15 Favorite Midwest Amusement Parks
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Sandusky, Ohio: Cedar Point
The self-proclaimed roller coaster capital of the world lives up to its title with 16 scream machines on a 365-acre Lake Erie peninsula. While rides and attractions have come and gone since the park's 1870 opening, the fun beachside vibe remains (419/627-2350; cedarpoint.com).
Big Thrill: Launch from 0 to 120 mph in less than 4 seconds, then race up a 42-story vertical hill on Top Thrill Dragster (pictured far left), only to spiral down again. It's 17 seconds of breathtaking fun.
Family Favorite: Enjoy stunning views of Lake Erie and the park from the 14-story Giant Wheel, one of the largest Ferris wheels in North America.
Travel Tip: The historic on-site Hotel Breakers offers beach access, discounted tickets and early entry into the park.