Cedar Point was one of the first pioneers for tourism in the region. Opening in 1870, it featured a beer garden, bath house, and various water activities. The first steam boat to the peninsula, the Young Reindeer, also began operating in the 1870 summer season. The resort evolved slowly through the 1870s and 80s, until George Boeckling became a major stakeholder in the operation in the 1890s. Along with the Kuebler family, who owned a local brewery, Boeckling began creating the beginnings of the Cedar Point we know today.