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Major history and modern amusements define Sandusky

Tucked between Cleveland and Toledo, the city of Sandusky takes care of all ages with a handy beachside location on the southern shores of Lake Erie, and great historical significance as a key part of the Underground Railroad. More energetic visitors can boat and parasail on the lake or enjoy the water indoors at Soak City, and round it all off with a ride on some of the largest roller coasters in the world at Cedar Point.


Things to do

Lake Erie

Thanks to its Lake Erie location, Sandusky has plenty of sandy shores to go around, and the sunsets across the vast water are worth staying up late for. One of the best family beaches sits right outside Cedar Point amusement park, and there are numerous scenic parks along the waterfront offering guests the opportunity to boat, kayak on the lake or enjoy a picnic. Cold Creek Trout Camp is a favorite for fishing enthusiasts at the west end of Sandusky, with the water remaining at a constant 48 degrees all year long.

Cedar Point

The biggest asset of Sandusky is Cedar Point, the "roller coaster capital of the world.” With waterslides, thrill rides and family entertainment, it's a fantastic all-around venue for families.

Sandusky State Theatre

In need of some quiet time in the evening? The Sandusky State Theatre has been going since 1928 and has a reliable line-up of blockbusters and old movies, concerts and performing arts events.

The Underground Railroad and Sandusky Museums

One of the most famous landmarks here is the "Path to Freedom" in Facer Park. A life-sized sculpture of an African American man, woman and child, it marks the town's proud role as a stopping point for slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Numerous museums are also worth your time. Have a go on the vintage carousel at The Merry-Go-Round Museum Downtown or practice your best pirate accent at The Maritime Museum, with its tales of shipwrecks and high sea adventures.


Where to stay

During the summer, Sandusky hotels can book up fast, but there is a wide range of accommodations to fit any budget. Noted chains like Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn offer basic lodging from around $60 a night or, for more luxury features, try the Hotel Breakers, a historic hotel near Cedar Point. Some local hotels offer packages including park tickets for between $200 and $500 a night. Various indoor waterpark resort hotels hold the family appeal, with Maui Sands and Great Wolf Lodge among the popular options.


Special events

Sandusky plans many events throughout the year and one of the most popular is the city's annual Ohio Bike Week. This 10-day celebration is a blend of motorcycle displays, swap meets and destination rides. Families also enjoy the annual Thumb Festival: a carnival weekend in June with all kinds of craft stalls, kids competitions, and oddball events like the Bed Races, where participants compete in pajamas!

Meanwhile, come at the beginning of December, and the County Christmas Celebration will provide caroling, craft shows and live entertainment. But don’t miss one of the more unusual seasonal parades, where traditional farm tools are lit up like festive decorations and floats come in the shape of tractors.


Best time to visit

Winter is quite cold, with temperatures in the low 20s, so outdoor activities are limited. However, the indoor waterparks are open all year and tend to be less busy during this season. July and August are the busiest months to visit, and amusement park attendance is high, as are the hotel rates. Fall is a good choice, as temperatures are cooler (in the 60s), and crowds are more sparse.

Recently Rated Sandusky Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Americas Best Value Inn Lake Erie Sandusky
2.4 / 5
121 reviews
2 stars $79
Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central
3.9 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars $88
Econo Lodge North
3.3 / 5
47 reviews
2 stars $64
Sleep Inn Sandusky
3.1 / 5
22 reviews
2 stars $79
Quality Inn & Suites Rainwater Park
2.6 / 5
18 reviews
2 stars $69
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sandusky Hotel & Suites
3.9 / 5
57 reviews
3 stars $80
Comfort Inn Sandusky
3.1 / 5
72 reviews
2 stars $71
Knights Inn Sandusky OH
3.6 / 5
129 reviews
2 stars $34
Super 8 Sandusky North
2.3 / 5
19 reviews
2 stars $47
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites South
3.0 / 5
22 reviews
2 stars $39

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From $80

1 BEST WESTERN PLUS Sandusky Hotel & Suites

3 stars
3.9 / 5 57 reviews

6011 Milan Road Map

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Free breakfast, pool and full service style at all-suites value hotelFind upscale surroundings and perks at the smoke-free Best Western PLUS Sandusky Hotel & Suites. An affordable hotel... More

Family Adventure
Our room was very clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The breakfast bar was well equipped with tasty selections. I would recommend this hotel to family and friends.
Oct 7, 2014
From $39

2 Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

2 stars
2.3 / 5 41 reviews

2809 Milan Road Map

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Large rooms, free breakfast and a pool draw budget-minded familiesStart the day with free Rise'n Dine breakfast at the easy Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park. This affordable... More

family vacation
Just there overnight but staff was nice and helpful and room was clean and comfortable.
Aug 14, 2014
From $49

3 La Quinta Inn Sandusky - Cedar Point

3 stars
3.2 / 5 31 reviews

3304 Milan Rd Map

Value priced Sandusky hotel with free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and poolLess than a block from Sandusky's popular theme attraction Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and a few minutes' drive to Castaway Bay,... More

Great price - no complaints
Room was clean, staff was great, bed was very comfortable, breakfast area was very crowded (that's usually a good thing). We we just passing thru and would definitely stay there again next year!
Jul 21, 2014
From $79

4 Americas Best Value Inn Lake Erie Sandusky

2 stars
2.4 / 5 121 reviews

5608 Milan Road Map

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Seasonal Sandusky value hotel with style, space and free breakfastOpen seasonally from late spring until early autumn, Americas Best Value Inn Lake Erie Sandusky offers affordable convenience to... More

Great stay for Cedar point guest
Hotel was cheap and really close to cedar point. If your looking for a hotel that is cheap and convenient and just looking for a place to sleep this place is great. Other than that don't get it.
Oct 13, 2014
From $44

5 Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

2 stars
2.5 / 5 89 reviews

1932 Cleveland Rd - Rt 6 Map

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Stay close to Cedar Point at budget hotel with free breakfastGuests at Howard Johnson Express - Sandusky Park N. Entrance get free continental breakfast daily, free in-room Wi-Fi and a... More

Cedar Point Weekend!
This hotel was exactly what you want for a weekend at Cedar Point!
Aug 25, 2014
From $39

6 Econo Lodge Inn & Suites South

2 stars
3.0 / 5 22 reviews

3309 Milan Rd. Map

Featuring free wireless high speed internet access, 24hr front desk services, seasonal outdoor pool, in-room safes, complimentary newspapers. Cable TVs with HBO. Daily Continental breakfast served... More

Visiting Sandusky For Our First Time
My boyfriend and I arrived at the Econo Lodge Friday night and were treated very nicely by the staff. They helped us with maps and things to do in Sandusky, Ohio. There was breakfast offered in the...
Sep 15, 2014
From $89

7 South Shore Inn

2 stars
3.1 / 5 47 reviews

2047 Cleveland Road Map

Family-owned hotel near Cedar Point offers charm and varietyJust a few steps from Sandusky's Castaway Bay and a short drive from Cedar Point Amusement Park, South Shore Inn offers family-run... More

convenient location
The room was sufficient for a 1 night stay. Could use some updating. No breakfast, no fridge in the room, shower head only came up to my chin and I'm only 6 feet tall.
Sep 2, 2014
From $94

8 Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark

3 stars
3.7 / 5 20 reviews

5513 Milan Road Map

Family Fun is NOW family affordable. Come experience the newest, family friendly waterpark resort in Sandusky, Ohio. With 224 spacious Hawaiian themed rooms and suites, the Maui Sands Resort and... More

it is what it is.
WATERPARK WAS AWESOME!!!!!! The rest of the hotel was not. The room was dark, dirty and somewhat depressing. The game room was lackluster. Some machines actually worked though! At least the hallway...
Sep 2, 2014
From $63

9 Days Inn - Sandusky OH

2 stars
3.1 / 5 72 reviews

1530 Cleveland Road Map

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Value meets comfort with free breakfast, free W-Fi, pool and game roomStep into easy comfort at Days Inn - Sandusky, OH, just off US-6 in Sandusky. Castaway Bay and Cedar Point Amusement Park are a... More

Visit family
The room smell was moldy. The hotel is really old. The sheets were clean.
Jul 28, 2014
From $88

10 Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central

3 stars
3.9 / 5 16 reviews

6100 Milan Road Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

the Midwest's capital of fun...welcome to the Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central.Family fun and adventure are waiting just minutes from the Hampton Inn® hotel in Sandusky-Central. You'll find roller... More

Weekend stay
Staff very friendly. Accommodations were great. Nice breakfast. Clean. Would definitely stay again.
Oct 13, 2014
From $71

11 Comfort Inn Sandusky

2 stars
3.1 / 5 72 reviews

5909 Milan Rd. US 2 & US 250 Map

Affordable family fun with free breakfast, game room and poolsComfort Inn Sandusky is a short drive from the area's top amusement parks, Put-in-Bay and Kelly's Island and beaches. In the morning,... More

Wonderful!!!
From check-in to check-out everyone was great. We had dinner at Baci restaurant and it was amazing. Amy Clifford , our waitress as amazing and nice. Anytime we come to cedar point we will stay...
Oct 6, 2014
From $140

12 Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky

3 stars
4.1 / 5 59 reviews

4600 Milan Rd Map

Waterpark resort with family-friendly lodge style, arcade and sweetsGreat Wolf Lodge - Sandusky is a destination unto itself, with 33,000 square feet (3,065 square meters) of indoor waterpark fun,... More

trip with grand kids
My 3 granddaughters ages 4,7,8, loved the place.They were so excited because they were big enough to ride all of the water slides (7 &8yr olds) and they are small for their age.The small slides...
Aug 7, 2014
From $34

13 Knights Inn Sandusky OH

2 stars
3.6 / 5 129 reviews

2405 Cleveland Road Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Budget Sandusky hotel near theme parks offers value and convenienceEnjoy an affordable stay near Sandusky's most exciting theme parks at the AAA-approved Knights Inn Sandusky, just off US-6. Each... More

Great Value and Location
It was great being so close to Cedar Point and the amenities were descent. (Refridgerator, microwave, and free wi-fi, etc) The free breakfast was simple, but much cheaper than going out. Overall, a...
Sep 30, 2014
From $79

14 Baymont Inn & Suites Sandusky/Cedar Point

2 stars
2.4 / 5 10 reviews

1711 Cleveland Rd Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Enjoy hometown hospitality and comfort amenities at the Baymont Inn and Suites Sandusky/Cedar Point! This location offers you convenient access to Sandusky business and financial districts, as well... More

Cedar Point stay
Basic spot-- dated, but clean. No frills, but good enough for a night. There aren't really any super nice or modern places to stay around cedar point, so there is no reason to spend a ton. This...
Aug 20, 2014
From $69

15 Quality Inn & Suites Rainwater Park

2 stars
2.6 / 5 18 reviews

1935 Cleveland Road Map

The hotel feature the Rain Indoor Water Park. The Rain Water Park features a 50 foot slide tower with two giant slides and additional water activities including children playgrounds. Admission is... More

Sandusky Quality Inn
It was a typical motel. The highlight was the resturant as it was very good. I would stay there again if in area.
Oct 8, 2014
From $64

16 Econo Lodge North

2 stars
3.3 / 5 47 reviews

1904 Cleveland Rd. Map

Budget hotel surprises with VIP desk, free Wi-Fi and central locationWalk to Castaway Bay from Sandusky's centrally located and affordable Econo Lodge North, also a short drive to Cedar Point... More

Great after a long day at Cedar Point
Staff gladly allowed us to have a late check in after Halloweekends at Cedar Point. Room was clean quiet, and comfortable. The location is great. Will definitely stay again!
Oct 13, 2014
From $37

17 Budget Host North Cedar Point

2 stars
3.0 / 5 53 reviews

2027 Cleveland Rd. Map

Budget Sandusky hotel next to Castaway Bay with free breakfastThe value-priced, AAA-approved Best Budget Inn N Cedar Point is only one block from Sandusky's Castaway Bay and a short drive from... More

From $54

18 Travelodge Lake Erie Sandusky

2 stars
2.4 / 5 46 reviews

5906 Milan Road Map

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Sandusky hotel with swimming pool, free breakfast and free Wi-FiFree continental breakfast starts the day right at Travelodge Lake Erie Sandusky. Guests enjoy standard and family-size rooms with... More

Great location
I was staying in the hotel during my visit to Cedar Point amusement park. The hotel was in a good location, only 15 minutes away, and was by far much cheaper than the other hotels in the area. It...
Aug 21, 2014
From $79

19 Sleep Inn Sandusky

2 stars
3.1 / 5 22 reviews

5509 Milan Rd. Map

Located minutes from Cedar Point, and Lake Erie beaches and islands. One mile from banks, shopping and restaurants. Applebees's Grill and Bar located in front of hotel. Hotel features indoor pool... More

mini vacation
We had a good experience. No issues. The kids loved making their own waffles in the morning.
Oct 12, 2014
From $47

20 Super 8 Sandusky North

2 stars
2.3 / 5 19 reviews

5410 Milan Road Map

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Economy hotel with bright pool, free breakfast and easy locationEnjoy a location only a few minutes from Sandusky's Castaway Bay at Super 8 Sandusky North. This affordable hotel offers smoking and... More

good to stay
overall good for what I have paid. But rooms are not much clean.
Sep 17, 2014