Despite its quaint, small-town appearance and relatively small population, there’s no shortage of things to do in Sandusky, Ohio! From water parks to historic museums, you’ll always find something worthwhile to do with your time while you’re staying with us here at Battery Park Marina.
Here are our top picks of fun activities to do while you’re staying with us here in Sandusky, Ohio.
Things To Do and Places To Visit in Sandusky, Ohio
Water Parks & Theme Parks
When it comes to water parks or theme parks, Sandusky just can’t be beaten! This charming little city hosts a surprising number of water parks that guarantee that you’ll never get bored.
Perhaps the pride and joy of Sandusky is Cedar Point, a sprawling theme park with up to 18 different roller coasters, a water park, a sports complex, concession stands, live shows, and lots of other family-friendly rides and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. This place is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping!
Kalahari Resorts Water Park
Kalahari is one of the biggest water parks in Ohio. It features an indoor and outdoor water park with massive waterslides, wave pools, and lazy rivers, plus a Safari Adventure Park with a zoo, rope courses, a zipline, and a climbing wall. Kalahari also offers lodgings, which you might be interested in since it could easily take several days to experience the entire resort to the fullest.
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
As its name suggests, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center is best known for its haunted house — perfect for a scary Halloween night out on the town! This all-in-one entertainment center also houses an arcade, a fantasy-themed mini-golf course, a 4D cinema, a roller skating rink, a bounce house, and an escape room. There’s something for everyone at Ghostly Manor!
Another must-visit waterpark in the area is Castaway Bay, a Caribbean-themed indoor water park that’s perfect for year-round entertainment. It has everything you’d expect from a top-notch water park — waterslides, rides, splash areas, tandem rafts, lagoons, wave pools, even a 50-person hot tub — plus an arcade, games, crafts events, and more!
Great Wolf Lodge
If there’s one thing that sets Great Wolf Lodge apart from all the other water parks, it’s the 4-story tall tandem tube slide that’s sure to make for a thrilling, one-of-a-kind experience! Great Wolf Lodge also offers traditional waterslides and features, food and lodgings, an arcade, special events and crafts, and a unique live-action role-playing experience that kids are sure to get swept up in called MagiQuest.
Step into the history of Sandusky with these enriching and thought-provoking museums.
Have you ever been curious about the history of the merry-go-round? Well, look no further than Sandusky’s own Merry-Go-Round Museum for an interesting look into the history of this amusement park staple, from antique carousel horses, restored parts from old merry-go-rounds, memorabilia, photos, documents, exhibits, and a fully restored carousel from New York.
Maritime Museum of Sandusky
Given its location right on the shore of Lake Erie, Sandusky has a rich maritime history that features everything from facts about Sandusky Bay and the Great Lakes, interactive exhibits, a close look at shipwrecks, the rise of the fishing industry, artifacts from famous ships, and even pirates! The museum hosts educational programs and talks all year round so be sure to check out what they have in store when you’re in town.
Follett House Museum
For a complete look into the history of Sandusky, you can visit the Follett House Museum. This museum has made it its mission to collect, compile, and preserve important documents, photographs, and artifacts detailing the history of the city and Erie County. The house also features a widow’s walk that offers a fantastic panoramic view of Sandusky with Cedar Point just in the distance. Best of all, it’s free admission!
Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden
Housed in a Greek Revival-style home that dates all the way back to 1844, the house and its accompanying garden are their own living exhibits, offering visitors a look into what life was like way back then, with antique furnishings and decor that reflect its historic origins. Originally the home of Eleutheros Cooke, Sandusky’s first lawyer, and father of Civil War financier Jay Cooke, the house changed hands for many years before eventually being bought by its current owners, Randolph, and Estelle Dorn. Because of this, it’s often called the Cooke-Dorn house.
Sandusky Children’s Museum
Want to take your kids out of those water parks? Take them to the Sandusky Children’s Museum for a fun and educational experience, with interactive exhibits, seasonal activities, and live science experiments that even adults will learn something new. Children get free admission!
Parks and Outdoor Activities
Looking for more fun things to do in Sandusky? This city’s still got plenty to offer, from relaxing days in the park to awesome outdoor activities you won’t find anywhere else.
One of the most exciting places to visit for a high-energy night out is the Sandusky Speedway. Here you can enjoy tons of races featuring everything from stock cars, modified cars, street cars, and even bike races! They also offer racing car rides for kids and a variety of seasonal events and offerings.
Lagoon Deer Park
Lagoon Deer Park is an excellent way to experience nature and wildlife for kids and adults alike. Here, you can find many different animals (not just deer) from all over the world, feed them by hand, and live out your best Disney princess dreams by having them follow you all over the park. This place has an adult petting zoo and a child petting zoo, as well as designated fishing ponds where you can catch a variety of fish, including bullheads, bass, bluegill, crappies, and more.
Located right on the shores of Lake Erie, Shoreline Park gives you the opportunity to relax, swim, fish, or idle the day away right beside the famous lake. This park features a playground where kids can play and concession stands where you can buy food, although you’re totally welcome to bring your own picnic lunch for a beautiful day out with family and friends.
Want a romantic day out with loved ones or friends? Firelands Winery is one of the best wineries in the entire state of Ohio and is a great place to take that special someone out while you’re in town. See firsthand how locally-grown grapes get turned into fine high-quality wine, have a taste of some of their best at their tasting room and restaurant, and make sure to bring home a bottle or two at the end of the day!
Lake Erie Boating
Who can resist a day out on the water when the weather’s mild and clear? Lake Erie makes for a stunning and unforgettable boating experience in its best seasons and we can’t recommend our own Battery Park Marina enough if you’ve been aching to get out on the water. A day spent boating on Lake Erie is certainly a day well spent with us!
Whether you’re new in town, a regular traveler, or a local looking to discover new spots, we here at Battery Park Marina would be happy to help show you around and see Sandusky from a whole new perspective. Book a slip with us today and get ready to see a whole new side to Sandusky, Ohio!