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?


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.

Crowd Calendar

For crowd predictions of upcoming dates, as well as historical crowd ratings, check out the Cedar Point Crowd Calendar.

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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  1. Hi Lex,

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

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

  5. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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