Local Attractions Near
The Walleye Fishing Capital of the World – Lake Erie, Port Clinton, OH.
African Safari Wildlife Park, 267 Lightner Rd. , Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 , 419 732-3606, Toll Free 800 521-2660, Exotic species roam this drive-thru safari. Accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, this newly expanded safari has pony and camel rides, a gift shop, educational programs and the Jungle Junction Playground.
Harbor Freeway Bowling Center, 311 Buckeye Blvd., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 419-734-2695, Outfitted with new Qubica Scoring, Perky’s Pizza, permanent bumpers, a sports bar and a state of the art light and sound system.
Harry Stensen Mural at Friendship Park, Corner of Perry St. and Jefferson St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 , , A beautiful and historic mural in downtown Port Clinton depicts life along the Portage River throughout its history. What adds to your visit is that it TALKS!! A recorded story walks visitors through many of the features in the mural (sound system unavailable during the winter).
Island Adventures, 280 SE Catawba Rd, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 , 419-732-2020, Island Adventures is the area’s #1 family entertainment center, now featuring a brand new NASCAR themed go-kart track! An 18-hole miniature golf course incorporates waterfalls, rivers, ponds, and beautiful landscaping for your enjoyment. The Western mining sluice allows you to sift for real gemstones and fossils and a themed arcade tops off your fun-filled day with your family!
Island Bike Rental, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-285-2016, Bicycles can be rented near both boat docks. Rates are $3 per hour and $9 per day. Children’s seats and helmets are available. Golf carts are also available. Rates range from $10 to $16 per hour, depending on the number of seats.
Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum, , Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-285-2804, More than 100 years of nautical heritage comes alive at this village museum. From romantic stories of the island’s early hotels to ship models tracing years of Lake Erie lore, this 6,000 square foot museum also has a video theatre. Free admission.
Oak Point State Park on South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-797-4530 , 419-285-2112, Picnic area, overnight docking facilities, fishing access, ice skating, and ice fishing access
Perry’s Cave, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-285-2405, Journey 43 steps below the surface to the natural limestone cave with an underground lake and numerous formations. Learn the secrets inside this natural wonder. Mine for pearl gems and mineral. After-hours lantern tours available by reservation. Chart your course around the War of 18 Holes, the brand new 18-hole miniature golf course with a War of 1812 theme.
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial & Welcome Center, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-285-2184, This National Park Service area commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over a British fleet during the War of 1812. Visitors take the elevator to the observation deck for a glorious view of the Lake Erie Islands and the historic battle site. The 352′ tall memorial is open daily late April thru mid-October, winter visits by appointment. The newly constructed welcome center, opened in May of 2002, offers interactive displays, historic memorabilia, a video theatre, a small gift shop, and live web-cam shots of the monument and island. Adults $3; 16 yrs old and younger: free, must be accompanied by an adult.
Aquatic Visitors Center, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-285-3701, Displays highlight the story of this historic fish hatchery, Ohio’s fishery resources, the wealth of recreational fishing activity offered on Lake Erie, and hands-on children’s activities. Operated by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the hatchery offers free admission Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Mondays. Kids can fish off the docks with rod and bait provided.
Put-in-Bay Transportation Tour Train, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-285-4855, A tram departs frequently from the village depot for a narrated tour of the island. Stops include Perry’s Cave, Heineman’s Winery, Crystal Cave, War of 18 Holes Miniature Golf Course, Alaskan Wildlife Museum, and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Tours are $8 for adults, $1.50 for children 6-11, and free for children under 6 years of age. Group tours available.
South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-797-4530, 419-285-2112, Reservations: (866) OHIOPARKS. Stone beach, ice skating, flush restrooms with showers (summer only), ice fishing, campsites, cabins (a combination of cabins & tents, picnic shelter, launch ramp, and fishing pier.
Stonehenge Estate Tour & Gift Shop, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 , 419-285-6134, 419-285-2585, Explore this architectural gem at your own pace with audio cassette tours. Visit an historic stone farmhouse and wine press cottage. A wooded trail, island memorabilia, and a quality gift shop top off this peaceful family attraction.
Lakeside Association, 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, Ohio 43440 , 419 798-4461, Toll Free 1-866-952-8374, This “Chautauqua-style” resort is open to the public. Stroll the grounds. Visit the shops and eateries. Enjoy world-class entertainment and family-rated movies. In addition to weekly passes, daily, 6-hour and 2-hour passes provide easy access. Overnight accommodations and banquet facilities available.
Frontwaters Restaurant & Brewing Co., 8620 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 , 419 798-8058 , Eight award-winning beers, seafood, pasta, steak specialties, guest dockage available.
Marblehead Lighthouse On-Site Keeper’s House, 110 Lighthouse Dr (on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula), Marblehead, Ohio 43440 , 419-797-4530, Located on the grounds of the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, the On-site Keeper’s House now serves as a museum and welcome center, offering a small gift shop inside. Open for tours seven days a week, May 27 thru August 31, 1-4:45 PM. Also open Saturday, June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13th 10AM to 3 PM. Open October 11th for the Autumn Lighthouse Festival from 10AM to 3 PM.
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Dr (on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula), Marblehead, Ohio 43440 , 419 797-4530, The oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Open for tours beginning May 27 thru August 29th, Monday thru Friday 1-4:45 pm Also open June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13 from 10 am – 3 pm. Also open October 11th for Autumn Lighthouse Festival from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark & Resort, Routes 2 & 269 (1530 N Danbury Rd), Marblehead, Ohio 43440 , 419-732-6671 , Monsoon Lagoon is a brand new waterpark and family entertainment complex on Route 269N. Aquatic adventures include a GIGANTIC AquaPlay center, water slides, lazy river and adult pool with a swim up bar. The family entertainment center has 18 hole minature golf, bumper boats, grand prix cars, and gaming arcade to round out a total day of family fun.
Prehistoric Forest & Mystery Hill, 8232 East Harbor Rd (State Rt.163), Marblehead, Ohio 43440 , 419-798-5230, Hours: Sun.-Sat. 10 a.m. – Dark (Mem. Day- Labor Day,weekends in May & Sept.), Dino Park Trails, Archeo-Dig site, Active Volcano, Cabins “Sleep with the Dinos”, Mini Golf Course, Exotic Animals, and much, much more!
Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 South Portage Road W., Elmore, Ohio 43416 , 419 862-3182, These unique and very beautiful gardens feature nearly 1,000 species in a tranquil setting on carefully managed grounds, covering more than 17 acres. Approximately 20,000 annuals are planeted each year to compliment the many wonderful permanent displays. Special features include a Japanese garden, water gardens, rose garden, an annual garden sculpture exhibit and much more. Open daily May through October. Group tours available.
Village of Elmore, Elmore, Ohio 43416 , 419-862-3362, Step back in time with a visit to the village of Elmore. Visit the Mattie Heckman Log House or the Elmore Train Station. Tour the beautiful Schedel Arboretum gardens. Browse the antiques and collectibles located in the quaint Elmore 5&10. Play a round of golf at the Sugar Creek Golf Course.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Route 2, 17 miles west of Port Clinton, Oak Harbor, Ohio , 419-898-0960, Visit the Sportsman’s Migratory Bird Center, walk the boardwalk trails, and climb the observation tower. Open year-round.
Oak Harbor Golf Club, Chuck Benes, 10433 County Road 17, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449 , 419 898-1493, Toll Free 800 252-1729, This scenic 18-hole golf course is built on the banks of the Portage River. Enjoy its watered fairways, driving range, pro shop, bar and restaurant.
Cedar Point, One Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, Ohio , 419-626-0830, Voted Best Amusement Park in the World! 16 coasters including the new 420′ tall Top Thrill Dragster(TM) and Millennium Force(TM), 68 total rides, 26 for kids, “Snoopy Rocks on Ice” skating extravaganza, Camp Snoopy with PEANUTS(TM) characters. Award winning live musical entertainment, walk to park from cottages and beachfront hotels.
Hollywood Casino Toledo, 1968 Miami Street, Toledo, Ohio,
Open 24 hours daily
125,000 sq foot gaming floor
2,000 slot machines
60 table games
20 live poker tables – open 24/7