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 fun all year round.
1. Appreciate history and craftsmanship at the Merry-Go-Round Museum
The historic building that houses the museum was a former post office.
The museum’s post office roots came full circle because the inspiration for the museum came from four carousel postage stamps that were issued in 1988.
Inside the museum, you will see a beautiful collection of artifacts and memorabilia amusement parks and carousels from around the world.
Bonus: You can also take a spin on the merry go round while you are there.
2. Enjoy swimming in warm water all year round at amazing Indoor Waterparks
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.
3. Sample Handmade Premium Sweet Treats at Tre Sorelle Cioccolato
Your hardest decision will be trying to decide which sweet treat is your favorite.
You also have to try the hot chocolate.
It’s AMAZING! You can even take your chocolate adventure to the next level by participating in a chocolate making class.
It’s a tough job but someone needs to do it.
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.
You will also learn about the ice harvesting industry and Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad.
5. Take a hike at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve
This nature preserve has incredible views year round. You can see more of my favorite pictures from my visit here.
(it’s seriously gorgeous here)
6. Participate in a variety of outdoor activities at Sawmill Creek Resort
You don’t have to stay here ( although you might want to once you spend a little time by the fireplace) to enjoy year-round activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, golf, and ziplines.
Sawmill Creek Resort also has a restaurant that offers special themed events.
Guests get to take in beautiful sunset views of Lake Erie on this private beach.
7. Appreciate a great meal at ZINC Brasserie and Hearth Tavern
ZINC Brasserie is a French-inspired restaurant that is a great date night or evening with friends. The food is incredible here. (Make sure that you try the starter Lobster Bisque En Croute.)
Hearth Tavern is connected to ZINC Brasserie and offers delicious appetizers, large selections of drinks and traditional and unique wood-fired pizzas.
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 and additionally is one of the state’s oldest wineries dating back to 1880.
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.
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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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