Published April 2020

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is looking forward to the day when we can welcome visitors to the region again. While staying at home is best for everyone right now, it is the perfect time to plan ahead for better days and future trips to the Midwest’s favorite local getaway. We all need something to look forward to. So, plan now. Visit later.

For ideas, the Lake Erie Love blog at SHORESandISLANDS.com has a number of inspirational trip options. Everything from Lake Erie’s best beaches, to ways to enjoy our most popular and exciting natural resource – Lake Erie, island excursions, water park fun, and even historical and cultural ventures.

When you can’t be here in person, take a virtual trip to Lake Erie with our Webcams. 24-hours-a-day, you can have a window on several lake locations, from your home. You can have a bird-eye-view of downtown Sandusky, the harbor at Put-in-Bay, Main Street Beach in Vermilion, the piers at Lakeside Chautauqua and Huron, and amazing sunset views from the Catawba Island Club.

Future visitors to Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands can save money on upcoming vacations with the following tips:

  • Utilize the Shore Savings Card – Attractions, retail shops, dining establishments, and more offer discounted savings to guests who show the Shores Savings Card. See the latest offers here, and download your card and print on your home printer.
  • Visit during the week – When attractions open for the 2020 season and Americans return to work, weekends are going to be prime travel times, especially for attractions like Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands. Money savings are available for weekday visits and, bonus, fewer crowds.
  • Put it all together using Lodging Packages – Lake Erie Shores & Islands lodging properties offer vacation packages with added-value. Get attraction tickets, special savings, and more with packages offered by a variety of accommodations.
  • Reschedule your getaway – Don’t think of that Spring Break getaway as cancelled, think of it as postponed. Even after weeks at home, you’ll need a relaxing vacation when things get back to normal. Be sure to reschedule any Shores & Islands trips you missed out on.

With all this time away, we miss seeing our friends and co-workers. So, plan your next group event now. With more than 8,000 hotel rooms and 615,000 square feet of event space, the region is ideal for group functions of all types. Now is a perfect time to explore SHORESandISLANDS.com/groups, a website full of information to help you plan a future group excursion. Virtual tours of many group venues are available, as well as site maps, and information on group services, including our grant program.

For now, please stay safe and enjoy Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands from the comfort of your home. Our “What’s Available” page at SHORESandISLANDS.com is updated daily with the latest information on travel restrictions, virtual tours, ways to show your Lake Erie Love for local businesses through online shopping, and restaurants offering locals delivery and carry-out food options. Be sure to follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for uplifting looks into the Shores & Islands region and ways you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, please… plan now. Visit later. When the time is right, we can’t wait to welcome you again!