Trip time! Discover the theme park, water park, and lake views in Sandusky.

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.

Known for

Theme Parks, Family-Friendly and Waterparks

Top Hotels in Sandusky

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky OH
Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky OH
3.5 out of 5
4600 Milan Rd, Sandusky, OH
$130
per night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
4.3/5Excellent! (1,059 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay! The property is clean and well managed. We felt safe and comfortable. The life guards are wonderful, always on the lookout."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky OH
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Sandusky near Cedar Point
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Sandusky near Cedar Point
2.5 out of 5
3304 Milan Rd, Sandusky, OH
$69
per night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
4/5Very Good! (775 reviews)

"Everything was great. Wished I could have stayed a couple more days"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Sandusky near Cedar Point
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
$71
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23
4.1/5Very Good! (1,042 reviews)

"It's a pretty new facility so everything is modern and up to date"…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Clinton, OH

Top activities in Sandusky

Cedar Point 2 Day - Any Day, Any Park
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Cedar Point 2 Day - Any Day, Any Park

$99

Enjoy two visits to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores any two days the parks are open to the public during the 2019 season for one low price! You can even visit both parks both times you visit.

Cedar Point
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Cedar Point

$65

Cedar Point is A Place Like No OtherTM. Located in Sandusky, Ohio, the family destination is home to 70 amazing rides, including the award-winning and record-breaking Steel Vengeance hyper-hybrid roller coaster.

Reviews of Sandusky

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
260
5 - Excellent 31.746031746031747%
4 - Good
419
4 - Good 51.15995115995116%
3 - Okay
122
3 - Okay 14.896214896214897%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 1.7094017094017093%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.4884004884004884%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Could be anywhere from 20-35min from cedar point depending on traffic. Paid extra for a better star hotel; I wont be doing that again!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Ask for a room towards the back the train track right out front made it extremely difficult to sleep other then that i really cant complain the staff from check in to housekeeping was great very friendly and helpful

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Oct 6, 2019

This is about the hotel it was an unsafe area for your family

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 2019

I love the area. Lots of things to do.

5/5 - Excellent

HaroldW.

Sep 4, 2019

Small town with a lot to do. The lake is amazingly beautiful. Definitely will be visiting again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 4, 2019

Both cedar point amusement Park and cedar point Beach was a great time

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