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“A perfect summer's day trip”
Review of Lake Erie Islands

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Ranked #788 of 2,203 things to do in Ohio
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We boarded the Kelly's Island Ferry in Marblehead, Ohio- bikes in tow- and treated ourselves to one of the nicest biking day trips we've enjoyed. The 4-mile square island has mostly level, safe roads and striking scenery as you travel around the western side. We explored Monument Point, a large rock with native American carvings, glacial grooves, a beach, hiked through a wetlands area and enjoyed lobster chowder at a quaint downtown restaurant. The ferry was $20 round trip per person and $6 per bike. In the end, we decided it was well worth it. There are also 2 winerys, a brewery and a few other establishments that we didn't get around to visiting. This island is a quieter alternative to Put-In-Bay, with lots to explore.

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Reviewed 13 March 2014

I'm from Ohio and had no idea these islands even existed! I did a half day trip to Kelly's Island and Put in Bay and was in utter amazement, there was so much to see and do. I took the Jet Express Ferry from Sandusky, OH and went Island hopping. There was a lot of partying going on Kelly's Island, so if you like to party that's the place to be. Put in Bay was nice, I took the tour of the island and went to the winery where I was able to purchase a souvenir bottle to go! Lots of history out on those islands and I hope to go back again soon

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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Went for a long weekend at Cedarlane RV Park on Catawba Island, Lake Erie. What a great location! Large lots for the big campers, adult and childrens swimming pools, friendly owners and neighbors. The dogs have a great running park and only a couple miles from Lake Erie.
We went to Catawba Island park and enjoyed fishing, wading and rock searching in the lake. The dogs saw their first "big water" and they enjoyed the waves.
Found some sea glass and drift wood for crafts and on our way up, eat at Margaritaville!

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Reviewed 6 September 2012

We took a one day trip to Put in Bay with our nieces. We rented a golf cart and saw the entire island in about 4 hours. The highlight of the trip was cold ice cream next to the carousel. We really recommend a half day trip to this place. The boat ride on the catamaran is worth the trip. We took it from Sandusky and it is worth every penny.

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Reviewed 4 September 2012

We took the Jet Express ferry from Port Clinton to Put In Bay and then to Kelly's Island. It was nice not being stuck in a tourist trap and we had a BLAST driving a golf cart around the island and visiting the glacial grooves and the beach. TIP: When you get off the ferry, don't rent a golf cart there, go up the road a very short distance to the General Store (across from the Caddy Shack place with putt putt. They also have golf carts but they are EXPENSIVE). The General Store has 4 seat golf carts for $12 an hour or $44 for the day (could be half of day, can't remember because we only had time to do by the hour). The only thing I wish Kelly's Island had, is more signage to know where you are going. There are a few things we didn't get see like we wanted because we were pressed for time and wasn't sure where some of the things were. But the glacier grooves were very interesting and conveniently enough they were across from a small beach area. The beach area has dressing areas and bathrooms. If you are more nature loving people, head to Kelly's Island first, enjoy the beaches and other sights then head to Put In Bay.

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