Located approximately 12 miles from Sandusky is the largest American Island in Lake Erie. Kelleys Island is a great family friendly Midwest destination so make sure you bring the kids! We visited last year and I’m sharing a couple tips to help you navigate.
The only way to get to Kelleys Island is by boat. Jet Express is the fastest way and provides first-class service. It departs from Port Clinton and Sandusky several times a day. Kids 5 and under ride free. The ride is less than 30 minutes and is fairly smooth sailing. There’s seating on the main floor and at the top of the boat. You can read my review of Jet Express here.
Best Way to Get Around
Kelleys Island measures more than four square miles. The natives do have cars on the island but the main mode of transportation is bicycles and golf carts unless you want to foot it. You can rent golf carts by the hour or the day on the island. We rented ours from Portside Marina. You can check out my post here for more information.
What To See
Glacier Grooves- is located on the north side of the island. This National Natural Landmark is the largest easily accessible grooves in the world measuring 400 feet long, 35 feet wide and up to 10 feet deep.
Kelleys Mansion- You can view it from the sidewalk located on 211 East Lakeshore Drive. It’s not open to the public but it’s still worth seeing.
Scheele Preserve– This 24-acre preserve is located on the northeast side of the island and is home to the island’s only rock elm trees which are an Ohio-threatened species.
Inscription Rock– Located on the south shore of the island you’ll find American Indian symbols carved in rock. Rediscovered partly buried in the shoreline in 1833, the rock is now entirely exposed and protected by a roof and viewing platform.
Kelleys Island State Park Beach– Sandy Beach is located at the north part of the island at the State Park.
Our trip to Kelleys Island was hosted by Lake Erie Shores and Islands. You can visit them for all your Kelleys Island and Lake Erie Shores needs.