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The Red Fern Inn is a short walk from local attractions like the Marblehead Lighthouse, downtown shops and restaurants, and the Kelleys Island Ferry.


Marblehead Lighthouse


The Marblehead Lighthouse, built in 1821, is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Now a State Park, the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society offers tours of the lighthouse, a museum located in the old Keeper’s House, and various seasonal events and festivals throughout the year. For details, visit their website.


Kelleys Island Ferry Boat


The ferry to Kelleys Island is a short walk from Red Fern Inn. The ferry runs approximately every hour, with more frequent services at peak times and on holiday weekends. This family-owned and operated business provides a short 20-minute ferry ride to and from the island, with great views of the Lake Erie Islands, the Marblehead Lighthouse, Put-in-Bay and Cedar Point. To find more information about fares and services, visit their website.


Kelleys Island


Known as “An Island For All Seasons,” Kelleys Island is only a twenty-minute boat ride away. The Island boasts hiking and walking trails, historical sites, and plenty of places to shop and dine. Its popular seasonal festivals and events, combined with a small-town atmosphere makes it a popular attraction for visitors to the area.


Learn more about Kelleys Island here.



The small island of Put-in-Bay is a popular tourist destination offering plenty of activities for the whole family.  Visit the nation’s third-tallest monument or the Lake Erie Historical Museum.  Take a historic home tour, or dine at one of the island’s many popular restaurants.  Or, you could spend the day golfing, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, or shopping – there’s something for everyone!  Click here to plan your trip:


Magee Marsh


Visit Magee Marsh Wildlife Area to take in the sights and sounds of local wildlife.  Magee Marsh is a perfect activity all year round - take a break from the summer sun with a shady walk, or plan a visit to immerse yourself in the fall foliage.  Spring is Magee Marsh's claim to fame, when huge numbers of North American warblers stop through as part of their annual migration.  The arrival of large populations of these songbirds draws crowds to take in the beauty of the park and these gorgeous birds.


Cedar Point


Nicknamed "America's Roller Coast," the legendary Cedar Point is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the country.  Just a short drive away in neaby Sandusky, Cedar Point features 72 rides including 16 rollercoasters.  Consistently named the "Best Amusement Park in the World," Cedar Point offers thrills and fun for all ages.