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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
133 reviews
2 stars $57
Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky
4.1 / 5
67 reviews
3 stars $140
Knights Inn Sandusky OH
3.6 / 5
141 reviews
2 stars $52
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sandusky Hotel & Suites
3.8 / 5
65 reviews
3 stars $109
La Quinta Inn Sandusky - Cedar Point
3.3 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $84
Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central
3.9 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $92
Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance
2.5 / 5
95 reviews
2 stars $59
Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark
3.3 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $96
Quality Inn & Suites Rainwater Park
2.9 / 5
22 reviews
2 stars $79
Econo Lodge North
3.3 / 5
51 reviews
2 stars $69

Featured Sandusky Hotels

From $52

1 Knights Inn Sandusky OH

2 stars
3.6 / 5 141 reviews

2405 Cleveland Road

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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...

Great for the Money
While we were there, we had to deal with a fire alarm going off at 3 in the morning because someone didn't follow the rules in another building. Besides that, it was a great place to stay. We book...
May 7, 2015
From $57

2 Americas Best Value Inn Lake Erie Sandusky

2 stars
2.4 / 5 133 reviews

5608 Milan Road

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...

Out of date
This hotel was very out of date with the room. The front lobby was up to date and looked extremely nice. But the hallways and rooms looked like the 1950's. It looked like something you would see in...
May 19, 2015
From $109

3 BEST WESTERN PLUS Sandusky Hotel & Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 65 reviews

6011 Milan Road

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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...

Cedar point
Hotel was in a good location and room was ok but the Chlorine smell was overpowering in the lobby and elevator.
May 5, 2015
From $84

4 La Quinta Inn Sandusky - Cedar Point

3 stars
3.3 / 5 35 reviews

3304 Milan Rd

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,...

Awesome Trip!
The hotel was great! Great location and price. Everything was very nice, the room and bed was clean, and the staff was excellent! The breakfast was very good!
Feb 4, 2015
From $69

5 Econo Lodge North

2 stars
3.3 / 5 51 reviews

1904 Cleveland Rd.

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...

As Expected
This was just a one-night stay with friends so we just wanted something cheap. It was about as we expected -- pretty basic, but served our needs for a night.
Jan 15, 2015
From $44

6 Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

2 stars
2.3 / 5 43 reviews

2809 Milan Road

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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...

Great Place if you need simple & clean near cedar point
The room is nice enough.. clean, cozy... and very close to cedar point... continental breakfast is an added perk.. Enjoy stay.. I'd sleep in a box to go to cedar point again... AWESOME!
Dec 2, 2014
From $140

7 Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky

3 stars
4.1 / 5 67 reviews

4600 Milan Rd

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,...

mr terry oliver
good, i enjoyed my trip.The hotel could be cleaner.
May 13, 2015
From $92

8 Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central

3 stars
3.9 / 5 19 reviews

6100 Milan Road

Free On The House 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...

long weekend
Last minute hotel booking turned into a great weekend
Mar 3, 2015
From $67

9 Baymont Inn & Suites Sandusky/Cedar Point

2 stars
2.5 / 5 11 reviews

1711 Cleveland Rd

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Fresh accommodations and hot waffles one block from Cedar PointJust outside the gate of Sandusky's renowned Cedar Point Amusement Park and a few blocks from Castaway Bay, the refreshed Comfort Inn...

not bad
Very close to Cedar point and the room was not bad
Sep 8, 2014
From $74

10 Days Inn - Sandusky OH

2 stars
3.1 / 5 78 reviews

1530 Cleveland Road

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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...

Outdated getaway
I think the Hotel needs to update the rooms(out of style)Had mold in the bottom of the basket that held our wash clothes(very nasty) The bathroom needs updated and new everything. When you said...
Aug 11, 2014
From $96

11 Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark

3 stars
3.3 / 5 28 reviews

5513 Milan Road

Come experience our family friendly waterpark resort in Sandusky, Ohio. With 275 spacious Hawaiian themed rooms and suites, the Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark rooms accommodates single...

No internet
It says free internet, but it doesn't work in a room at the end of aisle. It's out of range. We needed WiFi, but it didn't work so we had to leave earlier. There was a dried chewing gum in the...
Feb 24, 2015
From $84

12 South Shore Inn

2 stars
3.1 / 5 52 reviews

2047 Cleveland Road

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...

Cedar Point
The hotel was just ok. I felt that is was a bit pricy for what I would consider a 1 star hotel
Dec 29, 2014
From $45

13 Travelodge Lake Erie Sandusky

2 stars
2.3 / 5 48 reviews

5906 Milan Road

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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...

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 $59

14 Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

2 stars
2.5 / 5 95 reviews

1932 Cleveland Rd - Rt 6

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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...

Wouldn't stay even if it were free!
The 1st room we went to was disgusting. There was food crumbs on top of the microwave, inside the microwave was caked with splattered food and wasn't cleaned in months. The refrigerator had food in...
Feb 27, 2015
From $79

15 Quality Inn & Suites Rainwater Park

2 stars
2.9 / 5 22 reviews

1935 Cleveland Road

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...

Definitely be back!!
My 6 year old twins had a blast on the water slides!! (So did my husband and I) the rooms were clean and the beds very comfortable. We went bowling, played lazer tag and ate and never had to go...
Feb 17, 2015
From $55

16 Budget Host North Cedar Point

2 stars
2.9 / 5 56 reviews

2027 Cleveland Rd.

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...

From $47

17 Magnuson Hotel Sandusky

2 stars
2.7 / 5 6 reviews

5918 Milan Road

The Magnuson Hotel Sandusky is located 4 miles from the Sandusky Speedway, 6 miles from Cedar Point Amusement Park, and 5 miles from the Lake Erie Island Ferries. Many dining options are within...

Would stay again
This hotel was actually closed for remodel I believe comfort inn had purchased it to turn it in to suites. So I was moved accross the street to the comfort inn. For all the reviews of hotels I had...
Oct 6, 2014
From $79

18 Sleep Inn Sandusky

2 stars
3.1 / 5 23 reviews

5509 Milan Rd.

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...

mini vacation
We had a good experience. No issues. The kids loved making their own waffles in the morning.
Oct 12, 2014
From $89

19 Comfort Inn Sandusky

2 stars
3.1 / 5 79 reviews

5909 Milan Rd. US 2 & US 250

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,...

A Cold Night in New York
Portions of this hotel appeared to be quite nice as it was undergoing remodel. We, however, were put in the old wing of the establishment. The heat was broken and hot water in the shower was...
Dec 23, 2014
From $129

20 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sandusky

3 stars
3.9 / 5 16 reviews

6220 Milan Road

Welcome to the Fairfield Inn & Suites, located in beautiful Sandusky, Ohio. Our hotel is conveniently situated on Route 250, within a short drive of local attractions including Cedar Point...

Kalahari Trip
My girlfriend and I had free tickets for Kalahari so we decided last minute to go. We wanted a hotel room but the rooms at Kalahari were way to expensive for what we wanted to do so we decided to...
Dec 31, 2014