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. Last year I went on father’s day and it wasn’t crowed at all!

  2. I have tickets to go this weekend, Oct 31st 2015 which is Sat and Halloween at that. What’s the prediction for crowd on that day?

  3. I’m thinking it will still be a little busy. Halloween usually isn’t too crazy though since it’s late in the season. Get there early!

  4. I’ll be seeing you there:) hoping for good weather and few people!

  5. should i go in late august or in early september

    september : school starts but only open on weekend

    august: no school but open on weekdays

    pls help

  6. Weekdays in late August usually aren’t crowded at all, so I would go then. Sundays after Labor Day are also very manageable.

  7. How busy is a friday on july 6

  8. It usually isn’t too crazy after the 4th of July (around 30min waits).

  9. July 4 is on a Wednesday this year (2018). We were looking at going Mon. 7/2 or Tues 7/3 but the ‘forecast’ (as of end of May here) is “Yup, it’s packed!” I know that’s based on some calculation but I’m not sure what. Is it based on previous July 2nds, where it may have fallen on a weekend? Or is this a pretty reasonable prediction?

    Advice wanted!!!

  10. I think it’s just because people may take Monday/Tuesday off and consider it a long 4th of July weekend. July 5 is usually manageable, and even the 4th of July wasn’t that crowded last year when it was on a Tuesday. I’d be prepared for it to be crowded, but it probably won’t be too crazy.

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