Lake Erie Shores & Islands Convention & Visitors Bureau

Convention center
Guest Rooms8,000
Guest rooms at 1 hotel890 guest rooms
Special event venues
Average room rate$125.00
Daily food cost$46.00
Occupancy rate
Tax rate7.25%

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Convention & Visitors Bureau


Every destination has meeting space but we have...

Location, Location, Location • Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is centrally located within a 5-hour drive of several major metropolitan areas. We’re easy to get to – close to airports, train stations, and main travel highways. Bang for Your Buck • Group gatherings in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands are a great value. Group discounts, complimentary parking, conference services, and more ensure your experience won’t put a strain on your wallet. Endless Options • Where else can you have an intensive board retreat in the morning and be whisked off to an island adventure in the afternoon? Or maybe you’re planning a family reunion for all generations? There are historical attractions, amusements, waterparks, and outdoor leisure options for all ages. Conference and Event Support Grants • Apply for grant dollars to offset transportation and event marketing expenses. Our group sales team will work with you to qualify for one of three grants offered by Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Customized Services • From itinerary customization and welcome bags for attendees, to volunteers waiting to assist with registration or a destination concierge booth at your event, our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are here to make sure your group will discover its own Lake Erie Love! Venues and Guestrooms • Gather at the base of a 352 ft. tall national monument. Take a casual cruise on the lake. Talk shop on an award-winning golf course. Teleconference with your overseas colleagues in a university classroom. Rejuvenate at a day spa. With over 615,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and over 8,000 rooms in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands, your group will have no trouble finding the hotel, resort, or gathering space to fit your needs.

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Distance from airport

  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

    88.51 km from city center

  • Detroit Metro Airport

    164.15 km from city center


Local Attractions

Cedar Point's Castaway Bay

Convention center
237 guest rooms 7,900 sq. ft. of meeting space
2001 Cleveland Rd.
Sandusky, OH, US 44870

Put-in-Bay Resort

Convention center
81 guest rooms 2,600 sq. ft. of meeting space
439 Loraine Ave.
Put-in-Bay, OH, US 43456

Great Wolf Lodge

Convention center
271 guest rooms 5,400 sq.ft. of meeting space
4600 Milan Rd.
Sandusky, OH, US 44870

Sawmill Creek Resort

Convention center
236 guest rooms 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space
400 Sawmill Creek Dr.
Huron, OH, US 44839

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

Convention center
890 Guest Rooms 215,000 sq.ft. of meeting space Largest indoor waterpark in the USA
7000 Kalahari Dr.
Sandusky, OH, US 44870

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Located on a peninsula along scenic Lake Erie, Cedar Point is a 364-acre amusement park that is home to the most exhilarating collection of thrill rides and roller coasters on Earth. With 75 diverse rides, including 17 roller coasters-more coasters than any other park in the world; a huge outdoor waterpark (Soak City), outdoor activity complex featuring a skycoaster, go-karts, miniature golf and more (Challenge Park); award-winning live shows; gift shops; delicious eateries; four giant kids’ areas and more.
1 Cedar Point Dr.
Sandusky, OH, US 44870

Lakeside Chautauqua

Convention center
20 indoor and outdoor meeting spaces
236 Walnut Ave.
Lakeside, OH 43440

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

A state park with picnic facilities, fishing, and walking trails. Built in 1821, this Lighthouse was the third built on Lake Erie, and is today the oldest continuously operated light on the Great Lakes. 20 minute tours are available; limited to 25 people each tour; no reservations.
110 Lighthouse Dr.
Marblehead, OH, US 43440

Convention Centers

  • Sawmill Creek Resort and Conference Center

    Sawmill Creek Resort and Conference Center facility is Ohio’s premier Lake Erie destination for productive meetings, conferences, conventions, trade shows, team building and more. It has over 50,000 sq ft of meeting space with 240 spacious guestrooms

    • Exhibit Space1,579 sq. m
      Total meeting space4,645 sq. m



High season
Jun 1 – Sep 1
Shoulder season
Low season

Additional Information

Planner Services Invitation/Registration Mailings • Save money and let the enticement of our popular destination help increase your event attendance. The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Staff can mail your promotional piece with a current travel guide to your distribution list. On-Site Assistance • Expedite registration for your attendees by allowing our staff to be an extension of yours. With advanced planning, Lake Erie Shores & Islands staff can be scheduled to provide on-site assistance with your conference or event. RFP Coordination • Save time and let us send requests for lodging and/or transportation rates for your group. Destination Concierge • Provide local destination information for your attendees by requesting to have a destination concierge or welcome packets. Customization • Earn praise by providing a uniquely tailored itinerary for your group. Lake Erie Shores & Islands group sales staff can help customize your itinerary for your groups' needs. Promotion Support • Use Shores & Islands' images, video, and media contacts to promote your event. Volunteer Requests • Deliver an outstanding experience for your participants by having ample help and service during your event. Local Suppliers • Share local culture, entertainment, foods, and products with your attendees by working with local artists and vendors when planning your event.