Local Area Guide

Lake Erie Shores and Islands

A place where time moves a little slower, loved ones feel a little closer and worries slip away. From island hopping to birdwatching, record-breaking roller coasters to water parks, wineries to dockside dining, plus hidden gems that keep the fun going all year long. Explore all the area has to offer!

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Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Stop by the Lake Erie Shores and Islands welcome center. Friendly and trained travel counselors await to welcome guests and provide helpful hints and travel tips. Browse a wide selection of brochures, guides and maps.

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Marblehead Lighthouse

Built in 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse is still standing strong as the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on all of the Great Lakes. Gracefully set on the rocky limestone shore of Lake Erie, this beacon and its adjacent Keeper’s House became an Ohio State Park in 1998. Throughout the year nearly one million people visit the park and over twenty thousand will climb the 77 steps to the top. Known as the most photographed site in the State of Ohio, it is also the favorite subject of countless artists.

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Kelleys Island

Kelleys Island is the largest of Ohio's Lake Erie Islands. It appeals to nature and bird lovers as well as those looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway. Its rocky shorelines, sandy state park beach, lush forests, popular winery and brewery, historic homes and friendly hospitality are inviting. Islanders welcome visitors to share in their laid-back lifestyle. Explore the world's largest, most spectacular glacial scoring, find Native American petroglyphs carved into a limestone boulder, hike miles of trails at the state park, charter a fishing boat to catch perch or walleye. Downtown is the heart of the island where clothing and gift stores, miniature golf, karaoke, restaurants, and live entertainment bring rhythm to the island pace.

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Often called the “Key West of the North,” Put-in-Bay features a lively entertainment scene, historic sites, and breathtaking water views. Most guests visit the island for either a quick day trip or a casual overnight stay at one of our Put in Bay Hotels or island vacation rental homes, popular with groups and families. Off the shores of Lake Erie on South Bass Island lies Put-in-Bay, a quaint Ohio village accessible by Put in Bay Ferry. Whether you love traveling to the island every year or you’re a first-time visitor, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in PIB.

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Cedar Point

Cedar Point is home to 71 rides, including the award-winning Steel Vengeance hyper-hybrid coaster. The second-oldest amusement park in North America, Cedar Point also treats visitors to live shows, delicious dining, a mile-long beach, marinas, on-site accommodations and more.

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Ottawa Wildlife National Refuge

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie. The refuge was established in 1961 to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species.

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