How many indoor waterpark options are there in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

When the lake freezes and frosty Midwest temperatures hit, there’s a tropical getaway waiting close by. The indoor waterpark resorts in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands boast 80 degree temperatures to warm up even the chilliest of winters.

CurrentlCastaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio.y, there are five indoor waterparks in the area: Castaway Bay, Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resort, Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark, and Rain.

Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay indoor waterpark resort features liquid fun for the whole family in a tropical island setting. Adventures include a wave pool, water coaster, slides, kiddie water play areas, and children’s activities, including a visit from Snoopy and his PEANUTS friends. The resort also has a state-of-the-art arcade, restaurants, and retail shops. Overnight guests Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohioalso enjoy early entry and ticket discounts for Cedar Point, in-season.

Great Wolf Lodge is an all-suites, indoor waterpark resort designed with family fun in mind. With rides and slides for kids of all ages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Great Wolf Lodge also features a spacious outdoor pool, arcade, MagiQuest live-action adventure, preforming Great Clock Tower, and Scooops Kid Spa.

Experience the time of your life with everything under one roof at Kalahari Resort. Indoor body boarding 365 days a year in 86 degree temperatures, or take on the Zip Coaster uphill water roller coaster inKalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. Pamper yourself at Spa Kalahari or dine at one of 11 dining and bar choices including The Reserve, Ivory Coast Lounge, Pizza Pub at Café Mirage, Great Karoo Marketplace Restaurant, and in the summer months, ZanziBar. For shopping and fun, there’s Zakanaka Kids; Madagascar Indoor Glow Golf; and Safari Outdoor Adventure Park with zip line; rope course; climbing wall; and an animal park. Catch some rays at the outdoor pools from Memorial Day-Labor DMaui Sands Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.ay (weather permitting). Once you cross over the bridge, you’ll feel “A World Away ®.”

Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark offers a variety of activities for family fun; including body and tube slides, bucket dump, lazy river, activity area, family whirlpool spa, and kiddie pool.

Rain indoor waterpark offers a smaller setting with thrill slides and water play – featuring a 50-foot tower with two giant slides (275 and 251 feet long), a play structure with additiRain Indoor Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio.onal water activities and an outdoor pool. As the name indicates, waterpark guests are frequently showered with rain. The complex also includes a 32-lane state-of-the-art bowling center, arcade, great eats, and off-track betting in the exciting atmosphere of horse racing. In all, Rain features more than 3,500 sq. ft. of affordable family fun, all under one roof.

Where can I find an experienced ice fishing guide in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Port Clinton, Ohio specifically) is known as the Walleye Capital of the World. Fishing enthusiasts know that some of the best walleye catches come from a hole cut through several feet of ice on a frozen Lake Erie. The fishing community is abuzz about the record size and number of walleye being caught so far this ice-fishing season. But don’t go it alone. Experienced fishing guides are available to teach you the ropes and assist with on-ice safety measures.

Ice Fishing Guides

MarbleheadIce Fishing

Capt. Brad Leyda
330.416.0830

Port Clinton

Blake’s Ice Fishing
419.341.5509

Char-Tom Charters
Contact: Chuck Crum
614.419.8265

Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711

Put-in-Bay

Buckeye Fishing Charters
Contact: Jeff & Melissa Jump
419.341.8011 or 419.341.8010

Capt. Bud Gehring
419.261.0165

Mike’s Sportfishing
419.308.6925

Sandusky

Air1 Airboats
Capt. Toni Muscioni
419.366.8472

Put-in-Bay Lodging

Bay Lodging Resort – 888.742.7829

Black Squirrel B&B – 419.285.7181

First Island Son B&B – 419.285.4448

Linda’s B&B – 419.285.3045 or 419.341.0928

Transportation to Put-in-Bay

Airplane from Port Clinton: Erie Ottawa National Airport

Griffing Flying Service – 419.734.5400

Island Air – 419.573.2960

What are the top ten options for fun-filled group outings?

“Don’t Miss” #LakeErieLove Group Activities

On Ohio’s north coast, we’re all about Lake Erie Love. We love our Great Lake, our islands, our neighborhoods, our friendly people, and our natural resources. Groups of all types including family reunions, student groups, senior groups, military reunions, and motorcoach tours, love visiting for the variety of activity options offered. Put in Bay Tour Train

The group sales team at Lake Erie Shores & Islands works closely with a number of local attraction, dining, and hotel partners to make planning easy. Here are the Top Ten activities that have appeared most often on group itineraries and have received rave reviews.

  1. Island Tour Train – This island tour gives groups a guided tour of Put-in-Bay and includes stops at many of the island’s most visited attractions.
  2. Winery Tour/NorthCoast Grapevine Tours – Groups love touring and tasting the many wineries on the Lake Erie Shores & Islands wine trail. Northcoast Grapevine Tours offers a safe and educational way for smaller groups to make a day of it.
  3. Ghostly Manor – This much loved attraction is a hit with student groups especially. In addition to the award-winning haunted house, the thrill center includes a skating rink, arcade, indoor black light miniature golf, XD-3D theatre, bounce houses, and indoor climbing playground.
  4. Downtown Sandusky Historical Tour – This popular itinerary includes the Follett House, Cooke-Dorn Historic Site, and a driving tour of local Underground Railroad sites.
  5. Tour and talk at Sandusky Greenhouse – Sometimes scheduled in conjunction with the downtown Sandusky historical tour or with one of Sandusky’s museums, this horticultural tour gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to maintain Sandusky’s lovely floral gardens and many tropical plants.
  6. Liberty Aviation Museum Tour – This museum showcases operational, historical aircraft and vehicles, including “Georgie’s Gal” a WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber, a U.S. Navy WWII TBM Avenger, PT-boats, and more. Visitors can witness the restoration of a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and dine in the 1950s-era themed diner.
  7. Merry-Go-Round Museum – Group visitor’s young and young-at-heart enjoy a spin on the carousel and the lively band organ music at the Merry-Go-Round Museum. Tours include this history of carousels and carousel art, wood carving demonstrations, gift shop, and more.
  8. Ferguson Gallery – The highlight of a visit to the gallery of master glass cutter Cary S. Ferguson is a glass blowing demonstration and the opportunity to create your own paper weight.
  9. Marblehead Lighthouse/Keeper’s House – The oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes has been welcoming visitors since 1822. Complement a visit to this majestic lighthouse with a stop at the nearby Keeper’s House, the oldest surviving home in the area and home of first three original keepers of the light.
  10. Edison Birthplace/Milan Museum – Be inspired when visiting the birthplace of invention! Groups tour Thomas Edison’s boyhood home which includes a collection of early inventions and family mementos. Then, within the same quaint village block the Milan Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the past with historical exhibits, antique toys, and a renowned glass collection.

Where can I Ring in the New Year at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Ring in the New Year with one of these celebrations at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands and make the last day of the year memorable!

Walleye Madness at Midnight. Photo credit: Bill Gordon Photomaker Studios

Walleye Madness at Midnight. Photo credit: Bill Gordon Photomaker Studios

Walleye Madness at Midnight
Downtown, N. Madison St., Port Clinton
3 pm-12 am
Free
Where else can you see a 20-foot, 600-pound walleye drop from the sky at Midnight? This annual event will provide fun and excitement for the whole family! Stay up-to-date with events, vendors, and new entertainment on the Facebook page “Walleye Madness at Midnight.”

A New Year’s Eve Celebration
Chez Francois/Touche’ Wine Bar, 555 Main St., Vermilion
440.967.0630
There will be three sittings: 4:30-6:30 pm, 7-9 pm, and 9:45 pm. Each seating will feature a multi-course dinner. The last seating will feature Mr. Mike Moore with an atmosphere for dancing. Note that availability of the last seating is extremely limited. Reservations are required.

Las Vegas Style Charity Casino
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
800.729.6455
8:30 pm-1 am
Featuring Vegas-style gambling, dancing, cash bar, and a chance to win prizes with gaming tickets. Overnight packages are available at Sawmill Creek Resort.

New Year’s Eve at Quarry Hill
Quarry Hill Winery, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.588.3179
8 pm-12 am
Enjoy musical entertainment by Jay Guerrero.

New Year’s Eve at Zinc & Hearth Tavern
Zinc Brasserie, 142 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
419.503.0864
4 pm-1 am
Live acoustic music by the Serfs. Dinner reservations available at 6 & 9 pm for a multi-course dinner with wine. Reservations are required. Please call for details.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Derrick & Derrick
Rosie’s Bar & Grill, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.960.7310
9 pm-1 am

New Year’s Eve Party
Port Clinton VFW, 214 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.734.9981
6 pm
Free
Watch Trooper the Trout drop with good friends, great food, and lots of fun.

Toast to the Town New Year’s Eve Gala
Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St. (at US 6), Sandusky
419.626.6111
6-8 pm
$15/person
Begin the evening at this gala featuring carousel rides, music, food, and beverages.

New Year’s Eve Party
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.626.4467
8 pm
Families, kids, teens…everyone is welcome to celebrate on the skating rink! Choose from two party packages: $10 includes skate admission, skate rental, NYE party favors, one slice of pizza & a small pop or $20 VIP includes skate admission, choice rental of skates, scooter or rollerblades, NYE party favors, 12 game tokens, two slices of pizza & a large pop, and choice of one admission to Mini Golf, 4D Theater, or Ghostly Manor Haunted House.

New Year’s Eve Cabaret
Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue
419.484.2787
7 pm
This New Year’s Eve event will feature Broadway standards and novelty songs performed by familiar BSA faces. The menu includes pork and sauerkraut, tossed salad, applesauce, and dessert, as well as a cash bar featuring a selection of beer and wine. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. Reservations are required.

Eight Thanksgiving Day Feasts in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together and give thanks over delicious food. Although many people enjoy home cooked meals and large family gatherings, others want to get away and let someone else handle the cooking. Avoid the hassle this holiday season and indulge at one of these eight Lake Erie Shores & Islands Thanksgiving Day feasts! Thanksgiving Feast

Huron

Sawmill Creek Resort – Thanksgiving Day Brunch (10:30 am-3 pm)
This Thanksgiving Day brunch features seven stations: breakfast, salad, carving, pasta, entrée, dessert, and chocolate fondue. $24.95/adult; $10.95/child (4-11); children 8 and under are free. Reservations are required. Menu

Port Clinton

Mon Ami Winery & Restaurant – Thanksgiving Day Brunch (10:30 am-3 pm)
This historic winery and restaurant is a great place to gather and enjoy a meal. Come for the traditional oven roasted turkey, prime rib, sweet potato casserole, bread pudding, fresh salmon display, a variety of breakfast items, and more! $28.95/person. Menu

Rosie’s Bar and Grill – Thanksgiving Buffet (11:30 am-4:30 pm)
Give the family a break and indulge this year! $25.95/adult, $12.95/child (10 and under). Reservations are required. Menu.

Sandusky

Great Wolf Lodge – Thanksgiving Dinner (1:30-6:45 pm)
This is a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings! $19.99/person. Open to hotel guests first; reservations are strongly encouraged.

Kalahari Resort – Thanksgiving Buffet (11 am-6 pm)
Experience the holiday season at Kalahari Resort; indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet, create new family traditions, participate in fun family activities, and enjoy wild waterpark thrills. $25.99/adult (13 and up), $10.99/child (4-12), children 3 and under are free. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Menu.

Ryan’s Steakhouse – Thanksgiving Buffet (11 am-7 pm)
All dinners: $12.99/person, beverages: $1.99. No reservations required; first come, first served.

Vermilion

Martino’s International Cafe - Thanksgiving Day Buffet (11 am-6 pm)
Enjoy a home cooked meal at Martino’s International Cafe featuring all your holiday favorites: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, full salad bar and, apple and pumpkin pie! $14.99/person

Quaker Steak & Lube – Thanksgiving Buffet (11:30 am-5 pm)
Featuring chef carved oven roasted turkey, honey glazed pineapple ham, green bean casserole, homemade stuffing, a variety of wings, and more! $19.99/adult, $15.99/senior (65 and up), $12.99/tweener (9-12), $6.99/child (8 and under). Reservations are strongly encouraged. Menu.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving! If you are aware of other locations that are open on Thanksgiving Day, please feel free to add them by commenting on the post below.

Top Eight Wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Stop by for a taste and leave with a case from one of the many wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Here’s a list of the top eight wineries in the area: Doller Estate & Put-in-Bay Winery

Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky
419.625.5474, 800.548.9463
Wine has been made on this site since 1880. Their vineyards are located on North Bass Island (also known as Isle St. George) in the western basin of Lake Erie. Stop by for a tour and a tasting of award-winning, estate bottled wines and browse through the gift shop.

Heineman Winery
978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.285.2811
Heineman Winery has been producing award-winning island made wines since 1888. It is the oldest family owned and operated winery in Ohio.

Hermes Vineyards & Winery
6413 S. Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.626.8500
A small winery set in a rustic barn with indoor and outdoor seating. Premium wines are served by the glass or bottle and a light menu is available.

Kelley’s Island Wine Company
418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island
419.746.2678
The Wine Company is Kelleys Island only winery, manufacturing and bottling all varietals on premise. They offer ample outdoor and indoor seating along with plenty of activities including volleyball and horseshoes.

Mon Ami Historic Winery & Restaurant
3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
800.777.4266
This is one of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie islands region. Mon Ami features daily tours and wine tastings, live entertainment, banquet facilities, a full-service restaurant, and gift shop.

Paper Moon Vineyards
2008 SR 60, Vermilion
440.967.2500
Paper Moon sits on 50 acres of cleared and wooded land just west of the Vermilion River in the historic harbour town of Vermilion. They offers tastings and sales of quality regional and vinifera wines.

Put-in-Bay Winery
392 Bay View Ave., Put in Bay
419.285.3343
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
419.588.3179
Visit this winery and neighboring orchard market. The wines are an eclectic variety of grape and fruit specialties, made and grown on site, and the wine bar offers a light food menu to complement the wines. Enjoy live music every weekend.

Looking for a guided winery tour? Contact Northcoast Grapevine Tours!  It is a fun, informative, and safe way to experience the wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

What is open on Kelleys Island during the fall season?

Restaurants
Bag the Moon Saloon (open through October 26th; weekends only)  Kelleys Island, Ohio
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
Captain’s Quarters (open until October 31st)
Kelleys Island Brewery (October 26th; call for hours)
Kelleys Island Wine Co. (open year-round)
Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar (open through October; closed Monday and Tuesday)
The Village Pump (open through December 20th)

Shopping
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
Island Market and Fudge Shop (open year-round)
Kelleys Island General Store (open through December)
Sweet Valley Trading Post (open through October 26th)
The Village Peddler (open through December)
The Village T’s (open through November)
Unc’l Dik’s (open through December)

Things to Do
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
The Little Healing Room (open until mid-October)
Charles Henderson Galleries & Sculpture Garden (open through December)
Captain Park’s Lake Erie Fishing Charters (open through October)
Nachofish Charter & Guide Service (open through October)
Inscription Rock (open year-round during daylight hours)
Glacial Grooves (open year-round during daylight hours)

For lodging or transportation information, visit SHORESandISLANDS.com or contact one of our welcome centers at 800.255.3743 or 800.441.1271.