9 Things to do in Sandusky All Year Round

The Shores and Islands Region has a lot to offer when it comes to things to do.

Most people associate Cedar Point Amusement Park with Sandusky but the area also offers additional fun all year round.

Merry Go Round Museum in Sandusky Ohio

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1. Appreciate history and craftsmanship at the Merry-Go-Round Museum

301 Jackson St, Sandusky, OH 

The historic building that houses the museum was a former post office.

The museum’s post office roots came in a literal full circle. The inspiration for the museum came from four carousel postage stamps that were issued in 1988.

MerryGoRoundMuseum Post Office in Sandusky

Inside the museum, you will see a beautiful collection of artifacts and memorabilia from amusement parks and carousels from around the world.

Merry Go Round Museum

Bonus: You can also take a spin on the merry-go-round while you are there.

indoor wavepool at Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky Ohio

2. Enjoy swimming in warm water all year round at amazing Indoor Waterparks in Sandusky

7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, OH 

Sandusky offers 5 indoor waterpark options that have perfect swimming conditions all year round.  

Kalahari is one of the largest indoor waterparks in the United States.

Your experience doesn’t have to stop at the waterpark.

Kalahari offers Spa Treatments, indoor mini golf, and a variety of other activities for the whole family.

Learn more about how to make the most out of your visit to Kalahari here. 

airboat ride on Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay in Sandusky Ohio

3. Take a Ride with Air1 Airboats

2312 River Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870

An airboat ride in Sandusky?

You can take a 30-40 minute tour of Lake Erie and the Sandusky Bay with Air1 Airboats. This is a popular option in the summer Mid- May- After Labor Day Weekend.

If you are looking for an even more unique experience, you might want to check Air1 Airboats in the winter. The airboat is used for ice fishing charter trips that depart from West Catawba State Park in Port Clinton. 

Captain Tony takes riders around all the Lake Erie islands as far as West Sister.  The ice fishing charters start in January and go through March.

During the ice fishing charters, you ride in an enclosed heated airboat which makes the experience more comfortable, safe and warm.

exhibits at the Sandusky Maritime Museum

4. Learn about the history of the Sandusky area at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky.

This museum offers activities for kids, informational documentaries, and hands-on exhibits.

exhibits at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky

You will also learn about the ice harvesting industry and Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad.

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve in Sandusky

5. Take a hike at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve 

This nature preserve has incredible views year-round. You can hike trails and see an assortment of birds and animals here.

This is a beautiful spot to take scenic nature photos.

friends snowshoeing in Sandusky Ohio

6. Participate in a variety of outdoor activities at Sawmill Creek Resort

You don’t have to stay here to enjoy year-round activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, golf, and ziplines.

fireplace at Sawmill Creek Resort

Sawmill Creek Resort also has a restaurant that offers special-themed events. There is a good chance that you might want to stay after you spend a little time by the fireplace.

Sawmill Creek Resort private Beach

Guests get to take in beautiful sunset views of Lake Erie on this private beach.

Sandusky Bay Pancake House

7. Appreciate a great breakfast at Sandusky Bay Pancake House

4710 Milan Rd, Sandusky, OH 

If you’re looking for an incredible breakfast to start your day, you definitely need to check out Sandusky Bay Pancake House.

country fried steak Benedict at Sandusky Bay Pancake House

You’ve got plenty of delicious options on the menu for both savory and sweet preferences.

cinnamon swirl pancake at Sandusky Bay Pancake House

I’d recommend sharing both for the best of both worlds.

cheese and wine at Firelands Winery

8. Enjoy a Wine tasting at Firelands Winery

Savor a wine tasting in a relaxed atmosphere that also happens to be Ohio’s current largest winery.

Additionally, Firelands Winery is one of the state’s oldest wineries, dating back to 1880.

Volstead Speakeasy Bar in Sandusky

9. Visit a Volstead Speakeasy

This unique bar has a lighting system above the door to let patrons know how many seats are available.

This little gem is a must when you are in Sandusky.

The fun doesn’t stop here.

I’ve also got some seasonal ideas of things to do in Sandusky on the blog too.

Top Things to do Around Sandusky Ohio

Have you been to any of these places?

Disclosure: Shores and Islands provided my accommodation, meals, and admissions for my participation in various media trips to check out these venues and attractions. All opinions are my own.

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9 Things to do in Sandusky All Year Round

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