What is there to do on a rainy day in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?


Tour the birthplace of Thomas Edison in Milan, Ohio.

Tour the birthplace of Thomas Edison in Milan, Ohio.

Historic Lyme Village
Schedule: Jun-Aug, Tues-Sat 11 am-4 pm, Sun 12-4 pm.
Rates: $9/adult, $8/senior (60+), $5/child (6-12 yrs), 5 yrs. and under free

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
Schedule: May, Sept-Oct, Sat-Sun 12-4 pm weekends only, Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 12-4 pm.
Rates: $7/adult, $4/child (3-12 yrs), $6/senior (60+)

Seneca Caverns
Schedule: Memorial Day-Labor Day daily 9 am-7 pm; May, Sept-mid-Oct,
Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm or by appointment.
Rates: $15/adult, $13/child (13-17 yrs), $13/senior (62+), $8/child (5-12 yrs)

Sorrowful Mother Shrine
Schedule: Mass: Mon-Sat 11 am, Sat Vigil 4 pm, Sun 9 am and 11 am. Grounds open dawn-dusk. Gift Shop open year-round.
Rates: Donations accepted.

Castalia State Fish Hatchery
Schedule: Mon-Fri 8 am-3 pm; closed weekends and holidays.
Rates: Free

Elmore Historical Society Museum
Schedule: Open by appointment only; please call for details.
Rates: Free

Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
Schedule: Apr 1-Apr 30, Tue-Sat 10 am-4 pm;  May 1-Oct 31, Tues-Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 12-4 pm.
Rates: Apr: $6; May-Oct: $10/adult, $9/senior, $6/child (6-12 yrs)

Paramount Cinema
Schedule/Rates: Please call for rates and times.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Schedule: Open year-round, Tues-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm.
Rates: Home OR Museum: $7.50/adult, $6.50/senior and AAA, $3/child (6-12 yrs), group rates available. Home AND Museum: $13/adult, $12/senior and AAA, $5/child (6-12 yrs), military discounts offered.

Shop Genoa
Souvenir shop, pottery, garden and gift shop, jewelry store, and more.
Hours vary.

This is an island accessible via ferry from Marblehead or Sandusky. Ferry service from Marblehead starts running on a limited schedule Mar-Apr and full-time in May. The Sandusky ferry starts Memorial weekend.

Shop Kelleys Island
Here you will find souvenirs, resort wear, sundries, nautical décor, toys, and more.

Schedule: Year-round. Gate fee applies May 24-27; Jun 22-Sept 2.
Rates: May 24-27, Aug 25-Sept 2 $9.50/adult, $6.25/youth (12-18 yrs);
Jun 22-Aug 24 $19/adult, $13.25/youth (12-18 yrs), seniors (90+) are free. $8/auto day pass. Gate pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 pm the following day. Three-hour, weekly, and seasonal passes also available.

Hoover Auditorium
Lakeside offers daily entertainment Jun 22-Aug 24 at Hoover
Auditorium, which seats 2500+. Gate fees apply.

Orchestra Hall Movies
419.798.4461 ext. 8
Call for movies and times. Gate fee may apply.

Shop Lakeside
Lakeside business district is a shopper’s dream. From specialty gifts to clocks and antiques, you can choose from kites to clothing, unique stationary, or a good spiritual read. During times when gate fees apply, ask about a three-hour shopping and dining pass.

Ferguson Gallery & Studio
Schedule: Call for glass blowing demonstration days/times.
Rates: Varies.

Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Museum
Schedule: May 28-Aug 30, Mon-Fri 12-3:45 pm; Jun 2-Aug 25,
Sun 4-5:45 pm, and the 2nd Sat Jun-Oct, 11 am-3:45 pm. Closed holidays.
Rates: Museum free, Lighthouse tours (weather permitting) $2/person.

Schedule: Year-round, Mon-Sat 11 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm,
Memorial Day-Labor Day, Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm.
Rates: $8/adult, $7/senior, $6/child (4-11 yrs).
Season Passes available: $40/adult, $35/senior, $30/child.

Shop Marblehead
Souvenir stores, art galleries, hand cut crystal and glass gallery,
pottery, yarn shop, Christmas store, and much more. Hours vary.

Edison Birthplace
Schedule: Tours offered Feb-Dec, hours vary, closed Mon and major Holidays. Call for group information and times.
Rates: $7/adult, $6/senior, $4/child (6-12 yrs).

Milan Historical Museum
Schedule: Mar-May, Sept-Oct, Sat-Sun 1-5 pm; Jun-Aug, Tues-Sat
10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. All other times by appointment.
Rates: $7/adult, $6/senior, $4/child (6-12 yrs). Family passes, group rates, and combination packages available. Call for details.

Shop Milan
Many antique stores, pottery, sewing notions, hobby store, and gift shops to name a few. Hours vary.

Firelands Historical Society Museum
Schedule: Jun-Aug, Tues-Sat 10 am-3 pm, Sun 12-4 pm; May and
Sept-Oct, Sat 10 am-3 pm, Sun 12-4 pm, by appointment Nov-Apr.
Rates: $5/adult, $4/senior, $3/youth (13-18 yrs), children 12 yrs and under free. Group rates available. Call for off season rates.

Premier Theatre
Schedule/Rates: Call for movie times and rates.

20th Century Lanes
Schedule: Please call for schedule. Glow bowling Fri-Sat 10 pm-12 am.
Rates: Open Bowl: $3/game. Glow bowl: $10/person.

Shop Oak Harbor
Variety of gift shops and specialty stores. Hours vary.

African Safari Wildlife Park
Schedule: Mar 1-May 24 and Sept 2-Dec 1, daily rain or shine 10 am-5 pm, last car admitted at 4 pm; May 23-Sept 2, daily rain or shine 9 am-6 pm, last car admitted at 5 pm. Pre-season and extended weekends May 11-12, 18-19, 24, Sept 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 9 am-6 pm, rain or shine, last car admitted at 5 pm.
Rates: Mar 1-May 24 and Sept 2-Dec 1: $15.95/adult, $9.95/child (4-6 yrs), $12.95/senior (62+) and Military. May 26-Sept 3 Pre-Season and
Extended Weekend: $21.95/adult, $12.95/child (4-6 yrs), $18.95/senior (62+) and Military. Group rates available by reservation. Season passes also available.

Star Lanes at the Harbor
Schedule: Call for rates and times for open bowling. Glow and Bowl every Fri-Sat, 9 pm-12 am.
Rates: $10/person.

Liberty Aviation Museum
Schedule: Sun-Thurs 10 am-4 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm.
Rates: $5/person

Ottawa County Historical Museum
Schedule: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Tues-Thurs 12-3 pm. Winter hours, Wed 12-3 pm. Other times by appointment.
Rates: Free

Shop Port Clinton
Art galleries, gift shops, specialty shops. Hours vary.

419.285.2832, visitputinbay.com
Put-in-Bay is a village on South Bass Island. You must take a ferry from Port Clinton, Catawba, or Sandusky. Ferry service from Catawba starts running full-time mid-March, downtown Port Clinton mid-May and from downtown Sandusky starting Memorial Day weekend.

There are many attractions, restaurants, bars, and shops on this island, many of which operate only on the weekends in Apr-May and Sept-Oct and operate full-time mid-May-Aug. It’s a good idea to call ahead to verify the places you want to visit are open.

Adventure Bay
Schedule/Rates: Call for schedule and rates.

Chocolate Café Chocolate Museum
Schedule: Daily May-Sept.
Rates: Free admission to museum.

Doller Estate & Put-in-Bay WineryDoller Estate & Put-in-Bay Winery
Schedule: Daily May-Sept, Apr and Oct weekends. Call for times.
Rates: Visit website for current tour rates. Group rates available.

Heineman Winery & Crystal Cave
Schedule: Tours May-Sept, daily. Winery open mid-Apr-mid-Oct, 11 am-7 pm, Sun 12-7 pm. Wine shipped year-round.
Rates: Tours $7/adult, $3/child (6-11 yrs).

Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum
Schedule: Mid-May, Jun, Sept daily 11 am-5 pm; Jul-Aug,10 am-6 pm; Oct weekends only,11 am-5 pm.
Rates: $2/adult, $1.50/senior, child (11 yrs and under) Free, $5/family.

Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center
Schedule: Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 11 am-5 pm, May and Sept, weekends only or by appointment.
Rates: $3/adult, $8/family, $2/child (6-11 yrs), $2/senior, children under 6 years free with adult admission.

Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center
Schedule: May-Sept, daily 10 am-6 pm; Apr and Oct, weekends 11 am-5 pm or by appointment.
Rates: Pery’s Cave Tour: $8/adult, $4.50/child (6-12 yrs); Butterfly House: $8/adult, $4.50/child (6-12 yrs); Miniature Golf: $8/adult, $4.50/child (6-12 yrs); Rock Climbing: $8; Gem Mining: $6.25-10.42+tax (depending on bag size); Fort Amaze-n Maze: $5, repeat maze: $2.50; Lantern Tours (available after 7 pm): $20 or $25, with t-shirt included. Antique Car Museum is free. Combination packages available for 3 or 5 attractions.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center
Schedule: May 25-Oct 6, daily 10 am-5 pm.
Rates: Free

Shop South Bass Island
Men’s and Women’s resort-wear, souvenirs, nautical gifts, jewelry and more. May-Oct, hours vary.

Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark
Schedule/Rates: Call to check availability for day passes and rates.

Cedar Downs at Quality Inn & Suites/Rain
419.626.6761, 800.654.3364
Schedule: Off-track gaming, daily 12 pm-12 am.
Rates: Better’s Choice

Cedar Lanes at Quality Inn & Suites/Rain
419.626.9077, 800.654.3364
Schedule: Jun 1-Labor Day, Mon-Thurs 5-11 pm, Fri-Sat 12 pm-1 am, Sun 12-10 pm; Labor Day-May 31, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat-Sun open at 12 pm.
Rates: $5/game. Call for “All you Can” package prices.

Cedar Links at Quality Inn & Suites
Schedule/Rates: Call for tee times and rates for this indoor golf simulator.

Cinemark Stadium behind Sandusky Mall
800.326.3264 #2160, 419.621.1380
Schedules/Rates: Go online for times, pricing, and advanced ticket sales.

Eleutheros Cooke House
Schedule: Jan-Mar, by appointment only; Apr-Dec 31, Tues-Fri 12-3 pm, Sat 10 am-1 pm. Closed Sun, Mon, and major holidays.
Rates: Free, donations accepted.

Follett House Museum
Schedule: Apr-May, Sat 12-4 pm; Jun-Aug, Wed and Fri 12-4 pm, Sat 10 am-1 pm; Sept Sat 10 am-1 pm; Oct-Dec Sat 12-4 pm. Closed Jan-Mar.
Rates: Free; donations accepted.

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
Schedule: Open year-round; please call for hours.
Rates: Ghostly Manor: $11/adult (10+), child (not recommended for children under age 9). XD 3D Theatre: $6/one movie, $11/two movies, $15/three movies (must be 40” tall to ride). Skateworld: $5/person, $1/quad skate rental, $3/roller blades or scooter rental.

Johnson’s Island Exhibit at Ohio Veterans Home Museum
419.625.2454 ext. 1447
Schedule: Year-round, Wed-Sun 12-4 pm.
Rates: Free, donations accepted.

Kalahari Waterpark
419.433.7200, 800.525.2427
Schedule/Rates: Call for day pass availability and rates.

Lazer Runner Laser Tag at Quality Inn & Suites
Schedule: Memorial Day-Labor Day, open daily at 5 pm; Labor Day-Memorial Day, open Fri at 6 pm, Sat and Sun at 12 pm. Available for parties during other times with prior booking.
Rates: $6/one game, $11/two games, $15/three games; birthday packages and groups rates available.

Maritime Museum of Sandusky
Schedule: Jun-Aug, Tues-Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 12-4 pm; Sept-May, Fri-Sat, 10 am-4 pm, Sun 12-4 pm. Closed major holidays.
Rates: $4/adult, $3/child (12 yrs and under), $3/senior (62+), $12/family.
Group rates available.

Maui Sands Resort and Waterpark
Call for day pass availability.

Merry-Go-Round Museum
Schedule: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm; Feb, Sat 11 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm; Mar-May and Sept-Dec, Wed-Sat, 11 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Closed major holidays.
Rates: $6/adult, $5/senior (60+), $4/child (4-14 yrs). Military: free. Group rates available. M3 Family Pass: $45/family, which includes admission to Maritime Museum of Sandusky, Merry-Go-Round Museum, and Milan Historical Museum.

Pottery Pizzazz at Kalahari Resort
419.433.7128 or 877.525.2427
Schedule: Sun-Thurs 9 am-9 pm, Fri-Sat 9 am-10 pm; (subject to change).
Rates: Depends on size of pottery.

Rain Waterpark at Quality Inn & Suites
419.626.6761, 800.654.3364
Schedule/Rates: Call to inquire about day passes and availability.

Sandusky Cultural Center at Sandusky High School
Schedule: Sept-May, open during scheduled exhibits. Call or check
website for full program schedule. Closed Saturdays and holidays.
Rates: Free

Sandusky Mall
Schedule: Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm. Holiday hours vary.

Shop Sandusky
In addition to the Mall, Sandusky offers a vast variety of shops from souvenirs to antiques. Be sure to visit the downtown Sandusky area for even more stores for your shopping pleasure.

Star Lanes
Schedule: Mon-Thurs 9 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 12 pm-2 am, Sun 12-11 pm.
Rates: Mon-Thurs 9 am-5 pm $10/person for 2 hr. bowling or $3.50/game, 6-11 pm $4/game. Fri-Sat 11 pm-2 am, Glow and Bowl, $13/person and includes pizza buffet and shoe rental. Sun $4/game.

Jamie’s Flea Market
Schedule: Year-round, every Wed and Sat 8 am-4 pm.
Rates: Free parking. Annual Christmas Special (1st Sun in Dec)

American Civil War Museum of Ohio
Schedule: Wed-Sat 12-4 pm.
Rates: $6/adult, $5/senior (55+), $3/active Military and student,

Crystal Traditions
419.448.4286, 888.298.7236
Schedule: Showroom and Outlet open year-round, Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm, tours by appointment, Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm.
Rates: Free

Tiffin Glass Museum & Shoppe
Schedule: Year-round. Tues-Sat 1-5 pm, other times by appointment.
Rates: Donations accepted.

Lake Erie Lanes
Schedule: Call or check website for schedule.
Rates: $3/game before 6 pm, $3.75/game after 6 pm, $2.75/shoe rental.

Main Street Vermilion
Many specialty gift shops, chocolate shop, candle store, and antiques. Coffee shops, cafes, and numerous restaurants; hours vary.


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