Don’t forget Ohio’s Keys when planning your trip

Published 11:00 pm Sunday, July 5, 2009

No passport no problem “mon” just visit Ohio’s Keys.

Islands have always been an appealing escape, and Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands are no exception.

Middle Bass Island has a tranquil atmosphere and refreshing natural landscape that lures visitors to its shore for carefree, relaxing getaways; conversely, South Bass Island, often referred to by its village name Put-in-Bay, offers unparalleled adventure around every corner.

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Kelley’s Island, the largest of the three, offers a combination of the exquisite natural beauty with a milder blend of adventure and attractions.

During the warm, muggy humid days of summer these islands take on the feel and sounds of the Florida Keys. Explore more about the Ohio’s North Coast and the Lake Erie Islands at or call 800-255-3743.

All the fun of a genuine shore vacation is closer than you think. Nearly seven million people visit the Lake Erie Shores and Islands each year, solidifying its position as one of the most appealing vacation destinations in the Midwest.

From Top-Thrill coasters to unspoiled natural coastlines, the Lake Erie Shores and Islands offers year-round fun and relaxation for the whole family.

With a mainland area that spans from Vermilion to Genoa and inland, plus Kelley’s, Middle Bass and South Bass islands, the Lake Erie shores and islands boasts more than 150 miles of freshwater coastline and some of the greatest attractions around: Cedar Point amusement park offers more rides and roller coasters than any other park on the planet, and has been voted “Best Amusement Park in the World” for ten years in a row by Amusement Today readers.

For the history buffs perhaps our most well known historical treasure is the 352 foot tall Perry Peace Memorial on South Bass Island.

The monument was erected in the early nineteen hundreds in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s War of 1812 accomplishments. Visitors can take an elevator ride to an observation platform high above Lake Erie.

Another little known historical site is Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery and Museum.

More than 9,000 Confederate soldiers were once housed at the prison and more than 200 graves mark the site. The museum in downtown Marblehead features a scale model of the prison and many artifacts.

There are plenty of sports fishing opportunities at this self declared “Walleye Fishing Capital of the World”. Or just kick back and enjoy the miles of soft brown sandy beaches, quaint cottages and local festivals.

Nature lovers will enjoy Magee Marsh in western Ottawa County along with the nearby Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

These venues are considered by many groups including the Audubon Society to be one of the top bird watching spots in the United States.

The world’s best example of glacial carving is located on Kelley’s Island and visitors can tour the expansive Glacial Grooves.

So if you’re craving an island style getaway Ohio’s North Coast is only about five hours away from the Tri-State.

The good news is that you do not need a passport and they speak English although with a different accent than down here on the river.