Area Attractions

Must Visit Destinations & Activities Near Port Clinton

Port Clinton, Ohio has long been a destination for travelers, vacationers, families and sportsmen alike. The Island House Hotel is ideally located in the heart of downtown Port Clinton and the heart of the tourist corridor.

We are ideally located within walking distance of many amenities and attractions and a short drive for those seeking adventure.

Put-In-Bay

Put-In-Bay, located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie’s western basin, is Ohio’s top summer resort and vacation destination. Since the mid 1800’s, PIB has been Ohio’s destination for recreation, providing a little something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Relaxing island bars, a wide variety of live music and entertainment, and of course, miles of beautiful beaches and coastline.

From historic locales, to activities for kids and adults, live music and entertainment, and lots of shopping, all collected in a fun and relaxing atmosphere where everyone is on “island time.” PIB plays host to over 750,000 guests during the summer months so bring your boat, or hope a ride on the Jet-Express, leaving at regular times from Port Clinton’s historic harbor.

Put-In-Bay is a must see Ohio attraction, whether stopping for the day or spending a week relaxing on this island destination. Don’t miss it during your trip to Northern Ohio this summer season! Read more about the island and its long list of summer events at visitputinbay.com.

Kelleys Island

The largest of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands, Kelleys Island, is dominated by natural areas. It appeals to nature and bird lovers as well as those looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway. Its rocky shorelines, Sandy State Park Beach, lush forests, popular winery and brewery, historic homes and friendly hospitality are inviting.

Islanders welcome visitors to share in their laid-back lifestyle. Rent a golf cart or bicycle and encounter the world’s largest, most spectacular glacial scoring, find Native American petroglyphs carved into a limestone boulder, hike miles of trails at the state park, charter a fishing boat to catch perch or walleye.

Downtown is the heart of the island where clothing and gift stores, miniature golf, karaoke, restaurants, and live entertainment bring rhythm to the island pace. Read More at kelleysislandchamber.com.

The Bass Islands

The Islands of Lake Erie have been home to some of the most interesting American and Canadian history, and offer some of the most unique and entertaining escapes anywhere in the Midwest. Neighboring both Kelleys Island and South Bass Island (Put-In-Bay), Middle and North Bass Islands blend nature and serenity into a secluded island getaway.

Originally named Ile de Fleurs, or Island of Flowers, visitors can find beautiful lake views, beaches, marinas, a historic district, a wildlife refuge, and an Ohio state park. The historic Lonz Winery property reopened in 2017 as part of Middle Bass Island State Park. It features an open pavilion and museum-like exhibits in the cellars.

Private Fishing Charters

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Lake Erie is home to the best and most productive sport fishing in the Great Lakes, with a long season and productive fisheries for both Walleye and Lake Perch. Looking for a full day excursion? Try one of our many fishing charters, available right out of the Port Clinton Harbor.



Charter boats with licensed captains can navigate the water and waves and understand the geographic features of Lake Erie’s floor to help improve the sport fishing experience. Licensed charter captains can be trusted to get a good offshore weather report, so you can safely enjoy Lake Erie’s bounty. Some may offer fishermen proper rods and reels with lines and baits or lures that are effective with the target fish population. When you sport fish with a professional, this popular Port Clinton leisure activity is truly leisure.

By concentrating on the right places at the right times, the local fishing charters consistently provide their customers a successful fishing experience. Your local Port Clinton fishing charter captain and crew will provide you expert coaching that gives even novice anglers a real chance to catch Lake Erie’s most sought after fish.

Cedar Point

Cedar Point is Ohio’s top family attraction, a 364 acre amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio on a narrow peninsula sitting right on the waters of Lake Erie. World renowned for its incredible variety of rides and fear inducing roller coasters, Cedar Point has been deemed “Best Amusement Park in the World” by Amusement Today for the past thirteen years.

Cedar Point has 75 total rides on site, more rides than any other amusement park in the world. With four roller coasters that are taller than 200 feet, and some of the newest, most modern coaster designs, it has been consistently rated the top amusement park for roller coaster fans world wide. The park also includes family attractions like Camp Snoopy, entertaining musical shows and rides that everyone can enjoy. No matter what age you are, Cedar Point has something for everyone, and the Island House is the perfect place to stay in between your adventures.

The Cedar Point amusement park also includes a mile-long white sand beach, an outdoor water park called Soak City, an indoor waterpark known as Castaway Bay, two marinas, and Challenge Park, which features exciting attractions such as go-karts, miniature golf, Ripcord and Skyscraper.

The Island House is a mere twenty minute drive from Cedar Point, and a brief walk from the Jet Express, Ohio’s fastest ferry service with a stop at nearby Sandusky, Ohio. Whether driving or floating across the bay, be sure to make the Island House your home away from the excitement of Cedar Point amusement park this summer.

Jet Express

Ideally located a stone’s throw from The Jet Express, The Island House Hotel is the perfect home base for exploring Ohio’s northern coast and the islands of Lake Erie. After a fun filled day at Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point or Kelly’s Island, there is no better place to rest up for another day of adventures than at The Island House. Whether you are headed to South Base Island or an afternoon at Ohio’s “Rockin’ Roller Coast” Cedar Point, The Jet Express will get you there quickly, in comfort and style.

Jet Express service has expanded from its original Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay route, to include the mainland ports of Sandusky and Lorain, with regular service to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay. Additionally, Jet Express now offers its Excursion Adventure Cruises, theme based voyages that visit a variety of U.S. and Canadian ports, from Detroit to Cleveland.

The Jet Express serves approximately 300,000 passengers per year, and employs over 100 seasonal crew, including many local students and retirees. Over the years, the Jet Express has evolved into one of the premier first-class, family oriented attractions in Ohio. Offering a wholesome, welcoming image and providing red carpet service for all of our passengers, no trip to Ohio’s north shore is complete without a trip on the famous Jet Express.