Six Ways to Kick Cabin Fever in the Shores & Islands

March 02, 2017

Here in Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands we've been experiencing some unseasonably warm weather the last couple of weeks. While we know winter isn't technically over yet, the mild temps have got us yearning to kiss winter goodbye and get out of the house! Here are a few ways to kick cabin fever to the curb in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Experience 80 degree temperatures at an indoor waterpark – Here, it's summer year-round with the help of our indoor waterparks. Cedar Point's Castaway Bay, Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Maui Sands Resort, and Rain Waterpark are the perfect cure for cabin fever. If it's too cold to actually be outside, enjoy a splashing good time inside!

Sip local wine – The Lake Erie Shores & Islands wine trail is resplendent with options from sweet whites to dry reds and everything in between. Find out what varietals are being grown and served up locally by tasting wine at one or more of the many wineries available. Several even offer dining and entertainment so you can spend a few hours enjoying the experience. Check out the all-new Osteria Gusto exposition kitchen at Firelands Winery.

Solve a mystery – Get a group of friends and family together and see who has what it takes to bust out of an escape room. Escape Rooms by Franknicky is located near downtown Sandusky in the historic Hubbard House and offers a couple of scenerios for up to six players. Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, famous for their haunted house and family-friendly attractions, is opening a state-of-the-art escape room with problem solving and physical adventures that will leave 4-10 players feeling "locked up." Players are locked in a room and will have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit.

Play at an indoor playground – Speaking of Ghostly Manor's family-friendly attractions, did you know that they have a huge indoor climbing structure and three inflatable bounce house obstacle courses and slides for kids 12 and under? Plus they can also enjoy skates or scooters on the skate floor or play black-light miniature golf. Ohio's largest indoor playground, Jungle Junction in nearby Bellevue, offers six levels of adventure with slides, air cannons, obstacle courses, and interactive game panels. A perfect way to run off months of pent up energy!

Take in a performance – Many live theater and performance options are offered locally, from a first-class symphony orchestra to community theater and everything in-between. Check out the Lake Erie Shores & Islands' best venues including the Sandusky State Theatre and The Listening Room and their offerings. Entertainment options include live bands, Broadway productions, intimate singer-songwriter showcases, and comedy shows.

Visit popular attractions with fewer crowds – The end of winter brings the re-opening or extended hours of many much-loved Lake Erie Shores & Islands attractions. Now is the perfect time to visit such places as African Safari Wildlife Park, the Merry-Go-Round Museum, or Thomas Edison's Birthplace before the busy summer season.

There are so many things you can do to celebrate the coming of spring! You could also get out and take a hike, dine at a local eatery, or shop unique specialty stores. What are your favorite ways to kick cabin fever?

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