The “Biggest Week,” planned during the peak of spring songbird migration in the “Warbler Capital of the World,” is one of the premier birding events in the country. It offers some of the best birding North America has to offer. The 10-day festival features workshops, guided birding activities, birding bus tours, keynote speakers, and more.
Wind, water and history converge as an international flotilla of tall ships sails into Lake Erie’s western basin this August. Get an up close look at these ships in ports including Catawba Island, Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, Port Clinton and Put-in-Bay. These communities will host festivals featuring tall ship tours, day sails, musical entertainment, historical re-enactors and more.
The events culminate with a full-scale re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie at the actual battle site near Put-in-Bay.
The following are just a few events planned for the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration. Click here to view a full list of events.
May 25, 2013
Salute to the Troops: Honoring War of 1812 Casualties
Perry’s Victory Visitor Center Lawn, Put-in-Bay
419.285.2184, 11:30 am
The National Park Service honors our nation’s service men and women with music, games and inspiring speakers on the back lawn of Perry’s Victory Visitor Center.
August 29-September 2, 2013
Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013
Various locations in Ohio and Canada
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the major military events of the War of 1812 that took place in the Great Lakes. Tall Ships will dock in the communities of Catawba Island, Port Clinton, Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, Put-in-Bay, and in several Canadian ports including Leamington, Kingsville, Amhurstburg, and Windsor. There will be a Tall Ship Bicentennial Parade on Sept 1 and a re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie featuring the Tall Ships on Sept 2.
August 30-September 1, 2013
Reenactment Village at Put-in-Bay
DeRivera Park, Downtown Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832, 9 am-5 pm
Featuring historical demonstrations, education, and crafts as well as food and craft vendors.
September 2, 2013
Battle of Lake Erie-Battle Reenactment
440.349.3210, 12-2 pm
Experience history first hand in one of the largest celebrations ever to take place on Lake Erie. Join the crew or join the fleet. Take part in the battle as a tall ship crew member or as part of the fleet aboard your own vessel.
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Full of fun and excitement for the whole family, Cedar Point’s been voted the Best Amusement Park In The World by Amusement Today readers for 15 years running. New in 2013 is GateKeeper, an incredible record-breaking wing roller coaster!
Cedar Point’s 2013 operating season is just around the corner so NOW is the time to start planning your visits.
Here’s a rundown of Cedar Point’s 2013 pricing:
One Day Adult Ticket
Online: $44.99 – Gate: $54.99
Single Day Junior/Senior Ticket
Adult Two Day Ride & Slide Ticket (valid for admission on 2 days at both Cedar Point and Soak City on the same 2 days)
Junior/Senior Two Day Ride & Slide Ticket
Early Season Starlight-Evening Admission
$24.99 (valid May 11-June 15)
Regular Season Starlight-Evening Admission
$35.99 (valid June 16-September 8)
2013 Cedar Point Season Pass
Unlimited admission to Cedar Point during public operating days.
4 or More Regular Season Passes
$111.00 or 6 payments of $18.50
Regular Season Pass
$117.00 or 6 payments of $19.50
$111.00 or 6 payments of $18.50 (renewal)
Jr/Sr Season Pass
$75.00 or 6 payments of $12.50
2013 Cedar Fair Platinum Pass
Unlimited admission and FREE PARKING at Cedar Point and all other Cedar Fair amusement & outdoor water parks during public operating days in 2013.
Regular Platinum Pass
$180.00 or 6 payments of $30.00
$174.00 or 6 payments of $29.00 (renewal)
Junior/Senior Platinum Pass
$105.00 or 6 payments of $17.50
Opening day is May 11; purchase your tickets and start planning your trip today! Prices are subject to change. Please visit cedarpoint.com to verify admission prior to your visit.
A number of Cedar Point ticket discounts are available throughout the season. Contact us at 800.255.3743 for details.
Looking for a hotel? A list of attractions? Area discounts? Check out SHORESandISLANDS.com.
GateKeeper Flies over Cedar Point! Cedar Point will introduce a winged roller coaster, GateKeeper, forever changing the landscape of the Cedar Point Peninsula. When it opens in May, GateKeeper will be the longest winged roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any winged coaster in the world. The track will dramatically fly above the main entrance of the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers. The $30 million investment will surely help Cedar Point maintain its status as “roller coaster capital of the world!” Cedar Point has also announced an investment of $45-$60 million over the next three years for upgrades to the resort’s hotel properties.
Don’t Give Up the Ship! Events are well underway, building up to the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration. The 200th Anniversary Commemoration takes place Labor Day Weekend, August 30 – September 10, 2013 and will include such highlights as more than a dozen tall ships, Navy ships (both American and Canadian), a celebration parade featuring The Ohio State University Marching Band, and a re-enactment of the battle. Considered by historians as the turning point in the War of 1812, the Battle of Lake Erie saw Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and his crew defeat the British Royal Navy to secure U.S. control of the Great Lakes. His victory message to the general inspired our young nation: “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Visitors will be able to tour tall ships, enlist as crew members in the re-enactment, or be part of the Bicentennial fleet or militia.
Commemorations of the Bicentennial also include the issuing of the Perry’s Victory Ohio quarter dollar by the U.S. Mint in April and the Battle of Lake Erie U.S. postage Forever® stamp in September.
Ohio’s vital role in the War of 1812 is also commemorated in a new exhibit at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. ‘The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier’ runs from February 13 – October 7, 2013 and includes artifacts and manuscripts from both public and private collections to offer insights into the war’s battles on the Ohio frontier.
More Indoor Waterpark Fun! Maui Sands Resort, which reopened its hotel rooms in 2012 under new ownership, will reopen its indoor waterpark in the spring. The Hawaiian-themed property boasts a 45,000 square foot waterpark amongst a tropical garden setting with state-of-the-art water attractions, slides, and activity pools. Attractions include Liquid Lava, MakaMaka Treehouse, Kai River, Coconut Cove, and Pineapple Bay. A variety of rooms and suites are available within the hotel, and group packages are offered.
Embark on a Magical Quest! A new live-action game attraction has arrived at Great Wolf Lodge. MagiQuest blends video game technology with a three-dimensional adventure. With magic wand in-hand, families can explore an enchanted kingdom and join in the ultimate adventure as they enchant objects, befriend a pixie, learn from an ancient wizard, and outwit a dragon. The experience takes place on all four stories of the resort as players follow clues to unlock mysteries – their magic wands creating music, activating animatronics, and opening treasure chests. The resort’s new MagiQuest store features magic wands for game play along with medieval-themed costumes and accessories to enhance the experience.
Bounce & Play! Ghostly Manor Thrill Center has expanded its family-friendly fun attractions for 2013. A new edition to the complex has allowed for a large selection of bounce houses and an extensive play area. The additions are designed for guests age 12 and under, and join the already popular Skateworld, Wizard’s Journey 3D Blacklight Mini Golf, XD-3D Theatre, and Ghostly Manor haunted house. There is no charge for the play area and a combo pass for the bounce houses will be available with other on-site attractions.
Island Anniversaries! Jet Express passenger ferries to Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island celebrates 25 seasons of fun. Jet Express has been providing the fastest way to the islands since 1989, providing exhilarating rides from Port Clinton and Sandusky. Jet Express also offers special excursion cruises and is available for private parties. Heineman’s Winery, Ohio’s oldest family-owned winery and Put-in-Bay’s oldest business is celebrating 125 years in business. The sixth generation of the Heineman family is excited to welcome visitors to taste their island wines and tour the neighboring Crystal Cave, the worlds’ largest geode. The Booga Shack at Caddy Shack Square on Kelleys Island is celebrating 20 years of the “Booga Invasion.” An island original since 1993, Booga Wear helps wearers uncover their inner “Booga” with the theme “Relax, it is your Right as a Human Being!”
Lakesiders to Splash! For the 2013 summer season, Lakeside Chautauqua plans to transform the east waterfront area into a recreational water play destination where children can experience a broader aquatic adventure using their imagination. The play area will feature a newly constructed, zero depth entry, children’s pool, and a state-of-the-art splash pad. Water-erupting turtles, frogs, and numerous other spray features will be staged throughout the 75-foot children’s splash pad. In addition, a patio area will be added east of the splash pad for parents to watch the children enjoy their water adventure.
Art Glass Redefined at the Milan Museum! The Milan Museum will unveil the year-long renovation of its acclaimed art glass collection. Opening this June, the renovation includes pieces from Tiffany, Lalique, Steuben and Dominic Labino. See the new multimedia display of how art glass is created and experience a collection unparalleled in our area.
Grab the Brass Ring! The Merry-Go-Round Museum celebrates the grand re-opening of “Grab the Brass Ring” for the 2013 season. The exhibit will feature new carousel animals as well the 1988 stamp horse and the fabulous Muller military stander (also known as the Ghost Horse) on loan from Cedar Point amusement park through early May.
Kalahari Resort Upgrades! Kalahari Resort has committed to a multi-million dollar renovation and development of various on-site amenities in 2013. The resort, home to America’s largest indoor waterpark and the Midwest’s largest resort convention center, has already delivered with the opening of Longneck’s bar and grill inside the convention center. Waterpark eatery Café Mirage has also recently expanded and new guest room amenities and improvements are expected.
Fall Bird Migration Celebrated with “World’s Friendliest Birding Event!” The Midwest Birding Symposium is returning to Lakeside, Ohio September 19-22, 2013. This event which will attract more than 1,000 birders to the Lake Erie shore, is held every other year in the Midwest and includes programs by North America’s leading bird watchers and naturalists, an opportunity for birders to network with fellow enthusiasts, a vendor area, and guided bird walks at the area’s best birding spots.
Great Group Entertainment at the State! The Sandusky State Theatre has several new and a few returning “dinner and a show” options in 2013, perfect for motorcoach groups or date night. Plan on seeing Finnegan’s Farewell, Easter Celebration of Life and Resurrection, Always…Patsy Cline, Bob Goss and his Silver Sizzles Revue, Zombie Prom, Miracle on 34th Street, and more!
Catch Some Air! Take a thrilling ride on east Sandusky Bay with Air1 Airboats. Captain Tony Muscioni takes passengers on a 30-40 minute tour of the east bay, between the Cedar Point causeway and chaussee. View beautiful scenery, wildlife, Cedar Point, and the backside of many beautiful homes.
Scheele Preserve Grows! The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is adding an additional 10 acres of land to its Scheele Preserve on the north east side of Kelleys Island, including 330-feet of Lake Erie shoreline. The newly acquired property contains a mix of habitats including coastal forest, forested swamp, dunes, and shoreline. The preserve is now open to the public seven days a week, allowing for spectacular views of rare wildlife and migratory birds.
Biking Opportunities! Erie County’s only recognized off-road bike path, the Lake Shore Electric Railway Trail, will get some sprucing up in 2013. The existing path through the woods in Huron will be paved and expanded to allow ample room for bikers and pedestrians. The path, which runs parallel to U.S. 6 stretches 1.5 miles. A half-mile looping path is also planned for Sandusky’s Lion’s Park. The new trail will eventually link to the Sandusky Bay Pathway and is an added enhancement to the park that added a splash pad, basketball courts, new playground equipment, and restrooms in 2012.
Other Openings! Kitchenbar has joined the restaurant family of Chef Cesare Avallone (he already operates Zinc Brasserie, Crush Winebar, and Dockside Café). Kitchenbar features an Asian-fusion menu along with the same award-winning wine list as the adjacent Crush. Chef Avallone also plans a pizza oven restaurant in downtown Sandusky for later in 2013. Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano is slated to open in spring in Port Clinton’s Harbor Light Landing. Great Lakes Fibers sells hand-painted alpaca yarn, artisan scarves, shawls, socks, rugs, and much more. Watch the alpacas and llamas graze and see the studio where their fiber is transformed into wearable art. Classes will be offered soon.
For more information contact:
Jill L. Bauer, Public Relations Coordinator
Joan Van Offeren, Executive Director LES&I-East
Larry Fletcher, Executive Director LES&I-West
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Ready to embrace winter for all that it is? Celebrate with one fun-filled weekend and two local ice festivals.
February’s festive first weekend is a snowy salute with Sandusky’s Arctic Ice Festival and Vermilion’s An Ice-A-Fair to Remember. Both celebrations include fantastic ice carving demonstrations you won’t want to miss.
Enjoy a fun and educational weekend of winter activities during the Arctic Ice Festival at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky. Events include ice carving, ice harvesting, ice fishing & ice diving demonstrations, ice boat races, historical program ’Iceboats on the Sandusky Bay,’ soup cook-off and more (weather permitting). This fabulous festival takes place 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2013.
Experience the charming harbourtown of Vermilion during an Ice-A-Fair to Remember featuring ice sculptures on display, a visit with Frosty the Snowman, and rides on Lolly the Trolley. Stop into the Main Street Vermilion office for hot chocolate and cookies! This fun event takes place 11 am-4 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2013.
Don’t miss out on all the winter fun!
The new year is slowly approaching which can only mean one thing, celebrations galore! Ring in the New Year at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
Toast to the Town – Start your New Year’s Eve celebration with the pre-party gala at the Merry-Go-Round Museum. From 6 – 9 pm enjoy the museum, hors d’ oeuvres from local eateries and a silent auction to benefit the Sandusky Main Street Association and the Merry-Go-Round Museum.
Walleye Madness at Midnight – A gigantic fiberglass fish and fireworks, ‘nuff said!
Sawmill Creek Resort – Dance and enjoy the music and entertainment Las Vegas style at Sawmill’s Charity Casino party. Win prizes with gaming tickets. Overnight packages are available!
Chez Francois – Bonne Année! Ring in the New Year with a multi-course dinner. Three seatings available; the final (9:30 pm) seating includes musical entertainment and dancing.
Kalahari Resort – Enjoy fun activities, parties, waterpark thrills, and a buffet (reservations required) featuring an amazing selection of African-inspired delicacies. Overnight packages are available!
Castaway Bay – Spend the h0liday with Snoopy and the PEANUTS gang. Activities include a family DJ dance party, parade, New Year’s Eve balloon drop, and more. Overnight packages are available!
Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grill – Featuring a buffet dinner, live music, DJ entertainment, and party favors. Overnight packages are available with Commodore Perry Inn!
The Listening Room at OurGuest Inn & Suites – The Listening Room is offering a New Year’s Eve Dinner/Show VIP Package, including prime rib and pasta buffet, desserts, a two-hour interactive show with Listening Room favorites Mike Willis, Mickey Kelley and Matt Rogers, drink tickets, party favors, and more!
Quarry Hill Winery – Enjoy musical entertainment by Strukely & Cole.
Culinary Vegetable Institute – Featuring cocktail hour with signature crudites, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music, followed by dinner created by the executive chef, dessert bar, music, dancing and champagne toast. Cash bar will also be available. Reservations required.
Zinc Brasserie – This excellent French restaurant is offering three seatings for New Year’s Eve. Reservations are required. Please call for details. Light menu available at the bar; bar is open seating, no reservations.
German’s Villa – Make a reservation for the Main Street Vermilion Reverse Raffle New Year’s Eve Party. There will be dinner, music, dancing, cocktails, and a chance to win $2,013! An early bird drawing prize will also be offered. Only 100 tickets will be sold.
The tempering effect of Lake Erie provides ideal soil conditions for quality grape-growing. There are a number of wineries throughout Ohio and we’ve compiled a list of the top eight wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands:
917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky
Wine has been made on this site since 1880. Stop by for a tour and a tasting of award-winning, estate bottled wines and browse through the gift shop.
978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
Take a ferry boat to get to this island winery on Lake Erie. Founded in 1888, Heineman Winery is the oldest family owned winery in Ohio.
Hermes Vineyards & Winery
6413 S. Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
Hermes Vineyards estate bottled wines are produced from one of the largest viniferous vineyards in Ohio. Premium wines are served by the glass or bottle and a light menu is available. Open daily, year-round.
Kelley’s Island Wine Company
418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island
This is one of the island’s most popular destinations. Wine tasting bar, gourmet bistro, full dinner menu available, deli, horseshoes, volleyball, children’s play area and gift shop.
Mon Ami Historic Winery & Restaurant
3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
This is one of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie islands region. Daily tours and wine tasting, live entertainment, banquet facilities, full service restaurant and gift shop.
Paper Moon Vineyards
2008 SR 60, Vermilion
Just off SR 2 in the historic harbor town of Vermilion, Paper Moon Vineyards serves a selection of regional and viniferous wines. The tasting room offers a view of the vineyard, pond, woods and an occasional bald eagle. Call or check website for hours.
392 Bay View Ave., Put in Bay
Sample regional island wines while relaxing in the wine garden or enjoying wonderful harbor views. A winery exhibit follows the grape seed from the ground to the bottle.
Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard
8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
Visit this winery and neighboring orchard market. Wines are an eclectic variety of grape and fruit specialties, made and grown on site. Outdoor seating is available.