Exploring Ohio's Lake Erie Shores from Cedar Point to beyond

Gatekeeper roller coaster.

Gatekeeper roller coaster at Cedar Point. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

 

Cedar Point from Lake Erie. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Mixing the exquisite location on the shores of Lake Erie--its pleasant beaches and unforgettable sunsets--with the thrill of exciting family oriented theme parks and a touch of fascinating American history, Sandusky, Ohio is one of the best places to visit in the United States. Established at the beginning of the 19th century, the small town of Sandusky had an important role in the history of the United States—a history that the area keeps alive.  Today, Sandusky is considered one of the best places to visit and live in the country. Beyond the famous Cedar Point amusement park, Sandusky offers a rich history experience.

The city played a key role in protecting fugitive slaves traveling through the Underground Railroad when slaves traveled by ship and ferry across Lake Erie into Canada.  Throughout Sandusky visitors can still experience a glimpse of that history.  The historical downtown area also contains several interesting landmarks, including original buildings from the 19th century, made from locally produced limestone. Visitors can also pay a visit to the Aviation Museum and Maritime Museum that features

Master Commander Oliver Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial on Put-in-Bay. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

collections about the rich marine history behind Sandusky Bay.  Sandusky also boasts the Merry-Go Round Museum which presents exhibits about the charming history of carousels.

Sandusky is best known for the famous Cedar Point Amusement Park, one of the biggest in the world and known as the “rollercoaster capital” (and a personal favorite of the World Footprints family).  Cedar Point features some of the fastest, tallest and most innovative coasters in the world, but the park also has rides for everyone, even the kiddies. There are also other leisure theme and water parks in and around Sandusky, including African Safari Wildlife Safari, Ghostly Manor, Soak City Water Park and more.  

World's Longest Bar on Put-in-Bay. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Apart from all these, travelers can also explore the nearby area of Sandusky, with a large range of possible activities, from boating and fishing on Lake Erie to visiting the nearby islands and see places like the Marblehead Lighthouse, the Civil War Cemetery, Kelleys Island or Put-In-Bay, the area's party island that boasts the BEST lobster bisque in the world.  (Really!  People come from all over the world just for the lobster bisque.) we’ve ever had.   For people that just need to relax, the nicest beaches on the Lake Erie shores are located in the Sandusky area and the sunset rivals what you’d see on the West Coast or elsewhere.  

Photos (c) Tonya Fitzpatrick, World Footprints Media.  All rights reserved.

About the Author

Tonya Fitzpatrick is the co-founder of World Footprints Media.  A self-described “recovering attorney”, she found her purpose as a cultural connector.  Tonya shares a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian.   She has a deep love for animals and would be happy owning a zoo if she weren’t traveling.