The New Midwest Vacation
More to do on the Western Lake Erie shore
Great Wolf Lodge Only guests can use the indoor water park.
Kalahari Resort This kid-pleaser claims to be America's largest indoor water park--bigger than three football fields.
Maumee Bay Resort Set in a 1,850-acre state park, the modern lakeside lodge features 120 rooms and a restaurant that serves expertly prepared fresh fish. A campground, beach, wildlife walk and 18-hole, Arthur Hills-designed golf course provide enough fun to make the area a vacation destination in its own right.
New Sandusky Fish Company This is the best bargain in the region for sandwiches of freshly caught perch and walleye.
Toft's Dairy At the Sandusky dairy plant, the ice cream parlor, decorated with Holstein-accented murals, serves 51 flavors, including Bare Foot Brownie and Howly Toledo.
Offshore Islands Ferries based in Sandusky and Port Clinton and on the Marblehead Peninsula link the mainland to South Bass island and neighboring Kelleys Island.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial More than 300 feet above South Bass, an expansive view opens atop this tribute to the leader of an 1812 Lake Erie battle.
The Boardwalk In South Bass' touristy village, Put-in-Bay, try the famous lobster bisque in the main restaurant with indoor and open-air seating.
Kelleys Island This quiet getaway (left) offers miles of hiking trails, long stretches of pristine beach, Native American pictographs and camping at Kelleys Island State Park.
New Sandusky Fish Company 419/621-8263