While very pregnant with Willow my parents invited Alleigh, Kaelyn, and myself to join them on a little over night trip to Put-in-Bay since Dustin was working. We had an absolute blast and I knew that I would eventually want to head back up to Lake Erie Shores and Islands as a family of 5 to explore another one of Ohio’s beautiful islands. A few weeks ago I was presented with the opportunity to visit Kelleys Island and so Dustin, the girls, and I along with my sister headed North towards Sandusky, Ohio. Before I share all about our experience on the island I want to tell you how we got there. After all getting there is half the fun!
Since we were traveling to an island it’s probably obvious that we would need to take a boat of some sort and that boat was The Jet Express.
The Jet Express is the fastest way to get to Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island departing from both Port Clinton and Sandusky. For our visit to Kelleys Island we arrived at the downtown Sandusky, Ohio dock and picked up our boarding passes at the ticket window. If you choose to depart from Port Clinton there is also the option to purchase boarding passes online so you can then skip the ticket counter line. The price of your boarding pass will vary depending on the mainland port you are departing from, your destination island, and each guests age. Children five and under ride free. After picking up our tickets we waited under the covered dock for The Jet Express to arrive.
Besides being the fastest way to the islands The Jet Express is also a very smooth ride and comfortable. Passengers can choose to sit inside in the first level lounge where they will find cushioned seats that are surrounded by windows – which everyone including Willow loved looking out. There are also open air decks if you prefer to enjoy the fresh Lake Erie breezes. On the day we visited it was a tad chilly out so we opted for sitting inside.
Some more perks to riding The Jet Express:
1.) It provides the latest ferry service from the islands some midnight or later – be sure to check the schedule for details. This is ideal for those that want to enjoy the night life at Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island.
2.) Direct downtown to downtown service. Since The Jet Express is a passenger only vessel (no vehicles) it docks directly in downtown Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island. This means there is no extra expense of a bus, taxi, or car into town.
If you are planning to visit Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island I highly suggest taking a ride on The Jet Express. You’ll get to your destination the fastest way possible while riding in style and comfort. Be sure to check The Jet Express website for valuable coupons and discounts!
Keep an eye out for my post about our adventures on Kelleys Island.