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Sandusky

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Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park. That, however, isn't the town's only draw. The historical downtown, with its brick buildings, waterfront location on Lake Erie, and collection of boutiques catches many a visitor's eye. Sandusky also serves as a prime base for trips to the lake's white-sand beaches, coastal hiking trails, fishing hot spots, excursions to the Lake Erie Islands, and area water parks. The town's tourism season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and things quiet down outside of this period. Plan the details of your Sandusky holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use United States trip planner.
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Kalahari Waterparks ©
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Kalahari Waterparks
3.2
Duration: 8 hours
Cedar Point ©
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Cedar Point
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Merry-Go-Round Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Merry-Go-Round Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park ©
Water Park
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Sandusky

Toledo Museum of Art ©
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Toledo Museum of Art Toledo
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African Safari Wildlife Park ©
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African Safari Wildlife Park Port Clinton
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Toledo Zoo ©
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Toledo Zoo Toledo
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Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial ©
Observation Deck
Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial Put in Bay
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Sandusky

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center ©
Theme Park
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Castaway Bay Waterpark
Water Park
Castaway Bay Waterpark
2.3
Duration: 2 hours
Maui Sands Indoor Waterpark ©
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Maui Sands Indoor Waterpark
1.0
Duration: 2 hours
Skateworld ©
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Skateworld
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Sandusky

Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden
Historic Site
Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Firelands Winery ©
Winery / Vineyard
Firelands Winery
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Lagoon Deer Park ©
Zoo
Lagoon Deer Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Sandusky Maritime Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Sandusky Maritime Museum
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Sandusky

Follett House Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Follett House Museum
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Ohio Veterans Homes Military Museum ©
Military Museum
Ohio Veterans Homes Military Museum
3.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wineries in Sandusky

Hermes Vineyard
Winery / Vineyard
Hermes Vineyard
1.9
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Sandusky

Most of the accommodations in Sandusky are clustered around Castaway Bay to the east of downtown. From here, it's a quick drive up to Cedar Point Amusement Park, and you'll find plenty of hotels, motels, and campgrounds. Some establishments offer packages that include tickets to the park. The options in the historical downtown remain more limited, but a couple of charming inns and bed and breakfasts take you away from the bustle of the places that accommodate park-goers. Regardless of where you choose to stay, make reservations as far in advance as possible if you plan to visit during summer.
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