Your Ultimate Cedar Point Survival Masterlist

Your Ultimate Cedar Point Survival Masterlist

Everything you need to survive your trip to America's Roller Coast.
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When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Fireworks, beaches with white sands and crashing waves, no schoolwork, family vacations or waterparks may just be a few. Maybe you're like me, and trips to amusement parks come to mind. Being a Clevelander, I have visited roller coaster capital Cedar Point a healthy amount, and I've learned a lot (and still am learning) after each visit. To ensure you save the most time and money out of your Cedar Point trip as well as avoiding the mistakes I have made, here are pointers to surviving your trip to the famed amusement park. Brace yourself, and hold on tight.

The Night Before:

Don't break that piggy bank just yet, there are other places besides the box office and their website to buy Cedar Point tickets. Grocery and convenience stores such as Drug Mart, Giant Eagle, and Meijer sell discounted day passes, and online coupon sites such as Groupon and Retailmenot offer deals for the park as well. Just do your research. Also, and I think this a given, but don't forget to check the weather forecast.

Hopefully, you know how many people you'll be going with. A small, even-numbered group would be ideal considering most coasters are aligned in four-across rows or two-across rows. If this isn't the case with your crew, you will most likely be taking turns on who rides alone or split into smaller groups, so be sure to communicate how you'll be riding.

Another point to keep in mind is food (which we will go into more comprehensively in a bit). Do you want to pack or buy your meals? Of course, packing is the cheaper option, but the Cedar Point also offers meal and drink deals on their site. Keep both options in mind.

After you bought your tickets, looked at the weather, did a headcount of your group, and purchased anything extra, it's time for what one of the most important parts of preparing for a day trip to Cedar Point: packing.

Simply put, pack light. Split amenities among your group. Prioritize your items to avoid paying for a locker, since those charge by the hour. To get you started, here are a few items worth considering when packing for your trip:

Smartphone

Portable smartphone charger

Wallet

Gum or mints

SUNSCREEN (I cannot stress this enough, unless you don't burn, which in that case, I'm extremely jealous).

Ziploc bag (if you plan to visit any water rides)

Sunglasses

Once You Arrive:

So, you made it. Hopefully, you got there in the morning, close to when the park opens to maximize the value of your ticket and give you a chance to hit as many rides as possible.

Next? Make a plan, which is the MOST important part of your Cedar Point trip. I've gone to CP in too many instances where my friends and I walk around the park without a plan. It's stressful and irritating and just wasting time. Some people will tell you to start in the back and make your way up. Others will say to start with the coasters near the entrance. I have done both with insignificant results, so my advice? It doesn't matter. Just make sure your group is on the same page when deciding what to ride and when.

Food & Drink At Cedar Point:

Walking around and riding rides definitely works up an appetite. Fortunately, Cedar Point offers a variety of places to eat. Unfortunately (and as expected), they cost quite a bit. I mentioned food options previously, but I want to go into more detail about each.

Pack a Lunch

Lucky for you, Cedar Point has a huge pavilion just outside the park where you can drop off a cooler or two (for free, I might add). I and other people I know ran into no theft issues, so you will not have to worry about anyone stealing your scrumptious lunch. Just don't forget to pick up your cooler when you leave the park! Packing a lunch also provides a nice, relatively more quiet break from the hustle and bustle of amusement park crowds.

Buy a Lunch

Of course, The Point's food options can be tempting, so if you plan on buying food, know where to find the best bang for your buck. The best deal on a hot day is the Ride & Refresh, which is a wristband you can buy for $13.99 that allows you to get a new, free soft drink every hour. This is a great way to always stay hydrated throughout the day.

My personal favorite place to eat is Midway Market, the park's buffet. It's indoors (which means air conditioning), provides a number of options for your dietary needs, and costs about $16.99. Sure, that may sound pricey, but when a footlong Subway sandwich in the park costs around 12 bucks, the all you can eat buffet easily wins in stretching those dollars.

Other places such as Johnny Rockets, Coasters Drive-in, and Chickie's and Pete's are also delicious options, but be aware of the higher than normal prices.

Riding the Rides

Don't be afraid of a long wait. Cedar Point is a popular park, so you're bound to be waiting in some lengthy lines, sometimes on the upwards of 2 hours. As hard as it may be, don't let the long wait time keep you from jumping in line. Use that time to hydrate, re-lather that sunscreen, and just hang out with your friends. Who knows? Maybe you'll something new about each other.

Now that you're equipped with the tips you need to survive a day at Cedar Point, I only have one more thing to say...

Have fun and enjoy your stay at America's Rockin' Roller Coast!

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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