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What travelers to Sandusky are saying

We drove 13 hours from the Twin Cities to go to the rollercoster capital of the nation. We got discount tickets, but there is NO WAY a family can go without upgrading to the $75 fast pass. If you didn't (and we did not) you stood in line for up to 2 hours. It was more expensive than Disney World. It was a HUGE ripoff. There isn't much else to do unless you want to pay an additional $15 for parking. I ended up having to find other things to do. I knew it would be busy, but the way they do a fast pass is totally unreasonable. The people, however, were absolutely first rate.
Mary W. Jul 27, 2015
We were there for a lax tournament - Roller Coaster Rumble. Well run event which we've been to past 3 years. Discount tickets to Cedar Point were great. We went Friday afternoon after an early afternoon game, and due to the day, the overcast weather and potential threat of rain, we had the place to ourselves. We got to ride all of the best rides within 5.5 hours. Honestly the best day ever at Cedar Point.
SonicK Jun 24, 2015
It was a typical trip to Cedar Point.. Great weather and an overall pleasurable trip to the park.The fireworks that the park has for the 4th Of July are just amazing.A little construction on the main roads into the area but nothing too drastic.The worst part of the whole trip as always is the wait to get out of the park..don't bother getting in a hurry to leave you are sure to be stuck like everyone else.
Keith A. Jul 7, 2015

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
Econo Lodge North
3.3 / 5
50 reviews
2 stars $72
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites South
3.1 / 5
25 reviews
2 stars $39
Comfort Inn Sandusky
3.2 / 5
70 reviews
2 stars $99
Travelodge Lake Erie Sandusky
2.5 / 5
45 reviews
2 stars $40
Days Inn - Sandusky OH
3.1 / 5
69 reviews
2 stars $54
Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark
3.2 / 5
29 reviews
3 stars $96
South Shore Inn
3.1 / 5
52 reviews
2 stars $83
Super 8 Sandusky North
2.2 / 5
20 reviews
2 stars $50
Rodeway Inn North
3.0 / 5
62 reviews
1 star $43
Sleep Inn Sandusky
3.3 / 5
24 reviews
2 stars $89

Featured Sandusky Hotels

From $88

1 La Quinta Inn Sandusky - Cedar Point

3 stars
3.4 / 5 35 reviews

3304 Milan Rd

Less than a block from Sandusky's popular theme attraction Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and a few minutes' drive to Castaway Bay, La Quinta Inn Sandusky offers both affordability and convenience....

Above & beyond!
We were in town to visit Cedar Point for a couple days. So many motels to choose from & I'm glad we made this choice! Room was very clean &comfortable with jacuzzi tub, king bed, couch, huge TV,...
Aug 26, 2015
From $66

2 Baymont Inn & Suites Sandusky/Cedar Point

2 stars
2.4 / 5 16 reviews

1711 Cleveland Rd

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Just outside the gate of Sandusky's renowned Cedar Point Amusement Park and a few blocks from Castaway Bay, the refreshed Comfort Inn Maingate offers both convenience and great value. Guests at...

When we pulled in to check in, the maid was standing outside of a room with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. Two individuals pulled up looking like they were making a drug transaction. I was...
Aug 8, 2015
From $46

3 Knights Inn Sandusky OH

2 stars
3.7 / 5 124 reviews

2405 Cleveland Road

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Enjoy an affordable stay near Sandusky's most exciting theme parks at the AAA-approved Knights Inn Sandusky, just off US-6. Each guest room features free Wi-Fi access, a microwave and refrigerator,...

cedar point trip
Will stay here for all future trips to sandusky area. Location to cedar point was great and staff went above and beyond to make sure I knew how to get anywhere I needed to go, even drew a map on...
Jul 11, 2015
From $54

4 Days Inn - Sandusky OH

2 stars
3.1 / 5 69 reviews

1530 Cleveland Road

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Step into easy comfort at Days Inn - Sandusky, OH, just off US-6 in Sandusky. Castaway Bay and Cedar Point Amusement Park are a short drive away. The hotel provides both smoking and nonsmoking...

Great trip
The breakfast was very disappointing for a continental breakfast, but it was nice to go to a clean room every night. Bed was pretty comfy and it was really close to cedar point!
Aug 14, 2015
From $72

5 Econo Lodge North

2 stars
3.3 / 5 50 reviews

1904 Cleveland Rd.

Walk to Castaway Bay from Sandusky's centrally located and affordable Econo Lodge North, also a short drive to Cedar Point Amusement Park. The hotel serves a free continental breakfast with hot...

Cedar Point
Perfect location for trip to Cedar Point. The staff was amazing. The room was very clean and comfortable. It would be helpful to have a microwave and refrigerator in the room. I would recommend.
Aug 19, 2015
From $41

6 Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

2 stars
2.5 / 5 86 reviews

1932 Cleveland Rd - Rt 6

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Guests at Howard Johnson Express - Sandusky Park N. Entrance get free continental breakfast daily, free in-room Wi-Fi and a budget-friendly location that's as close as it gets to Sandusky's...

great ending to amusement park day
My daughter and I spent the day at amusement park. We knew we would be to tired to drive home. Before we left for the park, we went through ??? to find the best price an location for our trip. We...
Jul 23, 2015
From $104

7 Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central

3 stars
3.8 / 5 15 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 $96

8 Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark

3 stars
3.2 / 5 29 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...

Family Trip
The room was clean and neat, however they did not clean our room the, we did not have bags open or anything on the beds. The fan in the bathroom would only work half the time so made it hard to...
Aug 13, 2015
From $39

9 Econo Lodge Inn & Suites South

2 stars
3.1 / 5 25 reviews

3309 Milan Rd.

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...

A Good Stay
We rented 1 room for our family of 6 for one night, after a trip to Cedar Point. We arrived late, and the Manager was very friendly and helpful. The Hallways aren't the cleanest, and have a musty...
Aug 19, 2015
From $66

10 Americas Best Value Inn Lake Erie Sandusky

2 stars
2.3 / 5 112 reviews

5608 Milan Road

Open seasonally from late spring until early autumn, Americas Best Value Inn Lake Erie Sandusky offers affordable convenience to Sandusky's exciting amusement parks. Ghostly Manor and Cedar Point...

cedar point trip
the first room they give me the bathroom light didn't work, then the second room the air didn't work. They sent someone to fix it and it worked for the first night then they had to come back the...
Jul 29, 2015
From $171

11 Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky

3 stars
4.1 / 5 66 reviews

4600 Milan Rd

Great Wolf Lodge - Sandusky is a destination unto itself, with 33,000 square feet (3,065 square meters) of indoor waterpark fun, a seasonal lake-size outdoor pool, themed guest suites and an arcade...

Great family trip
Great resort. Kids had a blast. Water is a little cold but the kids did not mind.
Jun 19, 2015
From $33

12 Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

2 stars
2.4 / 5 44 reviews

2809 Milan Road

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Start the day with free Rise'n Dine breakfast at the easy Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park. This affordable Sandusky hotel features refreshed guest rooms with free Wi-Fi, a...

night with the kids
Very clean comfortable room in a convenient location. Older hotel but clean and quiet with a nice little pool. Good value for a night or two
Jul 28, 2015
From $110

13 BEST WESTERN PLUS Sandusky Hotel & Suites

3 stars
3.9 / 5 62 reviews

6011 Milan Road

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Find upscale surroundings and perks at the smoke-free Best Western PLUS Sandusky Hotel & Suites. An affordable hotel catering to both business and leisure travelers, amenities include a...

Just OK
This hotel is nice. However, our room still had candy wrappers and gummy bears on the floor when we got there. When we had our room cleaned the next day they were still there, the trashes didn't...
May 26, 2015

14 Holiday Inn Express & Suites SANDUSKY

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

1515 Cedar Point Drive

The Holiday Inn Express Sandusky, Ohio Offers Great Perks Known as "Americas Roller Coast," Sandusky is the ideal place to stay featuring Cedar Point Amusement Park. Situated on Sandusky Bay with a...

From $83

15 South Shore Inn

2 stars
3.1 / 5 52 reviews

2047 Cleveland Road

Just a few steps from Sandusky's Castaway Bay and a short drive from Cedar Point Amusement Park, South Shore Inn offers family-run comfort and convenience. The hotel features a great selection of...

Fun time
Hotel was close to amusement park. Staff was very friendly. Had a fun time.
Aug 11, 2015
From $78

16 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 $50

17 Budget Host North Cedar Point

2 stars
3.0 / 5 50 reviews

2027 Cleveland Rd.

The value-priced, AAA-approved Best Budget Inn N Cedar Point is only one block from Sandusky's Castaway Bay and a short drive from Cedar Point Amusement Park. A large outdoor pool with a sundeck...

From $99

18 Comfort Inn Sandusky

2 stars
3.2 / 5 70 reviews

5909 Milan Rd. US 2 & US 250

Comfort 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, feast on hot waffles as part of the free breakfast served...

Nice stay
The rooms seems to be newly renovated. The front desk staff are very friendly.
Aug 19, 2015
From $50

19 Super 8 Sandusky North

2 stars
2.2 / 5 20 reviews

5410 Milan Road

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Enjoy a location only a few minutes from Sandusky's Castaway Bay at Super 8 Sandusky North. This affordable hotel offers smoking and nonsmoking rooms with free breakfast, high-speed Internet access...

Couple's trip
Stayed here for the night after going to Cedar Point with my girlfriend during the day. I usually don't complain about hotels/motels but this one was extraordinary bad. The bathroom door didn't...
Aug 11, 2015
From $122

20 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sandusky

3 stars
3.7 / 5 14 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