Where can I find an outdoor family entertainment center?

Make plans to get outside with the kids and enjoy some outdoor family fun in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands!

Adventure Bay
380 Main St., Put-in-Bay
Enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, waterslide, go-karts, batting cage, miniature golf, virtual bowling, full arcade, Skeeball, sand volleyball, a tiki bar, and more.

Caddy Shack Square
115 Division St.
P.O. Box 772, Kelleys Island
This one-stop shop for food, gifts, and entertainment is in the heart of downtown Kelleys Island, and provides a family-friendly environment for fun, dining, and shopping. Visit Game Shack Arcade, 18-hole Mini-Golf (old-fashioned Putt-Putt), Caddy Shack Rentals, Beach Rack, Booga Shack, Flip Flop Shop, Rock Baker Sippers, Dipper Dan’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Stand, Wacky Shack, The Little Healing Room, Island Mining Co. and Caddy Shack Restaurant and Bar.

Challenge Park
1 Cedar Point Dr. (off US 6), Sandusky
An activity complex located on the Cedar Point peninsula that features RipCord Skycoaster, two go-kart tracks, two challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses, and Skyscraper, a thrilling ride that spins riders in a circular motion 16 stories above the ground at speeds of 55 mph! Challenge Park is open to the public and admission to Cedar Point or Soak City is not required. Each attraction has a separate fee.

Goofy Golf
3020 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Play miniature golf, cool off on bumper boats, test your skills with sharp curves and steep hills on Radical Raceway and experience high speed on The Big Track. Round out your fun in the air-conditioned arcade. Attractions sold separately or purchase a discounted Do-All Deal. Open May-Oct; call for hours.

Island Adventures Family Fun Center
280 S.E. Catawba Rd. (SR 53 N), Port Clinton
Beautifully landscaped 18-hole mini-golf course, fast go-karts, water squirting bumper boats, an air-conditioned arcade and a group party pavilion. Enjoy a clean and family-friendly experience, within walking distance to Crosswinds Restaurant & Bar. Open daily Memorial Day-Labor Day, with limited hours May and Sept.
Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center
979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
One stop for all day family fun! Enjoy Perry’s Cave, the Butterfly House, Fort Amaze-n Maze, miniature golf, laser tag, rock climbing wall, antique car museum, and gift shops. A snack shack and picnic pavilion make it convenient to stay all day! May-Sept daily 11 am-6 pm; Apr and Oct weekends 11 am-5 pm; or by appointment.

Safari Outdoor Adventure Park
at Kalahari Resort
7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky
The Safari Outdoor Adventure Park features a thrilling zip line tour, ropes course, climbing walls, and much more.


Top 5 Haunts in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

A chill is in the air and ghosts and goblins have come out to play. Frightening things occur during this time of year at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Get your spook on at these top 5 haunts:

1.) Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
Recently named to America’s Best Haunt’s 2011 list of the top haunted attractions in America, Ghostly Manor is adding even more thrills to their line-up for the haunting season. Ghostly Manor Thrill Center includes the award-winning Ghostly Manor Haunted House, the Ghostly Gauntlet outdoor walk-thru haunt and the XD 4D Theatre. Please visit website for hours of operation.

2.) HalloWeekends at Cedar Point
Experience the thrills and chills of six haunted walk-through attractions, including two new additions, Blood on the Bayou and Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks and four haunted houses. Will you be brave enough to try these terrifying, hair-raising, chilling, spine-tingling attractions?
Held Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, through October 30. The hours of operation are: Friday 6 pm – midnight, Saturday noon – midnight and Sunday noon – 9 pm. On Sunday October 9 only, the hours are 10 am – 10 pm. Please note that Cedar Point is closed during the week.

3.) Terror in the Field
Wander through more than a half-mile maze of tall cornstalks, if you dare. Monsters and other creepy creatures lurk in the shadows, waiting to surprise those brave enough to challenge the menacing maze. Held Friday and Saturday night, now – October 29, 7-11 pm.

4.) Ghost Walk with Victoria
Walk through historic and eerie Port Clinton with Victoria as your guide. Listen and look as she takes you to places where spirits, ghosts and orbs have been sighted and recorded. Bring your camera and your courage! Walks last approximately one hour. Children are not recommended for the 8 and 9 pm walks.
Daily, now – October 31 at 7, 8 or 9 pm.

5.) Sandusky State Theatre Ghost Hunt
Investigate the historic Sandusky State Theatre and enjoy this ghost hunt from both the scientific and intuitive sides as the Firelands Paranormal Society extend their abilities to search for spirit activity in the theatre, State Room, offices, and basement. The Ghost Hunt is recommended for adults who are 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent. September 23 and October 6, 29 & 31, 10 pm-1 am.

Are there any local farm markets in the area?

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands provides locals and visitors the opportunity to purchase regionally produced goods. From fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade jam and honey, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Farmers Market
Adams Street Park, Port Clinton
This market provides the community with access to a wide variety of fresh, local, in-season farm produce and other locally made products as well as high quality handmade crafts in historic downtown Port Clinton. Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm, June – September.

Farmer’s Market
Fresh vegetables and fruits direct from the farm, as well as many other popular items. Wednesdays from 3-6 pm (corner of Jackson & West Market sts) and Saturdays from 8 am-12 pm (corner of Hancock & East Market sts), June – October.

Farmers’ Market
Walnut Ave., Lakeside
In a continued effort to promote health and wellness, Lakeside hosts a twice-weekly Farmers’ Market during the season. Find fresh produce, flowers, honey, herbs, teas, jams and homemade baked goods. Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am-12 pm, June 21 – September 2.

First Federal Farmers Market
Huron Boat Basin, 330 Main St., Huron
Come out and buy the freshest produce around! Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 pm, July 14 – October 27.

Main Street Vermilion’s Farmers Market
Victory Park, corner of Main & Ohio sts., Vermilion
Everything is locally grown or made. Features organic fruits and vegetables, range fed meats, honey, vinegars, soaps, local art and jewelry and much more. Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, July 16 – September 24.

Put-in-Bay Farmer’s Market
Put-in-Bay Airport Terminal Parking Lot, Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay
All local, seasonal produce. Sweet corn, melons, onions, peppers, peaches and many more fruits and vegetables. Saturdays from 8 am-12 pm, July 23 – September 24.

Top 11 Watercraft Rental Locations

1.) Beachfront Motel & Resort Rentals
252 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton
Jet Ski, Hobie Cat and Kayak rentals. Rental fees vary depending on Jet Ski type and number of people.
2.) Clemons Boats
8009 Barrett Rd., Sandusky
Three power boats are available for almost any use – fishing, skiing, tubing or just boat riding and sightseeing on Sandusky Bay or Lake Erie. 24′ Bently Pontoon boats (maximum 10-person capacity) are also available.

3.) Coupling MetroPark- Canoe Rental
11618 SR 13, Milan
Offers public access to the Huron River for personal canoes or canoes can be rented through the Erie MetroParks. There are three sets of three canoes (nine canoes total) that can be rented as three canoes for eight hours. This includes paddles and lifejackets. Reservations are required and recommended at least two weeks in advance.

4.) Freedom Boat Club
1560 N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
Become a member and rent from a selection of boats without the hassle and responsibilities of owning. Choose your boat, including fishing boats, deck boats, bow riders, pontoons and cruisers.

5.) Kayak The Bay, LTD
Bay View Ave., Put-in-Bay
Rent a kayak and explore Put-in-Bay harbor and Lake Erie. See the limestone cliffs of Gibraltar Island and South Bass Island. Guided tours also available.

6.) Kelleys Island Kayak Rental
N. end of Division St., Kelleys Island
Located in the Kelleys Island State Park on the beautiful and sandy public beach; a short golf cart ride away. On a hot day there is nothing like a cool refreshing ride to enjoy a superb view that can only be seen from the water.

7.) Lakeside Association
236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
Sunfish sailboat rentals available daily. Must be at least 18 yrs of age with a valid driver’s license. Gate fee required Jun 19-Sept 6.

8.) North Coast Parasail & Water Sports
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
Parasailing, WaveRunner and charter boat rentals available off the Cedar Point Beach. Early bird discounts available. Park admission is not required at the Cedar Point location; however, a parking fee will be collected.

9.) Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals
1523 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
Wave Runners, Jet Skis, sightseeing and fishing boats, kayaks and powerboats for up to 8 riders.
10.) Sawmill Creek Water Rentals
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
Jet Ski and kayak rentals available. Rental deposit required. Please call for rates and reservations. Also enjoy Saturday night sunset cruises Memorial Day-Labor Day and fishing charters.

11.) West River Kayak & Canoe
655 W. River Rd. (at Captain’s Corner Marina), Vermilion
Offering single and tandem kayaks, canoes, bikes and all safety equipment and basic instructions.

What’s New in 2011?

• Don’t Look Down! Cedar Point, voted “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 13 consecutive years, is debuting one of the world’s tallest swing rides. This is no kiddy swing – it towers at 301-feet-tall and swings 64 riders at nearly 30 mph! Paying homage to the amusement park’s heritage, WindSeeker will swing riders over Cedar Point Beach. In the early 1900’s Cedar Point Beach was a popular destination for families to play. One of the original amusement rides, Sea Swings, would dip riders into the cool waters of Lake Erie as it spun in a circular motion. 100 years later Cedar Point plans a 21st Century version of that ride to thrill visitors in 2011 and beyond. Also new this year is a new nighttime music and light show, “American Portrait.” This pyrotechnics extravaganza will combine contemporary and patriotic music and will run nightly from June 3 – August 21. The new show is sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation.

• Go Big or Go Home! Kalahari Resort, home to the nation’s largest indoor waterpark, has announced expansion plans for 2011. Already the largest hotel in Ohio, the resort’s convention center currently cannot accommodate a number of convention requests due to lack of ballroom space. The proposed $22 million expansion, slated to begin construction in March, will more than double the current size of the convention center from 95,000 square-feet to 215,000 square-feet. 2011 expansion plans also include the addition of seven 5-bedroom family condominium units, called Nyumba rooms. An additional $5 million investment, these 22-person luxury, stand-alone units will be ideal for small meetings, retreats and reunions.

• Your Guide to Ohio Wines! A new tour company will begin operation in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region in spring 2011. Northcoast Grapevine Tours plans to showcase the area’s wineries and educate customers on the local grape growing and wine producing industries along Ohio’s north coast. Guests will be transported on a day-long escorted tour through the countryside, to a select group of wineries from an itinerary of their choosing, or an agenda can be set for them based on their likes and interests. A safe and educational way to enjoy the area’s wine heritage!

• Chilly Maritime History! The first area commercial fishing enterprise began in Sandusky Bay in 1851. From 1875-1890, 400,000 tons of ice was harvested during the season each year. A new permanent exhibit will showcase “Ice Harvesting & Commercial Fishing” at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, opening with the Arctic Ice Festival February 5-6, 2011. The museum also plans a new building adjacent to the current museum which will house a boat school, workshop and exhibit area to open by summer 2011.

• Let Your Light Shine! Summer 2011 brings back the area’s most popular public arts project, A Light in the Harbor. This outdoor exhibit features more than 20 fiberglass lighthouses and sailboats painted by local artists and displayed throughout downtown Sandusky and other prominent locations from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The project is intended to bring locals and visitors to experience the rebirth of downtown Sandusky. It also serves as a fundraising event for the Merry-Go-Round Museum and the American Red Cross. In 2008 this project raised more than $30,000 for the two organizations. Art pieces will be auctioned at a gala event in September.

• “Restless” Cruising! Put-in-Bay Cruises is a new business venture for one of the partners in Miller Boatline. Scott Market plans to offer island tours and cruises for small parties, private weddings, anniversaries and more. The 38-foot vessel, named the “Restless,” is a 1938 wooden tug. She will make her home port at Miller Marina, Put-in-Bay.

• Art Walk comes to Downtown Sandusky! A new monthly art walk is scheduled for the first Thursday of each month, May through December, in downtown Sandusky. Each art walk will have a theme featuring such art forms as culinary arts, architectural art, sidewalk chalk art, quilting and fabric art, jewelry and more. Maps will be available for visitors to find participating businesses who may be hosting artists on site.

• Relax & Play Italian-Style! A Touch of Italy Bed & Breakfast, located in Port Clinton, will offer guests an all-new 3rd story game room in 2011. This fun room available for use by all house guests includes a foosball table, poker table for eight, dartboard, pool table, refrigerator, couch and wide screen TV. Ciao!

• North and South…in Ohio! 2011 marks the national Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, which began in 1861. The Civil War 150 project is a state-wide initiative to commemorate the anniversary and create opportunities for a new generation to rediscover the many ways Ohioans played key roles in the war and ways in which the war changed life in Ohio. A local CW150 group is planning events such as lectures, educational programming, reenactments, cemetery walks, museum exhibits and more. The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont features “CIVIL WAR: Battlefield & Homefront,” an exhibit which aims to interpret the war using the personal letters of Northwest Ohio residents who served in the war and who stayed behind. The exhibit will run through January 29, 2012.

• Don’t Give Up the Ship! Plans are already underway for a massive tribute commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial (War of 1812) which actually took place on September 7, 1813. This one day conflict saw Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (for which Put-in-Bay’s Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is named) and his crew defeat the British Navy to secure the Great Lakes region for the United States. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is currently working with the National Park Service to plan events leading up to, during and after the bicentennial. Perry’s Victory will honor a theme each year, beginning in 2011 with a year-long tribute to Native Americans.

• New Hotel Along Lake Erie’s Shoreline. The former Portside Inn located on the waterfront 1.5 miles east of downtown Port Clinton will open in early May as the region’s second Travelodge. The property is being completely renovated and will offer guests a complimentary breakfast bar, outdoor pool, grills and picnic benches, shuttle service to the Jet Express, and more. 1811 East Perry St. Port Clinton.

Dock’s Beach House and Beachfront Resort Getting a Facelift. A popular Port Clinton eatery and waterfront hotel will open under new management in May and guests will notice several changes. The restaurant is being increased in size and a new Caribbean-style roof is being added. This bar and grill sits directly on the lake and guests can take their purchases to enjoy on the beach. Upgrades are also being made to the Beachfront Resort hotel and guests have reciprocal privileges at the Commodore Perry Inn & Business Center located across the street.

• More Island Fun at Frosty’s. Island visitors have been enjoying this historic bar and family pizza restaurant for more than 60 years and in 2011 they will find more things to enjoy about it. Inside, more seating has been added to the main bar and they have increased their breakfast capacity. The more prominent changes are outside with a new seating area called The Backyard. It will be decorated in a multi-colored Caribbean theme with a bar featuring margaritas mixed with fresh seasonal fruit and custom made burritos from Big Man’s Burrito Stand. All the fun in this new area starts May 21st.

• Boo and Then Some! Already known as one of the scariest haunted attractions around, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center expanded their offerings in 2010. Open year-round, during the Halloween season the haunt expands to include an outdoor walk-thru know as the Ghostly Gauntlet. After Halloween the fun doesn’t stop as it transforms from a haunted thrill to a North Pole adventure with the Christmas Wonderland 3D family walk-thru, “Snow Ride” XD 4D Theatre movie and the annual Christmas Light Show choreographed to holiday music.

• Let’s Go to the Movies! A brand-new, state-of-the-art Cinemark Stadium Movie Theatre opened November 2010 at the Sandusky Mall. The 32,000-square-foot building features 10 screens, digital and 3-D capabilities, stadium-seating and a self-serve concession stand, holding approximately 1,700 viewers. The auditoriums are equipped with plush, high-backed rocking seats featuring a 16-inch height difference between rows, providing generous leg room and ample space to enter and exit without disturbing other guests.

For more information on these new features and all of the great Lake Erie Shores & Islands® attractions visit www.SHORESandISLANDS.com.

Where can I board my pet while staying in your area?

Animal Watchers & More
7407 Poorman Rd., Vermilion

Bell-Aire Kennel & Grooming
47 South St. (SR 61), Berlin Heights
Call for appointment. Must have shot records. No Chows or vicious dogs.

Big Dog Kennel
12107 Chapin Rd., Berlin Heights
$25/night dog, indoor and outdoor dog run. $12/night cat. All animals require updated vaccinations and flea prevention.

Harborview Animal Hospital
2360 E Harbor Rd., Port Clinton
Appointment required for boarding. Walk-in vet care after schedule appointments are seen. 24-hour emergency vet care service.

M & M Boarding and Training Kennel
5705 Campbell St. , Sandusky
Must have an up-to-date shot record. House cats and dogs only. No arrivals or departures on Sun, Tue and holidays. Offers basic obedience classes (eight week course).

Mutt Cutts
3408 Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky

Oak Harbor Pet Haven/Oak Harbor Vetrinary Hospital
1538 S SR 19, Oak Harbor
419.898.2466 or 419.898.3411
Boarding available. Appointment required. Climate control with heated floors in the winter and air conditioning in the summer and a staff that really cares; grooming and pet supplies available.

Pet Check at Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Dr. (off US 6), Sandusky
$15/day with no overnight stays. Kennel opens one hour before parks opens and closes one hour after park closes. First-come, first-serve.

Are there any fishing charters available in the Shores & Islands area?

No matter the season, Lake Erie’s southern shore is a freshwater fishing hot spot where both pro anglers and beginners join in the fishing fun.

Although most known for walleye, perch and smallmouth bass, in certain waters at many times of the year you will also find steelhead trout, white bass, rock bass, largemouth bass, catfish and other species. Charter captains and walk-on head boats make the fishing experience easily available for all ages.

Char-Tom Charters
2240 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton
Fish for walleye, perch and bass on one of Lake Erie’s finest charters. Three and five hour evening charters are also available, with island pick up at Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay and Pelee. Lodging is available, all equipment is provided and lunches are offered on fishing days. Casting and trolling charters are available for novice or seasoned anglers. Large groups of 60 or more are welcome. ADA accessible. Apr-early Oct.

Dad’s Girl Charters
83 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.341.4027 or 800.331.9382
Offering an all-inclusive fishing experience that you won’t soon forget. What they don’t provide nature does, and she provides fish in abundance. All you need to bring is the desire to catch lots of walleye, perch and bass – and you will. ADA accessible. Open daily Apr-Oct. Book early for the best dates.

Fishin’ Ful and Myrmidon Charters
1124 Lee Ave., Port Clinton
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711
Charter a great day of fishing on Lake Erie. Specializing in light tackle sport fishing with two boats to serve you and your party. Standard, executive and Canadian trips available for walleye, bass and perch. Ice fishing off the mainland available, weather permitting, with a heated ice shanty for up to two people.

Geno’s Holiday Charter
839 Curran St., Sandusky
419.625.4366 or 419.271.4366
Enjoy a Great Lake experience, fishing and cruising in comfort aboard a custom 30′ twin engine Cherokee hardtop. “Come as guests…leave as friends.” Only minutes from Cedar Point, and offering customized walleye or perch trips. Plus, you may also plan an adventurous portion of your day for sightseeing. Plan tomorrow’s memories today – and welcome aboard.

Middle Bass Charter Company
Middle Bass Island & mainland near East Harbor State Park, Marblehead
614.443.3595 or 419.285.2617
Offering fishing and cruising charters around the islands of western Lake Erie as well as guided waterfowl hunting in season. May-Oct.

Shore-Nuf Charters
at Drawbridge Marina
247 W. Lakeshore Dr. (SR 163), Port Clinton
Fishing charters and walk-on headboats accommodate groups up to 48 with five boats available. Fish for walleye in the spring and summer and perch in the fall. Apr-Oct.

Speerfish Charters
570 Bimini Dr., Sandusky
419.627.8340 or 800.735.1218
Sport fishing charters for walleye, perch and bass on Lake Erie. Fishing out of two locations; Sandusky and Wild Wings Marina in the Western Basin. Mar-Nov, daily.

Tibbels Charter Service
6965 East Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
Private group fishing charters for 20 people and individual walk-on charters are available. Call in advance for reservations. Fishing for walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Late Apr-Oct.

Fishing License Information:

Resident $19.00
(Persons age 16-65 who have resided in Ohio for the past six months)

Annual non-resident $40.00

One-day resident or non-resident $11.00

Three-day non-resident $19.00

Resident senior $10.00
(Persons age 66 or older and born on or after Jan 1, 1939)

No charge for persons born before Jan 1, 1939.

Fishing licenses and the 2010-2011 Ohio Fishing Regulations Brochure are available from most bait shops and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Licenses are renewable by March 1 of each year.

Fishing Report:

Lake Erie Fishing Hotline
888.HOOK.FISH (466.5347)

Ohio Division of Wildlife
305 E. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
419.625.3187 or 800.WILDLIFE (945.3543)

You can also hear the Lake Erie Fishing Report on our website!