filled with happy screams, clattering thrill rides, sugary treats and the constellations of colored lights that bloom as day finally gives way to night. They are times that resonate with us not only because of how alive a rushing roller coaster makes us feel, but also because we get to experience such a singular thrill with the people closest to us.
We hope as you page through our “102 Days & Nights of Summer” you’ll find plenty of inspiration for creating new memories with your family and friends during the next few months — be they at an amusement park, the Ohio State Fair, an outdoor concert or one of the other suggestions we have for making the most of our warmest and longest days of the year.
We’ve done our best to cover destinations throughout the Buckeye State to show the wide range of what is offered here, but that is just the start of how we can help. You’ll also find other events by searching our comprehensive event listings at ohiomagazine.com
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Maybe we’ll even inspire you to revisit one of your favorites. I finally went to Cedar Point again last fall, but it was one of those early autumn Saturdays when summer makes a curtain call.
The sun was shining, and the views from the tops of the roller coasters couldn’t have been clearer. It was a chance for me to acquaint myself with all the new rides that have taken up residence at the Sandusky amusement park since my last visit and check out some old favorites.
Most of all, I was glad that after years of talking about once again connecting with this place that is so entwined with my childhood and summertime family memories, I actually made the trip.
Don’t wait to make your plans. Summer goes by way too fast.