Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Campground Review -- Cedar Point Camper Village

Dates we stayed here:  August 18 - 21, 2010 (Wednesday - Saturday)

Location:  Sandusky, OH (on-site at Cedar Point Amusement Park)

Our site:  #160 in Circle B

site 160

Since we were only staying for three nights, I chose an electric-only (30 amp) site in order to save a little money.  The 30-amp sites are arranged in three concentric circles around a bathhouse.  The bathhouse is also the location for filling your fresh water tank.  The innermost circle consists of smaller back-in sites, the middle circle contains pull-thru sites, and the outermost circle is made up of larger back-in sites.  Each site has a gravel or asphalt pad with patio area, a large picnic table, and a picnic grill (for charcoal cooking -- no campfires).

electric only sites

This outer circle of sites were plenty long for our camper, even for opening the dovetail door.  Maneuvering onto the site was a challenge, though, with the curved narrow road, closeness of the campsites, and the use of short wooden posts to mark the sites.  We had to stop Tom several times to keep him from hitting one of those!

The rules state that, according to Ohio law, there has to be 15 ft. of clearance between adjacent camping units -- including slides and awnings, and that it's each camper's responsibility to maintain that clearance.  However, the sites barely have 15 ft. between them, so it's virtually impossible to maintain that spacing.  Luckily, nobody ever enforced that rule!

Circle B is the original campground, and it's age shows in the bathhouse.  It's pretty old and not in the greatest shape.  On the upside though, there are some really nice shade trees on the sites.  Back-in sites are $66.00 per night, and pull-thru sites are $71.00 per night.

Across the road, the newer area of the campground (Lighthouse Point) consists of larger, full hookup sites on wide roads, with paved pads and patios, and landscaping between the sites for privacy.  They have the same picnic tables and grills.  Back-in sites are $76.00 per night, and pull-thru sites are $81.00 per night.

FHU sites

The bathhouses in this area are much newer -- large, clean and air conditioned!  There is also a laundry facility in this bathhouse.  Lighthouse Point includes cabins and cottages, in addition to the campsites, and has sidewalks throughout the facility.

Amenities:  There is a large swimming pool, hot tub and sprinkler area in the center of Lighthouse Point, which is open to all campers, as well as the cottage and cabin occupants.

campground pool

Near the pool, there is another bathhouse, with (4) separate facilities, each with a toilet, sink and combination shower/bathtub, and a gameroom that is open 24 hours.  Campers are also welcome at either of the (2) hotel pools and the beach at the Breakers Hotel.

hotel pool

All resort guests can purchase single-day amusement park tickets at a discounted rate of $29 each (gate price: $46.99), and are allowed into the park one hour early, during which select roller coasters are operating.  The "Resort Entrance" to the park is conveniently within walking distance of the campground, although there is a shuttle bus if you don't want to walk.

When you arrive at the Park, you enter through the main gate and will be charged for parking ($15 for RVs), but that is reimbursed when you check in at the campground, and you receive a parking pass for the remainder of your stay that allows you to come and go as often as you want.

Our overall opinion:  Camping here is expensive, but if you're going to the park, the convenient location cannot be beat.  We'll stay here again, but I'll probably pay the extra money to be in the newer, full-hookup campsites.  We probably wouldn't be staying long enough to really need FHU, but the larger sites and wider roads are worth the extra cost.

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