by Karon Warren
For families looking for larger, individual accommodations at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, Lighthouse Point welcomes you to stay in one of its cottage, cabins or RV/camper sites. First opened in 2001, this property is laid out like a private neighborhood, providing privacy and community together at once. Shrubbery and landscaping around each unit affords guests with a bit of solitude. In 2004, Lighthouse Point nearly doubled in size with a major addition, and expanded again in 2014 with the introduction of 52 deluxe cabins.
The property takes its name from the circa 1862 Cedar Point Lighthouse, which is the oldest existing structure on Cedar Point Peninsula. Although it is not open for tours, all guests should stop by and snap a souvenir picture by the lighthouse.
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- Private accommodations
- Onsite swimming pool
- Early entry into Cedar Point
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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RVs and Campers
Those traveling with RVs and campers can choose a site from the 77 back-in sites and the 20 pull-through sites, each one on an 80-foot-long concrete pad. Each site includes water, sewer, electricity and cable hookups, plus picnic tables and grills. Complimentary Wi-Fi also is available throughout the campground. Tents are not permitted.
For larger groups, Lighthouse Point features 40 standard cabins, each of which sleep up to eight guests. With approximately 400 square feet of living space, these one-story units include a living area with two futons/sofas, a small table with chairs, a television, microwave, mini-fridge and coffeemaker. There's also one bedroom with a double bed, and a full bathroom with a shower. Guests will find bathroom amenities from Bath & Body Works that include shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap. Although bedding is not provided, there is a 4-foot loft area large enough for two people to sleep. Because the overhead clearance in the loft area is only about 3 feet, these spaces are best suited for children. All standard cabins come with air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and linens; however, dishes and utensils are not provided so plan to bring your own if needed. Outside, guests can relax on the private patio overlooking a small pond. Each patio has a picnic table and grill.
Introduced at Lighthouse Point in 2014, groups of up to 10 should consider one of the property's 52 deluxe cabins. These units feature a living area with a 42-inch, flat-screen TV, two futons, and a small table with chairs, as well as a kitchenette that comes with a sink, dorm-sized refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. There is a downstairs bedroom equipped with a queen bed and TV, and an upstairs loft with two queen beds and TVs. Each unit also includes two full bathrooms with a tub, shower and sink. Guests will find bathroom amenities from Bath & Body Works that include shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap. In total, there is 399 square feet of living space on the main floor, and 198 square feet of living space in the loft area. Again, overhead clearance space in the loft is about 3 feet, so consider saving these areas for the kids. All units have heating and air conditioning, plus complimentary Wi-Fi. Outside, there is a patio with a picnic table and charcoal grill. In addition, deluxe cabins are fully furnished with all linens, but do not come with dishes and utensils.
Lighthouse Point is home to 64 cottages, each a one-story unit that sleeps up to six guests in approximately 400 square feet of living space. Inside, you'll find a bedroom complete with a double bed, a bunk bed and television, as well as a full bathroom with shower. Guests will find bathroom amenities from Bath & Body Works that include shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap. In the living area, there is a futon/sofa and television, microwave, mini-fridge, and coffeemaker. All units come with air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. While linens are furnished, dishes and utensils are not, so plan to bring or purchase your own before arrival. Outside the unit overlooking Sandusky Bay, there is a private deck outfitted with deck chairs and a grill.
Note: Lighthouse Point is a smoke-free facility. In addition, no bicycles, skateboards, scooters or roller skates/blades are allowed at Lighthouse Point. Guests are to observe quiet hours between midnight and 8 a.m.
by Dawn D
We stay at the Cabins. This year we upgraded to the delux and enjoyed having the 2 queen beds in the loft. We enjoy the early entry to the park and can enjoy 3-4 coaster rides before the park official opens. Staying on site allows family to go back to the cabin to rest and eat given the close proximity to the gate.
We truly enjoyed our stay. Cabin was very clean and we were able to get in the park 1 hour earlier than open time. We arrived 20 minutes before check-in and our cabin was ready. Staff very courteous. Cabin was smaller than I expected but it was still very nice. Perfect for us. We particularly enjoyed we could grill right outside our cabin and there was a picnic table right there to eat.
Lighthouse Point is home to one outdoor pool and one whirlpool spa, both of which are open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Guests of Lighthouse Point can play on one of four shuffleboard courts. Although there are no set hours of operation, the courts generally close at 10 p.m. if they are not in use.
Guests at Lighthouse Point may access the beach at nearby Hotel Breakers. The beach is accessible from dawn until midnight each day. Note: Hotel Breakers also has outdoor pool facilities; although Lighthouse Point guests are encouraged to use the pool facilities at Lighthouse Point, if they are at the beach and want to use the pool facilities at Hotel Breakers, they will not be turned away.
Cedar Point, Soak City and Challenge Park
Guests at Lighthouse Point can walk to Cedar Point, Soak City and Challenge Park or take the courtesy shuttle service, which has two shuttle stops at Lighthouse Point. Overnight guests receive early entry for select rides at Cedar Point with paid admission. Discounted tickets can be purchased as part of a package at the front desk. Overnight guests may arrive as early as 8 a.m. on check-in day to pick up their park tickets at the front desk.
Located between Lighthouse Point and Sandcastle Suites Hotel, Breakwater CafÃ© offers a daily buffet breakfast. The restaurant is open 7:30 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $13.87 for adults and $7.40 for children 10 and younger.
Adjacent to the front desk, the camp store offers a selection of drinks, chips and other snacks, as well as sundries and supplies that range from charcoal and lighter fluid to bug repellant spray and citronella candles. The store opens at 8 a.m. daily and stays open two hours after Cedar Point closes.
Note: There are many other dining options available throughout the Cedar Park peninsula. Some are located at sister hotels, while many are located inside Cedar Point.
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Check-In and Check-Out
For cottages and cabins, check-in starts at 4 p.m., with checkout by 11 a.m. For RV and camper sites, check-in starts at 1 p.m., with check-out by 12 p.m.
For RV and camper guests, pets are permitted provided they are leashed on the individual site, and are not left unattended. No pets are permitted in the cabins and cottages.
Parking is free.
The Art of Smart Timing
Lighthouse Point is open for guests from May through October each year. The least crowded time -- and the best time to find the lowest rates -- is early in the season, primarily May and June. The most crowded time at Lighthouse Point is July -- especially weekends -- and all summer holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Dates for Cedar Point's annual HalloWeekends -- weekends in late September and throughout October -- also are very busy. If you plan to visit during peak times, it is recommended that you book your accommodations as soon as you have your dates. If you want to request a specific RV/camper site or cottage/cabin, you also should book as far in advance as possible; however, requesting a specific site or unit does not guarantee your request. If you are more flexible with your dates and accommodation preferences, then you should be able to book a week in advance.
If flying, the closest airport to Cedar Point is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which is approximately 55 miles east of Cedar Point and Lighthouse Point. Therefore, if you fly in, you will need a rental car to travel to Lighthouse Point. Shuttle service also can be arranged through several transportation providers.
Guests at Lighthouse Point can travel about the Cedar Point peninsula by walking or via the courtesy shuttle service. For those traveling outside Cedar Point, a rental car is highly recommended.
For Mom and Dad
For a quiet respite, mom and dad can enjoy a glass of wine (bring your own) on their private patio or deck as they watch the sun set over Sandusky Bay. If they have an onsite babysitter (hello, grandparents!), they can head over to one of Lighthouse Point's sister properties to enjoy a meal or cocktail at one of the onsite restaurants.