Exploring Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores from Cedar Point to beyond
Mixing the exquisite location on the shores of Lake Erie–its pleasant beaches and unforgettable sunsets–with the thrill of exciting family oriented theme parks and a touch of fascinating American history, Sandusky, Ohio is one of the best places to experience America. Established at the beginning of the 19th century, the small town of Sandusky had an important role in the history of the United States—a history that the area keeps alive. Today, Sandusky is considered one of the best places to visit and live in the country. Apart from its waterfront location and world-class Cedar Point amusement park (a place where I visited every summer), Sandusky offers a rich history experience.
The city played a key role in protecting fugitive slaves traveling through the Underground Railroad when slaves traveled by ship and ferry across Lake Erie into Canada. Throughout Sandusky visitors can still experience a glimpse of that history. The historical downtown area also contains several interesting landmarks, including original buildings from the 19th century, made from locally produced limestone. Visitors can also pay a visit to the Aviation Museum and Maritime Museum that features
collections about the rich marine history behind Sandusky Bay. Sandusky also boasts the Merry-Go Round Museum which presents exhibits about the charming history of carousels.
Sandusky is best known for the famous Cedar Point Amusement Park, one of the biggest in the world and known as the “rollercoaster capital” (and a personal favorite of the World Footprints family). Cedar Point features some of the fastest, tallest and most innovative coasters in the world, but the park also has rides for everyone, even the kiddies. There are also other leisure theme and water parks in and around Sandusky, including African Safari Wildlife Safari, Ghostly Manor, Soak City Water Park and more.
Apart from all these, travelers can also explore the nearby area of Sandusky, with a large range of possible activities, from boating and fishing on Lake Erie to visiting the nearby islands and see places like the Marblehead Lighthouse, the Civil War Cemetery, Kelleys Island or Put-In-Bay, the area’s party island that boasts the world’s longest bar and the BEST lobster bisque in the world. (Really! People come from all over the world just for the lobster bisque.) For people that just need to relax, the nicest beaches on the Lake Erie shores are located in the Sandusky area and the sunset rivals what you’d see on the West Coast or elsewhere.
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Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is co-Founder of World Footprints, a social impact travel storytelling content hub she runs with her husband, Ian, that has been recognized as Best Social Impact Travel Media Company by CEO Monthly. She is an award-winning travel and business journalist, global public speaker, and 3-time TEDx speaker. Tonya regularly shares her insights on career transitions, DEIA in travel and the transformative power of travel to audiences all over the world. Recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year—an honor she shares with Ian, Tonya contributes her time and leadership to several boards and commissions in the travel community including SATW, The Explorers Club (DC), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and JourneyWoman. Tonya has been appointed to the Maryland Tourism Development Board by Gov. Wes Moore.