Celebrate All Things Winter at Local Ice Festivals

Shores & Islands ice sculpture

Shores & Islands ice sculpture

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!

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Get Wet! Ways to Enjoy the Water

When visiting Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, you’ll likely want to get out on the lake in some fashion. Water recreation is an essential source of activity in the summer and the options are endless here.

Ride the waves on a Jet Ski or WaveRunner. Cool off with an exciting tubing adventure. Endure a peaceful yet exhilarating experience parasailing. Unwind with a relaxing kayak trip around the islands and enjoy the beauty of nature with a breathtaking Lake Erie sunset. Take a canoe trip on the Huron River or near the Lake Erie shoreline.

Not sure where to start? A number of local businesses can help with watercraft rentals or fun water activities.

Clemons Boats
8009 Barrett Rd.
Sandusky OH 44870
419.684.5365
Boat rentals are available for almost any use – fishing, skiing, tubing, or just boat riding and sightseeing on Sandusky Bay or Lake Erie. Also offering Yamaha WaveRunner rentals for use on Sandusky Bay. See website for pricing and important requirements. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Open May-Sept, daily 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Endless Summer Island Charters
East Harbor State Park Marina, Dock C2
2188 N. Buck Rd.
Marblehead OH 43440
419.419.9867
Endless Summer Island Charters offers unique evening, daily and weekend “Island Experiences” aboard a twin-engine 30′ Pro-Line boat. Packages or separate rentals available for jet skis, tubing, island hopping, sightseeing, sunset dinner cruises, snorkel/dive historic shipwrecks and fishing. Dream it and make your “Island Experience” happen.

Erie Spirit Sailing Erie Spirit Sailing
at Lakevue Marina – 8549 Northshore Blvd., Marblehead
419.967.0520
Steer a 33 ft. sailboat under the guidance of Captain Jim or sit back and relax during a three hour cruise. Morning, afternoon, and romantic sunset sails available. Daily mid-May-Sept.

Kayak The Bay, LTD
next to Oak Point State Park – 760 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.967.0796
As seen in Midwest Living Magazine’s “Best of the Midwest.” 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. Great for beginners, families and large groups. See the third tallest national monument, collect lots of beach glass, get adventurous and explore, or have lunch on neighboring islands. If you can ride a bike, you can kayak the bay. Daily Memorial Day-mid-Sept 10 am-dark.

Lakeside Chautauqua
130 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
419.798.4461 or 866.952.5374
Sunfish and kayak rentals are available to visitors and residents of Lakeside. Located directly in front of Hotel Lakeside in the Sailing Center.

North Coast Boat Tours
Lake Front Marina – 1805 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton
419.341.2683
Offering a unique and memorable experience that gives the freedom only a private boat charter can provide. Hourly, custom excursions that we can help you design.

North Coast Parasail & Water Sports
at Cedar Point Beach – 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
419.627.2279
Experience the thrills of WaveRunner riding and parasailing on the beach behind Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers. Call for details about new boat charter service and fishing from their second location. A $12 parking fee is collected to enter the Cedar Point peninsula.

Sawmill Creek Water Rentals
at Mariner Village Marina – 608 Mariner Village, Huron
419.433.2376 or 800.729.6455
Rent a Jet Ski or kayak and enjoy the open waters of Lake Erie while viewing some of the most beautiful coastline, beaches, parks, and wildlife. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9 am-6 pm.

Looking for more options? Call the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center for a complete list.

Whatever your pleasure, indulge in a memorable day of fun in the sun at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands!