The Maverick, the newest roller coaster that launches riders at 70 miles per hour through a tunnel, was voted “the best new ride in the world” by readers of Amusement Today.
Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in the country, dating back to 1870. Cedar Point, on a peninsula jutting into Lake Erie, was a Mecca for hunting and fishing enthusiasts when Louis Zistel, a local businessman, opened a small beer garden that also had a bathhouse and dance floor. He ferried guests over on his steamboat for 25 cents.
In 1892, the first roller coaster was installed, and it went a fast-paced 10 miles per hour. The structure was 25 feet tall.
Now known for its roller coasters, the park has 10 serious coasters, including Millennium Force, “giga-coaster,” that’s 310 feet above the ground and reaches a top speed of 93 mph. The year it debuted it broke 10 world roller coaster records.