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19 Unique Ideas To Enjoy a Sandusky, Ohio Romantic Getaway

Ohio’s quaint towns and beautiful landscapes make a picturesque backdrop for a romantic getaway. Some of the best spots to spend quality time with your beloved are along the shores of Lake Erie. Keep reading below for 19 unique ideas to enjoy a Sandusky, Ohio romantic getaway!

Nestled along the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky has been a popular vacation spot since the late 1800’s. Celebrating its bicentennial this year, Sandusky is experiencing a renaissance, making it a great Ohio weekend getaway.

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Where to Stay: Sandusky Hotels

Hotel Kilbourne

Located on the city’s historic waterfront, Hotel Kilbourne is Sandusky’s first boutique hotel. Featuring nine sleek and modernly designed rooms with a city or waterfront view. Cozy white luxury bedding, Nespresso machine, mini-fridge, free-Wi-Fi, flat screen tv and Molton Brown bath amenities, makes a room at the Hotel Kilbourne the perfect retreat for couples after exploring Sandusky.

Sandusky, Ohio Romantic Getaway

Location: 223 West Water Street Sandusky, OH

Website: Hotel Kilbourne

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Sandusky Attractions:

There are plenty of things to do during your Sandusky, Ohio romantic getaway. From adventure sports to historical tours to eating your way around town or visiting a local winery, there is something for every couple in Sandusky making for the perfect Lake Erie romantic getaway!

Firelands Winery Sandusky, Ohio

Firelands Winery

Sandusky for the Adventurer:

If you are a thrill-seeking, adventure loving couple, then check out these adventures awaiting you in Sandusky.

  • Climb a Rock Wall

As Sandusky’s only rock climbing wall, race your partner 32ft. up to the top!

Location: 305 East Water Street, Sandusky, OH

Website: Paddle & Climb

  • Sandusky Segwave Tours

As a fun alternative to a walking tour, take a guided Segway tour of Sandusky’s attractions and ride along the waterfront.Sandusky Segwave

Location: 107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH

Website: Sandusky Segwave

  • Parasail Lake Erie

Get the best views of Lake Erie and Cedar Point when floating high above the water together in a parasail. Parasailing is seasonal (May-September).

Location: Cedar Point Beach

Website: North Coast Parasail

  • Thrilling Airboat Ride

Take a thrilling airboat ride of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay from Air 1 Airboats. Airboat rides are seasonal (May-September), but they do offer ice fishing excursions in the winter.

Sandusky Airboat Ride

Location: 2312 River Avenue, Sandusky, OH

Website: Air 1 Airboats

  • Rent a Jet Ski

Make some waves and cruise the open waters of Lake Erie with your own personal watercraft.

Location: Cedar Point Beach

Website: North Coast Parasail

  • Take a Hike

Enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie’s shorelines with a hike at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve.

Location: 2715 Cleveland Road W, Huron, OH

Website: Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

  • Experience Roller Coasters and Thrill Rides

Known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point won’t disappoint adventure seekers. Experience the thrill of one of their 18 world-class roller coasters and numerous other fun rides.

Sandusky, Ohio Romantic Getaway

Cedar Point from Sandusky Bay

Location: 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH

Website: Cedar Point

Sandusky for the Lake Lover:

  • Take a Sunset Cruise

Enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie on a relaxing sunset cruise aboard Goodtime I. Snuggle up with your partner to watch the sunset over the lake while enjoying live relaxing music, snacks and beverages (available to purchase on board). Cruises are seasonal, check website for more information.Sandusky, Ohio Romantic Getaway

Location: 109 West Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH

Website: Goodtime Boat

  • Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals

Renting a stand-up paddleboard or kayak will allow you to enjoy the water at a slower pace. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Paddle & Climb will comfortably outfit you and your loved one for a relaxing day on the water.

Location: 305 East Water Street, Sandusky, OH

Website: Paddle & Climb

  • Lakeside Stroll

Take a romantic stroll hand-in-hand with your partner along the shores of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay.Sandusky, Ohio Romantic Getaway

Sandusky for the History Buff:

Established in 1818, Sandusky has two-hundred years of history to explore.

  • Historic Walking Tour

Take a self-guided walking tour of Washington Park, Downtown Sandusky and spots in Sandusky which played an active role in the operation of the Underground Railroad.

Location: Throughout Sandusky

Website: Erie County Historical Society

  • Maritime Museum of Sandusky

Explore the maritime history of Sandusky and Lake Erie with a visit to the Maritime Museum of Sandusky.

Location: 125 Meigs Street, Sandusky, OH

Website: Maritime Museum of Sandusky

  • Marblehead Lighthouse

Built in 1821, Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest continuous operating lighthouse on all of the Great Lakes. Explore the Keeper’s House, Lifesaving Station and the Lighthouse (all buildings are open seasonally, May-September, the park grounds are open year-round).Marblehead Lighthouse, Ohio

*I find the lighthouse even more romantic just before sunrise. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunrise over the lake!

Location: 110 Lighthouse Drive, Marblehead, OH

Website: Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

  • Merry-Go-Round Museum

Located in the former Sandusky Post Office (which is now on the National register of Historic Places), the Merry-Go-Round Museum is home to exquisite and rare carousel figures, dating back to the late 1800’s. Visitors can also take a ride on the historic 1939 Allan Herschell Corporation Merry-Go-Round.

Merry-Go-Round Museum, Sandusky, Ohio

Location: 301 Jackson Street, Sandusky, OH

Website: Merry-Go-Round Museum

  • Sandusky State Theatre

Watch a theatrical or musical performance in the historic 1928 Sandusky State Theatre.Sandusky State Theatre

Location: 107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH

Website: Sandusky State Theatre

  • Boy with the Boot Statue

As Sandusky’s unofficial mascot, the “Boy with the Boot” statue first made its appearance in 1895. The original statue is securely housed in City Hall, but the bronze replica still remains an iconic symbol of the town.Things to do in Sandusky, Ohio

Location: Washington Park

Sandusky for the Foodie:

From local flavors, seafood, ethnic foods to fine dining, foodies will be delighted with the delicious restaurants in Sandusky.

Sandusky Restaurants

Sandusky, Ohio Romantic Getaway

Sushi at Small City Taphouse

Sandusky Nightlife:

Sometimes the best way to unwind after a long day exploring a new place is by sipping on a drink at a local bar, brewery or winery. Sandusky has several options for nightlife and great places to savor a cocktail, craft beer or local Ohio wine.

Sandusky Bars

Volstead Bar Sandusky, Ohio

Craft Cocktails at Volstead Bar

With a picturesque shoreline, thrilling adventures, historical tours, delicious culinary scene and fun nightlife, why not start planning your Sandusky, Ohio romantic getaway?




A special thanks to Lake Erie Shores & Islands and all the wonderful businesses we visited in Sandusky! I was an invited guest of Lake Erie Shores & Islands. As always on Ohio Girl Travels, all opinions are my own!

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