Glistening waterways, world-class facilities and adrenaline-pumping attractions. Sounds like the ideal setting for a sporting event? Then check out all that awaits you in this sports planner’s paradise – Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Located along the shores of northern Ohio on one of America’s Great Lakes, this destination is ideal for athletes and guests alike. On the field, on the court or in the water, the facilities are impeccable and the backdrop is always stunning. And the staff of Lake Erie Shores & Islands CVB is ready to help make your event a success.
What can we do in Lake Erie Shores and Islands?
That question may best be asked as what can’t you do. The great thing about this area is that in addition to having the amenities to host world-class sporting events, it is also a destination that has been attracting families for years, thanks to an incredible amusement park, beautiful lakefront and so much more.
Cedar Point Amusement Park is the roller coaster capital of the world, and it’s right here in Lake Erie Shores and Islands. Located in Sandusky, Cedar Point is the only amusement park in the world with five rollercoasters taller than 200 feet – so buckle up and get ready for an adrenaline rush like you’ve never felt before.
But the amusement park isn’t the only attraction that makes this a fun family and group destination. Get up close and personal with wild animals at African Safari Wildlife Park or learn about the local marine life at the Aquatic Visitor’s Center. Take a boat tour or cruise among the islands and along the shore with one of many tour operators and see for yourself how great this Great Lake really is. Lay down your towel and enjoy a day at the beach, or go parasailing above the water, biking along the shoreline or kayaking through the waterways. Whatever your speed, you’ll find it here along the shores of Lake Erie.
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Amanda Smith Rasnick
CMP, Director of Group Sales
- Event Grant- Up to $5,000
- Event services support
- Attractions- Cedar Point, Indoor Waterparks, Lake Erie Islands
- Lake Erie- fishing, sailing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking
- Location- right off of the turnpike for ease of teams traveling to the destination
- Welcome bags
- Event marketing assistance
- Lodging packages and local discounts
Lake Erie Shores & Islands CVB has been instrumental in the development and success of the Santa Hustle race series. From its inception in Sandusky five years ago, the CVB has worked with us step by step to help our event flourish. We could not have had such quick and overwhelming success without their support and professionalism; they are truly an example of the kind of CVB that makes it happen.
– Aaron B Del Mar, Founder & CEO, Adrenaline Sports Management
The Cedar Point Run & Ride Race weekend was voted best post-race party by Runner’s World Magazine in 2015. Rev3 Adventure was able to create a full package weekend for guests with the support and promotion from a great partnership with Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
– KMike Spiller, Director of Operations, Rev3 Adventure
What facilities can you choose from?
Sports: Water sports, triathlons
Undoubtedly the biggest draw of visitors to the region is this Great Lake, Lake Erie. An icon of the American landscape, it’s also the perfect place to host a sporting event and will be sure to draw in guests with its familiar name. The lake’s various tributary rivers provide refreshing natural venues for water sports. Multiple bass and walleye fishing tournaments are hosted each year, drawing competitors locally and internationally. Non-motorized boaters, such as canoe and kayak paddlers, compete in inland or protected water venues while power boating and sailing competitions provide some high intensity excitement for spectators lining the shore. Or, make the most of both land and lake, and find that ideal location for triathlons right on famous Lake Erie.
Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center
Sports: Baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball
A brand new facility joins the Cedar Point family and just might be the perfect place to host your next event. Located three miles from Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sports Force Parks is a sporting complex that features nine multipurpose, synthetic turf fields. Visitors will love added attractions like mini golf, a ropes course, a trampoline structure and a playground.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Sports: Indoor sports
Did you know that Lake Erie Shores & Islands is home to the Midwest’s largest all-under-one-roof convention resort, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions? With so much space available, this may be the perfect place to host your upcoming event, and guests can even stay onsite in the 890 guest rooms. A grand total of 210,000 square feet of function space gives planners plenty of room to work with, so let your imagination run wild and don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Shores and Islands CVB to help make your event a success. You’ll also find a restaurant, full-service spa and the famous African Safari Adventures Park, the largest indoor water park in the United States. The facility has hosted gymnastics, cheerleading and dance competitions and is also be suitable for wrestling, volleyball and other sports.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Sports: Running, swimming, sand volleyball
No matter where you’re from, you’ve likely heard of Cedar Point. This famed amusement park has been featured on the Travel Channel and many top 10 lists for its thrill rides that attract visitors from across the country. But did you know it also plays host to sporting events? The Run & Ride race series, Santa Hustle, swimming competitions and sand volleyball tournaments take place throughout the year.
Community Parks System
Sports: Baseball, cycling, lacrosse, running, soccer, softball, walking
For walks, runs and cycling events, route your courses through picturesque back roads, scenic shorefronts or along the perimeter road of a Lake Erie island. Osborn MetroPark, Fabens Park, Dorn Park and Wightman-Wieber Park have fields to host a variety of sports. Contact the Shores and Islands CVB for more information on the park that will best suit your group’s needs.
How to get there
The heart of Lake Erie Shores & Islands lies near Sandusky, a lakeside town halfway between Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio. The advantage planners have with this location is that so many regional and national hubs can be found relatively nearby, no matter where you’re coming from.
By car: I-90 runs along the shore of Lake Erie and is one of the best ways to reach Sandusky, the heart of the Shores & Islands area. Cleveland is about an hour and 15 minutes to the east, while Toledo and Detroit are one and two hours to the west, respectively.
By air: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is the closest major airport. It’s about an hour from the Shores & Islands region.