After our visit to Kalahari and the Cottages at the Water’s Edge, it was onto our final stop at Kelleys Island! We drove to Sandusky from Vermillion (about 20 minutes) to catch the ferry to Kelleys Island. We parked and then got our tickets from the Jet Express ticket window. We then boarded the boat and went up the stairs to sit on the top deck. Well, those seats fill up quickly so we stood the whole way to Kelleys Island. As you can see from pics, my kids loved it! Along the way, you could see Cedar Point and Put-In-Bay in the distance. (The Jet Express also goes to Put-In-Bay) It took about 20 minutes to get to Kelleys Island.
Once docked, we then got a golf cart to drive around Kelleys Island. You can rent these for a few hours, a day or a few days. We went to Portside Marina to rent our 6 seat golf cart. (We are a family of 5) We also got a map of the island and off we went driving around Kelleys Island. Before we could take off, my girls complained that they needed to buy sunglasses so we stopped at a shop and bought sunglasses while my husband and son went to buy water in the small downtown area. After that, we went back in the golf cart and drove up Division Street. We stopped at a cemetery and looked at the tombstones. There was a tombstone that was from the 1800’s!
We got back into our cart headed to the Glacial Grooves (part of the Lake Erie Island State Park) . This is where glaciers left grooves in the rocks that are 400 feet long, 35 feet wide and 10 feet deep. I honestly had never heard about these Glacial Grooves until I told my son that we were going to Kelley’s Island. He said “We learned about the Glacial Grooves in our Social Studies class.” (See, they really do learn a few things at school!) It was really hot and we took a few photos and then headed back to our golf cart.
After that, we drove to the beach of Kelleys Island State Park Beach. It was busy and my kids really wanted to go swimming because it was so hot! We did not go swimming because we did not bring our swimsuits. They just got to put their feet in the sand for a bit and then we decided to drive around the rest of the island. We loved driving around in the golf cart and seeing the houses on the island. My kids also liked that we were driving on the road with cars on the road. (Golf carts outnumber the cars!)
Once we got back into the downtown area, my kids wanted some ice cream. We ate some ice cream at a stand next to Papa T’s and enjoyed our ice cream on a hot day! It was then time to head back to catch the ferry back to Sandusky. We really enjoyed our entire trip to Lake Shores and Islands and I encourage you to visit these fun places all within driving distance around Ohio!
Full Disclosure: Social Moms Around Columbus was compensated for the ferry ride and golf cart in exchange for a blog post–as always, opinions are our own!