Lakeside Cabins & Campground
For everyone born in the 80's & earlier a quick pop culture quiz!
What comes to mind when you see a Campground next to a Lake & out of nowhere hear random panic inducing screams?
Yep, Camp Crystal Lake!
Thankfully, the terror filled screams you hear aren't the result of helpless people running for their lives from Jason Vorhees, but instead the source can be traced to scores of riders of Cedar Point's world class Roller Coasters and attractions located just a few hundred yards away from you!
Welcome to Lighthouse Point, nestled along the tip of "America's Roller Coast" at Cedar Point Amusement Park, a new way to vacation awaits you!
Rather you plan to stay in a Cabin or your RV, Lighthouse Point affords you many additional amenities to make sure your stay leaves you with no wants or worries!
On the grounds next to the registration desk you'll find the Camp Store. To add a quick footnote, as a youngster, Lighthouse Point was known as Camper Village, a quaint RV only campground with a small "A Frame" Chalet that served as the Registration Desk and camp store with a very select amount of items available for purchase.
Fast forward and Camper Village is now Lighthouse Point & the camp store is more akin to Walmart, stocking everything you need from food & snacks to beer and souvenirs. We actually called ahead to see if they carried specific items we needed so that we could lighten our load, lessening the amount we needed to bring along (it goes without saying that with a family of 8, we're already hauling enough).
For the days you don't feel like going to Cedar Point Shores (says no one ever), you can hangout at the pool and large sundeck. This was a plus for us as we were drained after a full day in the park and the kids loved the Splash Pad while we sat in the Hot Tub & watched them play while the cool breeze from the lake cooled us all down.
While there are no restaurants within the campground, a quick stroll down the boardwalk to Hotel Breakers will bring you to Tomo Japanese Hibachi Grill, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, TGI Fridays & Toft's Ice Cream.
Also, Domino's Pizza is the exclusive pizza chain that delivers to Cedar Point Resorts! So just Look for the various "Hot Spot" logo's on the ground and place your order!
First off, it's very important to note that Lighthouse Point was voted "The Best RV Park In Ohio" by Readers Digest, which is a well deserved accomplishment! Composed of RV sites to fit the taste of any traveler that enjoys "Roughin It Easy"
All spots include full hookups (electric, water, sewer), full concrete slabs, a picnic table and the option for either normal "Back-In" or "Pull-Thru" sites. Oh yea, lets not forget to mention CABLE & WIFI ARE ALSO INCLUDED! (hey, I did say Rough it easy remember).
The campground has 120 Full Hookup sites with 25 of them being "Ultimate Patio Sites".
The "Ultimate Patio Sites" Include the amenities of the regular sites plus:
70 foot expanded slab (12 ft. wide)
Dinner Table with 6 chairs
Wood burning fire pit with Adirondack chairs
Additional seating area
2 person glider swing with lake views
Gas BBQ Grill
While you seriously can't go wrong with either option, the "Ultimate Patio Sites" add a lot of additional touches that help to enhance your outdoor experience. Add to that, the wide open view of the lake and its definitely worth the upgrade price!
Cabins & Cottages
Looking to try something other than a hotel without owning an RV? Then you'll definitely enjoy the Cabins & Cottages at Lighthouse Point!
We visited with several other families of varying sizes (ours being the largest, of course), and with 3 different levels of accommodations (Waterfront Cottage, Family & Deluxe Cabins) everyone was easily able to find a place to stay within the confines of their budget.
The Deluxe Cabins feature the following:
Main living room with a 42" Flat Screen Tv and 2 Futons
Master Bedroom w/ a Queen Bed & TV
Kitchenette w/ Microwave, Mini Fridge, Sink and Coffee Maker
2 Full Bathrooms (Tub/Shower)
Upstairs Loft w/ 2 Queen Beds and TV's
Patio w/ Picnic Table & Charcoal Grill
We really enjoyed these cabins & were super surprised at how much room they offered. Prior to arrival we wondered if we would be able to stand up in the loft area, well the answer is NO! However, the kids could move around easily and both us adults & kids alike loved them having their own space and thought it was cool that the whole second "floor" was for them! With 2 TV's, they could play video games on one and watch TV on the other, leaving them no reason to argue.... In theory that is....
The two full Bathrooms were super helpful when it came to getting the large clan ready (keep in mind most hotel's only have one so there's usually a wait equal to a Saturday at your local DMV). The two living room futons, when laid in the sleeping position, can be adjoined to form one large bed (thanks Mj for that revelation).
The cabin was very relaxing and "homely", however there's nothing more relaxing on a family vacation than sitting back on your porch as the sun sets over the mountain range in the background. And by mountains I mean a collection of some of the worlds largest roller coasters.
Family Cabins Include:
Master Bedroom with a Double Bed and Flat Screen Tv
Living Room w/ 2 Futon Sofas and a 42" Flat Screen Tv
Kitchenette w/ Microwave, Refrigerator, Sink & Coffee Maker
Full Bathroom w/ Shower
Patio w/ Picnic Table & BBQ Grill
Huge front bay window
Sleeps 8 (bedding is provided for 6)
We rented the family cabin on a trip we took with only the bigger kids and didn't need as much room as the Deluxe Cabin offered but definitely loved it equally as much.
The Family Cabin features a loft area that is perfect for kids as it's roughly around 3-4 ft tall and although it doesn't include any beds, the little ones loved using it as their own little fort area and laying with their sleeping bags.
These cabins are sectioned in a circle layout with a cute pond in the middle, which really gives the feeling of staying in a campground far away from where Google Maps actually says you are. At nigh time, the settings are perfect as the pond & walkways are illuminated, providing a nice setting to sit out as a group and listen to the kids compare their coaster conquest of the day.
The Waterfront Cottages Include:
Futon in the Living Room with Flat Screen TV
Master Bedroom w/ a Flat Screen Tv, Double Bed and Bunk Beds
Microwave, Mini Fridge & Coffee Maker
Full Bathroom w/ Shower
Lakefront private deck w/ chairs
These cottages are perfect for small families, singles or couples & are arranged on the outer perimeter of Lighthouse Point, abutting Lake Erie.
I stayed in a Cottage years ago and the space was perfect! One's kids will love the bunk bed setup while the apex for myself was the waterfront deck which was unparalleled in terms of places to spend my time after the park, watching the waves change direction with the sun drifting off in the distance.
As stated earlier, I've visited the campground since the mid-80's well before there were cabins available to rent and prior to Cedar Point sparking the "Coaster Wars" with the birth of the Magnum XL-200 (saying the name just brings nostalgia). In my 30+ years of visiting I never knew a bit of history was literally a few yards behind me.
The namesake of Lighthouse Point is an actual retired Lighthouse built circa 1862, that remained in operation until 1909! This was the first Lighthouse the kids have seen up close leaving them both amazed and befuddled that it actually looked like .....A House!
Also on the lawn of the Lighthouse you'll find an "Historical Marker" explaining the role the peninsula played in the Civil War. The lighthouse was surrounded for years by a fortified battery equipped with as many as 10 guns and 150 soldiers on order to guard Sandusky Bay. As a history buff, this was a akin to a piece of Heaven.
Diagonal from the Lighthouse is the Lake Erie Pier, which I also had no clue of during my many trips as a youth (my main and only concern at the time was catching G-forces and eating Funnel Cakes). This is the perfect spot to take a stroll and really just be at peace with your time away from home. There are a couple of benches at the end and you can also take some great pictures of the Cedar Point skyline and Firework shows from here.
Why Should You Stay?
With Lighthouse Point, Cedar Point continues to solidify their tagline "A CP Like No Other" by providing unparalleled options that allow you surprisingly unique experiences.
Just about every Amusement Park has overnight lodging options in close proximity and some even within walking distance. But Lighthouse Point is so much more than just lodging. Providing you with your own space to unwind after a day of riding some of the best coasters around is a great perk and with easy access to the Beach, various watersports and restaurants plus the Cedar Point Shores Waterpark, there is really nothing else you could ask for!
Lighthouse Point is also a great place to stay even if you don't plan on visiting Cedar Point as Sandusky has lots to offer and with the Jet Express dock at the CP Marnina, you're just moments away from a great time at Put-In-Bay and several of the Lake Erie Islands!