Area attraction and activities close to the Old Orchard Motel

The Hayes Center was founded in 1916 and was the first ever Presidential Museum & Library.  It is located in Spiegel Grove and the main entrance is on Hayes and Buckland avenues.  The museum features many different displays and events through out the year; it is open 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on most major holidays.  The library portion is closed on Sundays.  For more information see our link section for a link to the Hayes Center website.

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The Hayes Home is a 31-one room mansion and it is located in Spiegel Grove and the main entrance is on Hayes and Buckland avenues. It was the original home of 18th President Rutherford B. Hayes. Tours of the Hayes Home are available they are guide led and take 45 minutes. For more information see our link section for a link to the Hayes Center Website.

Each year around the first weekend in October The Hayes Center conducts a Civil War reenactment on the grounds of Spiegel Grove. Over 500 reeanctors take part in the 2 day event to commemorate President Hayes service in the Civil War as well as all Americans who fought on both sides of the war.  The reenactment is based on the Battle of Opequon Creek.  For more information see our link section for a link to the Hayes Center Website.

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The Sandusky County Fairgrounds holds monthly flea markets at the fair ground along with select other events, such as racer swap meets, car shows, and gun shows.  For a full list of events at the fair grounds check the flea market schedule on this site or visit our link page for a link to the Sandusky County Fairgrounds website.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy was founded in 1985. The not for profit organization converts abandoned railroads into multipurpose trails for biking & hiking. Ohio leads the nation in rail trail paths.

Fremont is home to a section of the North Coast Inland Bike Trail   which is in part a converted rail line.  Once completed the trail will stretch across the entire state of Ohio.  The trail was recently expanded in this region it now runs continuously from Elmore to Lindsey to Fremont to Clyde.  The Old Orchard Motel is located directly on the city route portion of the path in Fremont Ohio.  If you bike the whole trail from Elmore to Clyde you will ride right past our motel.

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The Old Orchard Motel is located just 4 minutes from the Sandusky River and some of the best walleye & white bass fishing in the state.  We also have on site parking for jon boats and other "small fishing boats"  We also offer fish storage for are guest [the fish must be cleaned and filleted first].

The Old Orchard Motel is located just 4 minutes from the Sandusky River and some of the best walleye & white bass fishing in the state.  We also have on site parking for jon boats and other "small fishing boats"  We also offer fish storage for are guest [the fish must be cleaned and filleted first].

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The Old Orchard Motel is located about 45 minutes from Cedar Point & Soak City Water Park in Sandusky Ohio.   In the summer months we charge a fraction of the price of any hotel or motel located in Sandusky.

We are just a 18 minute drive from White Star Park in Gibsonburg Ohio.  The park features a 15 acre flooded quarry which offers a public beach as well as opportunities for bass, perch & trout fishing, a boat launch and scuba diving.  There are many submerged objects in the quarry including a truck, police car, traffic light, phone both, and sail boat.  for more information on park hours checkout our link page for a link to the White Star site.

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The Old Orchard Motel is just 5 minutes away from the Fremont Speedway which features weekly Saturday Night racing.   The divisions included 410 super sprints [the same ones on the World of Outlaw & All-Star Tours]  305 sprints and the exciting dirt trucks.

We are also located just 45 minutes from Attica Raceway Park which runs weekly shows every Friday Night and features the 410 super sprints, 305 sprints, and UMP late models.

The Old Orchard Motel is about 30 minutes from the Jet Express Dock in Port Clinton Ohio.  The Jet Express is the fastest way to get to Put-in-Bay Ohio.  The Jet Express also makes runs to Kelly's Island & Sandusky as well as select trips through out the year to Detroit, Cleveland & Pelee Island.

If you want to take your car to Put-in-Bay with you or want a more leisurely trip you can take the Miller's Ferry out of Catawba Ohio.

For more info on both the Jet Express & Miller Ferry checkout our links page.

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Put-in-Bay Ohio is a summer time hot spot in Northwest Ohio.  The island features many world class restaurants & bars most within walking distance of each other.  Other attractions included: Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Perry's Cave, The Butterfly House, DiRivera Park, Heineman's Winery, Crystal Cave, Put-in-Bay Parasails, Saunders Resort Golf Course, South Bass Island State Park, Stonehenge Estate and much more.

Here is just some of the annual events held on the island during the year:

  • Victoria Day
  • Mardi Gras at the Bay!
  • Derby Days
  • Annual Mills Cup race weekend
  • Bike week Rally at Put-in-Bay!
  • Founders' Day Weekend
  • July 4th
  • Christmas In July
  • Deepwater Sail Regatta
  • Power Boat Regatta
  • Roundhouse Bar Bartender Olympics
  • Put-in-Bay Volleyball Classic
  • Key West Days at Put-in-Bay
  • Labor Day Weekend Bash at the BAY!!!!
  • 36th Annual New Year's Eve at the BAY!!! [in September]
  • Dive the Bay Clean up
  • Island Oktoberfest
  • THE WAKE! At the Roundhouse
  • Halloween at the BAY!!

For more info on Put-in-Bay checkout the Put-in-Bay website link on our link page.

Located just 30 minutes from us; Port Clinton offers a number of charter services for perch, walleye and smallmouth fishing.  Private charters as well as walk-on head boats are available from April to October.  for more info see the charter boat links on our link page.

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OHIO BIKE WEEK held in June is a local 10 day bike rally that takes place in Sandusky Ohio. The rally includes live national rock acts, street parties, vendors, Harley drags, flat track racing, motocross, Thrill Night & much more. for more info. check the Bike Week section on our link page.

Intimate concert theater/venue located at 220 S. Front Stree in downtown Fremont Ohio. Fully equipped with house sound and lighting system. A generous size stage, 32' wide and 12' deep on the sides and 15' deep in the middle. Large dance floor and seating with tables. BYOB for over 21 age shows. Can accommodate around 200 people with plenty of room to mill around. There is free parking within a very short walk of theater.
For more info see the Fremont Area section on our link page.

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