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Sandusky, Ohio
The beaches that runs along Lake Eerie is lovely and an easy, inexpensive way to relax with your family. If you want to explore the lake further, take a boat tour to see the glacial grooves created by the last ice age and visit the islands of the lake. A ferry to South Bass Island for $11-40 roundtrip will give you a day trip of cave exploring, swimming and dining that will appeal to everyone. Your sweets craving family members can head to Cedar Point for a funnel cake and a day of roller coasters, too.

Having lots of small attractions lets you pick and choose how you want to spend your money, but it can add up quicker than one big attraction. Putting your money towards exploring the lake’s islands will give you more for your buck than Cedar Point, where paying for individual rides and games can drain your wallet in a couple of hours. If you're looking for thrills or have teenagers travelling with you, "the roller coaster capital of the world" won't disappoint.