How about a few new things to do this year around the shores and islands of Lake Erie!
First of there are some new adventures at Cedar Point! Monster Jam® Thunder Alley, now through June 30! Get up close, sit in, and even ride in some of your favorite Monster Jam trucks. Monster Jam Thunder Alley includes four adrenaline-charged experiences included with park admission.
Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island also makes its debut at the park. The new attraction is described as an interactive experience, where you are challenged both mentally and physically to solve the mystery surrounding the Forbidden Frontier. It is said every experience has a different ending, determined by the player and the secrets unlocked.
How about skydive Put-in-Bay offers a unique new way to experience island thrills. Tandem jumps are available with island-based air service, Island Air Taxi, in conjunction with instructor JR Piosek, with over 20 years of experience and more than 19,000 jumps. Jumps include hand cam video to document your one-of-a-kind adventure.
Into a little wine drinking?? The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Cheers Trail is a fun way to explore area wineries, breweries, and distilleries. With 18 locations to discover, this new trail offers a reward to those who visit five locations. Pick up a brochure at one of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands welcome centers.
Maybe shopping is your thing? The Marketplace at the Cooke is a new indoor retail and restaurant space in downtown Sandusky, part of a $6 million renovation of the iconic Cooke Building at the corner of Columbus Ave. In the marketplace includes a Sandusky Children’s Museum, Noble Axes axe-throwing, Fancy Me Boutique, Bake Erie specialty sweets, Doughin’ Crazy edible cookie dough and ice cream, Derrick Jr’s barbecue and soul food, and Sandusky Bell and Deli. The marketplace will also host pop-up-shops from various local artisans. Sounds like a great time to me!
On the more relaxing side of things is the Lakeside Chautauqua dedicated to nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Lago Coastal Café The brand-new Pickleball Center opens this summer and the Lakeside Chautauqua organization has a brand-new app which offers program and schedule information on mobile devices! The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of new music director and conductor Daniel Meyer, will add some new shows to this venue.
Take a trip out to Vermilion for the new Erie Shore Wave Runners at Captain’s Corner Marina. In addition to wave runner rentals, the business offers guided tours through the Vermilion Lagoons, Vermilion River, and the nearby coastline via personal watercraft. I personally did not know Vermilion had lagoons?!
What other ideas for our great lake will you add to your summer vacation bucket list?