Well my kids enjoyed Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. They also liked the Kalahari Resort nearby, too. There wasn't too much more worth mentioning, but you could go to the amusement park one day and sleep over at Kalahari and still use their waterpark even after check out the next day. Their indoor play area is nice there, too. That would be a fun day or two off the road before continuing your road trip to NY. We would love to travel to NY this summer, too. So I am saving your post in case you get some really good ideas. Oh... yeah... there's also Put In Bay Island that wasn't too far from Sandusky (maybe 30 min.) and we took a ferry boat to get to the island. Once at the island, you can rent a golf cart (FUN and reasonable) to get around the town on the island. There's "gold mining" for the kids, restaurants, souvenier shops, some landmarks, beautiful photo shot opportunities near the water, and more. My kids loved the 20 min. or so ferry ride to the island and the fee for this was very reasonable.