Sandusky Things to Do
Every year visitors flock to Sandusky to ride one of the famous roller coasters, take a look back to yesteryear, or explore the great outdoors.
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Cedar Point Amusement Park
The Cedar Point Amusement Park brings over a 1.5 million visitors to Sandusky every year and calls itself the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” Situated right on Lake Erie, it has 16 roller coasters and has been rated as the best thrill park many times. It is open late spring through fall and gets a bit crowded in June and July. If you go in May, you’ll find shorter lines and smaller crowds.
Sandusky has an interesting and historical downtown area. It has been lovingly restored and maintained. Buildings to see include:
- The G. A. Boeckling building (1928)
- Hubbard’s Block (1854)
- Cook Dorn House (1844)
- Fire Station No.1 (1915)
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church (1873)
The Schade and Mylander Plaza is centrally located in the downtown area at the foot of Columbus Avenue facing the beautiful Sandusky Bay, Marblehead, and Cedar Point Park. There are lots of benches to sit and landscapes to enjoy.
Museums to see include the Ohio Veteran Home Museum and the Merry-Go-Round Museum. Additionally, there are a number of historic markers in Sandusky that highlight important places or where noteworthy events took place. Look for the Ohio Veterans Home Historical marker, The Underground Railroad marker, and the Johnson Island Eric County marker.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
The Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, purchased by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in August 1951, lies in some of Ohio’s finest remaining wetlands. The marsh complex has historically been inhabited by large numbers of waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds. The primary responsibility at Magee Marsh is the development and maintenance of a high-quality wetland habitat for a diverse array of wetland wildlife species. The Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center features exhibits on the history of the marsh and an extensive collection of mounted birds and mammals that inhabit the marsh. The center is surrounded by a display pond, walking trail, and 42-foot tall observation deck that offers views of the marshes and Lake Erie. Additional trails include the Wildlife Beach Trail, the Bird Trail, and the Magee/Ottawa Partnership Trail, which connects to the adjacent Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
If you’re craving ice cream during your excursions, Toft’s Dairy is a great stop. The ice cream is good, but you should know, the “small” size is huge.
Other places to explore while visiting the Sandusky area include the Sandusky State Theatre, Marblehead Lighthouse, and Firelands Winery.
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Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Sandusky, Ohio.