I moved to Sandusky in December 2018 during winter. I love winter and is weird when I say that to people because I was born and raised in DR where the weather is 75 to 85 degrees all year round, but I do.
My husband is the reason I moved here. I met Joe while traveling in 2017, and, as they say, the rest is history. For almost two years 90% of my trips were coming to Ohio to visit him. Questions like, “Where is Sandusky? What are you going to do there? What they do for fun?” were the typical ones.
I won’t say those questions were with bad intentions. I will say it was because a small-town life tends to be peaceful, quiet, sometimes boring, and with less diversity than a big city, all my life has been spent in crowded places and metropolitan areas. Meaning that it was going to be hard for me to adapt. One of the best things that traveling has taught me is adaptation and to do what makes me happy.
Personally, I cannot STAND it when people make incorrect assumptions about other countries, cities, or ignore places because they don’t know enough about it. This is why I decided to post about my new hometown and shine a little bit of light on Sandusky. I will start by sharing some things about this city, first some basic information, and will move forward with what the city offers.
Sandusky is a city in the state of Ohio and the county seat of Erie County. Situated in northern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie and founded in 1818. The population was 24,845 in 2017.
Has a tourism industry fueled by Cedar Point, the neighboring islands, boating, and more recently by its many indoor and outdoor waterparks.
It’s known for its family attractions, including water, wildlife, and amusement parks. Considered one of Ohio’s prettiest downtowns and is very clean. There were three things that I learned from Sandusky right away since day 1:
1. Is home to some of the world’s tallest and fastest roller coasters at Cedar Point Amusement Park (Which deserves a complete post to itself). It is perhaps best known for this park.
2. Thomas Edison, the American Inventor was born in Milan, which is part of the Sandusky Metropolitan Statistical Area.
3. There are wineries all over the area with very good wines. I already shared some of them at Lake & Shores Wineries.
Best Time to Visit
The most popular time to visit Sandusky is during the warm summer (June-August). Lowest temperatures are around 61F degrees and highest is 83F. I’ve been during the summer, but this year will be my real experience since I’m now living here. Winter is typically December through February but I will say it can drag on since still snowing today in March.
I would say that even though I love all seasons my favorite is fall. The changing of the seasons, the temperature, and the clothing styles!
I was surprised when I saw the demographic stats, only 3.7% are native Americans (This is from the last census in 2010)
The racial makeup of the city was 70.4% White, 22.0% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 5.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population. I still haven’t found another Dominican here!
The median age in the city was 38.5 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64, and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
Sandusky is a town rich in history which you’ll find reflected in its architecture, museums, and even some of the names of the properties.
Prior to the abolition of slavery in the United States, Sandusky was a major stop for refugee slaves on the Underground Railroad. This was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-19th century, and used by African-American slaves to escape into free states, Canada and Nova Scotia , with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.
If you like history there are walking tours offered by Erie County Historical Society. You can take a walking tour in Downtown, of the Underground Railroad, Historic Sandusky homes and much more.
That house in the photo is one of my favorites.
How to Get Here
There are two international airports close by, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) that is 45-50 minutes away and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) that is 1 hour 45 minutes away.
There is also an AMTRAK Station that I used to travel to Chicago and it was very comfortable. You can take the train from here to anywhere, such as Penn Station in NYC. Head to Boston with a pit stop in Buffalo. Or to Chicago on your way to Seattle.
OR rent a car and explore like a local. It is really easy getting around!
So this is my new town and I’m loving every moment of it. Before moving here I used to live in Punta Cana which is considered a small town too, but with 100,000 inhabitants.
If you ask me, I definitely prefer small towns/cities to live and I would say it is because of these benefits:
1. Slower pace: You are away from the hustle and bustle of a big city, and of course with less pollution.
2. Less crime: Parents feel a little bit safer with their kids playing outside.
3. Fewer crowds with a close knit community.
4. Job opportunities.
5. Lower cost of living.
I will keep posting about the attractions, where to stay (we have diversity here, resorts, boutiques, modern Airbnb’s…), where to eat, and where to have fun!
And if you want to plan a trip and come here during summer, visit I PLAN YOU PACK to plan it all for you!
Until next post.