Things to do

Things to do in Sandusky & Cedarpoint

African Safari Wildlife Park1-800-521-2660
This drive-thru safari has exotic animals, camel and pony rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races, a gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar, and a cafe & grill.

Bellevue Heritage Museum
200 E. Main St. (U.S. Rt. 20), P.O. Box 304, Bellevue
Tour Bellevue’s past at this museum which includes collections from local businesses. Open Sundays, Memorial Day - Labor Day.  

The Berlin Fruit Box Company
Samuel Patterson® Baskets
51 Mechanic St. (off St. Rt. 61), Berlin Heights
Visit the oldest basket making business in Ohio (and third oldest in the nation). Established in 1858 by Samuel Patterson, the family-run company makes wooden fruit & vegetable baskets for growers and farmers, and beautiful hardwood maple decorative baskets for the home. Open year-round, Mon - Fri, except holidays (see "About Us" in our website for expanded hours and special events). Call ahead for group tours.

Cedar Downs @ the Quality Inn & Suites
(formerly Greentree Inn)
1935 Cleveland Rd. (U.S. Rt. 6), Sandusky
Ohio’s first off-track gaming and entertainment establishment where you can bet on live horse races from tracks around the country, at such noted venues as Churchill Downs, Gulf Stream, Santa Anita, Saratoga, the Meadowlands, and many more. With food, cocktails, bowling, billiards, and arcade games available, Cedar Downs features fun, food, and horseplay for the entire family. Horsing around has never been this much fun; you can bet on it! Open daily, year-round, from noon until the last race after midnight. Private party facilities are available for groups.

Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, 419/627-2350
Located on a scenic Lake Erie peninsula, Cedar Point amusement park/resort is currently home to more rides (67) and roller coasters (16) than any other park in the world. Opened in 1870, the historic amusement park also features a wide variety of live entertainment, merchandise gift shops, restaurants, kids areas, and much more! Cedar Point is also home to an 18-acre water park, family activity complex, mile-long beach, four resort hotels, luxury RV campground including cottages and cabins, and two large marinas. In 2003, Cedar Point received the prestigious "Golden Ticket Award" for being named the "Best Amusement Park in the World" for the sixth consecutive year in an international survey conducted by Amusement Today, an industry publication that covers amusement and water park news and trends. New in 2003 was Top Thrill Dragster, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world!

Challenge Park
at Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, 419/627-2350  
Challenge Park is an action-packed activity center that features a RipCord Skycoaster, two high-speed go-kart tracks, two challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses and X-Treme Trampoline. Challenge Park also offers a popular arcade with state-of-the-art video games and a food stand that features hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks.

Crystal Traditions of Tiffin
145 Madison St., Tiffin • 419/448-4286, 1-888-298-7236 •
The glass industry came to Tiffin in 1889. Tour a facility continuing to keep the tradition of glass blowing and hand wheel engraving alive. Crystal Traditions has a growing reputation as a maker of quality crystal giftware, awards, and trophies. Showroom and outlet open year-round. Tours daily, Mon - Fri. Call for group tours.

Edison Birthplace
9 Edison Dr. (off St. Rt. 113), Milan • 419/499-2135 •
Visit Thomas Edison’s 1847 birthplace. Tour his boyhood home, and see displays of some of his accomplishments as the world’s greatest inventor. Open Feb. - Dec.

Eleutheros Cooke House
1415 Columbus Ave., Sandusky • 419/627-0640 •
Sandusky is known for its collection of limestone buildings, including this Greek Revival. It includes a ruby and cranberry glass collection, antique furnishings, garden, greenhouse, and gift shop. Open Apr. - Dec.; by appointment only Jan. - Mar.  

Follett House Museum
404 Wayne St. (off U.S. Rt. 6), Sandusky • 419/627-9608 •
Tour an 1830s home filled with Victorian housewares, toys, clothing, and furnishings. This museum has Civil War artifacts from the nearby Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison. Open Apr. - Dec.; by appointment only Jan. - Mar. Free admission.

Ghostly Manor
3319 Milan Rd. (U.S. Rt. 250), Sandusky • 419/626-4467 •
Ghostly Manor is a non-stop, very high startle event that contains the best in "Haunted House" technology. Ghosts lurk in every corner as you wander through this old mansion. Nightmares become reality. We GUARANTEE an experience unlike any other. Open Jun. – Oct. Handicap accessible; group rates available.

Glacial Grooves
Kelleys Island
Located adjacent to the Kelleys Island State Park on the north side of Kelleys Island, the Glacial Grooves are the largest in the world. The bedrock which was sculpted by the Pleistocene Glaciers to form the magnificent grooves of Kelleys Island were caused as heavy glaciers, which had rocks and boulders embedded in it's base, moved south carving out the relatively soft island limestone.  

Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove, Fremont • 419/332-2081, 1-800-998-PRES •
Tour the 31-room Hayes Victorian Mansion and visit the nation’s first presidential library. The 25-acre center includes tombs of our 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes, and his wife, Lucy. Open daily, year-round, except major holidays. 

Heidelberg College
310 E. Market St., Tiffin • 419/448-2000 •
One of the best small, private liberal arts colleges in the Midwest, Heidelberg College is home to 1,600 graduate and undergraduate students. The college annually provides a variety of cultural, arts, and academic offerings, from large- and small-scale music recitals and theatre performances to lectures and presentations, most of which are free and open to the public.

Historic Lyme Village
Rt. 4 (south of St. Rt. 113), Bellevue
419/483-6052 or 419/483-4949 •
Visit this 19th century village of historic homes, barns, and buildings. An 1880s mansion serves as the village museum. Call for a schedule of special events. Open Jun. - Aug., and Sundays only in May and Sept.

Huron Playhouse
In McCormick School on Ohio St. (off U.S. Rt. 6), Huron
419/433-4744 (summer only) or 419/433-3503 •
June 29 - July 31, 2004. Ohio’s oldest continuing summer theatre will bring five, fully-staged productions this summer season. Don’t miss out on all the exciting musicals, comedies, mysteries, and melodramas. 

Inland Seas Maritime Museum
480 Main St. (off U.S. Rt. 6), Vermilion
440/967-3467 or 1-800-893-1485 •
Experience the history of the Great Lakes through interactive and hands-on exhibits, ship models, maritime art, and an authentic 1910 steamship pilot house. Explore shipwrecks, steam engines, original timbers from the Niagara, and models of Great Lakes vessels. Open daily, year-round. Nautical gift shop does not require admission.

Inscription Rock
This large limestone rock is on the south shore of Kelleys Island just east of downtown. The remains of at least two Native American villages were found very near the rock. The 32 x 21’ surface of the rock is covered with one of the finest examples of aboriginal art in the Great Lakes region. Known as a petroglyph, no one is sure what the unusual drawings depicted. The most widely accepted theory is that the large rock was used as a "message stone" where various Native Americans would make drawings noting that they’d been there, how the hunting or fishing had been and/or where they were headed next. 

Island Transportation
Toledo and Delaware Sts., P.O. Box 190, Put-in-Bay
419/285-4855 •
Island tours of historic Put-in-Bay. This tour train departs frequently from downtown Put-in-Bay for a narrated tour of island attractions including Perry’s Cave, Heineman’s Winery & Crystal Cave, an island historical museum, and Perry’s Monument. The Island Fun Pack Tour is interesting, educational, and fun for the entire family. Charters available. 

Lagoon Deer Park
St. Rt. 269 (between U.S. Rt. 6 & St. Rt. 2), Sandusky
419/684-5701 or 419/684-5627 •
Pet and hand-feed deer and view over 200 exotic animals. Feed the hungry fish or, for a fee, fish in a stocked lagoon. The gift shop features Native American items. Picnic areas available; open May to mid-Oct.  

Lyman Harbor
1615 First St. (off U.S. Rt. 6), Sandusky
419/626-6545 •
Sandusky's premier waterfront entertainment complex with a million dollar view once housed the acclaimed Lyman Boat Works. After extensive renovation, Lyman Harbor will offer scheduled events throughout the year. One can enjoy waterfront fine dining or casual outdoor dining along the pier. Take in a live concert or evening at the nite club, attend a trade-show, or cater a private/corporate event at our banquet facilities. Transient boat dockage and services available.


Mad River & NKP Railroad Society Museum
Southwest St. (south of U.S. Rt. 20), Bellevue • 419/483-2222 •
Tour a station house, museum, and a railroad yard loaded with engines, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Gift shop, bus parking, and picnic area available. Call 1-800-837-8785 for special rail trip packages. Open daily Memorial Day - Labor Day, and weekends only in May, Sept., and Oct. 

Maritime Museum of Sandusky
125 Meigs St., Sandusky 419/624-0274 •
Explore Sandusky’s rich maritime history through local artifacts, photos, and maps; view displays of Lyman Boat Works, local passenger boats and freighters, and many other boats built in Sandusky. Also visit the nautical gift shop. Open year-round. 

Merry-Go-Round Museum
Corner of U.S. Rt. 6 and Jackson St., Sandusky  419/626-6111 •
Affordable family fun! Ride into history on an antique carousel, enjoy visiting with wood carvers as they create new carousel horses, listen to the familiar music of band organs, take a guided tour, and learn about the art and history of carousels. Exhibits change annually. Unique carousel-
themed items can be found in the museum gift store. Open daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day; weekends only in Jan. and Feb.; and Wed - Sun all other times. Group tours by appointment.  

Milan Historical Museum
10 Edison Dr. (off St. Rt. 113), Milan
Tour one acre of beautiful grounds and gardens along with seven historic buildings. Visit the 1846 Galpin House with Mowry Glass exhibit, a Doll House with 400 beautiful dolls, 
or the 1843 Sayles House, a restored Victorian home. 
Explore Milan’s unique canal history. Located one block from Thomas Edison’s Birthplace. Open Tues – Sun, May – Sept.; group tours by appointment all year.  

Monsoon Lagoon Water Park & Family Fun Center
1530 S. Danbury Rd. N (St. Rt. 269 N), Port Clinton 419/732-6671
Monsoon Lagoon is a fantastic outdoor water park and family fun complex. Affordable water and thrill rides! WOW what a drenching you’ll receive under our gigantic tipping bucket or zooming down the Typhoon Rush slide tower. Mom and Dad can enjoy the afternoon relaxing at the tiki swim-up bar with a favorite tropical drink. New for 2004 is the Montego Bay Raceway with 20 grand prix cars careening around a brand new 1/4 mile track. Expanded video gaming arcade too! Group pricing available, call for reservations. 

North Coast Parasail & Water Sports
At the Cedar Point Beach, Sandusky • 419/627-2279
Visit North Coast Parasail, on the beach in back of the Cedar Point Aquatic Stadium. Experience the thrills of WaveRunner riding and parasailing. Early bird discounts are available. Park admission is not required. Please call for more information or reservations. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. Click here for coupon. 

Pain & Pleasure Tattoo Studios
Pain & Pleasure I, 1030 Cleveland Rd. (U.S. Rt. 6), Sandusky 419/627-0069
Pain & Pleasure II, 5316 Milan Rd. (U.S. Rt. 250), Ste. B, Sandusky
419/625-0069  •
In business for 13 years, Pain & Pleasure is Sandusky’s number one tattoo studio. With over 30 years of combined experience, our five tattoo artists provide fine-line tattoos, offering either custom design work or a very large collection of designs to choose from. Our Health Department certified, modern studios also offer piercings of all kinds and locations, as well as a great selection of jewelry. 

Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill
8232 East Harbor Rd. (St. Rt. 163 E), Marblehead 419/798-5230 •
Prehistoric Forest includes a forest filled with 15 life-sized dinosaurs, a 40-foot waterfall, an erupting volcano, and an archeological site. Take great photos of exotic animals. Experience Mystery Hill and defy the laws of nature in this hands-on attraction! Visit the gift shop, arcade, miniature golf, cabins, and playground.

The Ritz Theatre
30 S. Washington St. (off St. Rt. 53), Tiffin • 419/448-8544 •
The Ritz Theatre presents professional singers and musicians, Broadway productions, community theatre, and children’s productions in a restored 1928 Italian Renaissance landmark.  

Roeder Harley-Davidson & Buell / Harley-Davidsonsm Authorized Rentals
5316 Milan Rd. (U.S. Rt. 250), Sandusky • 419/621-1046 •

Yearning for a little adventure? Break away for an exhilarating weekend, plan a liberating vacation, or take your time trying out a Harley (or Buell Firebolt) before deciding to buy...because it's easier than ever to find freedom on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Minimum rental requirements: 21 yrs. or older with a full motorcycle endorsement, at least one year of riding experience, and minimum $1,500 of available credit on a major credit card.

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Ave. (off U.S. Rt. 6), Sandusky • 419/626-1950, 1-877-378-2150 •
This beautiful, fully-restored, 1,550-seat historic venue presents top-name entertainment including touring Broadway musicals, popular and country music stars, stage productions for youth audiences, weekend film screenings, and MORE! Call for a schedule.  

Seneca Caverns - Registered Natural Landmark™
St. Rt. 269 S., Bellevue • 419/483-6711 •
Discovered in 1872, Seneca Caverns allows you to explore the earth’s depths. Take an hour-long guided tour, pan for gemstones at Seneca Mining Company, shop at Hollow Rock Gifts, and picnic in the shade. Open daily Memorial Day - Labor Day and weekends only in May, Sept., and through mid-Oct.   

Soak City
at Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
• 419/627-2350 •
This 18-acre water park offers splashing fun for the whole family with a wave action pool, body and tube slides, inner tube rivers, special areas for small children, and an adults-only area. New this summer is Splash Zone, a multi-story interactive play area. Open daily May 22 - Sept 6, and Sept 11, 12, 18 & 19. Downloadable coupon.

Sorrowful Mother Shrine
4106 St. Rt. 269, Bellevue • 419/483-3435 •
Walk through 140 wooded acres featuring the Stations of the Cross. Either an open-air or historic chapel hosts mass Mon - Sat at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sun 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visit the gift shop, open year-round; and cafeteria, open May-Oct.  

Tiffin Glass Museum & Shoppe
25-27 S. Washington St., Tiffin • 419/448-0200 •
Tours and retail sales of Tiffin Glass and other fine glassware and collectibles. See a display of original Tiffin glass produced at the Tiffin Glass Factory from 1889-1980. Open year-round, Tues-Sat 1-5 p.m.; other times by appointment.  

Tiffin University / Chisholm Auditorium
155 Miami St. (off St. Rt. 53), Tiffin • 419/447-6442 •

Recognized as a cultural center for the performing arts and art exhibitions in northwest Ohio, visitors enjoy a range of productions in TU’s Performing Arts Series featuring music, comedy, lectures, and novelty events in the most intimate setting. 

Underground Railroad Tour

Western Reserve Alpaca Farm
13010 West Lake Rd. (U.S. Rt. 6), Vermilion • 440/967-6267, 1-877-987-7988
Home to over 100 alpaca on the shores of Lake Erie. Guests welcome daily to view our animals and visit the retail shop.  


Mary Anne Jeffrey CRS