The Shores and Islands Region in Northern Ohio along Lake Erie has a lot to offer for fun things to do.
Most people associate Sandusky with Cedar Point Amusement Park , but the area also offers additional adventure all year round.
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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 into a literal full circle. 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 from 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 in Sandusky
7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, OH
Sandusky offers several indoor waterpark options that have perfect swimming conditions all year long.
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. Learn about the History of the Sandusky Area at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky
125 Meigs St, Sandusky, OH
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.
4. Take a hike at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve
2715 Cleveland Rd W, Huron, OH
This nature preserve has incredible views year-round. You can hike trails and see an assortment of birds and animals here.
The area draws close to 300 bird species, plants, and animals associated with its marsh ego system.
This is a beautiful spot to take scenic nature photos during each season and there is no fee to visit the preserve.
5. Participate in a variety of outdoor activities at Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr W, Huron, OH
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 you might want to stay overnight after you spend a little time by the fireplace.
Guests get to take in beautiful sunset views of Lake Erie on their private beach.
The resort has 239 guest rooms and suites, an 18-hole championship golf course, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a 176-slip marina.
7. Drink Eat and Drink Locally
Sandusky has several great local establishments where you can enjoy a great meal or your beverage of choice.
Enjoy 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.
You’ve got plenty of delicious options on the menu for both savory and sweet preferences.
I’d recommend sharing both for the best of both worlds.
Wine Tasting at Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Rd, Sandusky, OH
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.
Enjoy a Drink at Volstead Speakeasy
316 E Water St, Sandusky, OH
This unique bar has a lighting system above the door to let patrons know how many seats are available.
A green light above the door means that 5 or more seats are open and a red light means that there is no seating available.
This little craft cocktail gem is a must when you are in Sandusky.
Enjoy a Frozen Drink at Paddle Bar Waterfront Tiki Bar
305 E Water St, Sandusky, OH
Paddle Bar is an island-style vibe tiki bar that features fresh squeezed cocktails and a great beer list.
They have tons of outside seating with amazing views of Sandusky Bay.
During the summer months there is live music and a Daiquiri Dock with feature frozen drinks for both adults and children.
Visit Ohio’s Oldest Dairy – Toft’s Dairy Ice Cream Parlor
3717 Venice Road, Sandusky Ohio
Toft’s Ice Cream has bragging rights as the oldest dairy in Ohio, dating back to the early 1900s.
The dairy farm has evolved to a 74,500 sq ft dairy plant. At the ice cream parlor, guests can choose from 50 flavors of ice cream along with other dairy products available for sale.
8. Go on a Drive Thru Animal Safari at African Safari Wildlife Park
267 S Lightner Rd, Port Clinton, OH
You can visit this destination for the majority of the year. It’s open from sometime in March until late November.
You can see and feed a variety of animals during the drive-thru experience at Ohio’s safari park.
Admission for the drive-thru safari includes unlimited trips that day and 1 cup of feed. Guests can purchase additional food to feed the animals from their vehicles. (You can’t feed the animals any outside food.)
Learn more about what we loved during our adventure at African Safari Wildlife Park.
There is also a walk-through safari open throughout spring and summer.
9. Admire the Views at Marblehead Lighthouse
110 Lighthouse Dr, Marblehead, OH
Marblehead Lighthouse is one of the most photographed landmarks along Lake Erie. During the summer months, guests climb 77 steps to the top of the lighthouse for great views.
Marblehead Lighthouse has bragging rights as the oldest continuously run lighthouse on the Great Lakes. The lighthouse was built in 1821 and was originally known as Sandusky Bay Light.
While you’re at the park make sure that you admire the view of Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Looking for Additional Ideas in the Area?
The fun doesn’t stop here.
I’ve also got some seasonal ideas of things to do in Sandusky too.