At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.
Nickle Plate Beach
Tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Huron, this beach is one of Ohio’s Gems. This beach boasts nearly 12 acres of sandy shores with a lighthouse in the distance. There is a minimal fee to park during certain hours. This beach has volleyball nets, a playground, white sand and a Paddle shack where you can rent beach chairs and floats. There is not a lifeguard on duty so be sure to swim within the markers.
Huntington beach is a great place to cool off, enjoy some ice cream and take a swim while taking in the picturesque views of downtown Cleveland in the background. If you are longing to watch the sunrise, pack your breakfast and head to Huntington to see the sunrise over Cleveland. Huntington beach sits up on a cliff and has several long staircases down to the beach. This beach is handicap accessible with a ground level entrance on the east side of the park. Grills and picnic tables are located on the upper level, a pavilion, swings and restrooms. There is plenty of room for overflow parking across the street.
This beach is gigantic, known as Ohio’s longest beach boasting beautiful trails and surrounded by nature. If you are looking for a vacation without heading to the ocean this is the beach to visit. You quickly forget that you are in Ohio. Parking is free, pavilions and grills are located near the parking lot area. There is also a nature preserve located on the premises, great for seeing migratory birds and butterflies when exploring three miles of trails. Featuring a beautiful light house built in 1925, that completes the marine vibes at Mentor headlands.
Lakeview Beach, Lorain
Bursting with botanical gardens situated on a hill Lakeview Beach is a great place to visit year-round. This beach has 20 acres of park and sandy shores with spectacular views of the Lorain lighthouse. Swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball and lawn bowling are some of the activities you can enjoy while you visit
Main Street Beach
Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach with views of the Vermilion lighthouse in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Main Street Beach as observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand. You can launch a kayak or canoe at this beach and enjoy the shores of Vermilion. There is a concession, a small shop that sells beach glass jewelry and visitor information.
Edgewater beach is the perfect place to bring your pooch for a day at the Lake. The 2400 foot beach features 1000 feet of swimming access and a dog beach on the western end. You can swim, sunbathe, rent a kayak or cabana and enjoy the beach life while in a big city. This is the perfect city getaway to spend with family and friends.
East Harbor State Park
This beach is located on a peninsula of land that is 1,831 acres. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy an abundance of wildlife including shorebirds and waterfowl. At East Harbor State Park, you can enjoy boating, swimming, adventure in the wetlands a two-mile-long strip of beaches and sand dunes. There is a picturesque harbor that makes for great photo opportunities.
Kelley's Island State Park
Located on the Northern Shores of Kelley’s Island this beach is 677 acres and is known as Lake Erie’s Emerald Isle. This beach offers six miles of hiking, campgrounds and a sandy beach. While not officially part of the state park the Glacial Grooves are located across the street. They are the largest easily accessible such grooves in the world. They were scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet which covered part of North America. A trough 400-feet long, 35-feet wide, and up to 10-feet deep remains today.
Maumee State Park
Maumee State Park has trails for hiking, enjoying a summer stroll, packing a picnic and relaxing on Lake Erie’s Shores. This beach has 1,336 acres of land creating a unique environment along Lake Erie. There is a board walk situated in the marshy lands to stroll and enjoy the birds and the deer that have made this park their habitat.
Conneaut Township Park
Located on the Eastern end of Lake Erie Conneaut Park is the place to view a dazzling Lake Erie Sunset. This park is great for a day at the beach, a picnic in the park or enjoying water sports. This 60-acre park has numerous parking lots to accommodate all who would like enjoy the North Shores eastern gem.