Kelleys Island is a 2800-acre island with 17 miles of shoreline that is located in Lake Erie’s western basin. The largest American island in Lake Erie, Kelleys island is a short drive from several major cities and the Canadian Border. The entire island is on the National Register of Historic Places and remnants of the past can be seen throughout, from monuments to historic homes and buildings. Whether you’re looking to spend a day along the shore, immersed in natural beauty, or explore the historic town—there are plenty of fun and unique things to do during your next visit to Kelleys Island.
The Glacial Grooves State Memorial is the largest example of glacial grooves left in the entire world, featuring a 400-foot by 35-foot wide gash of prehistoric glacial grooves scoured into limestone bedrock. Check out Inscription Rock State Memorial—a flat-topped limestone boulder on the south shore of Kelleys Island that has faint pictographs of men, birds, and animals carve by the Erie Indians more than 300 years ago. The modernized Kelleys Island State Park has a sandy beach along the North Bay, a stone pier where visitors can go fishing, a free double boat-launching ramp, and camping sites. Kelleys Island is home to a range of abundant waterfowl and birds, as well as Monarch butterflies (which are around in September). Discover fossils while walking along East Quarry Trail, and explore the downtown area where there are numerous gift and clothing shops, miniature golf, restaurants, and entertainment. Tour Kelleys Mansion, a three-story mansion that was built in the 1860s by island co-founder Addison Kelley. The mansion has beautiful features including rose-colored cut crystal windows, elaborate woodwork, and a freestanding spiral staircase. Tours of the mansion are offered for a small donation.
Kelleys Island is located four miles north of Marblehead, which is a popular lakefront vacation area. Sandusky on the Ohio Mainland is 12 miles away from Kelleys Island and is home to Cedar Point Amusement Park, among other fun family attractions. The Canadian Border lies a few miles north of the island, making it a convenient drive as well.
From cute island cottage and rustic farmhouses to modern condos, Kelleys Island has a variety of accommodations that visitors can rent during their stay here. Kelleys Island is heavily forested mixed in with several residential areas that offer peace and quiet. Some of the most popular rentals are private lakefront cottages that are just steps away from Lake Erie, offering stunning views and sunsets daily.
The best way to get around and tour the island is via a golf cart or a bicycle. Bike rentals are available at Caddy Shack Rentals and Portside Marina, and golf cart rentals are also available at Seaway Marina, Kelleys Island General Store, and The Casino. A golf cart follows the same rules as a car, and drivers must observe Ohio Traffic Laws on the island.
Looking for a vacation rental in Kelleys Island? Tripping.com has 20 vacation rental homes available in Kelleys Island. You'll find 0 studios, 1 1-bedroom, 6 2-bedroom and 13 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $150 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Kelleys Island is $297 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Kelleys Island home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 5 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Kelleys Island. In addition to accommodating pets, Kelleys Island rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 6 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 18 have TV and/or cable and 5 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 3 vacation rental sites in Kelleys Island where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Booking.com. There are 17 HomeAway rentals, 2 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 1 Booking.com vacation rentals.