Ferguson Gallery & Studio
The gallery of internationally recognized glass artist Cary Ferguson is located at 5890 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead. On-site glass blowing studio with comfortable viewing area. Work with the glass artist yourself. Featuring jewelry, accessories, nautical decor, antiques and local artists. ADA accessible. Open 7 days a week May-Dec; Fri, Sat, Sun and by appointment Jan-Apr. 419-734-0600, fergusongallery.com.
Johnson's Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery
This historic cemetery is the final resting place of more than 200 of the 9,000 Confederate soldiers once imprisoned here. The Cemetery is open year-round, daily dawn-dusk. Gaydos Drive, Marblehead www.johnsonsisland.org
The oldest surviving home in Ottawa County offers visitors the chance to experience the history of lighthouse keepers. The 1812 home was the residence of the first three keepers of the oldest continually operated lighthouse on the Great Lakes. 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead 419-798-9339, 419-798-5832, thekeepershouse.org
Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line
The only daily passenger and automobile transportation to Kelleys Island from Marblehead, departing every half-hour during peak times. Available year-round, weather permitting. Late boats on weekends. There is a nominal parking fee. 510 W. Main St. (Ohio 163), Marblehead 419-798-9763, www.kelleysislandferry.com
One of the few remaining Chautauquas in America, Lakeside is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. Located between Cleveland and Toledo, Lakeside is a gated community that provides rest and renewal, in addition to many enlightening and entertaining experiences. Daily Gate Pass (Jun 18-August 27) Adult $18 - Youth (Age 12-18) $12.50 Reduced Rate Gate Pass (May 27-30 and Aug 28-Sept 5) Adult $9 - Youth (age 12-18) $6.25 Partial Day Gate Pass 3-Hour (not valid at Hoover shows) = $5.50 Hoover Entertainment Book = $75 (4 gate passes & auto pass included) Auto Pass Daily Auto: $7.50 No motorcycles or trailers permitted within Lakeside Gates 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside 419-798-4461, 866-952-5374, lakesideohio.com
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
The nation's third tallest memorial structure, this 352-foot tall column commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry's victory over the British during the War of 1812, and the lasting peace between the U.S., England and Canada since that time. Stop in the visitor's center, featuring displays, a video theater, ranger talks and interpretive programs offered free of charge and gift shop. Schedule varies, call or see website for details.
93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay 419-285-2184, nps.gov/pevi
Founded in 1888, Ohio's oldest family-owned winery offers tours, a tasting room and wine garden with light snacks. Tours include a visit to Crystal Cave, the world's largest recorded geode, located directly below the winery. Hours vary, please call or see website for details. 978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay 419-285-2811, heinemanswinery.com
Both kids and kids at heart are sure to find an abundance of activities, sights and experiences that will keep them coming back to this nationally recognized "Top-10 Healthiest Beach and Lake Getaway" (Health Magazine, July 2009). Twelve miles from Sandusky. Kelleys Island is the largest American freshwater island in Lake Erie. Take a scenic ride around the island's more than four square miles on a rental bike or golf cart, setting your own pace and enjoying the many shops and restaurants along the way. Kelleys Island State Park provides visitors with a beautiful setting for fishing, hiking, swimming and camping along the Lake Erie shore. Rent a kayak and explore 17 miles of coastline - and get a workout, too. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the island is lined with historic home and buildings. Check out the world famous Glacial Grooves National Landmark or visit the Kelleys Island Historical Association. Nature lovers will enjoy viewing monarch butterflies and waterfowl in a beautiful, serene setting. The island is also known as a haven for migrating birds, making it an amazing location for bird watching, and scuba enthusiasts come to Kelleys to enjoy diving at several shipwreck sites. Stop by the local winery for a bit of refreshment, explore island boutiques and relax on the warm, sandy beach. Kelleys Island is sure to deliver a real taste of island living, no matter what you're looking for. See lodging charts for overnight accommodations. 419-746-2360, kelleysislandchamber.com
Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum
Displays include more than 65 ship models; the South Bass Island Lighthouse Fresnel lens; and artifacts from the Battle of Lake Erie, island life and the Ford Tri-Motor and great hotel eras. There is a theatre, research library and bookstore. May and October, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; June and September, daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; July and August, daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 25 Town Hall Place, Put-in-Bay 419.285.2804, leihs.org
South Bass Island Lighthouse
Open for tours. 878 Bayview Dr. , Put-in-Bay 419-285-1800, stonelab.osu.edu
Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island
The Victorian era village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has been attracting visitors for nearly 150 years. Hundreds of thousands travel here annually to enjoy family fun activities, outdoor recreation and a large variety of special events. Many start out with a narrated tour on the Island Tour Train. For those wishing to go at their own pace there are golf carts, scooters and bicycles to rent. Families will find plenty to keep the kids entertained including a butterfly house, miniature golf, gem mining, cave tours, arcades, a carousel and go-kart racing. History enthusiasts won't want to miss Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. The National Park Service manages this site that includes a visitors center and frequent interpretive programs offered by park rangers. Many other historical offerings document island history and heritage. Outdoor recreational activities include charter fishing, boat/personal watercraft rentals, a nine-hole golf course, kayaking and parasailing. There are numerous shopping spots and art galleries on the island along with a wide selection of restaurants and pubs to please every taste and budget. There are even two wineries and a microbrewery. Of course, Put-in-Bay is also known for its exciting and varied music scene and more than a dozen establishments offer daily entertainment. A range of lodging opportunities are available; see lodging charts for options. Many properties specialize in accommodating large groups for family reunions, company meetings, weddings and other events.
Jet Express — Port Clinton
High-speed passenger ferry from Port Clinton to downtown Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay. Comfortable, stylish passenger cabins and open-air sundecks. Exclusive Lake-Night Service. Special evening discounts, family-friendly child rates and group tour rates. Excursion Adventures and Charter Service from Black River Landing, Lorain, OH. Call 1.800.245.1JET(538) or visit jet-express.com for more information.
3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton 419-732-2800, 800-245-1538, jet-express.com
Passenger and car ferries from Catawba to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. Summer trips run every half hour with free parking and value/group fares available. Visit the website for island coupons, events and ferry schedules. ADA accessible. Daily trips run in spring, summer and fall. Winter trips run weather permitting.
5174 E. Water St. (Ohio 53 North), Port Clinton 419-285-2421, 800-500-2421, millerferry.com
Monsoon Lagoon Water Park & Family Fun Center
This waterpark and family entertainment complex features aquatic adventures including 6 waterslides, a lazy river, an adult pool with swim up Tiki bar, and Adventure Island Tree House with 17 levels. The family entertainment center has 18-hole miniature golf, bumper boats, grand prix cars, and a gaming arcade to round out a total day of family fun. 1530 S. Danbury Road, Port Clinton 419-732-6671, 866-732-6671, monsoonlagoonwaterpark.com