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
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. As 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
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.
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.
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 to enjoy year-round activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, golf, and ziplines.
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.
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.
Additionally Firelands Winery 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.
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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