Inland Seas Maritime Museum

Learn about the sea-faring history of the Great Lakes at this hands-on and interactive museum. Located in Vermilion Ohio, about half way between Cleveland and Cedar Point, the Inland Seas Maritime Museum features an anthentic 1910 steamship pilot house, original timbers from early Great Lakes vessels, and artifacts from Great Lakes shipwrecks, among other exhibits.
Inland Seas Maritime Museum
480 Main St.
Vermilion, OH
440 967-3467
800 893-1485

Seneca Caverns

Located about 15 minutes from Cedar Point, Seneca Caverns is one of the largest underground caverns in Ohio. Visitors can take a one-hour tour that goes up to 110 feet underground and goes through seven subterranean rooms. The best part: on a hot summer's day, the caverns are a constant 54 degrees.

Seneca Caverns
15248 Twp Rd.
Bellevue, OH
419 483-6711

Thomas Edison's Birthplace

The inventor of the photograph and light bulb, among other things, is well-known for his associations with Michigan, New Jersey, and Florida, but did you know that Thomas Edison has born right here on the north coast in Milan Ohio, in 1847? The house where he was born, and lived until he was seven years old, still stands in its original location and has been restored and converted into a museum for Edison artifacts, inventions, and memorabilia.

Thomas Edison House
9 Edison Dr.
Milan, OH
419 499-2135

Johnson Island Cemetery

Over 9000 Confederate prisoners of war were once housed on Johnson's Island, a small piece of land just off the south coast of Marblehead, near the ferry docks and the Cedar Point Causeway. Between 206 and 267 of these soldiers are buried at the Johnson's Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery there. Today, the site is looked after by the U.S. Veteran's Administration and visitors are welcome year-round from dusk to dawn.

Back on the mainland is the Johnson's Island Museum, which features a scale model of the prison and other artifacts. The museum is open weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Johnson's Island Museum / Information Center
@ Ohio Veterans Home
3416 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870
 

Rutherford Hayes Presidential Center

Located in Fremont Ohio, about a half hour away from Cedar Point is the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. This 31-room mansion was the Hayes' primary residence after President Hayes left office in 1881. The complex, which includes the home, a museum, the grounds, and the tombs of President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, was the first presidential library and museum.

Today, visitors can take a guided tour of the house, stroll the grounds, and take an unguided tour of the museum. On display are original family furnishings, President Hayes' library of over 12,000 books, many of his papers, and Civil War and 19th century artifacts.