A 34-foot King Cat twin-hull catamaran sets sail on the waters of Lake Erie, its 900-horsepower engine churning up a frothy wake as it leaves port and enters the aqueous abyss. At Sara-J Sportfishing Charters, guests spend a sunny afternoon on the open water casting and reeling in the lake's bounty of fish. With more than 20 years of experience, captain Gary Carpenter is confident enough in his abilities that he promises that charters will either reel in fish by the end of their trip or passengers receive their money back. Tours set out in the morning or afternoon as captains pilot vessels towards schools of walleye, steelhead, or perch swimming beneath the surface. Passengers soak up the sun, nibble on snacks, and regale stories of reeling in their first bluegill or misplaced water-skier.
A fishing guide since 1998, Jim has spent so much time on the waters of northern Michigan, northern Ohio, and Pennsylvania that he knows all of the best fishing spots and the best times to reel in trophy fish. Fish with Jim Outfitters offers fishing trips to local lakes and rivers, with Jim taking time to show his guests the best fishing techniques, including center pin, spinning, and plug fishing. His students most always come back with a plentiful catch of Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead from inland lakes, rivers or at the deli in local grocery stores. Trips include locations such as Traverse Bay, northern Michigan's inland lakes, and Steelhead Alley. Ice fishing trips are also offered in Chain O'Lakes and Grand Traverse Bay.
Line drives sizzle and skid across the facilities at Staton Sports, where ballplayers polish their skills and veteran coaches prep athletes to compete in a variety of sports. Backed by stints with three MLB organizations, the center's president and CEO, T.J. Staton, heads a staff of coaches who bring a combined 20-plus years of professional playing experience to each practice, game, and training session. The center's field also plays host to traveling teams, and inside two party rooms, visitors gather to celebrate birthdays or exalt an adolescent bat's aversion to the peer pressures of cork.
Six 50-foot lanes
Electronic target-retrieval systems
Rental handguns and .22 rimfire rifles available
At a Glance
Owners Bob Debany and Darson Seebaran cater to the needs of firearms enthusiasts and newcomers alike. In addition to teaching classes and overseeing live-fire range practice, staff members stock the shelves with firearms, ammunition, and accessories. B & D Shooting Range also organizes special events, such as bowling-pin shoots.
Lorain is happy to boast the theatrical stylings of Palace Civic Center.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Grab the kids when you head to this theater — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
The fresh breeze will cool your face as you watch a movie on the open air screens.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For some good old fashioned fun, American Slovak Club in Lorain offers a bowling scene that suits both pros and families.
Sure you could eat at home, but you'll want to take advantage of this alley's restaurant for high-class food.
Bring the whole family to this alley, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.