20 Great Lakes Getaways
Lake Erie shore, Ohio
Sandy beaches, coastal wetlands and a wealth of attractions draw visitors to Ohio's Lake Erie towns and islands.
Five Fun Stops
1 Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort (pictured) in Sandusky has a mix of modern thrill rides (17 roller coasters!) and old carnival classics (419/627-2350; cedarpoint.com).
2 Attractions at Kelleys Island include the state park (for the rental yurts and fabulous beach), fishing spots and Victorian B&Bs. By ferry, 20 minutes from Sandusky or Marblehead (419/746-2360; kelleysislandchamber.com).
3 The bird-watching enclave of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 25 miles east of Toledo, has walking trails and observation towers (419/898-0960; friendsofmageemarsh.org).
4 Explore the original late-19th-century wine cellar at Port Clinton's Mon Ami Restaurant and Historic Winery, sample from a huge selection of estate and hand-selected wines, then stay for lunch (419/960-4065; monamiwinery.com).
5 Rent a kayak and explore on your own, or sign up for a tour with Kayak the Bay Ltd. in Put-in-Bay (419/967-0796; kayakthebay.com).