Lake Erie Shores and Islands
Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, from Sandusky to Put-in-Bay and beyond is the Midwest’s hottest vacation destination. This coastal gateway combines natural beauty with rich history and fabulous attractions. The ultimate lake shore getaway is closer than you think, just a short drive from most Ohio cities.
The Lake Erie Shores & Islands largest city, Sandusky, is a growing vacation destination. It benefits from being home to the world-famous amusement park, Cedar Point. From its record-shattering collection of roller coasters to four dedicated children’s areas including the all-new Planet Snoopy, there’s definitely a thrill here for everyone.
Historic downtown Sandusky has been called the “gateway” to the Lake Erie Islands largely because of seasonal cruise and ferry boats which transport passengers regularly between Sandusky, the Lake Erie islands and the Canadian mainland. Adjoining the busy harbor, downtown features spectacular parks with tropical gardens, magnificent architecture (including the largest concentration of limestone buildings in Ohio), and specialty shops with one-of-a kind treasures and sweet treats, and locally authentic restaurants serving a variety of dishes sure to satisfy any appetite.
Although most known for its amusements, the area enjoys a rich culture, too. Several attractions explore the area’s contributions throughout history, including its role in the Underground Railroad, Thomas Edison’s birthplace and its maritime, fishing and wine-making legacy. Theater, concerts, heritage celebrations, and holiday events fill the calendar throughout the year.
Sandusky, often called “Ohio’s Waterpark Capital,” has become a year-round playground for anyone looking for an entertaining escape. It boasts four indoor waterpark resorts and one 18 acre, outdoor waterpark. The country’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Resort, is joined by Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay and others.
Lake Erie Shores & Islands wouldn’t be complete without its beautiful islands. Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island and South Bass Island, also referred to by its village name Put-in-Bay, are easily accessible from the mainland. Passenger and automobile ferries, as well as an island-hopping cruise, transport visitors to the islands.
Enjoy your stay and please contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help!
The Welcome Center is located on Milan Road (US 250), stop in and learn about all our Shore and Islands have to offer.