Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Lake Erie Shores & Islands! There's So Much To Love! #LakeErieLove

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lake Erie Shores & Islands! There's So Much To Love! #LakeErieLove

*Disclosure- This is not a sponsored post, though I am sharing the information in my continued blogger partnership with Cedar Point & Castaway Bay.


When I took my family to Castaway Bay last month, I was treated to a special gathering for bloggers where we learned about all of the new and exciting happenings going on in the Lake Erie area. I came home with a ton of reading material, and was pretty surprised at how much they actually have to offer. See, my family usually heads to Sandusky, Ohio every year to enjoy Cedar Point Amusement Park. Once we've wiped ourselves out there for 2 days, we head back home without a second thought to area attractions. Big mistake! We've been missing out on so much fun all of these years!

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands region has something for pretty much everyone!

For Families, hit up one of the many fun centers- Island Adventures Family Fun Center, Northern Lights Arcade and Goofy Golf. Animal lovers will have a blast at Lagoon Deer Park, Toledo Zoo, and my personal favorite, The African Safari Wildlife Park! Each attraction offers families hours of fun and entertainment!

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We still giggle over all the fun we had at The African Wildlife Safari!

Getting hands on with the animals at the Toledo Zoo

If you are into history, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region is the place to be! Visit Edison Birthplace where you will see the early boyhood home of Thomas Alva Edison, which features a collection of rare Edison inventions, documents, and family mementos. Tour 16 buildings in a 19th century village at The Historic Lyme Village. The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom showcases Rush R. Sloane House, once owned by former mayor of Sandusky and former owner of Cedar Point, which was a safe house for runaway slaves. While still a private residence, plans are underway to turn the home into a B&B. Facer Park was also recently inducted into the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, and features a life-sized sculpture "Path to Freedom" that is composed of 800 feet of chain, and faces and limbs cast in bronze. Read more about the statue here: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/index.htm.

Get more lessons in history when you visit the 3 great local museums! Get a family pass to Maritime Museum, Milan Museum and the Merry-Go-Round Museum for only $45 for the 2015 season at any of the museum locations.

For the great outdoors lovers, be sure to hit up Lake Erie Island State Parks. New improvements are coming to Kelleys Island, North Bass Island South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island in 2015-2016. Ohio is proud to to be one of only 7 states in the nation where admission to state parks is free (www.ohiodnr.gov).

There's plenty for food and drink lovers too! Try Small City Taphouse, where you can order from over 300 beers (45 on tap) and dine on Asian Inspired cuisine. The Orchard Catawba Island is new to the area, and features casual American cuisine and an extensive wine list. Some of my favorite wines come from Firelands Winery. It is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, where wine has been made on site since 1880. The micro-climate of the island is so unique that the U.S. Government has declared it a specific viticultural area. Pop over to Tre Sorelle Cioccolato and pic up some of the yummiest chocolates around. We were treated to some samples at the Castaway Bay event, and they are divine!


Of course, thrill seekers will love all that Cedar Point has to offer. I am eagerly awaiting the new Rougarou Roller Coaster!

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Named after a terrifying warewolf-like creature in French folklore, the former Mantis roller coaster will be completely overhauled to include new floorless trains. Riders will zip though at 60 miles per hour while their feet dangle just inches above the track and murky waters below.

Also new at Cedar Point this year, 2015 will debut the newly-renovated Hotel Breakers!


Located on the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, Hotel Breakers will give visitors a look at the fresh new exterior, classic interior finishes, and newly furnished and remodeled rooms. Check out the fun colors and the headboards in the rooms. Aren't they awesome!?
 


I only touched on a small number of things that can be found in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region. If you would like to learn about any of the places I featured here, or all of the other fun area attractions, be sure to visit www.SHORESandISLANDS.com. Also, check out this fun promo video featuring up-and-coming Nashville country artist Walker Hayes. Hayes has had 2 hit singles on U.S. Country Top 100 Charts, and has visited the area several times to film pieces for the popular "Lake Erie Love" campaign.


           

What part of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region do you find most exciting? The museums, family fun activities, historical, amusements parks? Let me know in the comments below!



46 comments:

  1. Woah that new roller-coaster looks amazing! By the way I think one of your pic links isn't working.

    AI @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Ai! Got it fixed :)

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  2. I'd love to go there! I'd like to go to do the family related activities. I know my boys would love the roller-coaster. I hate roller-coasters. I'm such a wimp! I sit there and try not to watch them as they go on them.

    Your girls look so cute in those pictures! They were so little.

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    1. Cedar Point has some of the best coasters. At one point they had one of the tallest in the world.

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  3. looks like you had a really fun time!

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  4. Wow, that actually looks and sounds like quite the spot to tour around. The hotel looks very regal too.

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  5. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your #LakeErieLove with your readers. It really is a fun area to explore!

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  6. We used to tour Edison's place for field trips. I remember them feeding us Sloppy Joe's and chips, and everything being kind of dark. That's all I remember, but I did just tell my husband we should take the kids there this summer. You've given me some new places to visit too, that I hadn't even heard of... and aww to the pics. Took me a minute to realize those were your girls!!

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  7. You know, I never even heard of this place until now. It looks great, though. I'll be my family would have a blast there.

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  8. That's awesome that Hotel Breakers is getting updated! Northern Ohio is always a great place to visit.

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  9. I'm dreaming of those warmer temperatures coming my way soon! This looks like a fantastic place to visit with family. Hopefully someday!

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  10. I would love to go and visit ALL those museums!! That wildlife center would definitely be on my to go list as well!!

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  11. It sounds like there is a ton of stuff to do there. I would love to visit there someday.

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  12. I really need to check out the museums and parks. Of course I have to do Cedar Point too!

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  13. That roller coaster looks horrifying! That one drop on the right looks almost vertical :P

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  14. I have always wanted to go to Cedar Point. It looks like there is a lot else to do in the area too.

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  15. I'd love to take the kids to Cedar Point one day. I didn't know the Lake Erie shores had so much for families

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  16. Oh how beautiful it looks there. I would love to visit one day with the family.

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  17. When I was a kid and living in OK we would travel to MI to visit family. We would go to Cedar Point quite a bit. Since moving here a few years ago, I have yet to go. LOL There is a Thomas Edison Depot Museum in Port Huron, MI near his boyhood home. It's right by the Blue Water Bridge going in to Canada. One thing I love about MI is being surrounded by the Great Lakes. There is so much natural beauty here.

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  18. Wow looks like great fun! The rides look incredible that would probably be most exciting for us! We are a big ride and fun kinda bunch!

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  19. Looks like you had a fun time. The floorless roller coaster sounds like it will be a blast. I love to ride rides.

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  20. Visiting Cedar Point is on my bucket list, so of course I would have to see Lake Erie as well. I had no idea there was so much to do!

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  21. What a fun getaway! it would be great doing that with my kids for Spring Break

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  22. A floorless roller coaster?? I think I will let the younger kids ride that one. I would probably pee my pants.

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  23. I've never been to Lake Erie, but it sounds like a great family vacation. I can't wait to see it in person.

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  24. Looks like such a fun place to visit with the family. I'd love to take them there one day. We'd have a blast as we've never been.

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  25. We love Cedar Point, I have gone since I was a kid, and now we take our own kids, they love it! My favorite park!

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  26. This is fabulous. So much to do. Love the rooms

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  27. Looks like a fun place to visit, with lots to do. I like the look of that hotel room.

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  28. Ahhhhhhh rollercoasters!!! Such fun and my, have the girls gotten so big. Great pics!

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  29. That room is amazing! This looks like so much fun.

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  30. I've never vacationed with my kids in this area, but it looks like there is a lot to see and do. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. We haven't been to Lake Erie before. Looks like a great place to take the family.

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  32. What a great family vacation! Hubby and I are always looking for new places to visit.

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  33. I love, love, love Cedar Point! I haven't been there in years, though. I can't wait to take my family!

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  34. I've never traveled up that way but there really is a lot of different activities. I'm not a huge amusement park fan but everything else sounds very interesting.

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  35. This looks like such a fun getaway spot. I love that it has something for everyone.

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  36. I would love to go to the amusement parks. All the different family activities would be great to. Looks like there is a lot to do.

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  37. Sounds like a lot too do, and looks like it too. My daughter would totally love the zoo.

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  38. This looks like one of the funnest vacations ever. I really love the roller coaster headboards.The real coaster in the photo looks pretty scary though. I'd have to keep my eyes closed.

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  39. This sounds like such a fun place to visit! I think my kids would love to visit here someday and do all of these activities! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Here I am living in NJ and thinking it is Edison's birth place. Well, I learned something new. I would be fun to visit his birth place.

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  41. I have family in Toledo adn I visit about 4 times a year. The Toledo Zoo is very nice and Cedar Point is so much fun!

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  42. We love Cedar Point. The rooms look great! We were there a few years ago and wow! What a difference!

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  43. You had me at "winery", lol. Actually, I'm going to share this post with our friends - would LOVE a big trip with all our kids!

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