Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a wonderful destination for people of all ages to enjoy. With its convenient location, it is an easy destination for a day trip or overnight excursion. With so much to see and do, there simply isn’t enough time in one day to enjoy it all! Lake Erie Shores & Islands suggests an overnight trip with a multi-day itinerary.

Alyscia Sberna, group experience manager for the destination, shares that the area is amazing for student groups especially, because of all the hidden gems and attractions.

“There is much we can do to help guest experiences while visiting,” she said. “I don’t think planners realize what we offer for no charge. We’d love them to utilize us for itinerary development, welcome packets, lodging assistance and partner referrals. Our group co-op partners can make experiences even better! We want everyone to have a stress-free visit so they can enjoy themselves.”

Alyscia Sberna
Group Experience Manager


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Schedel Arboretum Gardens, Elmore, Ohio

Schedel Arboretum Gardens, a 17-acre garden estate, is a nature experience unlike any other in Northwest Ohio. Each year, the beauty and serenity of this treasure brings thousands to the gardens on the bank of the Portage River.

Visiting is an extraordinary experience for young and old alike. Featuring a Japanese garden, bonsai collection, water gardens, perennial gardens, and gorgeous statuary, this stop is truly a unique opportunity to study and appreciate nature and the arts.


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Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

For 150 years, Cedar Point has been a mainstay for group fun along the scenic Lake Erie shoreline. Known for its record-breaking collection of thrill rides, the 2020 season is packed with special events, including a spectacular nighttime celebration parade, a new family river adventure ride, and more! 

Cedar Point offers admission and meal packages, as well as overnight accommodations, for all types of group events, such as educational field trips and performance opportunities for bands and choirs.


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African Safari Wildlife Park, Port Clinton, Ohio

African Safari Wildlife Park is the Midwest’s only drive-thru safari, home to giraffe, zebra, llama, and so much more. Be up-close-and-personal to exotic animals and experience feeding them from your vehicle.

Even more interaction with animals is offered with the walk-thru area, along with educational programming. Visitors can ride a camel and feed a kangaroo! Admission includes unlimited trips through the drive-thru for all day adventure and fun.


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Island Transportation’s Tour Train, Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Island Transportation’s Tour Train is a great way for groups to tour the village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, filled with many popular sites. The one-hour narrated tour has stops at locations throughout the island, including: Perry’s Cave, the Butterfly House and Crystal Cave.

It can also include a stop at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, part of the National Park system. Island Transportation offers packages which include attractions, transportation and meal options.