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46 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e GOODTIME LAKE ERIE ISLAND CRUISE LAKE ERIE SHORES AND ISLANDS Even in the Midwest, island hopping and sandy beaches are within reach on a Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruise. e narrated, all-day cruise takes off from Sandusky and stays on Kelleys Island for one and a half hours before it heads to Put-in-Bay and ports for approximately three hours. e cruise passes Cedar Point and Marblehead Lighthouse, one of the oldest still-operating light- houses in the Great Lakes. Laid-back Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay on South Bass Is- land, nicknamed the Key West of the Midwest, both deliver beachfront delights. Rented golf carts and bicycles make getting around easy. Kelleys Island boasts glacial grooves that rank as one of the world's largest excavated glacial displays; a looping trail overlooks the 396-foot-long and 30-foot-wide grooves. Nearby, the North Shore Loop Trail skirts a rocky shoreline, and the state park beach off ers a half moon of sand and waves, plus kayak rentals. Foodies will gravitate to the brewery, the winery and the second-generation-owned Village Pump for tra- ditional fried-perch sandwiches. In contrast, Put-in-Bay pier and village bustles with restau- rants, bars and shops. Near town, Perry's Cave Family Fun Cen- ter off ers cave tours, a rock-climbing wall, putt-putt, a butterfl y house and mining for gems. e island's family-oriented daytime scene morphs into a nighttime party atmosphere. e island off ers a great deal of history. A must-see, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that took place in the surrounding waters where Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led his fl eet to victory over the British. e visitor center details this signifi cant battle that took place during the War of 1812. And the observation deck of Perry's Monument, which rises 352 feet above Lake Erie, aff ords panoramic views. "Customized Put-in-Bay tram tours off er an island overview, or they can stop at several attractions while groups get off and explore," said the group sales manager for the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Convention and Visitors Bureau, Amanda Smith Ras- nick. " ey're a one-stop shop and especially group friendly." O U T D O O R S G reat Day! Tours & Charter Bus Service began 53 years ago in Athens, Ohio. Its original ser- vice was for Ohio University students, taking them to various locations in northeastern Ohio. That service grew over the years to encompass charter bus services, group and public tour packages and receptive, guide and convention services for compa- nies coming into Ohio. In the past decade its cruise- and-fly-package department has grown significantly, much of that growth credited to the confidence that the customers already had with Great Day! SPECIALIZES IN Bus services, group tours, retail tours, convention services, and cruise-and-fly packages CONTACT INFORMATION A.J. Kinney 800-362-4905 www.greatdaytours.com THREE FEATURED ITINERARIES • Lake Erie Island Hopping Cruise • Branson Tours: Real American Entertainment • New York State of Mind GREAT DAY! TOURS & CHARTER BUS SERVICE OHIO R E C E P T I V E O P E R A T O R Courtesy Great Day! Tours and Charter Bus Service Lake Erie Courtesy Lake Erie Shores and Islands Goodtime Lake Erie Islands Cruises