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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.

  • 1 Kelleys Island Ferry Boat510 W. Main St., Marblehead, Ohio +1-419-798-9763. 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.

  • 2 The Jet Express101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky, Ohio. 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 Service3115 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, Ohio +1-419-626-5161. Offers service to Kelleys Island with prior reservations.
  • 3 Erie Ottawa Regional Airport3255 E. State Rd., Port Clinton, Ohio +1-419-734-6297. Offers service to Kelleys Island with prior reservations.
  • 4 Kelleys Island Landing Field. the airport on Kelleys Island.
Map of Kelleys Island

Get around[edit]

The island has many miles of paved roads if you ferry your car to Kelleys Island.

Golf Carts are a popular way for locals to get around, and are available as rentals.

Many choose to travel by foot or bicycle.

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.

  • 1 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. Kelleys Island State Park on Wikipedia Q6385748 on Wikidata
  • 2 Inscription Rock. A boulder covered in native petroglyphs. Near the ferry dock at the south end of the island. Free.
  • 3 Winery Ruins. The ruins of an old winery can be seen half-way between the State Park and the Village.
  • 4 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.
  • 5 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. Free. Kelleys Island State Park on Wikipedia Q6385748 on Wikidata
  • 6 Kelley's Island War Memorial. Free.
  • 7 Shrine. 24/7. A small wayward christian shrine Free.
  • 8 Monument to the Unknown Soldier. Free.
  • 9 Charles Herdon Sculpture Garden.
  • 10 Kelley's Island State Park Public Beach. Free.

Learn[edit]

  • 1 Kelley's Island Library. Free.
  • 2 Kelley's Island School (Estes School). Kelleys Island School on Wikipedia Q6385746 on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Kelley's Island Market. A basic general store for basic goods. Has an ATM.
  • 2 Village Peddler. Clothing store
  • 3 Caddy Shack Square. Offers a variety of themed shops, plus a golf course.
  • 4 Sweet Valley Pette Stope.
  • 5 Kelley's Island General Store. Sells touristy items
  • 6 Vi's Island Treasures.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Seaway Marina. A coffee shop and convenience store

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.

  • 1 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.
  • 2 The Village Pump. A downtown pub.
  • 3 Captian's Corner.
  • 4 Kelley's Island Brewery.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 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.
  • 2 Kelleys Island Venture Resort441 W. Lakeshore Dr +1 419 746-2254. 30-room hotel with private balconies and decks.
  • 3 West Bay Inn.
  • 4 The Fly Inn Luxury B&B.

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