The Roller Coaster Capital of the World – that’s what Sandusky, Ohio, is known for due to its awesome Cedar Point Amusement Park. But for families visiting the Midwest town this year, there are a few other great attractions to check out. Here are four kid-friendly areas to explore on your next trip to Sandusky, Ohio.
Lagoon Deer Park
Get up close and personal with animals at the Lagoon Deer Park. Families can walk around the park, hand-feeding more than 200 animals from around the world. Additionally, there are 56 acres of lakes for families to fish. A gift shop and picnic areas for an outdoor lunch are available, too.
The Lagoon Deer Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Parking is free.
Sandusky Maritime Museum
The Sandusky Maritime Museum is filled with history and information on the town’s experience in the boating industry. Interactive exhibits include Area Shipwrecks, Wetlands, Lyman: Legends of the Lakes, Success: The Convict Ship, Harvesting the Sandusky Bay and Pirates of Lake Erie. Monthly events also take place and are free with admission. A gift shop is also onsite for souvenirs.
The Sandusky Maritime Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children ages 11 and under. One family (immediate household members) can get in for a flat rate of $13.
Located just off the coast of Sandusky is Kelleys Island, with a state park, golf course, shopping, dining and more for families. Spend a day exploring the beach in the state park, and try kayaking, canoeing, hiking and other outdoor activities with the kids. Then, head to the downtown area for local shops that sell jewelry, antiques, sweets and souvenirs. Families can sit and relax for a family dinner at one of the waterfront eateries, such as Dockers Waterfront Restaurant and Bar.
To get to Kelley Island, pick up the Jet Express ferry, which offers hourly departures. Round-trip fares start from $33 for adults, $9.50 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and under.
Another island off the coast of Sandusky, South Bass Island is home to Put-In-Bay, a town that offers families historical sites and outdoor adventures. Visit the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum for insight into the past; the Butterfly House for an educational and entertaining experience with beautiful insects; the South Bass Island Lighthouse for breathtaking views; and Perry’s Cave, for a chance to be inside a 7-foot cave at sea level.
The Jet Express also takes families to Put-In-Bay from Sandusky. Round-trip fares start from $39.50 for adults, $11.50 for kids between ages 6 and 12, and free for children ages 5 and under.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz