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SanduskyUnited States of America

Between seeking thrills on some of the world’s best roller coasters or reeling in your big catch from Lake Erie, this charming town will keep you entertained for days.

Sandusky, located directly on Lake Erie’s south shore in Ohio, is a small city with a big personality. It retains its vintage charm while having a variety of tourist attractions. Stop through as part of a Great Lakes tour or visit Sandusky as a standalone destination.

The months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the high tourism season in the Great Lakes region. The famed amusement park at Cedar Point is easily the main attraction of Sandusky. It is widely known as one of the world’s best amusement parks for its large number of rides and prime spot on the edge of a peninsular. Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster are two of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Cedar Point also has water rides, an arcade, children’s attractions and musical performances. Take a break from the rides and soak up the sun on the adjacent beach along Lake Erie.

Five indoor water parks operate year-round. These include Castaway Bay and Soak City, located adjacent to Cedar Point. Spend a day at Kalahari Resort, which has the largest indoor water park in the U.S.

Boaters and fishers will find Sandusky the perfect base from which to get out on the water. Charter a boat to reel in the big catches during a day of offshore fishing. Try your luck at the scenic Castalia State Fish Hatchery along Cold Creek or head to Cold Creek Trout Camp. Rent a motorboat or ride the ferry to go island hopping along the charming Lake Erie Islands. Explore the shops, restaurants and attractions at Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island.

Stop at one of the many restaurants in the area for a delicious meal fresh from the lake. Take the marked wine trail to visit more than a dozen different wineries that offer tastings.

Sandusky is conveniently located just over an hour’s drive from Cleveland to the east and Toledo to the west.

Top Hotels in Sandusky

Put-In-Bay Resort and Conference Center
Put-In-Bay Resort and Conference Center
3 out of 5
439 Loraine Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH

Situated in Put-in-Bay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oak Point State Park, Lake Erie Islands Historical Society and Stonehenge. DeRivera Park and ...

3.7/5Good! (292 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and the hotel was very clean."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Put-In-Bay Resort and Conference Center
Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers
Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers
3.5 out of 5
One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH

Offering direct access to the beach, this Sandusky hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Cedar Point and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pipe Creek Wildlife Area and Follett ...

4.3/5Excellent! (424 reviews)
Cedar Point Amusement Park

"This hotel is awesome. Entry into the park is a stone throw from the hotel. Everybody was friendly and the hotel was exceptionally clean."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Clinton, OH
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Clinton, OH
3 out of 5
3760 E State Rd, Port Clinton, OH
The price is CA $93 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Situated in Port Clinton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Liberty Aviation Museum, Island Adventures Family Fun Center and African Safari Wildlife Park. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (975 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The staff was friendly and efficient. The room was large and roomy. The pool was fun and refreshing!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Clinton, OH
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Sandusky

Harbour Square Suites (sleeps up to 12 people)
Harbour Square Suites (sleeps up to 12 people)
3 out of 5
185 Toledo Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH

Located in the heart of Put-in-Bay, this condo is within a 5-minute walk of DeRivera Park and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. Heineman Winery ...

4/5Very Good! (167 reviews)

"Office people were very nice and helpful! Room was very clean! Great stay!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2020

Harbour Square Suites (sleeps up to 12 people)
Little Ted's Cottages
Little Ted's Cottages
3 out of 5
8390 E Northshore Blvd, Marblehead, OH

Situated near the bay, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Erie and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sandusky Bay and The Keeper’s House. African Safari ...

3.9/5Good! (67 reviews)

"Loved the fire rings my husband made a fire both nights we stayed. It was very relaxing watching the fire and listening to crickets and looking at the stars"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Little Ted's Cottages
Put-in-Bay Condos
Put-in-Bay Condos
3 out of 5
1240 Tri-Motor Drive, Put-in-Bay, OH

Situated in Put-in-Bay, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Erie, Heineman Winery and Stonehenge. Perry's Cave and South Bass Island State Park are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Overall the stay was an enjoyable one. Our bad luck the mayflies decided to show up so the balcony wasn't the best spot but it definitely would've been a nice place to enjoy an evening. When we first checked in, we didnt have any towels and after calling several times and being hung up on the first ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 2020

Put-in-Bay Condos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Sandusky

Reviews of Sandusky

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 24, 2019

More to see and do then first thiuhht but we were only there for 1 night

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 31, 2019

Pretty town to walk around. Enjoyed tge Merry Go Round Museum and walk along the waterfront.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 29, 2019

It certainly won’t be my last trip to Sandusky!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2019

Lots of great restaurants only 5 min away shopping was a little lack lustre. Might want to hit Toledo on the way down or back

3/5 - Okay

John

Aug 27, 2018

Didn't really spend time in Sandusky, other than Cedar Point

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