The Lake Erie Shores and Islands area stretches between Cleveland and Toledo along the shores of Lake Erie and you may be surprised to learn it even includes a few islands (hence the name). It’s the first destination I remember visiting as a young child. I remember playing on the rocks behind the Marblehead Lighthouse, passing by the Prehistoric Forest, visiting the African Safari Wildlife Park with my cousins, and peering into the mysterious Blue Hole in Castalia. Though the Prehistoric Forest and Blue Hole are no longer open for visitors, you’ll find plenty of other attractions to explore in the area.
This week, I joined Deb from Just Short of Crazy and Jill from the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor Center for our Coffee Travel Break to talk all things Shores and Islands. From spring break ideas, to family friendly museums and attractions, to where to find the best adult beverages, you’ll hear it all in this fun and informative 30-minute Blab.
Here are some of the attractions we talked about:
The Volstead– Step back in time to the Prohibition in this speakeasy located on the outskirts of downtown Sandusky. You’ll love the quiet, relaxed atmosphere, the perfect venue to grab a drink with a friend or two.
Cedar Point– Probably the best known attraction in the area, this self-proclaimed roller coaster capital of the world draws thrill seekers from around the globe. Learn about the new record breaking roller coaster, Valravn that opens this May.
The Kalahari Indoor Waterpark– The largest water park in the US and the largest hotel in Ohio, the Kalahari offers more than just water fun. You’ll find dining options, an arcade, blue light mini golf, a petting zoo and a spa for momma (and dad) at this huge entertainment complex.
Put-in-Bay- One of my favorite destinations, this hopping town located on South Bass Island is an easy ferry ride away from downtown Sandusky, Catawba or Port Clinton. A popular destination for party goers, this island town also welcomes family and boasts the most massive Doric column in the world, the world’s largest geode, the smallest state park in Ohio and sightseeing and outdoor fun for everyone. You’ll also find great food options on the island (something we’ll need to talk about in another Blab).
Kelleys Island- A bit more relaxed than South Bass Island and Put-in-Bay, this island boasts one of the best beaches on the lakes, the world’s largest easily accessible glacier grooves, and the home of the famous Brandy Alexander.
Watch the Blab to learn about these attractions and more.
Additional Lake Erie Shores and Islands Resources
10 Family Fun Adventures in Lake Erie Shores and Islands – Just Short of Crazy
6 Place to Eat & Drink– Just Short of Crazy
Where to Stay– Just Short of Crazy
Fun Around Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores and Islands– Just Short of Crazy
Golf Carts of Put in Bay– Just Short of Crazy
Request a FREE 2016 Lake Erie Shores and Islands Travel Guide
Interested in planning a Shores and Islands visit, or learning more about the area? Request the 2016 official travel guide for Lake Erie Shores & Islands. The new, full color travel guide contains a wealth of information about the region, including what’s new and what to do along with listings for lodging, dining, events, and more. The guide includes a fold out/tear out regional map featuring area attraction locations and the tear-out Shore Savings Card, which offers visitors savings at participating businesses.
The 120-page planner features valuable visitor information amongst scenic photographs of the region as well as travel tidbits. Request or download the new 2016 Lake Erie Shores & Islands Travel Guide at SHORESandISLANDS.com or call the friendly Shores & Islands travel counselors at 1.800.255.3743.
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