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Ohio is known as an election swing state, the “birthplace of aviation,” and is commonly referred to as the Buckeye State. But what you’ll discover on your trek through the state is that Lake Erie is a major draw for entertainment – all year around.
Charming cities like Mentor, Norwalk, and Port Clinton line the shores of Lake Erie, each with unique and interesting things to do. On your summer trip into the northwest of Ohio, there’s no question you’ll find yourself in Sandusky, home of the Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Head east along the shoreline and find Cleveland – a delightful destination any time of year. During the fall, you and the family can plan for a Cleveland Browns football game at the Cleveland Browns Stadium, or tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cleveland, set just inland from the waters of Lake Erie, sees it’s fair share of visitors every year. From the soon-to-be high school grads touring the campus of Cleveland State University, to film buffs and movie goers attending the Cleveland International Film Festival.
For Ohioans and visitors to the northern reaches of the state, Lake Erie is a hub of tourism and recreation during the summer. Check out Lake Erie from Elyria, or Bowling Green and fish the shores or take your boat out and tool around – if you’re boatless, there are a number of charter companies in the area, and boat rentals.
Take the kids to the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, a short drive from Fostoria.
Visit Cedar Point Amusement Park
On your journey through the northwest of Ohio, you’ll find many of the fun and charming aspects of the Buckeye State – friendly locals, scenic pastures, and a wealth of family oriented fun. If you're visiting cities like Bowling Green, Port Clinton, and Norwalk in the summer, be sure to plan a full day of thrills at the Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Set on the Cedar Point peninsula, only minutes north of Sandusky, Cedar Point Amusement Park is a 364-acre beacon of activity during the summer months. Dubbed the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” and opened in 1870, Cedar Point is the second oldest, functioning amusement park in the U.S.
A great day-trip destination if you’re staying in Fostoria, or Wauseon, Cedar Point Amusement Park features 15 different roller coasters among the 73 total rides awaiting you and the family.
If you’re staying in Cleveland, home to attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the West Side Market, pack up the kiddos and head west to Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Head to Cleveland & Take in the Sights
Cleveland is the charming and eclectic city set in northeast Ohio, just off the shore of Lake Erie. Living by its motto of “Progress & Prosperity,” you and the family will progress through the city and the memories you make will prove prosperous. From the local sports teams, to arts and culture – Cleveland proves to be a sterling destination at any time of year.
Traveling with an NFL fan? Not a problem – head to the FirstEngery Stadium during late summer and into the fall for all the exciting hits and touchdowns of Cleveland Browns football. The shores of Lake Erie glisten in the sunlight, and you’ll be able to fish the central basin, just minutes from downtown Cleveland.
Make your way in from Elyria, Mentor, or even Norwalk and see if you can pull in an award winning yellow perch or trout.
One of the most popular attractions in Cleveland is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Set down the street from the FirstEnergy Stadium, and just next to the Great Lakes Science Center (another great family destination), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is 150,000 square feet of displays, exhibits and collections – all honoring the very best the world of Rock and Roll has ever seen.
Guests visit from around the world, including nearby cities like Napoleon, Sandusky, and even Port Clinton.
Make the scenic drive in from Fostoria or Wauseon and explore the campus of Cleveland State University. During the winter and into the spring, take refuge from the chilly temperatures at the Wolstein Center, home of the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the Cleveland State University.
Enjoy Aquatic Adventures on Lake Erie
On your next trek through Ohio, make your way into the northeast and northwest regions and explore the shores, basins, and inlets of Lake Erie. The fourth largest and southernmost of the collection known as the Great Lakes, Lake Erie borders Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario.
With a surface area of nearly 10,000 square miles, Lake Erie has the size and depth to yield an array of exciting summer time thrills for you and the family. Visit any one of the shoreline cities like Mentor, Cleveland, or even Port Clinton – there are a number of different charters you and the family can employ for an exciting day of aquatic adventures.
In Sandusky, many travelers enjoy a visit to the Cedar Point Amusement Park. Over 70 rides, including 15 roller coasters yield excellent fun, and tremendous views of surrounding Lake Erie waters. Visit from nearby Norwalk, or Elyria.
Closer to Bowling Green and Napoleon, be sure to explore Crane Creek State Park, part of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Bowling Green, home to Bowling Green State University, is a short drive west from Crane Creek State Park – make the trip and enjoy.
Are you traveling with your own boat and looking for some summer time fun on the lake? Be sure to visit the Catawba Island State Park Launch Ramp in Port Clinton for swift and easy access, and all your boating needs. After an afternoon on the pleasant waters of Lake Erie, head into Cleveland and check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or the West Side Market, a local shopping hot spot dating back to its 1840 origins.
Try Skiing or Ice Skating On Your Visit
Add a few extra layers before you head out to explore this winter in northern Ohio. From the stoic shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, to the skiing in Chesterland, just east of Cleveland, there’s plenty to entertain you and the family on your winter excursion.
With more than 90 skiable days on average, the northeast and northwest regions of Ohio see an influx of travelers hoping to hit the slopes – be sure to join in and visit the Alpine Valley Ski Area. Visiting North Canton? Great, you're just a half an hour north of Cuyahoga Valley, home of the Brandywine Ski Resort.
East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, and Kelley’s Island State Park are both sterling choices for cross country skiing. Make the drive in from Bowling Green. Another of the charming winter activities you and the family will enjoy is ice skating. With an array of local rinks, visitors from Elyria, Fostoria, and even Sandusky are in for a treat.
Head to the Rocky River Hamilton Ice Arena, or the Cleveland Halloran Ice Rink – both easy drives from cities like Port Clinton, Mentor, and even Norwalk. In Cleveland, no matter the season, a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should always be on the docket. Check out the 150,000 square foot museum, dedicated to the legends of rock music – a quick drive from Napoleon, or Wauseon and you’re set for a great afternoon.