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Road trip - Indiana to Niagara Falls, what to do in Ohio

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Road trip - Indiana to Niagara Falls, what to do in Ohio

My husband and I and our 4 boys, ages 6-14, are headed to Niagara Falls in August. I'd like some help with our itinerary. We're stopping in Toledo to show the kids around where we lived for a couple of years and then plan to go to Put-in-Bay. I've also heard of Kelley's Island and Marblehead, would either of those be a better choice? I'd like to stay on the beach somewhere for a night near Cedar Point and also do the waterpark, my kids aren't big on coasters yet. Any suggestions on places to stay would be appreciated! Then want to stop at the RRHF in Cleveland. Is there anything we should check out between Cleveland and Niagara Falls?

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1. Re: Road trip - Indiana to Niagara Falls, what to do in Ohio

Cedar point has hotels that have access to the beach, The Breakers being one of them - they are expensive during the season. Kelly's Island would be a nice place to visit, Put in Bay is also great, just be advised that at night and on the weekends there are lots of bachelor and bachelorette parties going on!!!

Niagara Falls is about 3 hours from Cleveland - the major cities between Cleveland and Niagara are Erie and Buffalo - both have casinos but that isn't exactly family friendly with young children! You can post in those cities to see what they suggest.

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Put-in-Bay is largely a "party" destination, Kelly's Island or Marblehead would be a better suggestion IMO. There is a decent state park resort out that way called maumee bay that you guys might really enjoy, it's nothing fancy room-wise but is nice for a family vacation:

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i personally think put in bay is fine for families during the daylight hours. there's a lot more to see and do there versus kelleys island. kelleys is also very nice, just not as many things to explore. PiB you can go to the cave tours, visit the butterfly house, go up in Perrys Monument, take a tour of the island, sample wine and grape juice at the wineries, ride the carousel, visit the aquatic center where the kids can go fishing, etc...

marblehead is pretty, especially where the lighthouse is. you can wade on the rocks there, get your feet wet, but it's not a beach. sadly, the area is limited on beachside hotels. Breakers at cedar point is about it. you may want to consider some of the areas resorts like the Kalahari indoor waterpark, great wolf lodge indoor waterpark, or Sawmill Creek Resort (has huge indoor and outdoor pools).

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4. Re: Road trip - Indiana to Niagara Falls, what to do in Ohio

Check out the Plantation Motel in Huron, very near Cedar Point. It has TA reviews, and its own beach. East Harbor State Park would be a great place to camp!

Consider stopping to see the U.S.S. Cod in Cleveland, on the north marginal east of East 9th St. Your boys might find it a highlight of your trip!

If you like beaches, you might want to forget staying in the Cedar Point area and instead consider Presque Isle near Erie, PA. It has among the best beaches on Lake Erie and a very good family amusement park (Waldameer) that doesn't charge admission. My logic is that you likely will head back to Cedar Point in a few years, but maybe never again pass by Presque Isle as a family.

Also, the Whirlpool jet boats at Niagara Falls are a blast!

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