Where to Stay in Sandusky: Best Options for Families

When you’re ready to rest and relax, you’ll be glad for the wide selection of places to stay in Sandusky. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Vacations are so much more enjoyable when everyone in the family can rest and rejuvenate each night. There are many places to stay in Sandusky, and here is our guide to some popular choices, including resorts, campgrounds and, of course, places that welcome your pets as part of your family!

Where to stay in Sandusky for Families


Cedar Point has five resorts to enjoy and if you’re visiting the amusement park anyway, it may be worth taking advantage of exclusive guest benefits, like discounted admission, early admission, free parking and more.

Breakfast at Castaway Bay. Photo courtesy of Cedar Point

  • Hotel Breakers is a short walk from the park and boasts views of Cedar Point Beach.
  • Lighthouse Point is a campground within walking distance to the park and has cottages and RV sites.
  • Cedar Point’s Express Hotel is great for families that want connecting rooms.
  • Castaway Bay has a 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark and other adventures.
  • Sawmill Creek sits next to the Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve and has an 18-hole golf course, but is about 10 miles from Cedar Point.

Great Wolf Lodge is a three-star property with indoor water park, outdoor pool, fitness center, hot tub and restaurants. Suites available for a roomier experience.

Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has an indoor waterpark, an outdoor waterpark, an outdoor adventure park (zip lining, ropes course and a lot more). Suites available and dining options on-site. 


Sandusky KOA Holiday Campground is an expansive property with RV sites, tent sites and cabin lodging. Numerous recreation options will keep the whole family busy and entertained. Playgrounds, two heated pools, nature walks and a catch and release pond round out the fun.

Crystal Rock Campground is close to the action and offers tent sites, RV sites and cabins. Enjoy modern restrooms, sand volleyball courts, charcoal grills, a pirate ship playground and sandbox, table tennis, air hockey and arcade.

Camp Sandusky is just 6 miles from Cedar Point and has site-wide wireless internet access. RV sites with water hookups available, Amish-built cabins, and tent sites, both electric and primitive. 

Pet-friendly accommodations

Tru by Hilton Sandusky is 7 miles from Cedar Point and is clean, comfortable and modern. Free hot breakfast is a welcome touch, too.

Firefly Beach Resort is on the shore of Lake Erie and has a deep, private beach. Cottages offer a homey feel. Enjoy beach yoga to start or end your day.

Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central is centrally located, with an indoor pool, connecting rooms, free hot breakfast and consistent quality.

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Sandusky is close to the action of Sandusky, family-friendly and welcoming to pets. There’s an outdoor pool and free breakfast, too.

Airbnb, Vrbo and Vacation homes and rentals

Looking for more space or a unique place to call your home away from home? Sandusky has privately owned properties to meet your needs and your vibe. Here are a few from Airbnb and Vrbo that stand out:

  • Located minutes from Cedar Point, Airbnb calls this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home a “rare find.” It’s on the waterfront, has a propane grill, full kitchen and a gas fireplace. 
  • This modern home, also available through Airbnb, is a few miles from Cedar Point and has three bedrooms. Lots and windows and lots of views here! 
  • A three-bedroom condo with a swimming pool is situated close to Sandusky Bay and five minutes from Cedar Point. Available through Vrbo, this property has a washer and dryer and hot tub, too.
  • With a downtown Sandusky location, this two-bedroom Vrbo home is comfortable for a family of four. Best of all, it’s within walking distance to the waterfront and many local shops. 

More properties become available all the time, and it makes sense to check ahead for availability based on local events and seasonality.

Castaway Bay. Photo courtesy of Cedar Point

Looking for more info and your family guide to Sandusky? Find out why you should visit this family vacation hotspot, some unusual attractions and sweet treats galore.

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Claire Charlton
Claire Charlton
An enthusiastic storyteller, Claire Charlton focuses on delivering top client service as a content editor for Metro Parent. In her 20+ years of experience, she has written extensively on a variety of topics and is keen on new tech and podcast hosting. Claire has two grown kids and loves to read, run, camp, cycle and travel.


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