Looking for some truly unique Shores & Islands Ohio experiences? From thrilling adventures to mouth-watering food and drinks, we’ve got the perfect trail for an afternoon of exploring.
Shores & Islands Golf Trail
Shores & Islands is typically known for the thrill of its attractions, pristine beaches, and breathtaking views. But did you know that throughout the region there exists a slice of secluded, peaceful adventure spots, perfect for enjoying a competitive edge? That’s right; the area is home to a handful of beautiful and challenging golf courses! Whether you’re looking to tee off with a view of the lake, searching for a test with a course designed by the legendary Tom Fazio, or seeking local flair from a charming family-owned business, start coasting with the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Golf Course Trail.
Shores & Islands Thrills Trail
If you are looking for non-stop action and thrilling experiences, then the Shores & Islands Thrills Trail is perfect for you! From towering heights to exhilarating speeds, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most extreme thrills the region has to offer. The question is, are you up to the challenge?
Shores & Islands Cheers Trail
Make the Cheers Trail part of your Lake Erie Shores & Islands experience. We encourage you to safely visit the following wineries and breweries to enjoy a small sample of the Cheers Trail. When you make the decision to purchase a locally-made craft beverage, you are choosing to support the local economy, each unique maker, and small business. As with any small business, these beverage makers are essential to the local economy. They support employment and bring people to the region to explore everything it has to offer. Cheers!
Shores & Islands Fine Art Trail
Nestled between the towering roller coasters and the miles of relaxing sandy beaches of Shores & Islands is some of the finest collection of art in the world! A number of locations throughout the region will fill your soul with inspiration and appreciation. So, if you are looking to add a little bit of culture to your life, start coasting through the Shores & Islands Fine Art Trail.
Put-in-Bay Foodie Trail
This is one trail that is sure to get your mouth watering. Whether your taste buds are craving Mexican, French, Italian, Irish or some truly-American dishes like Texas barbecue or New Orleans French Quarter Jambalaya, there is something for everyone on the Put-in-Bay Foodie Trail.
East Sandusky Bay Water Trail
This trail 15-mile water trail provides an opportunity to enjoy scenic views, wildlife, cultural history, and great recreational opportunities from Sandusky Bay on Lake Erie.
Lake Erie Islands Water Trails
Grab a paddle and head to Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands for a truly unique trail experience. The Lake Erie Islands Water Trails are designed for kayakers to enjoy the area and to promote recreation and nature around the region.
Barn Quilt Trail
Have you ever spotted an unusual painting on the side of a barn and wondered what it was? If it looked like a brightly painted square, similar to a quilt block pattern, you saw a barn quilt. Barn quilts began as a way to honor a loved one with a piece of folk art. Today, you can find barn quilts in numerous rural locations, scattered throughout the bucolic landscape. The Ottawa County Barn Quilt Trail invites you to discover more than 20 beautiful pieces of art, painted by local artists and affixed to the side of several barns in Ottawa County, Ohio. This driving trail includes a fairground and a wildlife refuge, but most of the quilts are on private property and are best viewed from the road. So, set out for a leisurely ride throughout the area’s back roads and discover a world of amazing folk art painted between 2017 and 2020.
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail
As if Lake Erie were not scenic enough, the 293-mile Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Scenic Byway offers travelers beaches, state parks, preserves, lighthouses, vacation islands, quaint villages and big cities. This byway offers shopping, fishing, birding, biking, boating, camping, touring and exploring, truly a scenic byway with something for everyone. Historians will enjoy the rich maritime history tours while recreation boaters never run out of things to do. A trip to Lake Erie Coastal Ohio can last all day or all week.
Kids Love Put-in-Bay Trail
South Bass Island, or Put-in-Bay, in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, is the perfect place for a family getaway. You may be asking yourself though, how many kid-friendly activities and attractions can there be on one island? The answer: plenty! In fact, it’s tough to decide what to do next with so many options available. To help you out, we’ve narrowed it down to the top things to do for kids of all ages visiting Put-in-Bay and wrapped it into one easy-to-follow trail.
Shores & Islands Antiques Trail
Do you yearn to find treasure from years gone by? Are you always on the hunt for unique items to add to your vintage collections? Then antiquing is definitely for you! While Shores & Islands offers a number of unique shopping experiences, people often inquire as to which locations are good for browsing antiques and finding historical items. Antique stores in the Shores & Islands region offer some really cool finds, especially for collectors of nautical items or items related to Lake Erie or the islands.
Shores & Islands has a number of great outdoor activities which can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Enjoy a self-guided driving tour of area landmarks, historic buildings, and monuments and learn a bit about the unique history of the region.
Sandusky's Mini-Lighthouse Trail
A Light in the Harbor – Sandusky’s Mini-Lighthouse Trail Begun in 2008 and continued in 2011, this public arts project in Sandusky raised funds for the Merry-Go-Round Museum and American Red Cross. Miniature lighthouse sculptures were painted by local artists and put on display throughout the community. Many of the lighthouses were sold at auction to private donors. Today, a dozen lighthouses continue to be displayed for the enjoyment of the community and visitors. We’ve put together this trail so that you can visit and view each one. We hope it brings “light” to your day!