What is there to do in Sandusky?

Friday, August 30, 2002 8:31 AM
I'm finally going to Cedar Point (woohoo!) on Sept 22. I live in Chicago and this is my first time there. My dad and his girlfriend are taking me there for my b-day with two other friends. Now him and his girlfriend aren't going to the park, because well, they don't like rollercoasters, not even water parks. They also don't like Cleveland either, so they won't go there. So what can they do in the Sandusky area, while me and my friends are at the park? And don't say the beach, cause we could do that here, besides, it would be a lot colder too. Thanks, for any advice.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 8:35 AM
They could go Jet skiing, parasailing, theres a movie theatre on Rt. 250. There's a mall on Rt. 250 also. That's really all I saw when I was up there.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 8:38 AM

Go-Karts, mini-golf, batting cages, everything you'd expect in a resort town.....but when I saw the thread title, my FIRST though was..."well, there's a cool park there"....

edit: Jill and I spent one day over at Kelley's Island, doing the "tourist thing", riding bikes through the trails, walking around the island...it's a pretty cool place if they're looking for a day out in nature....

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 8/30/2002. ***

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Friday, August 30, 2002 8:39 AM
This is in downtown Sandusky. Very nice. http://www.merrygoroundmuseum.org/

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Friday, August 30, 2002 8:40 AM
Marblehead Lighthouse.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 8:45 AM

There are a number of mini-golf/go-cart places, including at Cedar Point itself. The Merry-Go-Round museum is also very nice.

You can catch a ferry from downtown Sandusky or from Marblehead to the Lake Erie Islands. Numerous interesting things there including camping, hiking, historic sites, bars, gift shops, etc. Kelley's Island in particular is famous for the Glacial Grooves and it's also the only place I've seen where drivers have to stop for low-flying aircraft!

Also at Marblehead is the Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes. You can also check out a bit of 1950's kitsch at Prehistoric Forest, Mystery Hill or the Safari Wildlife Park. You can check out model railroad displays at Train-O-Rama, or visit The Blue Hole.

There's a bunch of other stuff, do a web search for Lake Erie islands, Marblehead, Sandusky, etc.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 8:53 AM

Roast Beef said:
... They also don't like Cleveland either, so they won't go there. ...


That's too bad because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a great way to spend a whole day.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 8:57 AM
Put-In-Bay is the Key West of the north. They could just cruise over there and get hammered.
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Friday, August 30, 2002 9:06 AM
What exactly is Put-In-Bay? I have always seen ads for it but never quite got a hold of what was there.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 9:40 AM
Put In Bay is an island in Lake Erie that you can only get to by ferry or other boat. Cars are only allowed on the island if you are staying more than two days. Travel there is mostly by biking or on motorized golf carts that you can rent just about anywhere. The downtown area is pretty much like Spring Break in the evenings with women exposing themselves for Mardi Gras beads and other racous drunken behaviour. As for other activities, there are few nice winerys, a couple cool caves, and a really large marble monument called Perry's Victory Memorial which you can go up on top of.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 9:49 AM

Further south on 250 (south of the turnpike) there is an outlet mall.

If they like drag racing, there is Norwalk Raceway that always has events on the weekends.

And for tacky fun, they can always visit "Cheeseworld" off route 2 on the way to Put-in-Bay

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Friday, August 30, 2002 10:08 AM

Put-in-Bay is great if you're an adult, otherwise you shouldn't bother.

Cleveland has so much to do it's not funny. At an hour to downtown, it isn't far away either. The Rock Hall, The Great Lakes Science Center (which has the Titanic exhibit and Omnimax movie right now), Broadway-class theatre, the zoo, etc.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 10:17 AM

If they won't do Cleveland, how about Toledo?

That city has one of the best and biggest art museums I've ever been to, as well as a pretty cool branch of the COSI science museum.

Never made the Sandusky-Toledo drive before, but I can't see it taking much more than an hour.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 10:24 AM
According to Tommy Callahan, cow-tipping is your best entertainment option is Sandusky.
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Friday, August 30, 2002 10:32 AM
You might find some helpful information at www.buckeyenorth.com.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 10:36 AM

I'm loving the plugs for Marblehead, my hometown! It is about a half-hour drive from CP and right across the bay. The lighthouse is very cool, Prehistoric Forest is, well, kitschy (I still think it is what inspired the backdrop for that scene in Tommy Boy), and I'd also like to add Johnson's Island if you're a history buff. This island (now connected to Marblehead by a bridge) housed a Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, and now contains a Confederate cemetery that is kind of eerie to walk through.

As for Sandusky itself, if they like the whole go-cart, batting cage thing, Sports City (off US 250 on the way to CP) is about the best of those kinds of places in the area. The mall and movie theaters kind of suck - just as a warning, especially considering the types you guys probably have in Chicago. If your dad and his girlfriend are going to stay in Sandusky, tell them to eat at Chet and Matt's Pizza (also off 250, by the mall), which has awesome pizza and a great atmosphere.

I still think there's most to do in Cleveland, though.

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Friday, August 30, 2002 11:41 AM
There is an incredible ice cream place just west of CP too, but I forget the name.... they had a zillion flavors, all written on a dry-erase board. Anyone?

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Friday, August 30, 2002 11:51 AM

If they won't do Cleveland, how about Toledo?

I can't see it taking much more than an hour.


Toledo also has a very fine zoo: well-respected amongst the zoo literati, compact enough to take small tykes, and some unusual exhibits for a city that size. Don't miss the hippoquarium; you can get face to face with a swimming hippo. Likewise for seals and polar bears.

Toledo also has reciprocal agreements with most zoos and many aquariums around the country.

http://www.toledozoo.org/

An hour is pretty close; maybe an hour and a quarter, depending on whether you are leaving from on-point or sandusky proper.

*** This post was edited by Brian Noble on 8/30/2002. ***

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Friday, August 30, 2002 11:51 AM
The is a nice place called deer park where you can walk around with deer, peacocks, and other cool animals.
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Friday, August 30, 2002 12:20 PM
The Ice Cream place you are referring to is called Tofts and it is heavenly.
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