Winter Activities

December 16, 2009


The Berlin Fruit Box Company
51 Mechanic St. (off SR 61), Berlin Heights
419.588.2081 or 888.905.1858
See the “Tribute to American Basketry” commemorative collection! This sixth generation, family-run company makes Maple and American Black Cherry baskets for the home, plus farm baskets. Complete production on site, including log veneering. Tours take approximately one hour.
Schedule: Open year-round, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm for tours, except major holidays. Call ahead to make tour arrangements.
Rates: Free, special group rates may apply

Castalia State Fish Hatchery
7018 Homegardner Rd., Castalia
419.684.7499
The hatchery raises steelhead and rainbow trout and offers self-guided tours of 90-acres of serene grounds including outdoor walkways, a half-mile section of Cold Creek and a “Blue Hole” aquifer. The area also provides excellent bird watching opportunities.
Schedule: Open year-round, Mon-Fri 8am-3pm. Scheduled group tours available.
Rates: Free

Castaway Bay Waterpark Resort
2001 Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Sandusky
419.627.2106
This 38,000 sq. ft. indoor waterpark resort is loaded with water activities for all ages. Surrounded by a tropical setting of palm trees, huts and inland lagoons, you’ll find ten water slides, a wave pool, a toddlers’ play pool, an action-packed play area and a 35-ft. high water roller coaster. Arcade, rejuvenating spa, restaurants, retail shops and a fitness center.
Schedule: Call to inquire about day pass availability.
Rates: $29/person for the day and $15/person after 5pm. Children 2 and under are free.

Cedar Downs / Cedar Lanes
At The Quality Inn & Suites/Rain Waterpark, 1935 Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Sandusky
419.627.8573 or 800.654.3364
Ohio’s first and only off-track gaming and entertainment establishment where you can bet on live horse races from tracks around the country. Food, cocktails, bowling, billiards, laser tag and arcade games available. Private party facilities are available for groups.
Schedule: Year-round, daily 12pm until the last race at 12am
Bowling open daily 4pm-12am
Rates: Betters’ choice

Crystal Traditions of Tiffin
145 Madison St., Tiffin
419.448.4286 or 888.298.7236
Tour the facility and enjoy watching glass blowing and crystal hand cutting demonstrations given by artisans with many years of experience. Quality crystal giftware, awards and trophies available.
Schedule: Showroom and outlet open year-round, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 10am-2pm. Tours by appointment Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Closed major holidays.
Rates: Free

Edison Birthplace
9 Edison Dr., Milan
419.499.2135
Birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison, America’s most prolific inventor. He held 1,093 American patents. Guided tours through his office and seven rooms last 1 hour. The last tour of the day begins at 3:30 pm.
Schedule: Feb, Mar, Nov & Dec, Wed-Sun 1-4pm. Closed Mondays, major holidays and January. Groups by appointment only.
Rates: Adult: $7, Senior: $6, Child (6-12 yrs): $4 (Rates subject to change)

Eleutheros Cooke House
1415 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
419.627.0640 or 800.940.9478
Sandusky is known for its collection of limestone buildings, including this Greek Revival. It includes a ruby and cranberry glass collection, antique furnishings, garden, greenhouse, and gift shop.
Schedule: Apr-Dec. 31, Tue-Fri 12-3pm, Sat 10am-1pm; Jan-Mar by appointment only. Special appointments welcome. Closed Sun, Mon and major holidays.
Rates: Donations accepted; group rates available by appointment.

Ferguson Gallery
5890 East Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
419.734.0600
Home of master glass cutter Cary Ferguson and his son. See free demonstrations of glass cutting and blowing. Shop offers unique blend of art, crystal, antiques, nautical décor, sterling silver & fashion jewelry.
Schedule: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am- 8pm, Sun 11am-5pm
After Christmas Fri-Sun 10am-5pm.
Rates: Free

Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky
419.625.5474 or 800.548.9643
Year-round winery with wine tasting, tours, gift shop and picnic area. Schedule: Jun-Sept, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm, Oct-May, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm.

Follett House Museum
404 Wayne St., Sandusky
419.625.3834
Discover Sandusky’s past! Sandusky Library’s local history museum, with four floors of exhibits featuring Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison Camp, Cedar Point and many other artifacts that shaped local life.
Schedule: Apr, Oct-Dec, Sat 12-4pm, Sun 1-4pm; Jan-Mar by appointment only.
Rates: Free (donations accepted)

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.626.4467
Four attractions – one location. Feel the chills and thrills of the top 10 rated Ghostly Manor Haunted House, XD-3D Theater, food and Halloween store on premises.
Schedule: Ghostly Manor: Nov-Apr, Fri & Sat 7-10pm. Open anytime for groups (call for details)
Rates: Ghostly Manor Adult (10 yrs and up): $11, Child (not recommended for children under age 9) XD 3D Theatre: $6/one movie, $11/two movies. $15/three movies (must be 40” tall) Skateworld: $5/admission, $1/quad skate rental, $3/roller blades or scooter rental.

Glacial Grooves
Kelleys Island
419.797.4530
The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest easily accessible such grooves in the world. They were scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet which covered part of North America. A trough 400 ft. long, 35 ft. wide and up to 10 ft. deep remains today. The ice, probably hundreds of feet thick, flowed from the north in what is now the Lake Erie basin. The Devonian limestone containing the grooves contains marine fossils that are 350 to 400 million years old. Many other grooves were quarried away during the last century. Fencing now protects this National Natural Landmark. A walkway and stairs permit visitors a good view of the grooves. To get to Kelleys Island, check the schedule for the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.
Schedule: Open year-round, daylight hours
Rates: Free

Hermes Vineyard
6413 S. Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.626.8500
Sample excellent wines overlooking Hermes’ picturesque vineyard, and tour the historic barn and gift shop.
Schedule: Open year-round. Call for hours.

Jamie’s Flea Market
SR 113 (1/2 mile west of SR 58), South Amherst
440.986.4402
The largest year-round flea market in Northeast Ohio with 200 indoor dealers, and up to 400 outside spaces available (weather permitting). Annual Christmas special held the first Saturday in December.
Schedule: Every Wed & Sat 8am-4pm
Rates: Free admission and parking

Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery
Gaydos Rd. (off Bayshore Rd.), Johnson’s Island
Nearly 9,000 Confederate soldiers and civilians were once housed at the prison. Visit the cemetery which honors those who remain.
Schedule: Year-round, daily dawn-dusk
Rates: $2 toll required to cross bridge

Kalahari Waterpark
7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250)
419.433.7600 or 877.KALAHARI (525.2427)
You’ll feel A World Away ® while enjoying the authentic African theme of the Kalahari. You can surf or boogie board 365-days-a-year in warmth and comfort at the Kalahari – where everything is under one roof. There’s something for everyone from ages one to 100. No matter what the weather is like outside, you can splish-splash all day long indoors at the Kalahari. Gift shops, spa, mini golf, Pottery Pizzazz and restaurants.
Schedule: Call to inquire about day pass availability.
Rates: Mon-Thurs $39/day, $29/after 5pm; Fri-Sun $42/day, $32/after 5pm

Lazer Runner
At the Quality Inn & Suites
1935 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky
800.654.3364
Play laser tag in this indoor futuristic maze! Complete with fog, music and lighting. Fun for all ages.
Schedule: Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-6pm. Open all holidays
Rates: Please call for rates and birthday packages; group rates available

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
110 Lighthouse Dr., Rocky Point, on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula
419.734.4424 ext. 2
Marblehead Lighthouse, one of Lake Erie’s best known and most-photographed landmarks. This state park offers beautiful scenery, picnic grounds, and during the summer season, lighthouse and museum tours. Tour the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
Schedule: Marblehead State Park is open dawn-dusk, however tours of the lighthouse are finished for the season.
Rates: Free

Maritime Museum of Sandusky
125 Meigs St., Sandusky
419.624.0274
Interprets the maritime history of the area, including boat building, recreational boating, passenger boats, ice harvesting, shipwrecks, wetlands, commercial shipping & the boats of the UGRR. Gift shop.
Schedule: Sept-May, Fri- Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Closed all major Holidays
Rates: Adult: $4, Child (12 & under), Senior (62 + yrs): $3, Family: $8, Group: $3

Merry-Go-Round Museum
301 Jackson St. (at corner of US 6 & Jackson sts.), Sandusky
419.626.6111
Affordable family fun. Take a ride on an antique carousel (included in admission price), see an exhibit of carousel art with an actual carving shop and view always-changing exhibits.
Schedule: Sept 8-Dec 27: Wed-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm; Feb, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Closed January and major holidays.
Rates: Adult: $5, Senior (60 + yrs): $4, Child (4-14 yrs): $3. Group rates available.

Ohio Veteran’s Home Museum & Hall of Fame
At Ohio Veterans Home, I.F. Mack Bldg., 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
419.625.2454 ext. 1447
Military history museum featuring memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam and The War on Terrorism (Iraq and Afghanistan). There is also an exhibit on Johnson’s Island and its role in the Civil War.
Schedule: Year-round, Sat-Wed 10am-4pm. Closed major holidays.
Rates: Donations accepted

Pottery Pizzazz
In Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Dr., (off US 250), Sandusky
419.433.7128 or 877.KALAHARI
Create your own masterpiece. Select your own pottery, get artistic with over 80 colors and get it fire glazed! You don’t need to be a hotel guest, just walk in!
Hours: Sun-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri & Sat 9am-10pm; hours subject to change
Rates: Varies

Quarry Hill Winery and Orchard
8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.706.8005
Offers tasting and sales of fine fruits and quality wines. Groups welcome, bus parking available.
Schedule: Jul-Dec 24, Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Rates: .50¢/sample, $4/glass, bottle prices vary

Rain Waterpark
In the Quality Inn & Suites, 1935 Cleveland Rd., (US 6), Sandusky
419.626.6761
Rain offers a smaller, affordable setting with thrill slides and water play. It features a 50 ft. tower with two gigantic slides and a play structure with additional water activities and slides. Guests will frequently be showered with rain. The complex also includes a 32-lane bowling center, laser tag, arcade, restaurant and off-track horse racing. Passes are available.
Schedule: Fri 6-11pm, Sat 9am-1pm and 6-11pm and Sun: 9am-4pm.
Call to inquire about day pass availability
Rates: $19.99/person

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove, Fremont
419.332.2081 or 800.998.7737
The White House’s original gates mark the entrance to the nation’s FIRST presidential center. Visit the 31-room mansion, 3-story Museum/Library and tomb of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes. On exhibit are original family furnishings and Civil War and 19th century artifacts. Museum and gift shop on premises. Special events throughout the year, call for details.
Schedule: Year-round, Tue-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun & Federal holidays 12-5pm. Closed major holidays. Library closed Sun, Mon and holidays
Rates: Home OR Museum: Adult: $7.50, Senior/AAA: $6.50, Child (6-12yrs): $3. Group rates available. Home & Museum: Adult: $13, Senior/AAA: $12, Child (6 – 12 yrs): $5

Sandusky Cultural Center
2130 Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.625.1188
Gallery offers works of art in a large variety of media and styles by contemporary artists from around the world. Call for exhibit details and hours.
Schedule: Open during scheduled exhibits. Call for dates. Closed Sat, holidays & snow days.
Rates: Donations accepted

Sandusky Skateworld
3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky (a part of Ghostly Manor)
419.626.4467
Sandusky Skateworld is also known as one of the 4-in-1 attractions, part of Ghostly Manor Thrill Center.
Skateworld is now offering Totally Toddler Days, Christian Skate Night, Kasper roller hockey and more.
Schedule: Please check the website for hours.
Rates: $5/all ages, Roller Skates (Quad) Rental $1, Roller Blades & Scooter Rental $3

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
419.626.1950 or 877.626.1950
1,500 seat national landmark is a top entertainment destination. See nationally recognized performances, Broadway shows, movies and more! Also available for rentals.
Schedule: Year-round. Call or check website for schedule
Rates: Varies

Sidney Frohman Planetarium
2130 Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.621.2761
Quality hour-long programming about the stars and planets.
Schedule: Mid-Oct-mid-May, Sun at 2pm
Rates: Free

Sorrowful Mother Shrine
4106 SR 269, Bellevue
419.483.3435
A place of pilgrimage since 1850 in honor of our Sorrowful Mother Mary. Offers daily mass, devotions, events and forty points of interest including a historical and outdoor chapel on 120 acres. Pilgrimage center and cafeteria.
Schedule: Mass: daily at 11am, Sat 4pm, & Sun 9am. Grounds open dawn – dusk. Gift Shop open year-round. Closed major holidays. Cafeteria open May-Oct
Rates: Donations accepted

Tiffin Glass Museum & Shoppe
25 – 27 S. Washington St., Tiffin
419.448.0200
Offers tours and retail sales of Tiffin Glass and other fine glassware and collectibles. See a display of original Tiffin Glass produced at the Tiffin Glass Factory from 1889 – 1980.
Schedule: Year-round, Tue-Sat 1-5pm. Other times by appointment. Closed major holidays.
Rates: Donations accepted

Train-O-Rama
6732 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163 E.), Marblehead
419.734.5856
Ohio’s largest operating multi-gauge model railroad display with full scenery and lighting open to the public. The gift shop has many fine model railroad products such as, wooden Thomas, scenery, cars, books and novelty gifts.
Schedule: Open year-round, Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Memorial Day-Labor Day, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm
Rates: Adult: $7, Senior: $6, Child (4 – 11 yrs): $5
Season Passes available; Adult: $35, Senior: $30, Child: $25

Underground Railroad Tour (Self-Guided)
4424 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.625.2984 or 800.255.3743
Because of its location on Lake Erie, the number of railroad lines, the Huron and Vermilion Rivers and the Milan Canal, Erie County was a leading Great Lakes Port and a major terminal on the Underground Railroad. Since historic records on this topic are rare and many sites have been destroyed, only a few of the remaining sites and people influential in this movement have been highlighted in a brochure that offers a narrative as you take the self-drive tour throughout Erie County. Brochures and maps can be obtained from the Lake Erie Shores & Islands® Welcome Center.
Schedule: Year-round
Rates: Free

Ice fishing is also a popular winter activity in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region. Interested in ice fishing? Check out a list of charters/fishing guides here. For more information on ice fishing in Ohio, click here.

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