Top Things to Do in Marblehead, Ohio, in Winter

Posted on: January 20, 2022

The Marblehead, Ohio, area on Lake Erie is typically bustling from April to October, but once the main tourist season has ended, you may be wondering, “What’s there to do in Marblehead in the winter?”

Fortunately, several area establishments remain open year-round, from restaurants to museums to indoor water parks. Here is a sampling of places to go during the winter months in and near Marblehead.

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Latitude Cafe

306 West Main Street
Marblehead, OH 43440
Open 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., every day

Located just minutes from the Lake Erie shore, the Latitude Cafe is a cozy, sit-down restaurant offering all-day breakfast and lunch options. Some of their menu items include:

  • Hotcakes
  • Belgian waffles
  • French toast
  • Omelets
  • Perch sandwich
  • Bacon cheeseburger
  • Grilled chicken sandwich
  • Patty melt

In addition, the Latitude also offers specialty dishes at different times throughout the year, such as cinnamon swirl pancakes, ham and swiss quiche, chicken and waffles, and roast beef stack. For the latest events or happenings at the Latitude, check out their Facebook page.

Jamestown Tavern

902 W. Main St.
Marblehead, OH 43440
Open 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. M-Th; 4 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. F-Sat; 1 p.m. – 12 a.m. Sundays

The Jamestown Tavern is a popular area pub and restaurant with a great variety of alcoholic beverages, including draft, domestic, and premium beer, and wine. Food available on their menu includes:

  • Pizza
  • Subs
  • Salads
  • Wings
  • Quesadillas

The Jamestown Tavern is a busy spot year-round for more than just food and drinks, with regularly scheduled live music, euchre tournaments, and special events for holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. In addition, diners often gather to watch big sporting events together, like NCAA College Football Championship games, Browns football games, and more.

Slack House Historic Cafe

236 Walnut Ave.
Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440
Open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thu-Tue, closed Wednesdays

Opened in October 2020, the Slack House Historic Cafe is located in the original Slack House building, which operated from 1891 to 1961 and has served as everything from a boarding house to a doctor’s office to a cafeteria.

The restaurant features a nostalgic menu with burgers, shakes, hand-cut fries, and more. One of their specialties is what’s known as an “Over The Top Shake,” which they load with seasonal and holiday-themed toppings like cookies, candy, pumpkin, chocolate, and more.

Fairy floss over the top shake

As a community-focused establishment, the Slack House donates a portion of its revenue to ecological and environmental initiatives that benefit Lake Erie. As the staff puts it, “Great Food, Great Lake, Great Mission!”


Fairy Floss Over The Top Shake
Slack House Historic Cafe Facebook page

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Rocky Point Winery

Rocky Point Winery

Rocky Point Winery/Red Fern Inn

111 West Main Street
Marblehead, OH 43440
Open 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. M-Thu; 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays

Established in 2014, Rocky Point Winery is located in the historic Marblehead Schoolhouse building in downtown Marblehead. It operates the five-star The Red Fern Inn on the second and third floors of the building. Rocky Point is known for six local wines and carries 50 other labels in season; there is also a full bar with food options.

  • Rocky Point Winery hosts events year-round, including:
  • Library book club “Sips and Series”
  • Paint and sip classes
  • Whiskey and/or wine tastings
  • Pizza on the Peninsula

Rocky Point offers a wine club membership for wine enthusiasts, which includes one Rocky Point Winery bottle every month, complimentary cheese trays, discounts on wine, and special event pricing.

Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky

4600 Milan Road
Sandusky, OH 44870

Great Wolf Lodge is a family-friendly indoor water park located in nearby Sandusky with on-site lodging, dining, attractions, and meeting spaces. The waterpark includes several fun features, including:

  • Four-story fort treehouse
  • Lazy river
  • Water playground
  • Water slides
  • Hot tub area (adults only)

Great Wolf Lodge also puts on various events such as yoga, dance parties, arts & crafts, storytime, and character appearances. Day passes are available for those not staying in on-site lodging.

Kalahari Resorts Sandusky

7000 Kalahari Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870

Kalahari Resorts is also located in Sandusky and is among America’s largest indoor water parks. In addition to the water park, there is an on-site convention center, dining, attractions, spa and salon, and arcade.

Kalahari has Ohio’s largest indoor water park, which is 173,000 square feet. Features include:

  • Wave pool
  • Raft ride
  • Water slides
  • Lazy river
  • Swim-up bar
  • Hot tub/spa area
  • Water playground

When you’re done swimming for the day, you can choose from multiple restaurants and food stations or pamper yourself with a massage, salt therapy, facial, or manicure/pedicure. If you’re not looking to stay on-site overnight, day passes are available.

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Liberty Aviation Museum

3515 East State Road
Port Clinton, OH 43452

Established in 1991, the Liberty Aviation Museum is a non-profit organization and museum comprised of two hangars filled with aircraft, vehicles, and historical artifacts. There is also an on-site diner, the Tin Goose Diner, which was originally built in 1949 in Elizabeth, New Jersey (it was later restored and moved to the Liberty Aviation Museum).

The museum’s collection includes:

  • Ford Tri-Motor (1929)
  • B-25J Mitchell Bomber (WWII)
  • Military Jeeps
  • 1947 Flxible Bus (support vehicle for Goodyear Blimp)
  • Boeing PT-17 Stearman (WWII)

Note from the museum: As the Liberty Aviation Museum is a working museum with flying aircraft, the actual aircraft present at the museum at any given time can vary depending upon air show touring schedules, visiting aircraft from other museums and private collections, special events, and other factors.

Underground Railroad Exhibit at The Maritime Museum of Sandusky

Rocky Point Winery

Maritime Museum of Sandusky

125 Meigs Street
Sandusky, OH 44870
Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fri-Sun

The Maritime Museum of Sandusky is located near Sandusky and contains exhibits and artifacts highlighting the Sandusky Bay area’s rich maritime history. The museum’s contents cover topics like:

  • Passenger boats
  • Commercial fishing
  • Ice harvesting
  • Boat-building
  • Ohio’s wetlands
  • Shipwrecks

In addition, there is an Underground Railroad Exhibit that explores Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad and the struggles of freedom seekers who crossed Lake Erie in the mid-19th century.
The museum also puts on a Historical Program Series, with events presented on various topics throughout the year. You can view their upcoming events by clicking here.

Looking for More to do During Tourism Season?

Check out this blog on Things to Do in Marblehead, Ohio, for more ideas. We’ve included information on Lakeside Chautauqua, the Marblehead Lighthouse, Kelleys Island State Park, and more. You can also visit the Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands website to see upcoming events throughout the local area.