By Jill Bauer
When cabin fever sets in this summer, the cure is a quick-and-easy getaway to a destination just 60 miles west of Cleveland. Without traveling far from home, you can experience islands, beaches, amusement parks, water parks, lighthouses, and more. Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is looking forward to welcoming you.
Small-town hospitality and big-city amenities, combined with a relaxed, lakeside atmosphere makes Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands the ideal locale for families, friends, and couples to get away. One of the Midwest’s hottest vacation spots, the region provides an eclectic mix of attractions and recreation.
Whether you prefer a getaway that includes lazy days at the beach, fishing with friends, dining on tasty treats, or one filled with exciting thrills like waterslides, roller coasters, and entertaining nightlife, Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the ideal coastal retreat.
The village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has been attracting visitors for nearly 150 years. Many visitors begin with a narrated tour on the island tour train; but, for those wishing to go at their own pace there are golf carts, scooters, and bicycles to rent.
Families will be entertained with a butterfly house, miniature golf, cave tours, arcades, and a carousel. History enthusiasts won’t want to miss Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.
There are numerous shopping spots and a wide selection of restaurants and pubs to please every taste and budget. Put-in-Bay is also known for its exciting and varied music scene and daily entertainment.
Kelleys Island is full of outdoor adventures for all ages. It has 600 acres of state park lands, 17 miles of coastline, nature trails, a fossil-filled quarry, and wetlands which are admired by nature-lovers. The Glacial Grooves National Natural Landmark is not to be missed. There is also a popular downtown district that offers shopping, dining, and entertainment. A sandy beach attracts visitors in summer, while spring birding and fall Monarch butterfly migrations are popular seasonal events.
On the eastern side of the region lie the coastal towns of Sandusky, Huron, and Vermilion, each filled with activity and events. Sandusky is known for its revitalized downtown featuring the Sandusky State Theatre, museums, art galleries, waterfront parks, unique shops, and fantastic dining. Cedar Point amusement park is in Sandusky as well. Celebrating 150 years in 2020, Cedar Point had been entertaining families for generations. Known for its thrilling roller coasters, the resort also boasts an amazing beach and water park along with a variety of accommodations.
Several indoor water park resorts, including Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay, and Great Wolf Lodge, entertain families year-round in Sandusky. The region is also a leading regional sports destination, which is especially loved by families who find themselves combining sports travel with a family vacation. A stellar line-up of event venues, like Sports Force Parks and the adjacent Cedar Point Sports Center, make Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands an ideal place to play.
In Huron it’s all about beach-living with excellent fishing opportunities, championship golf courses, and live entertainment at the Huron Boat Basin Amphitheater. Vermilion is reminiscent of a New England coastal seaport that embraces its nautical heritage. A quaint downtown offers delicious dining options, beautiful flowers, and fun shopping. The Vermilion Lighthouse is adjacent to a public beach and near the opening of the Vermilion River and lagoons.
Port Clinton is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World” for good reason. Here you’ll enjoy world-class fishing, beaches, sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. The adjacent Marblehead and Catawba Island peninsulas feature eclectic shopping and art galleries, as well as wineries and breweries and the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
The rural communities of Milan and Berlin Heights offer quaint villages, historical museums (including the birthplace of Thomas Edison), and rolling orchards. Enjoy a woodland hike at one of many natural areas.
A common question we hear from visitors is “what’s new this year?” We’re here to tell you exciting things are happening in 2020. From a celebration like no other at one of the nation’s oldest amusement parks, to a brand-new, state-of-the-art sports center for tournament play, this year brings even more reasons to visit Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. With loads of new restaurants, attractions, and exhibits…you won’t want to miss it.
Adventures begin at www.SHORESandISLANDS.com. Request a travel guide, download a Shore Savings Card, and search for lodging packages while exploring all the ways to start coasting at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
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