If you’re looking for a spot to view the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, Cedar Point just made itself available. 

The Sandusky, Ohio park doesn’t have its official opening for the season until May 4. However, with Cedar Point lying in the eclipse’s path, the park is adding a special eclipse viewing event called “Total Eclipse of the Point.” 

The Cedar Point website says of the event, “Experience the thrill of select rides on The Boardwalk and savor specialty food and drinks at the Grand Pavilion Restaurant & Bar. You won’t want to miss this rare and spectacular cosmic celebration with breathtaking views of the eclipse from the sandy shores of the beach or the elevated viewing decks at Grand Pavilion.” 

According to NASA, the Moon’s shadow will be completely covering the face of the Sun over Cedar Point around 3:15 p.m. on that day.  

About six weeks earlier on Feb. 24, 2024, Cedar Point will host its annual offseason event, Winter Chill Out, which offers a guided, behind-the-scenes tour. The event is being scaled down to a single date from the two offered for 2023, with ticket proceeds once again benefitting the charity A Kid Again, which helps families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses.  

Winter Chill Out will offer a chance “to get up-close with Top Thrill 2,” the park’s overhaul of the former Top Thrill Dragster featuring a new 420-foot backwards spike and a revamped multi-pass launch system. The coaster recently began testing. 

The first opportunity to actually ride Top Thrill 2 will come with passholder previews from April 30 through May 2. Details on how space will be allocated for the previews will be announced at a later date. 

After the park’s May 4 opening, the rest of the special events calendar include Cedar Point staples like CoasterMania on June 7 and HalloWeekends on select nights from Sept. 12 through Oct. 27. A new nighttime event, Boardwalk Nights, has been added to the calendar, featuring entertainment along Cedar Point Beach and The Boardwalk area of the park from July 19 through Aug. 18.