Kelleys Island

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Kelleys Island is an island and city in Erie County, Ohio. The island is sparsely-populated, with a small village on the south side of the island, a limestone quarry on the west side, and a State Park on the north side. Ferries from the mainland dock at the village several times/day during prime tourist season.

Get in[edit]

Kelleys Island can be reached by ferry from Sandusky or Marblehead Peninsula, by airplane or private boat.

  • Kelleys Island Ferry Boat 510 W. Main St., Marblehead, Ohio 1+ 419-798-9763 http://www.kelleysislandferry.com Offers passenger and vehicle ferry service between Kelleys Island and Marblehead runs daily year-round, weather permitting. During peak season, ferries run every half-hour and offer late night service on weekends. There is a parking fee at the Marblehead dock. Rates of the Kelleys Island Boat Company (each way) are $9.50 for adults, $6 for children, $15 for autos, $4 for bicycles, and $8 for motorcycles as of 2013.
  • The Jet Express 101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky, Ohio 1+ 800-245-1538 http://www.jet-express.com Offers passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky, Ohio to Kelleys Island aboard hydro jet catamarans. Ferry operates daily during summer and weekends spring and fall.
  • Griffing-Sandusky Airport and Flying Service 3115 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, Ohio 1+ 419-626-5161 http://www.griffingflyingservice.com Offers service to Kelleys Island with prior reservations.
  • Erie Ottawa Regional Airport 3255 E. State Rd., Port Clinton, Ohio 1+ 419-734-6297 http://www.portclintonairport.com Offers service to Kelleys Island with prior reservations.

Get around[edit]

The island has many miles of paved roads if you ferry your car, though many choose to travel by foot, bicycle, or golf cart.

See[edit]

Ohio's largest island is full of adventure for all ages. It has 600 acres of state park lands, 17 miles of coastline, beautiful wildflowers, nature trails, a fossil-filled quarry, and wetlands which are admired by nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. There is also a popular downtown district that offers shopping and entertainment, as well as dining and drinking establishments.

  • Glacial Grooves State Park (Kelleys Island). The world's largest accessible glacial grooves, embedded with fossils that are 350-400 million years old. Located on the north side of the island, the grooves can be viewed from a walkway and stairs. The wavy trough is 400-feet long, 35-feet wide, and up to 10-feet deep carved by glaciers pressing large stones along the bedrock. Free.
  • Inscription Rock, a boulder covered in native petroglyphs. Near the ferry dock at the south end of the island. Free.
  • The ruins of an old winery can be seen half-way between the State Park and the Village.
  • Kelleys Island Historical MuseumDivision St., Kelleys Island +1 419-746-2399. Exhibits include the Himmelein House, commercial fishing artifacts, Estes school, island churches and wineries, fossils, Indian artifacts and Shays locomotives.
  • Kelleys Island State Park920 Division St., +1 419-734-4424. The park features hiking trails, camping, launch ramp, fishing, summer programs, picnic shelter, and sandy swimming beach.
  • Kelleys Island Wine Company418 Woodford Rd. +1 419-746-2678. Beautiful indoor and outdoor setting, dining options, special events, catering, and wines. Horseshoe pit, volleyball, cornhole, and gift shop also available.

Drink[edit]

Several bars exist in the village, and Kelleys Island Brewery produces several varieties of ale and lager at their facility west of the village.

Sleep[edit]

  • Kelleys Island State Park920 Division St +1 419 746-2546. 45 non-electric, 82 electric sites, showers, flush toilets, volleyball court, six miles of hiking trails, North Pond Nature Preserve, North Shore Nature Preserve, picnic areas, a picnic shelter, launch ramps, fishing, 100-foot swimming beach and hunting.
  • Kelleys Island Venture Resort441 W. Lakeshore Dr +1 419 746-2254. 30-room hotel with private balconies and decks.

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