When Is Cedar Point Least Crowded?

Just when is it the best time to visit Cedar Point?

Dubbed “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” the amusement park is home to a flurry of rides and attractions, including 17 roller coasters. Despite its impressive lineup, the Cedar Point’s normal operating season runs only daily from early May through Labor Day, then for nine weekends following Labor Day.

So, which dates during the operating season are the least crowded and which dates should you try to avoid?

May

If you want light crowds, a good time to visit is on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during opening week in late May through the first week of June. During this time, weekends are generally moderately busy, but come June, the summers crowds start to kick in and the weekdays are busy as well.

June – August

All of June and July is generally most crowded, especially during the 4th of July weekend. August is the same story, but by the last week of the month, there’s some relief as the summer crowds tend to die down.

September – October

In September, the park is only open on weekends and Sundays are the least crowded days.

Finally, in October, Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends takes over. The event usually draws big crowds on weekends throughout the month, so if you have to go during this time, Sundays are again the least crowded days.

That covers the park’s operating season of crowd levels. Remember that a good rule of thumb to get an idea of how packed it’s going to be is to simply look at Cedar Point’s schedule of dates and hours.  If the park closes at 8 or 9:00pm, it usually means that they aren’t expecting it to be too busy. If the closing time is scheduled for 10:00pm or beyond, expect long wait times and lines for most of the popular rides and attractions.

Also, be sure to check out the park’s webcams! The live pictures allow you to easily check out just how crowded the park is right now. We sure wish other theme parks offered this kind of feature on their websites.

When do you think is the best time to go to Cedar Point? How were the crowds when you last visited the park? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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  • Pbmcdoug

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  • Bmiller199

    We went to Cedar Point on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. The longest line we waited in was for the Maverick, at 45 minutes. Top Thrill Dragster was 27 minutes. Wind Seeker, Magnum,Wicked Twister, Max Air, Skyhawk,Gemini, Corkscrew, and Power Tower where all around 15 minutes. Millennium was 1 hour. Many other rides where just “walk on and go”
    Bill

  • Bo Johnson

    We went Sunday, September 18th. The longest line we waited in was for caramel-covered apples at 30 minutes. Millennium Force was a 25 minute wait. Top Thrill Dragster and Maverick were 15 minutes. Everything else was 5 minutes or less. They may not be open as late on Sundays in September, but the time you save not waiting in lines more than makes up for it!

  • Lindarusiecki

    We went Saturday, October 22 for Hallow Weekend, and like the article said, it was super busy. Longest wait was for the Maverick at 2.5 hours. Even the Magnum, which usually has a line of fifteen minutes or less was over an hour. At the end of the day, the Raptor was an 1 3/4 hour wait. As fun as the Halloween decorations are, I’d avoid Halloweekend in the future

  • Anonymous

    I went the last week of August.  I was told by some locals that Ohio schools start the last week of August.  As a result the majority of people during the week are out of staters resulting in much shorter lines.  Most rides were walk right ons.  The bigger attractions were at most 20-30 minutes.

  • Moocow

    thanks for the info everyone

  • Julie

    My son is going to Cedar Point with some friendson June 9th and 10th, 2013.  How will the crowds be?  Will they need the Express Pass?  Thank you! 

  • Lex

    We had season passes last year, and this is what I have noticed:

    1. Watch the weather. If rain is predicted, but not like downpours all day, that’s a good day to go. Perfect, sunny days are crowded. On a perfect day during the weekend, you won’t enjoy your trip as much unless standing in line 2 hours or more appeals to you. This is especially true during Halloweekends when the weather is more likely to be colder. DO NOT go to Halloweekend on a nice sunny 70-80 degree day or you will regret it.

    2. The 4th of July is actually a good day to go. It’s not crowded, there are fireworks, and the park stays open til midnight (which by 10 you can get on things without waiting.

    3. Yes you can get in an hour early and get discounts when you stay in one of their onsite resorts, but if you stay in a hotel in Sandusky less than 5 minutes away, it will cost you about $50-$150 less. So if you’re on a budget keep that in mind.

    4. Avoid Saturdays if you can (unless it’s raining or cold).

  • lex

    If you have the extra money to spend on the Express Pass (Fast Lane) then they will get to ride more. Several times we looked at the people with the Fast Lane Passes with malice because they made our lines take even longer. It didn’t seem quite fair to some customers.BUT If your son and friends have two whole days to ride, live very far away and can’t come back often, and you have the money to spend-then yes it will be worth it for them and probably a very good choice. If they closer (within 2 hours) and can get themselves there, a season pass is the best bet as it will only cost a few dollars more than a 2-day pass with Fast Lane added to it.

  • CPLover

    You went on a good day. every time we went Maverick and Top Thrill Dragster had 2+ hour wait. If you go on the wrong day, you will wait that or more for all the good rides. And the food, and the traffic to get in, and the traffic to get out…….You know it’s bad when there’s even a 3/4 hour wait for the Corkscrew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lydia.ziegler.56 Lydia Ziegler

    Hi Lex,

    Have any thoughts on Memorial Day or the Sunday before? Busy or dead?
    Thanks!

  • Tay

    What are the lines for the roller coasters like in May? I’m planning on going to Cedar Point on the last Wednesday in May.

  • kamc24

    I am planning to go to Cedar Point May 31 (friday) only good thing we are avoiding proms, science week, memorial weekend, coastermania, and kids are still in school, and avoiding graduations, what is your thought about lines on this day, do you think it will be bad and do we need fast pass?

  • tmac

    Would the 3rd and 4th of june be a good time to go to Cedar point ?

  • KScrap

    Best day to go to Cedar Point is Father’s day – because most men would rather not or a cloudy chance of rain weekday – because in the Midwest it clears out quickly but the forecast will keep most people who watch the weather away!

  • Ian

    I only waited 5min for milleniumn force on Father’s Day.

  • Rich

    That’s because Fathers day is always “Gay Day”

  • Rich

    Fathers Day is when all the homosexuals go to Cedar Point!

  • LA

    We’re thinking about going on the 4th of July 2013. It’s a Thursday this year. Thoughts?

  • Sara

    It’s usually crowded on the 4th of July.

  • Erin Dargartz Brown

    It’s a fun day to go..but it’s really busy :(

  • Alex

    I am debating between Friday and Sunday of this 4th of July weekend. Is the entire weekend a wash, or will I see less crowds on this Sunday?

  • Tomrr

    It’s always busy for the holiday weekend, but we’re going on Sunday hoping that the crowds calm down a bit by then.

  • P

    Thursday or Friday?

  • Sam

    I think Thursdays are better!

  • S

    I went once on Labor day weekend (I think it was a Saturday) with my cousin. The shortest line was for the carrousel and that was an hour wait.

  • JF

    I’ve gone 5 times so far and when I went on June 24th(Monday) I rode all the rides within 3 hours(note I got into the park an hour early thanks to my platinum pass)

  • Hh

    Best time is end of August or very early September because that’s when most schools start, maybe on a Sunday or a random weekday. I went at that time and it was so empty it was weird

  • Christin3382

    We want to go on thursday Aug 1st is that a good day to go?

  • Rog

    It’s still the summer season, so expect it to be crowded. It’s been very busy this week!

  • CedarPoint13

    My friends and I plan on going September 14th this year. I know it is the first weekend of their halloweekends and was wondering what people predict as to the amount of people that will be there.

  • CedarPointFan

    This site has a full Cedar Point crowd calendar: http://thepointol.com/cedarpoint/cedar-point-crowd-calendar/

  • Cedar point fan

    I’m looking into going one day in October any idea which day that month might be thre best.

  • RAN

    Which is likely to be better: Labor Day or the day before?

  • Sam

    I think Sundays early in October would be best.

  • Sam

    It should be crowded on both days, but I’d go on Labor Day hoping that the crowds will be a little lighter because of people doing other things on the holiday and back to work/school the next day.

  • Nr

    What about the Friday of labour day weekend.?

  • JJ

    I think it’s going to be crowded on that Friday.

  • Chuck

    why would Friday be crowded? Aren’t kids still in school.

  • Erin

    I went to Cedar Point on a Saturday about two years ago during Halloweekends and it was a NIGHTMARE. The weather was nice, so I’m sure that contributed to the crowds, but we seriously maybe got on 15 rides all day. All of the bigger rides (Raptor, Millenium, Dragster, etc.) all had a 2 hour+ wait. It was awful. I would strongly suggest NOT going on a Saturday during Halloweekends unless the weather is predicted to be crappy.

  • joe

    Saturday was insane. 2 hour waits, and 3 hours to get out of the parking lot. We got their at opening time and only got on 8 rides total. Millennium broke down after we waited 2 hours in line.

  • April

    My family and I are looking to go Memorial Day weekend. We typically go during Halloweekends and seem to manage ok. Is CP going to be super crowded during this time? Should we wait until the next weekend?

  • Sam

    Cedar Point is usually very crowded on Memorial Day Weekend, so I think the next weekend would be a little better. I would go before the holiday weekend if you can though since there should be less summer crowds earlier in May.

  • April

    Is Memorial Day weekend going to be way more crowded than Halloweekends? We’re still going to be in school the weekend before but could do the weekend after. Just trying to get a comparison. AND is Fast Lane worth it? And do you know how much extra it costs?

  • Sam

    I don’t think it will be as bad as it can get during Halloweekends. I think Fast Lane is definitely worth it though if you’re going during the summer. The price depends on the number of people and what day you go.

  • Sam

    Fast Lane Prices:

    Monday-Friday & Sunday Rates:

    1 Person – $75 each
    2 Persons – $70 each
    3 Persons – $65 each
    4-10 Persons – $60 each

    Saturday Rates:

    1 Person – $85 each
    2 Persons – $80 each
    3 Persons – $75 each
    4-10 Persons – $70 each

    Fast Lane Plus is an additional $20 per person.

  • April

    Ok. Great. Thanks soooo much for your help! We LOVE Cedar Point and used to go every year. My two daughters are finally tall enough to ride everything so we are all really excited about going back!