Cedar Point park ready to unleash the RaptorAn amusement...


May 01, 1994|By Kara Kenna

Cedar Point park ready to unleash the Raptor

An amusement park and resort all in one, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, has a range of activities for the entire family. The park offers 56 rides, children's attractions and live entertainment.

This summer, Cedar Point debuts its latest roller coaster, the Raptor.

The Raptor features chair-like vehicles suspended below an inverted track that send passengers looping upside down on the outside of the structure. The chairs can seat four people and will give riders the sensation of flying at high speeds. Raptor's flight will be a two-minute, 16-second adventure over a 3,790-foot-long course of convoluted turns and loops.

For more information and directions to Cedar Point, write P.O. Box 5006, Sandusky, Ohio 44871-8006; or call (419) 627-2223.

Finger Lakes' spring festival in full swing

Until June 18, the 14-county Finger Lakes region is the official site of the "I Love New York" spring festival. Visitors will find good bargains and see many attractions, exhibits and historical sites, including the Corning Glass Center in Steuben Country, the 178-year-old Seward House in the city of Auburn and the Finger Lakes Race Track near Canandaigua. Festivals include Rochester's Lilac Festival, Wayne County's Apple Blossom Festival and Elmira's 18th Annual "Arts in the Park" Festival in Chemung County. For more information on Finger Lakes festivals, fairs and farmer's markets, or a free vacation planning kit for the Finger Lakes Spring Festival, call (800) 494-3378.

Hitting summer's high notes

Wisconsin's Summerfest celebrates a tradition of music. In its 27th year, Summerfest is nestled on 90 acres along the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. From June 30-July 10, )) music lovers can choose from a variety of sounds from 11 stages. Entertainment runs from rock 'n' roll, blues and big band to jazz, Cajun-zydeco, country and pop. Some of this year's performers include Yes, Pearl Jam, Salt 'N' Pepa and Brooks & Dunn.

Regular gate admission is $7 Sunday through Thursday and $8 on Friday and Saturday. Seniors (age 60 and over) pay $1 at all times. Children are admitted free weekdays until 6 p.m. when accompanied by an adult; admission is 50 cents after 6 p.m.

For more information on tickets, events and performances, call the festival information hot line at (800) 837-3378. One of the largest D-Day Normandy commemorative celebration in the United States is being planned for June 1-5 in Virginia Beach, Va. A re-enactment takes place at Fort Story June 4, along with a parade. Both events are free and open to the public. Seminars and a black-tie dance round out the celebration. Call (800) 822-3224.

Don't smoke 'em if you got 'em

Amtrak will ban smoking on its short- and medium-distance daytime trains and some long-distance overnight trains beginning today. The corporation says this step will make 82 percent of its trains nonsmoking.

The new policy covers all regular trains in the Boston-Washington corridor -- the Metroliners were already nonsmoking -- and all trains into and out of Canada.

Smoking will be prohibited on the New York-Chicago Broadway Limited and on the New York-Jacksonville, Fla., Palmetto. On the two-and-a-half-day journey on the California Zephyr-Desert Wind-Pioneer, running between Chicago and Oakland, Los Angeles or Seattle, passengers may smoke on the platform at certain stops, a spokesman said.

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