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It's all about birds, beer and beautiful bays on Kelleys Island

At 4 square miles, Kelleys Island is the largest American island in Lake Erie. Moments from the Canadian border, this quirky vacation island packs a real punch when it comes to natural attractions and is best known for its lake beaches, abundance of wildlife and old-fashioned charm. Get your Lake Erie adventure off to the right start by booking a Kelleys Island vacation rental near the beach. Rent a bike or a golf cart and go fishing off North Bay, or birdwatching in Kelleys Island State Park, and enjoy a beer or two from the island's only brewery.

Things to do

Go Native on Lake Erie's largest US island

Once an Indian hunting ground, the south shore of Kelleys Island has the Inscription Rock State Memorial, a huge rock with 400-year old inscriptions carved by Erie Indians. Learn more about the island's Native American history at the Kelleys Island Historical Association museum on Division Street. Or take a peek into Kelleys Mansion, a beautiful clapboard stately home built by one of the island founders in 1860. Book a Kelleys Island vacation rental near Sandy Beach, and you'll find the island's kid-friendly attractions; mini-golf, horseshoe courts and playgrounds within easy reach.


Kelleys Island reels you in with its fabulous fishing

Kelleys Island is like taking a step back in time. With few cars on the island, most residents get around on foot, bike or by golf cart. There are plenty of beaches to explore, including Sandy Beach, the island's most popular swimming beach. Kelleys Island attracts shoals of keen anglers, who come to fish in the 'Walleye Capital of the world'. Pick up a fishing licence and tackle in the island shop and go reel in a whopper! The crystal clear waters of Lake Erie are great for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, and sunken 18th-century shipwrecks are not uncommon.


It's all about fun in the sun on Kelleys Island

There's plenty of flux when it comes to the climate on Kelleys Island. It has very distinct seasons; summers are bright and sunny, and feature peak highs of 80°F in July. In winter, the temperature drops to a brisk 20°F with a high chance of snow. Peak season is between June and August, when the sun is at its most consistent. The best Kelleys Island vacation rentals are often reserved far in advance, so it's advisable to book early. The shoulder seasons of May and October are still pleasant, but rain is a frequent visitor, so pack wisely.

Natural features

Twitchers go cuckoo over the birdlife on Kelleys Island

Perched in the western basin of Lake Erie, Kelleys Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Marblehead. Kelleys Island State Park is a 600-acre park and nature area on the North Bay, close to the island's famed 400-feet-long Glacial Grooves. The island is a twitcher's paradise and home to a variety of birdlife, from cuckoos to peregrine falcons. Visit in spring to see birds nestling, including warblers, double-crested cormorants and red-tailed hawks. There are various bird walks throughout the year, organized by Kelleys Island Audubon Club.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Kelleys Island

Fly into Cleveland, OH (CLE-Hopkins Intl.), the closest airport, located 46.7 mi (75.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Cleveland, OH (BKL-Burke Lakefront), which is 53.2 mi (85.6 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Kelleys Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 476 vacation rentals near Kelleys Island. From 225 Houses to 45 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kelleys Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kelleys Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kelleys Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kelleys Island State Park: 458 vacation rentals
  • Caddy Shack Square: 459 vacation rentals
  • Glacial Grooves State Monument: 458 vacation rentals
  • Inscription Rock: 471 vacation rentals
  • Cedar Point: 252 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kelleys Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kelleys Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 225 Houses in Kelleys Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kelleys Island include:

  • Cabins: 45 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 166 rentals available
  • Cottages: 45 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kelleys Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 236 vacation rentals with pool available in Kelleys Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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