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Overnight Sample Itinerary

Wanting to make the most of your short time in Shores & Islands Ohio? Look no farther. Our overnight itinerary is designed to give a taste of the area and its many offerings. This fun filled trip will leave guests ready to book their next trip to Shores & Islands Ohio.

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439b87b6-b977-406e-b566-91db9bbd93d7_Tour%20Train%20Morning: Start your time in Shores & Islands Ohio by journeying across the lake to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. Climb aboard the Jet Express, a high speed passenger ferry, or Miller Ferry, a passenger and auto ferry, to begin your island adventure. On the island, enjoy a bird’s eye view from the observation deck of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Located near the base of the 352-foot-tall Doric column is Perry’s Victory Visitor Center which offers artifacts and exhibits from the Battle of Lake Erie.

Lunch: Venture from the memorial to downtown Put-in-Bay for lunch. With a number of restaurants including The Boardwalk or Frosty Bar, the group is in for a tasty treat.

Afternoon:  Time to see more of the island through an hour-long guided tour aboard Island Transportation’s tour train. The guide shares about the island’s rich history of agriculture and tourism as well as its importance during the War of 1812 during the Battle of Lake Erie. To get a true understanding of the agriculture and tourism impact of the island visit Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave. A tour of the wine cellar and the cave also includes a glass of grape juice or wine.

Evening: The rest of the evening can be spent back in downtown Put-in-Bay shopping, trying a different restaurant for dinner, and enjoying island life or board the ferry and return to visit downtown Port Clinton. Back on the mainland, Port Clinton has a handful of group dining options along with shops to check out. In the summer, enjoy live entertainment on Music on Madison.  

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Morning: All great mornings start with a great breakfast and Sandusky Bay Pancake House has that in spades. Choose from the large spread of menu items including egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, crepes, and French toast. If traditional breakfast food isn’t your style, no worries, they also have a selection of sandwiches, burgers, and salads to choose from.

Well-fed and ready to continue on, join Firelands Adventure Tours for one of their tours such as the Underground Railroad Tour or Catawba Island Tour. With options to fit the groups size, your group can hop aboard the Firelands Adventure bus, the guides can step on the group’s motorcoach, or alternative plans can be made.

Lunch: Grab a quick bite from Vine & Olive, a Mediterranean restaurant and market featuring gyros, sandwiches, and salads or visit Firelands Winery for wine tasting and delicious sandwiches, burgers, salads, and pizzas.

Afternoon:  Make your own adventure this afternoon. Feel like a kid again at Ghostly Manor Thrill Center where a haunted house, 3D mini golf, roller skating, and more await you. Venture to downtown Sandusky where you can get your game on at Clubhouse No. 3 or Noble Axes, shop local to find the perfect gifts, or visit museums such as the Maritime Museum of Sandusky or Merry-Go-Round Museum for fun, educational experiences.

Dinner: Beyond the long list of things to do, downtown Sandusky also offers a wide variety of dining options. From upscale to causal, quick bites to multi-course meals, dinner will be a tasty occasion. Visit Toft Dairy Ice Cream Parlor for one final treat before going home, filled with memories of your awesome Shores & Islands Ohio adventure.