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Retirement Living In Shores & Islands Ohio

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Area Description

Shores & Islands Ohio, the region between Toledo and Cleveland, is a place where time moves a little slower, loved ones feel a little closer and there's a Great Lake between you and your worries. From island hopping to birdwatching, record-breaking roller coasters to water parks, wineries to dockside dining, plus hidden gems that keep the fun going all year long. Find your #LakeErieLove here!

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Pack your binoculars and experience one of the most spectacular songbird migrations in the country. The region includes more than 15 areas designated by Audubon as “Important Bird Areas.” Angler’s relish the lake because there are many ways to fish the “Walleye Capital of the World.” Choose a private charter that includes all the necessities, or a walk-on charter. There are also dozens of options for those who prefer fishing from shore.

Summer is the time to enjoy Cedar Point’s thrilling rides and beach-front family resort. Known as the “roller coaster capital of the world”, Cedar Point is full of excitement. Sandusky is also home to three indoor water park resorts including Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. These under-one-roof resorts feature family activities, fine dining, unique shopping, and spas ensuring a good time no matter the weather.

The Lake Erie islands provide a relaxing change of pace. On Kelleys Island, rent bicycles or golf carts and cruise to the world’s largest example of glacial scoring, then wade in the shallow waters of the state park beach. On South Bass Island, take the Put-in-Bay tour train for a narrated tour with stops at many island attractions, including the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, standing 352 feet tall.

The Shores & Islands Ohio Cheers Trail includes more than a dozen wineries offering a variety of vintages and settings, from historic cellars to bucolic country estates and modern tasting rooms, along with craft breweries and distilleries. The nurturing climate of the lake shore moderates extreme temperatures and makes for excellent growing conditions.

Cultural Activities

The thriving arts communities throughout Shores & Islands Ohio offer music, visual arts, and a variety of museums. Parks and gardens feature outdoor art installations. Firelands Symphony Orchestra provides a full season of music while the Cleveland Ballet holds summer residence in Vermilion. Rich in history and culture, enjoy arts tours with Firelands Adventure Tours.

Public transportation

The Sandusky-Perkins Area Ride Connection (SPARC) is a point deviation route traveling throughout the city and to places of business along US 250 in Sandusky. There are also ferries that run to Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, and South Bass Island.

Medical Facilities

Two major hospitals, VA, urgent care

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Shores & Islands Ohio?

For those of you that retire in Shores & Islands Ohio, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 20's and highs in the mid 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume a few days of snow with some days having snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Shores & Islands Ohio such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Shores & Islands Ohio!

Summertime in Shores & Islands Ohio is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Shores & Islands Ohio, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  19  26  33
 Feb  21  29  36
 Mar  29  37  45
 Apr  39  49  58
 May  50  60  69
 Jun  61  70  78
 Jul  65  74  83
 Aug  63  72  81
 Sep  56  65  74
 Oct  44  53  62
 Nov  35  43  50
 Dec  25  31  37

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  27  2
 Feb  0  24  1
 Mar  0  20  0
 Apr  0  6  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  2  0
 Nov  0  11  0
 Dec  0  23  1

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  11  20 %
 Feb  2 "  9  22 %
 Mar  3 "  10  28 %
 Apr  3 "  12  37 %
 May  4 "  12  48 %
 Jun  4 "  10  58 %
 Jul  4 "  10  63 %
 Aug  3 "  9  62 %
 Sep  3 "  9  55 %
 Oct  3 "  10  44 %
 Nov  3 "  11  35 %
 Dec  3 "  11  25 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  9 "  13  6
 Feb  7 "  9  4
 Mar  5 "  5  3
 Apr  1 "  0  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  1
 Dec  6 "  8  4

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Cost of Living for Shores & Islands Ohio

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