It can’t be easy living up to the reputation of the historic Cedar Point amusement park, but Cedar Point’s Soak City waterpark has been doing just that since it opened 20 years ago.

The 18-acre park adjacent to Cedar Point has grown into one of the Midwest’s premier outdoor waterparks. It offers a diverse collection of attractions, including Breakers Bay, a 500,000-gallon wave pool with waves between 3 and 4 feet high; more than a dozen slides; two inner-tube rivers; and two children’s play areas.

For thrill seekers, highlights include the 76-foot-tall Zoom Flume raft slide, which carries riders through a twisting course with high-banked curves, and Eerie Falls, a fully enclosed dark slide tower with different flumes.

For kids, Splash Zone is a multistory interactive play area that features several child-sized slides and more than 100 interactive waterfeatures. Topping off the excitement is a 48-foot-high, 1,000-gallon dump bucket. Tadpole Town and Choo-Choo Lagoon also are designed for the little ones.

For those who just want to relax and soak up some sun, a day at Soak City can literally be a day at the beach. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Soak City offers guests access to the private Cedar Point Beach. Back inside the park, there are rental cabanas and a swim-up bar.

For 2008, the park has added new dry entertainment. The “All Wheels Extreme” sports stunt show, featuring a troupe of aerial bikers, gymnasts, dancers and skaters, debuted Memorial Day weekend.

OWNER:Cedar Point


SIZE: 18 acres


SIGNATURE ATTRACTIONS: 500,000-gallon wave pool

FUN FACT: Cedar Point was named for the groves of cedar trees that once populated the peninsula. In 1913, the legendary University of Notre Dame football player/coach Knute Rockne worked as a lifeguard on the Cedar Point Beach.

NO. OF LIFEGUARDS:At least 100