Top 10 Cedar Point Campgrounds & RV Parks

Thrill seekers and fun-lovers alike travel from all over the country, and the world, to visit Cedar Point – the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

This amusement park is listed as one of the best RV road trips in Ohio for a reason: this 364-acre theme park on Lake Erie offers 72 rides, which is more than any other theme park in the world. A whopping 16 of those rides are roller coasters, and 5 of those roller coasters are taller than 200 feet. It’s been rated the “Best Amusement Park in the World” by Amusement Today for 16 years in a row.

Aside from offering the most visited amusement park in the United States, this region of Ohio has plenty more to offer for the whole family. Sandusky, Ohio is a fairly large town on Lake Erie that offers one of the state’s loveliest downtown areas. Trips to Kellys Island and Put-in-Bay can be made from here, as well as Pelee Island and Ontario, Canada.

For a truly epic road trip, the Lake Erie Circle Tour takes you along the Lake Erie shoreline and passes through Cleveland, Buffalo, NY, Detroit, Erie, Pennsylvania, and Toledo, Ohio. You can even pass through parts of southern Ontario. Be sure to take the ferry to the Lake Erie Islands, where you’ll find several state parks, great wineries, and lovely marinas and beaches.

Whether you head straight for Cedar Point or decide to make a longer road trip out of it, there are RV rentals all over the state of Ohio. For shorter trips, the Toledo to Cleveland route with a stopover at Cedar Point is a popular and fun road trip that offers something for the whole family.

If you’re looking for campgrounds close to Cedar Point, there are plenty. You’ll find that Cedar Park actually has its own campground just steps from the theme park entrance, and plenty of other RV parks and basic campgrounds abound around Lake Erie and beyond. We’ve narrowed it down to the ten best campgrounds around Cedar Point and Sandusky to help you out.

1. Cedar Point Resorts

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If it’s proximity and park access you’re looking for, it doesn’t get any better than this. The Lighthouse Point Campgrounds on the Cedar Point Resorts are on the Cedar Point park grounds and owned and operated by the park itself. The RV sites here are within walking distance from the park entrance as well as Cedar Point’s lovely Lake Erie beach. There’s even a bus to the park entrance for those who don’t want to walk.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $80-$120/day
  • # of RV Sites: 283
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: wifi, cable, camp store, shuttle service

Why you’ll love Cedar Point Resorts

This highly rated park wins for convenience hands down. Being able to walk to Cedar Point is a huge bonus and really lets guests maximize their time enjoying the rides. Plus, you don’t have to pay the parking fees at Cedar Point. Amenities such as wifi and cable are modern and work extremely well, and the park is well-maintained. The pool is a great place to relax after a long day in Cedar Point, and the camp store is well-stocked.

Cedar Point Resorts Information

1 Cedar Point Dr

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Phone: (419) 627-2106

Website: https://www.cedarpoint.com/stay/lighthouse-point

2. Crystal Rock Campground

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Four miles west of Sandusky, Ohio, this campground is just 20 minutes from the park entrance to Cedar Point. It’s also minutes away from the Lake Erie Islands and off of State Route 6. The surrounding areas are quiet and the town is very small, but there is the Crystal Rock Mining Company down the street where you can pan for gems.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $30-$40/day
  • # of RV Sites: 200
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: fire rings, picnic tables

Why you’ll love Crystal Rock Campground

This simple but well-maintained campground offers very convenient access to both Cedar Point and Lake Erie. Sitting along the Sandusky Bay, you have great views of the water from Crystal Rock Campground in a serene, small town setting. The owners are friendly and helpful, and they’ll go out of your way to make sure you have a fantastic vacation.

Crystal Rock Campground Information

710 Crystal Rock Ave

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Phone: (419) 684-7177

Website: http://www.crystalrock-campground.com/

3. Campground at Lakeside

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Nestled along the shores of Lake Erie, in the small but popular town of Lakeside, Ohio, Campground at Lakeside is idyllic and near plenty of great attractions. Access to the ferry for Kellys Island is just a short walk away, as is the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve. Right at your doorstep, you have the lake’s shoreline as well as the town’s central park, the Lakeside Dock, and plenty of amenities, such as a movie theater and pizzeria. Sandusky and Cedar Point are just a 30 minute drive away.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $45/day
  • # of RV Sites: 84
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: wifi, cable, laundry, playground, fire pits

Why you’ll love Campground at Lakeside

This lakeside campground is the perfect place to stay if you want a calm, scenic camping location that offers quick access to Cedar Point. You can easily spend one day at the amusement park and another enjoying the nearby islands and Lake Erie shore. The town of Lakeside offers plenty of great restaurants and shopping, and the campground itself is beautiful and well-maintained.

Campground at Lakeside Information

236 Walnut Ave

Lakeside, Ohio 43440

Phone: (866) 952-5374

Website: https://www.lakesideohio.com/accommodations/campground

4. Peninsula Motel & RV Park

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Located in Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio, the Peninsula Motel and RV Park is an ideal place to stay if you’re looking for great lakeside camping and easy access to the Lake Erie Islands. Situated on Lake Erie just next to the East Harbor State Park, the location is scenic and peaceful. You’re only a 25 minute drive from Cedar Point. A few minutes down the road you’ll find the downtown area of Lakeside, filled with amenities.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $40/day
  • # of RV Sites: 100
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: 30 amp
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: wifi, cable, fish cleaning table, freezer

Why You’ll Love Peninsula Motel & RV Park

This park is basic, but the location is fantastic for anyone who’s looking for a true lakeside vacation. It’s a great place to stay if you’re a fisher or boat owner, as the parking lot is large, boats are easily accommodated, and the motel owners offer extra perks for fishing. The area is lovely, and it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to combine family fun at Cedar Point with some down time on Lake Erie.

Peninsula Motel & RV Park Information

6930 E Harbor Rd

Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio 43440

Phone: (419) 734-4778

Website: http://www.penmotel.com/index.html

5. Camp Sandusky

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Only 10 minutes from the entrance to Cedar Point, it doesn’t get any more convenient than Camp Sandusky unless you’re staying in the park itself. But Camp Sandusky is also located in Sandusky, offering easy access to all the amenities the town has. You’re just minutes from the Miller Ferry Line to visit Lake Erie Islands as well as the African Safari Wildlife Park.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $27-$69/day
  • # of RV Sites: 200
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional services: wifi, cable, breakfast, two pools, deluxe playground

Why you’ll love Camp Sandusky

Apart from its excellent location, Camp Sandusky also offers plenty of great family-friendly amenities. These include two large pools and a massive playground for the kids, as well as a daily pancake breakfast. The RV sites are large and private, and you can even stay in one of their Amish-built cabins.

Camp Sandusky Information

3518 Tiffin Ave

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Phone: (419) 626-1133

Website: http://www.campsandusky.com/

6. East Harbor State Park

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This beloved state park is just 30 minutes from Cedar Point, right on Lake Erie. The park offers immediate lake access and also proximity to plenty of great restaurants and attractions in the area, including Crabby Joe’s Dockside, Bass Haven Marina, and Cleats Club Seat Grille. The East Harbor Marina and Restaurant is right in the park and a great dining option as well.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $15-$35/day
  • # of RV Sites: 580
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: picnic tables, boating, restaurant, disc golf, fishing, hunting, swimming, trails, volleyball

Why you’ll love East Harbor State Park

This beautiful state park is filled with activities and recreation. Enjoy boat access to the lake as well as kayaking and swimming. When you’re ready to spend some time on land, the park offers nearly a dozen fantastic nature trails ranging from a quarter mile to 2.5 miles and offering great wildlife viewing opportunities. You can also enjoy disc golf, fishing, hunting, volleyball, and more.

East Harbor State Park Information

1169 N. Buck Rd.

Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio 43440

Phone: (419) 734-5857

Website: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/eastharbor

7. Shelby/Mansfield KOA

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One hour south of Cedar Point, you’ll find this KOA resort in a rural, peaceful setting outside of Shelby, Ohio. The campground itself is not in any notable town, so it’s rather remote, however, there is a public golf course next door, and the town of Shelby is just 15 minutes away.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $40-$75/day
  • # of RV Sites: 122
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: picnic tables, camp store, cafe, heated pools, wifi, satellite TV, mini golf, jumping pillow

Why you’ll love Shelby/Mansfield KOA

While it’s a little farther away than the other parks on this list, the Shelby/Mansfield KOA is one of the best campground for family fun within day trip distance of Cedar Point. The activities here are endless, from mini golf and a jumping pillow to a gem mine, a massage therapist, a fitness center, and lazer tag. Fun events abound, from wine and paint nights to communal dinners to wine and cheese tasting and carnivals.

Shelby/Mansfield KOA Information

6787 Baker 47

Shelby, Ohio 44875

Phone: (419) 347-1392

http://www.shelbymansfieldkoa.com/

8. Cedarlane RV Park

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On Catawba Island, just 35 minutes north of Cedar Point, you’ll find this quaint campground outside of the Catawba Island State Park. It’s close to the Miller Ferry, giving you easy access to many of the Lake Erie Islands, and it’s just down the street from the harbor, so you’re right on Lake Erie as well. It’s down the street from a golf club, the Orchard Restaurant and Bar, several beaches, and yacht clubs.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $40-$50/day
  • # of RV Sites: 325
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: picnic tables, fire rings, grills, camp store, wifi, basketball, shuffleboard, 4 heated pool areas, laundry, arcade

Why you’ll love Cedarlane RV Park

Pairing convenience and fun, this RV park is in a prime location (right on Lake Erie, near several state parks and Lake Erie Island ferries) and also offers plenty of activities right on their grounds. With 4 different heated pool areas, kids and their parents can enjoy relaxing summer days by the pool. The park offers every modern amenity you could need, including a well stocked camp store and even an arcade.

Cedarlane RV Park Information

2926 NE Catawba Rd

Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

Phone: (419) 797-9907

Website: http://www.cedarlanervpark.com/

9. Gotta Getaway RV Park

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A great halfway point between Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, this RV park is just 30 minutes from Cedar Point. The park is right off Highway 20 in Bellevue, Ohio, where you’ll find plenty of amenities and dining options. Toledo is just an hour away, and Cleveland is an hour and 15 minutes.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $19-$36/day
  • # of RV Sites: 100
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: game room, camp store, grills, picnic areas

Why you’ll love Gotta Getaway RV Park

This is a great quiet, relaxed campground in small town Bellevue. It’s central to many places in Ohio, including Cedar Point, Cleveland, and Toledo. The grounds are lovely and well-kept, and sites are paved and level. Reviews for Gotta Getaway RV Park rave about the hosts and their hospitality, and the campground offers activities for kids and regular events for guests.

Gotta Getaway RV Park Information

4888 US Highway 20 E

Bellevue, Ohio 44811

Phone: (419) 483-3177

Website: http://www.gottagetawayrvpark.com/

10. Clinton Lake Camping

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Just 50 minutes south of Cedar Point, you’ll find Clinton Lake Camping, a scenic, rural campground on Clinton Lake. In Seneca County, just outside of Republic Ohio, Clinton Lake Camping is immersed in the nature of Ohio and offers a truly remote outdoor experience. At the same time, it’s just 12 minutes from Tiffin, Ohio, a fairly large town that offers plenty of amenities.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $23/night
  • # of RV Sites: 177
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: picnic areas, fishing, camp store, lake access, fishing, swimming, horseshoes, playground, volleyball

Why you’ll love Clinton Lake Camping

If it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of it here. The campground owners are dedicated to giving you a relaxing vacation on this little Ohio lake. The grounds offer two different lakes, one for swimming and one for fishing. Although it is remote, the camp store is well-stocked, so you don’t even have to make trips into town.

Clinton Lake Camping Information

4990 E Township Road 122

Republic, Ohio 44867

Phone: (419) 585-3331

Website: http://clintonlake.tripod.com

As you can see, when it comes to campgrounds near Cedar Point Amusement Park, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you want to stay just outside of the amusement park area to enjoy some of the other attractions on Lake Erie, an hour from the park in a more quiet, rural setting, or right in the middle of the park itself, there’s something for everyone.

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