Sooner or later everyone arrives at theGlacial Grooves Memorial to see the world’s largest and most spectacular examples of glacial grooves. Viewing these grooves scoured into the native limestone bedrock by the advancement of the Wisconsin glacier 30,000 years ago is a sight to remember!(Map 8)
Late summer is the time to watch for butterflies and dragonflies, especially monarchs feasting on milkweed before continuing their southbound journeys. Every year during our Butterfly Festival sponsored by the Kelleys Island Historical Associationwe tag monarch butterflies as they stop over to rest on their journey south.
The 600-acre newly modernized Kelleys Island State Park has a sandy swimming beach, a stone pier for fishing, a free double boat ramp, and boat trailer parking. There is a campground with 129 sites, with group and pet sites, too, available on a first-come basis. Trails thread their way through a variety of areas. The North Shore Trail(Map 8), begins at the northwest corner of the fisherman's parking lot. There are three entrances to the East Quarry Trail , two on Ward Street and one on Monagan Road.(Map 8) Call 419-746-2546 for further information regarding the state park and its facilities.The Boardwalk and Scheele Preserve are also great.(Map 8). The downtown area remains the heart of island activity where visitors can do everything from shop in unique shops to play miniature golf or just sit and watch passers-by. There are no banks on the island, but there are ATM machines at The Village Pump and at the Seaway Marina. Restaurants provide both inside and outdoor dining experiences, a complete range of cuisine, and a variety of entertainment on most weekends. Small grocery stores stock just about everything anyone would need. Most visitors enjoy topping off their stay with a hand-dipped ice cream cone or some fresh island fudge. Another must-see island specialty is the Sweet Valley Trading Post, which is on Division Street directly north of downtown near the State Park camp grounds.. Kelleys Island offers a variety of lodging choices for overnight, weekend or more extended periods including Condos,Hotel/Motels,B&B's,Cottages,Efficiencies and Homes. Look in the Kelleys Island Visitor's Directory for listings to make reservations. Keep in mind when planning your vacation travel that some of our B & B's and Cottages are open year round.
Finally, most visitors access the island by ferry. However, others arrive by boats or airplanes. Boaters will find moderately priced full service dockage available by the hour, day, or overnight. Griffing Flying Service offers year-round flights to and from Port Clinton, Ohio 419-734-5400 or visit www.griffingflyingservice.com.