All the fun of a genuine shore vacation is closer than you think. Nearly seven million people visit the Lake Erie Shores & Islands each year, solidifying its position as one of the most appealing vacation destinations in the Midwest. From Top-Thrill coasters to unspoiled natural coastlines, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands offers year-round fun and relaxation for the whole family.
With a mainland area that spans from Vermilion, Ohio, to Genoa, Ohio, and inland, plus Kelleys, Middle Bass and South Bass islands, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands boasts more than 150 miles of freshwater coastline and some of the greatest attractions around: Cedar Point amusement park offers more rides and roller coasters than any other park on the planet, and has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for ten years in a row by Amusement Today readers. Besides exhilarating rides, Cedar Point provides quality family entertainment including live shows, PEANUTS™ characters on ice, an Extreme Biking show and numerous games of skill. Often overlooked though, is Cedar Point's differentiating feature of being located on a peninsula surrounded by beautiful Lake Erie. From the incredible coastal scenery at 420 feet in the sky to the pristine sandy beach, Lake Erie truly does offer MORE to Cedar Point's guests. Read more about Cedar Point.
Islands have always been an appealing escape, and Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands are no exception. Middle Bass Island has a tranquil atmosphere and refreshing natural landscape that lures visitors to its shore for carefree, relaxing getaways; conversely, South Bass Island, often referred to by its village name Put-in-Bay, offers unparalleled adventure around every corner. Kelleys Island, the largest of the three, offers a combination of the exquisite natural beauty with a milder blend of adventure and attractions. Explore more about the Lake Erie Islands.
Waterpark Capital of Ohio? Absolutely! Not counting Lake Erie - the area’s largest natural water park - the Lake Erie Shores & Islands boasts four indoor and two outdoor water play lands. Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay, Kalahari and Rain all combine lodging, entertainment and aquatic fun under one roof and attract visitors year-round with 80º temperatures. The indoor waterparks offer more detail.
Known as “the Walleye Capital of the World” this region also brings in anglers seeking yellow perch, smallmouth bass, steelhead trout and many other species. Fishing is productive year-round and can be enjoyed from a variety of shoreline locations or through charter captains or walk-on head boats that make the experience easily available for all ages and levels of experience. Tens of thousands of anglers head here each year to take home impressive catches. In fact, more fishing licenses are sold here than any other place in Ohio! Create your own fish story in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
History and educational opportunities for enrichment are plentiful, and the variety of experiences is dizzying! Only a few miles separate a 135 year-old Chautauqua community, the birthplace of Thomas Edison, a former U.S. President’s home and various museums, animal adventures, historic sites, cultural entertainment and underground caves. The list of things to see and do goes on and on.
Plan your getaway to the beautiful Lake Erie Shores & Islands today!