West of Cleveland and east of Toledo is island country. Twenty-six islands dot Lake Erie of which South Bass Island, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island are the best known and most visited.
Hop on a ferry at Port Clinton, Catawba or Sandusky and spend a day, a weekend or a week, depending on your preference. South Bass Island’s Put-in-Bay is a notorious party town on weekends. But during the week, like its fellow islands, it’s perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, easily navigable by foot or bicycle to check out the wineries, restaurants and historic attractions like Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial, a tribute to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
There’s lots to do on the mainland too. Cities like Sandusky, Vermilion, Lakeside and Marblehead offer beaches, more wineries, lakeside dining, interesting shops and beautiful scenery. In Sandusky, the big kahuna of regional amusement parks, Cedar Point, beckons to young and old with its stomach-churning monster coasters. Swimming, fishing, bicycling, boating and dining are among the area’s many attractions.
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