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Things To Do With Kids in Sandusky

Nestled between Toledo and Cleveland in northern Ohio, Sandusky is the perfect family destination along the shore of Lake Erie. From theme parks and waterfront adventures to beautiful trails and caverns to explore, Sandusky is a haven for thrill seekers, nature lovers and more. Continue reading to learn about the many family-friendly attractions in Forbes Magazine’s number one Best Place to Live Cheaply.

From the beautiful beaches along Lake Erie to the legendary Cedar Point amusement park, Sandusky is perfect for family vacations. Learn about some of the best things to do in Sandusky with kids including:

  • Check out the shops and restaurants across Historic Downtown Sandusky
  • Visit one of America’s premiere theme parks, Cedar Point
  • Spend a day relaxing on the beach at Kelley’s Island State Park
  • Brush up on your presidential history at the Hayes Presidential Center
  • Zip down the slides and splash in the pools at Kalahari Waterparks

Parents and kids will love the many attractions across the Sandusky area. With trails to hike, fantastic live theater and many other unique attractions, there’s always something exciting around the corner. Check out some of our picks like:

  • Explore the trails of the largest park in the downtown area, Robert L. Walsh Park
  • See old-time amusement park rides up close at the Merry Go Round Museum
  • See a fantastic theatrical performance at Bellevue Society for the Arts
  • Be a part of the racing action on Saturdays at Fremont Community Speedway
  • Watch a classic film at Paramount Cinema
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Sandusky is widely known as the home of Cedar Point, but there are many natural wonders and areas to explore in addition to the theme parks. Experience something new while you sightsee with plenty of things to do in Sandusky for kids:

  • Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore Lake Erie and the Sandusky Bay
  • Ride the Top Thrill Dragster, the second-tallest roller coaster in the world
  • Get your mugshot taken before dinner at Jailhouse Rock Dinner Theater
  • Explore the rides and attractions at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
  • Experience interactive historical exhibits at the Sandusky Maritime Museum
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In Sandusky kids are at the heart of the action with many fantastic and exciting things to do. Explore the islands, dive into waterfront adventure and save some room for pizza:

  • Rent a golf cart and explore the glacial grooves on Kelley’s Island
  • Dive into the pool and cool off at Mil’lympic Pool
  • Investigate spooky history at the Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park
  • Grill out or go ice skating at Clyde Community Park
  • Grab a slice of pizza and hit the lanes at Plaza Lanes and Cameo Pizza

When you are showing your kids and their friends or your extended family around Sandusky, you will find plenty of great things to do. Enjoy picnics in the park, outdoor activities and much more:

  • Pack a picnic and explore the play areas at Birchard Park
  • Walk along the seasonal wetlands on the trails of Blue Heron Reserve
  • Grab your putter for a round of mini-golf at Parkside Miniature Golf
  • Play a game of HORSE on the basketball court at Cherry Street Park
  • Feed the wildlife at Lagoon Deer Park

Be a part of living history during your stay in Sandusky. Check out some of the best education activities for the whole family including:

  • Learn about early 20th century farming at Creek Bend Farm
  • Tour the home of Civil War General James B. McPherson
  • Experience the past coming to life at the Clyde Historical Museum
  • Learn something new on the Sandusky County Jail and Dungeon Tour
  • All aboard for a train history lesson at Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

While you explore the city, why not explore your creative side too? Here are a few of the best ways to inspire your kids with art during your stay in Sandusky:

  • Enroll in an acting class at the Fremont Community Theater
  • Take a painting class at the Crooked Canvas
  • Bust a move during a dance class at Linda Lee Dance Studio
  • Decorate a keepsake to bring home at Pat Catan’s
  • Learn a new tune at Forte Music

No matter the weather, there are exciting things to do in Sandusky with kids. Whether you’re trying to beat the heat or play around on a rainy day, check out the best indoor games and activities across Sandusky:

  • Skate or rock climb at Fremont Community Recreation Complex
  • Step inside the world’s largest geode at the Crystal Cave
  • Enjoy a variety of games and attractions at Journeys Family Amusement Center
  • View fossils and Native American artifacts at the Woodville Historical Museum
  • Dive into a wet and wild afternoon at Maui Sands Indoor Waterpark