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===By train===
*[[:Image:Sandusky_Oh_Amtrak_Notice_05Ohio-28Sandusky-07Amtrak_Station.jpg|thumb|right|Sandusky Amtrak station]]*'''Amtrak''']] serves Sandusky - ''take a train to ride a coaster''. [[:Image:Ohio-Sandusky-Amtrak_Station.jpg| The train station]] is in an area with some other city offices and well lit. If you are arriving or departing from this station during dark hours or bad weather, you can all call the Police at ''+1'' 419-627-5900, they will come and unlock the well-maintained passenger waiting room. You may want to call about 20 minutes before your arrival.
==Get around==
Driving is easy and pleasurable. Taxis are scarce. Ferries to the islands leave from [[Catawba Island]], [[Marblehead (Ohio)|Marblehead]] and [[Port Clinton]] to the west. If you are just pleasure driving, consider going west along the lake to [[Marblehead (Ohio)|Marblehead]], [[Catawba Island]] and [[Port Clinton]]. These are more scenic areas with plenty of tourist attractions. Be on the outlook for bicycles and pedestrians during the day and after dark. Traffic and drinking while driving laws are strictly enforced.
 
Be aware that it is illegal to cross the causeway to Cedar Point by foot (and highly impractical).
*'''Bay Area Bike Rentals''', Downtown. ''1+''419-626-1048
*'''Roeder Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals''' 5316 Milan Rd. (US 250) ''1+'' 419-621-1046 21 years or older, valid motorcycle license, minimum $2,000 available on credit card.
The main attraction is of course [[Cedar Point]], but the surrounding area along the lake offers plenty to see. By going west toward Catawba Island (which is accessed by a land bridge), you will find plenty of historic sites like the [[Marblehead]] Lighthouse from where you can see [[Cedar Point]], or picnic, fish or watch the lake boat traffic and enjoy the coolest breeze in Ohio. Johnson Island has a Civil War Cemetery at the site of a Civil War Officers prison compound. The area is littered with historic sites. The older cemeteries in Sandusky and on the islands are also very interesting for those who appreciate stone carving.
Often overlooked is the beach at [[Cedar Point]], one of the nicest and cleanest beaches on Lake Erie. It is adjacent to the Breakers Hotel at [[Cedar Point]] and outside Cedar Point fence. Seldom, if ever crowded. Atlanta Georgia travellers would especially enjoy it on their trip to Sandusky and Cedar Point. Its often reported to be better than King's Island.
==Do==
*'''New Sandusky Fish Company''', 235 E Shoreline Dr. If you want "fresh" fish, this is the place. Located on the water front downtown. 80% of the building is dedicated to cleaning fish, which are delivered by boat to their dock, adjacent to the store. No inside dining. Picnic tables outside only. They also sell smoked fish-turtle meat-frozen sea food. Average meal $6.
*'''DeMores''', 302 W Perkins Ave. Great Seafood. Also a Port Clinton location.
*'''Dianna's Deli @ & Restaurant''', 3002 Milan Road, ''+1'' 419-625-9100. Great food. Ribs, chicken, pasta. '''Open 24/7''' Meals $6-12.
*'''Fisherman's Catch''', 3407 Milan Rd., ''+1'' 419-627-0170. A bit difficult to spot, but worth the effort. Inside dining or carry out. They sell deep fried fish by the pound or piece.
*'''Tofts Dairy & Ice Cream Parlour''', 3717 Venice Rd., [http://www.toftdairy.com/]. Dairy products since 1900. Located at the west edge of Sandusky. They put the "cream" in ice cream. Open year around, selling numerous dairy products manufactured on site. They also offer a limited variety of soups and sandwichesbetween 11 A.M. and 5 P.M. on weekdays. If you appreciate great ice cream this will make your day! Best bang for the buck. A small in a cup or a cake cone is about $2.50 40 and bigger than most places ' large.*'''The Lunch Box''', 154 Columbus Ave, 419-626-3825. Located in downtown very near the many boat docks in downtown Sandusky. The finest perch sandwiches and dinners are served with many traditional tasty favorites such as reubens, monte cristos, burgers, and grilled chicken sandwiches. After 11AM ask about the lunch specials that are a great value. Breakfast available all day. Hours are Sunday–Thursday 6:30AM to 3PM with Friday/Saturday hours 6:30AM to 8PM.
===Mid-Range===
*'''Club Xcentricities''', 306 W. Water St., ''+1'' 419-624-8118. Sandusky's premiere party place. It's a gay establishment where everyone is welcome! Come on down and dance to a live DJ weekends during the winter, and 4 nights a week during the summer. Drink specials daily.
*'''Louie's''': The favorite watering hole of the Cedar Point Staff. It's located just off Cedar Point Drive. On busy nights, patrons are required to show a Cedar Point employee ID.
*<drink name="Red Gables" alt="" address="Cleveland rd." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A small restaurant, that has fantastic steaks.</drink>
*<drink name="Chet and Matt's Pizza" alt="" address="1013 East Strub Road, Sandusky, OH" directions="" phone="(419) 626-6000 ‎" url="" hours="" price="$10-$25" lat="" long="">A nice family-run pizza place that's close to cedar point. </drink>
 
==Sleep==
Be keenly aware that, during the tourist season (no doubt due to Cedar Point), accomodations can be both overcrowded and '''very''' expensive. The main tourist season begins in early June, after most schools have finished for the summer, and doesn't end until late August when schools resume classes.
[[Image:Ohio-Sandusky-Lodging.jpg|thumb|250px|Lodging adjacent to Cedar Point]]
===Budget===
===Mid-Range===
*<sleep name="South Shore Inn" alt="" address="2047 Cleveland Road ~ Sandusky, Ohio 44870" directions="" phone="(800) 860-4436" url="http://www.southshoreinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Located just three minutes from World Famous Cedar Point, the South Shore Inn has all the amenities to insure an enjoyable vacation or business trip. Family owned and operated, the South Shore Inn offers warm and genuine hospitality, as well as a commitment to excellence and total customer satisfaction.</sleep>
* '''Best Western Cedar Point Area''', US 6 - 1530 Cleveland Road, ''+1'' 419-625-9234 (''fax: ''+1'' 419-625-9971''), [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=36032].
* '''Fairfield Inn & Suites Sandusky''', 6220 Milan Road, ''+1'' 419-621-9500 (''fax: ''+1'' 419-621-9500''), [http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/CLESD].
===Splurge===
*'''Hotel Breakers''', One Cedar Point Drive, ''+1'' 419-627-2106, [http://resorts.cedarpoint.com/public/resorts/index.cfm?resort_id=2]. Beautiful Historic, family-friendly turn-of-the-century hotel located at Cedar Point. Offers packages with Cedar Point tickets. The location is ideal for visiting Cedar Point, but the rooms are somewhat lacking in cleanliness and in need of renovation, and the hotel isn't the greatest value.
*'''Battle of the Indoor Water Parks''', Sandusky boasts three indoor water parks/resorts that draw families from all over the Great Lakes states:
**'''Castaway Bay''', 2001 Cleveland Rd. (U.S. Rt. 6), ''+1'' 419-627-2106, [http://www.CastawayBay.com]. Caribbean theme with palm trees, huts and inland lagoons, Ten water slides, water coaster, wave pool and toddler’s pool. Also located in the hotel is a day spa. Offers packages with Cedar Point admission tickets. **'''Great Wolf Lodge''', 4600 Milan Rd. (U.S. Rt. 250), ''+1'' 419-609-6000, [http://www.GreatWolfLodgegreatwolf.com]. 9 waterslides, 5 pools and 2 giant whirlpools, treehouse waterfort, climbing wall.
**'''Kalahari Resort''', 7000 Kalahari Dr. (off U.S. Rt. 250), ''+1'' 419-433-7200, [http://www.KalahariResorts.com]. African theme, surfing pool, water slides, water coaster, water raft rides, outdoor pool area, spa for the parents and a lot of other indoor activities.
*'''[[Cleveland (Ohio)|Cleveland]]''' is about 1 hour and 13 minutes east on Ohio State Route 2. Home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
*'''[[Toledo (Ohio)|Toledo]]''' is about 1 hour and 9 minutes west on Ohio State Route 2. Check out the Toledo Zoo.
 
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