Life in Sandusky
Welcome to Ohio’s North Coast, home of Firelands Regional Medical Center, providing health care services to five counties and representing over 250 physicians and a hospital staff of over 2,100 employees. We invite you to learn more about Sandusky and the area to discover why our friendly communities, excellent schools, state-of-the-art healthcare, outstanding cultural attractions, and year-round recreation and entertainment opportunities make the North Coast such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.
Firelands Regional Medical Center is located in Sandusky, Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, midway between Cleveland and Toledo. Our location between these two vibrant cities offers small town living with the amenities and attractions of major urban centers, such as national-recognized museums (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Art Museum, Toledo Art Museum), professional sports teams (Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers), world-class zoos (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Toledo Zoo), and thriving art and music venues as well as first-rate restaurants, all within a one-hour drive.
Communities & Neighborhoods
In Erie County, and the surrounding areas, there are many desirable places to live. From charming small towns and shoreline communities, to rolling countryside and farmland, you’re sure to find a place that will feel just like home.
- County Seat of Erie County
- Located on Sandusky Bay
- Home of Cedar Point
Huron & Huron Township
Combined population: 10,530
- Located a few miles east of Sandusky on Lake Erie
- Located approximately 20 minutes south (13 miles) of Sandusky
- Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison
- Retail hub of the area with national chain stores, restaurants, hotels and indoor waterparks.
- Located on the shore of Lake Erie in the eastern most portion of Erie County
- Approximately 30 minutes east of Sandusky
Amusement & Waterparks
Cedar Point, known globally for its wide range of thrills, is e Roller Coaster Capital of the World with 17 thrilling roller coasters. It's also home to three huge kids' areas, amazing live shows, the classic beachfront Hotel Breakers, 71 diverse rides, waterpark and so much more. It's easy to see why over 3 million people visit America’s Roller Coast each summer!
In addition to Cedar Point, the area hosts two Indoor Waterparks – Great Wolfe Lodge and Kalahari Resorts & Convention – making Erie County a year-round vacation destination.
The Sandusky YMCA, Erie Metroparks, Library and many civic and private sector organizations, sponsor children’s activities and programs throughout the year.
Libraries in Erie County are an integral part of the communities and receive tremendous support from residents. Many are part of the ClevNet Consortium, a library loan network involving 30 libraries in northern Ohio, including the Cleveland Public Library. ClevNet allows patrons to check out books from all participating libraries. The largest library in the area, the Sandusky Library is located in the city’s historic downtown, four blocks from the Sandusky Bay. The library provides nearly 80,000 Erie County residents with a wide variety of materials and programs.
Lake Erie & the Islands
Lake Erie provides fun-filled summer days of boating, swimming and fishing as well as stunning sunsets and sunrises. The Lake Erie Islands, which can be reached by ferry, plane or private boat, offer unique shops, historical attractions, wineries, festivals and state parks.
An active community awaits you in the Sandusky area with museums (Merry-Go-Round Museum, Maritime Museum, Milan Historical Museum, Thomas Edison Birthplace), theaters (Sandusky State Theatre, Harlequins Theater, BGSU Firelands Caryl Crane’s Children’s Theater), orchestras (Firelands Symphony Orchestra) and other art venues available for your pleasure.
Many private membership clubs, catering to a variety of interests, can be found throughout the Sandusky area, including:
- Baywinds Athletic Club
- Catawba Island Club
- Plum Brook Country Club
- Sandusky & Huron Yacht Clubs
- Sandusky Sailing Club
- Sawmill Creek Resort
- Sunnybrook Trout Club & Rockwell Trout Club
Located a short drive from Sandusky are several bustling metropolitan areas offering world-renowned museums, zoos, professional sports franchises, theaters, orchestras, live music, comedy clubs and restaurants as well as universities and colleges. Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, Detroit and Ann Arbor are all just one to two hours away from Sandusky.
Education has long been a top priority for the residents of Erie County. Area schools not only serve as centers of learning, but as places for residents to come together and support the youth of the communities and each other.
Parents and students can choose from a variety of public school systems: Sandusky, Huron, Vermilion, Perkins, Margaretta (Castalia and Margaretta Townships), and Berlin-Milan (Berlin Heights and Milan). e Erie, Huron, Ottawa Vocational Career Center, known locally as EHOVE, is a vocational school that serves high school students from Erie County and seven other school districts.
There are several alternatives for those parents and students who are interested in private schooling. Sandusky Central Catholic Schools in Sandusky provides Catholic education for students from pre-school to high school, and Huron’s St. Peter School is available to students in preschool through eighth grade. Both of these school systems are strongly supported by their communities.
The Firelands Montessori Academy in Huron has been educating students from preschool through sixth grade using the philosophy of the renowned Italian educator Maria Montessori for almost 30 years.
Lake Ridge Academy, located about 40 miles east in North Ridgeville, provides a challenging academic program which prepares students to succeed at rigorous colleges and universities across the nation. A bus transports students to the campus from Sandusky and back again daily.
There are several universities and colleges in the Sandusky area and many more within a two-hour drive offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in various fields. Bowling Green State University Firelands College is located in Huron, and two national-recognized state universities, The Ohio State University in Columbus, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor are within two hours from Sandusky.
Among places hiring in Sandusky, OH, Firelands Regional Medical Center is proud to call Erie County our home. Browse current openings and apply online today.