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About Kelleys Island

For a picture-perfect vacation with a bit of outdoors excitement, head to Kelleys Island. It's a beautiful natural retreat that you'll want to keep coming back to.

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About Kelleys Island, Ohio

Kelleys Island might be an unconventional destination, but it sure will give you a memorable vacation.

Slap-bang in the middle of Lake Erie, Kelleys Island is surrounded by tranquil waters, spectacular views and lots of exciting activities.

It's been a vacation destination for centuries – even the Native Americans used to come here in the summer months. You can still see their pictographs on Inscription Rock, which is well worth a visit during your stay.

The island itself has transformed into the perfect outdoor adventure spot. There are gorgeous parks, plenty of campgrounds and beaches, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a relaxing spot.

It's easy to reach – ferries provide regular transport to the island. But, if you're lucky enough to have your own boat, you could dock in one of the island’s marinas. Best of all, you don't need a car once you arrive – you can get around on bicycles, golf carts and motor scooters.

What to do

One of the best things to do on this island retreat is hit the beaches. Here, you can swim, sail, fish, or soak up the sun. Just relax and watch the water lap against the shore.

If you're into history, go to the historic district on the southern shore – there's much to discover!

Or, if you're looking for a bit more action, hike around the island and head up to the Glacial Grooves. They were formed by an ancient glacier and make for an unforgettable day out.

Head to the gift stores and bag yourself that perfect souvenir. Or, you could practice your swing at the miniature golf course.

After a long day out on the water or up in the hills, head to Kelleys Island Wine Company. It's been going since 1872, with only a minor pause for prohibition – so, they know what they're doing! Sample their best wines before you head home.

Top Kelleys Island travel tips

As most residents are seasonal, the island holds a two-day homecoming festival each summer (usually during August). There's a parade, town picnic and plenty of food and craft booths to keep you entertained.

There are also plenty of pubs and restaurants to try on the island. But, visit during peak season (May – September) to ensure you find them open.

For a laid-back yet action-packed vacation, book your Kelleys Island rental today, and start packing! Enjoy the small town feel and the calming atmosphere during your stay.