Nestled between Toledo and Cleveland, Sandusky is a great family vacation destination filled with entertainment, major attractions, and history. Whether you’re looking for exciting roller coasters or relaxing lake breezes, Sandusky has fun for the whole family.
Founded in 1817, Sandusky is located on the southern shores of Lake Erie and is famous for being a safe haven for runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. Many historical programs and tours are available to learn more about Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad. One famous landmark is the Path to Freedom sculpture, a life-sized representation of an African American man, woman and child in Facer Park in downtown Sandusky.
With its beautiful sandy beaches and stunning sunsets over Lake Erie, Sandusky has become one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) tourist destinations in Ohio. It’s the home of the roller coaster capital of the world, Cedar Point, and many other attractions such as Kalahari Resort, Great Wolf Lodge, and Ghostly Manor.
If riding a bike or driving a golf cart is more your speed, visit Kelleys Island or Put-In-Bay. Many ferries and tour boats offer trips to the islands, and a visit to Sandusky wouldn’t be complete without a scenic boat ride to one of these little gems in Lake Erie.
History enthusiasts will enjoy the many museums in the area such as the Merry-Go-Round Museum, Thomas Edison’s birthplace and the Maritime Museum of Sandusky. There are also famous historical sites such as the Confederate cemetery on Johnson’s Island, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-In-Bay, and the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.
There are many special events planned for this year. Ohio Bike Week is May 31 - June 9, and the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie includes a fleet of tall ships, concerts, fireworks and more. Check back for a schedule of events and updates as they become available.