Summer Vacation: Sandusky, Ohio

You might not know where Sandusky, Ohio is, but TripAdvisor recently named it one of its top 10 destinations for families. Sandusky is a town full of extremes with high-speed roller coasters, a huge waterpark, and resorts around. If your family loves thrills, this is the perfect place for your next vacation.


Maverick Roller Coaster at Cedar Point

Maverick Roller Coaster Photo Credit: Cedar Point

  • Cedar Point: For 13 years running, Cedar Point has been named Best Amusement Park in the World. This park is filled with roller coasters, some that spiral, some with 125+ foot drops, some with speeds of 120 mph. This park consistently opens rides that break world records and they always seek to thrill. There’s a waterpark inside as well so if you plan to visit Cedar Point, budget 2-3 days for the best experience. Most coasters here require you to be fairly tall so if you have younger or shorter children 1 day in the park will suffice.
  • Kalahari Waterpark: Even though this is America’s largest indoor waterpark, you can still get a suntan from its sunlit ceiling. Inside you’ll find surfing simulators, a 3000-square foot activity pool, enclosed and open slides, a 12,000-square foot wave pool, and a lazy river. There’s even an outdoor play area if you want to take advantage of the summer warmth.
  • Marblehead Lighthouse

  • Beach: Consider hanging out on one of the beaches at Lake Erie or enjoy a day at Catawba Island for jet-skiing, boating, fishing, or scuba diving or visit Marblehead Lighthouse for amazing views of the parks back at shore.


Berardi's Restaurant

Berardi's Restaurant, Photo Credit: Eric Isaac

  • Steak ‘n Shake: Even though its a chain, you’ve got to stop in at Steak ‘n Shake to experience their chili served Cincinnati-style. I’m in love with the chili 3-way, with chili on top of spaghetti and a special sauce on top. Not a chili fan? Order yourself a steakburger or melt and drink one of the wide selection of milkshakes with your meal.
  • Damon’s: I’m not sure what’s more popular here- the view of Cedar Point and Lake Erie or the mouthwatering ribs. This is another chain but the service at location is top-notch.
  • Berardi’s Family Kitchen: The fries here are so famous that even Cedar Point served them. The menu here is huge with over 10 different omelet choices for breakfast and 20+ sandwich options. The big hit here has to be the ever-changing daily specials including the desserts. Locals stop by for slices of the daily pie so be sure to grab some of your own.
  • Toft Dairy: Locals proclaim this has the best ice cream in town so be sure to check out flavors like cake batter and peanut butter cup. Trust me when I say to order a small, each small cone fits over a pint of ice cream inside.


Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio

Kalahari Resort Slide, Photo Credit: Kalahari Resorts

  • Cedar Point: Consider staying on-site at Cedar Point. You’ll get early entry to the parks, discounted tickets, and minimal car rides into the park. While there’s six different options, we suggest Hotel Breakers. It’s a beachfront property within walking distance of the park and both indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Kalahari Resort: Stay on-site at the waterpark for easy access to the best hotel pool you’ll find. From noon on your check-in day till close on your departure day you get free access to the adjacent waterpark. Rooms come with fridges and microwaves so you can save on meal costs by eating from your room.
  • Fairfield Inn Sandusky: If you want to stay off-site from the parks, the Fairfield Inn is a top choice. There’s a continental breakfast and guests give frequent praise to the excellent service of the front desk workers. The low cost will also make you smile.


Wicked Twister

  • Best for: Thrill seekers. If your family loves crazy coasters and splashing around you can’t go wrong here.
  • Not For: The youngest of family members. With the large number of roller coasters and height requirements, shorter guests may not be able to ride all the rides.
  • Notable: Bring your own car or rent one; taxis are few and far between here.
  • Budget: Moderate. The number of days you spend at each park will push your budget higher and if you stay on-site you can expect to spend even more. Be mindful of your budget, take advantage of deals and look for coupons for local restaurants.


Seagulls on the beach

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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