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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.