Millions of thrill-seekers swarm Cedar Point, the country’s second-oldest amusement park, each summer. Even on off-peak days, doing the entire park—it’s got 72 rides including 16 coasters—in a single day can be exhausting, making spending the night on the property a welcome option. Camper Village and Lighthouse Point, Cedar Point’s campground-style resort, offers both comfort and affordability for guests willing to bed down within walking distance of the coasters.
Camper Village features 209 top-notch RV sites, with both deluxe (full hook-up and concrete paving) and more rustic (partial hook-up and gravel paving) options. All sites include a picnic table, grill and plenty of space. The clean, single-occupancy bathrooms and family-friendly pool and hot tub area remind guests that this is an upscale campground. Rates for the sites range from $65 to $97 per night during the peak season.
There are 64 cottages (each sleeps six) and 40 cabins (sleeps eight) at Lighthouse Point; both types rent for $295 per night during the peak season. The buildings are bare bones structures—mobile homes outfitted to resemble traditional summer cottages and log cabins—but fully equipped with full-bathroom, air-conditioning, kitchenette, TVs, porch or patio, and private grill.
Spending a night or two, even a week if you’re adventurous enough to leave the peninsula and take advantage of the area’s other attractions (wineries, historical sites, museums and the Lake Erie Islands are all nearby), is an affordable and fun twist on traditional outdoor adventure. Plus, resort guests get discounted tickets and early admission to the park.
Avoid visiting the campground mid-May when the muffleheads—mosquitolike bugs—descend on the Lake Erie shore. Make reservations well in advance and check for midweek sales.