When pregnant, should you spend the money to go to an amusement park, such as Six Flags or Cedar Point? The doctor will say “NO—do NOT ride roller coasters when pregnant!!” On the other hand, there are other things to do at these parks, such as gentle rides, eating the fun food, and being able to be there with someone you love. Consider these questions before you decide if you should go or not:
Do you like slower, pregnancy-safe rides, such as the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round?
Would you like to specialize in eating festival food all day and get entertainment from an all-day meal plan?
Would you be able to just have fun being with your husband or friends that are going?
My husband and I thought about these questions when we talked about ending our road trip by going to Cedar Point Amusement Park (if you want to find out more about the history of this place, check out this book: Cedar Point (OH) (Images of America) Book). My husband loves to have me do activities WITH him, such as contra dancing, watching movies, or going to an amusement park. That lead to a strong, “Yes!” to the last question—would I enjoy being with my husband at the park?—and that was what made me decide to go to Cedar Point, but then my answers to the other two questions were a big, “Yes,” as well! This is how it worked out:
After my doctor told me clearly, “You should not ride roller coasters,” I thought I wouldn’t have anything to ride. However, when we arrived at the park on Tuesday, I joyfully noticed the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round. Stephen and I rode these slow rides together between him going on the Millennium Force (which goes 95 miles per hour and was the first roller coaster I ever went on back in 2001) and other thrilling rides.
We would check in with each other after each ride, and while Stephen went on the roller coasters, I chose to ride the train around the park, and enjoy my all-day meal plan!
Here’s my food log for the day:
We arrived around 12:30pm
I bought the All-Day Dining Plan- $31.99 (Eat every 90 minutes; no beverage included)
Fresh perch basket with fresh fruit 🍉 $11.89
Mushroom Chicken with chow main
Dippin dots (bought with cash)
I loved going on the small merry go round with Stephen and the baby!
Smokehouse burger $8.79
Stephen got the one-meal deal ($14.99), that he ate at our last food stop, so all the other food I shared with him, and it made us both feel full, but not stuffed.
Savings: $11.27 (which I spent half on to buy dippin’ dots! I had always wanted to try them—and they look strange, but they taste just like ice cream. And then we stopped at Dairy Queen after we left the park around 8pm and spent the rest of the money we saved on dipped cones!) I had so much fun maxing out my savings with this meal plan; the 90 minutes would fly buy, and then I would get to choose something else to eat. The baby and I loved it.
Stephen and I had walked over 11,000 steps that day while enjoying the rides together and separately; we walked out into the sunset, feeling full and satisfied.
This experience is helping me transition from being just a wife to a wife AND mother; I desire to nurture both my husband and my baby. I didn’t go on the crazy rides this time in order to keep our baby safe, but I could go to the park with my husband to fulfill his dream of 14 years of going there! This trip helped me see that amusement parks can be fun at any point in life.
So, pregnant mothers, you do have a choice about going to an amusement park when pregnant; there’s more to do than you might have thought!
P. S. Here’s a book about what you can do at Cedar Point, if you are one of those planners:
Experience the Point: Unofficial Guidebook to Cedar Point: 3rd Edition