Marblehead Lighthouse (pictured left) is the oldest, continuously operational lighthouse on the Great Lakes. It has been featured on a U.S. postage stamp, has appeared on the license plates of Ohio's drivers, and has been added to the Ohio State Parks system. Found on the northernmost tip of the Marblehead Peninsula, this popular lighthouse's history began in 1819 when the fifteenth U.S. Congress decided that the area was too dangerous to be navigated without some sort of beacon. The sum of $5,000 was allocated for the construction of a light tower at the entrance to Sandusky Bay at Bay Point, Ohio, hoping that the lighthouse would help vessels travel safely through Lake Erie's nor'easters and the clusters of small islands on the southernmost coast of the lake.
Huron Lighthouse and Fishing Pier
The Huron Lighthouse is maintained by the United States Coast Guard. The lighthouse is not open for tours; however, visitors can walk the mile-long pier for close-up views. The pier is a great fishing spot year-round.
This lighthouse is a replica of an original that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 years. The lighthouse is located next to Main St Beach. Visitors can walk up to, but not enter the lighthouse.
Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island
Put-in-Bay, located on South Bass Island, just north of Sandusky and Port Clinton Ohio, is Ohio's Lake Erie playground. Cut off in the winter, the island comes alive in the summer with antique stores, a vibrant marina, lots of lively bars and restaurants, and a home-grown brewery and historic winery.
The island is reachable from by Miller's ferry from Port Clinton and by Jet Express' jet-powered catamarans from Catawba. The ferry runs regularly from late May to late November. Jet Express runs from May to October. You can also reach the island year-round by small aircraft, weather permitting.
Kelley's Island, the largest of the American Lake Erie islands, is located just off the north central Ohio coastline, accessible by frequent ferries and small airplanes.
The island is a summertime favorite. Less crowded than its cousin, Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay, Kelley's is known for its restaurants, winery, Victorian Houses, and its Glacial Grooves, souvenirs from the Ice Age.