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July
29

Love a Beach Vacation? Visit These 7 Places Around Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio Beaches - Cutler Real Estate

Who needs an expensive trip to the East or West Coast for a beach vacation? Northeast Ohio is home to a number of scenic beaches that rival those in any other state. Thanks to their convenient location, you can even head out for a day-long getaway.

Get your summertime sand-and-water fix at these fun-filled beaches near Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and other Northeast Ohio cities.

Baylor Beach Park

8777 Manchester Ave. SW, Navarre, OH 44662

 
 
 
 
 
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Ohio's beautiful countryside is the setting for Baylor Beach Park, just 30 minutes from Akron and an hour's drive from Cleveland. Named after its founding family, Baylor Beach Park has been a popular Northeast Ohio getaway since 1955. The two-acre lake includes diving boards and water slides, while a nearby one-acre lake is available for paddleboats, aquabikes, and "funyaks." If you want to stay on dry land, enjoy a friendly game of miniature golf, volleyball, basketball, or cornhole. Admission is $8-$10 for guests aged 3 and up. Park hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Baylor Beach Park is maintaining social distancing rules by limiting daily guests, so arrive early.

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

12001 Route 282, Garrettsville, OH 44231

 
 
 
 
 
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Have you ever marveled at pictures of daring swimmers leaping off a cliff into the water below? Indulge your adventurous spirit at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. Grown-ups can get the thrill of jumping off centuries-old 50- to 60-foot cliffs, while kiddies splash around in their own shallow roped-off area in the clear, spring-fed water. With other activities such as scuba and snorkeling, fishing, and hiking, the whole family will find endless entertainment. Admission is $10-$12, with reduced rates for kids aged 4-14. Nelson Ledges is open daily, with day passes good until 8 p.m. Swimming is allowed 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. while lifeguards are on duty. 

Lakeview Park

1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH 44052

 
 
 
 
 
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Ironically, although Lorain is situated on Lake Erie, there was originally no lakefront recreation available to city residents. That changed in 1917 when city officials purchased 42 acres of land that later became Lakeview Park. The spacious beach provides opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Take a break for a stroll through the historic Rose Garden, shaped like a wheel with eight spokes to honor the local Rotary Club. Lunch is served with a lakeside view at the Sunset Café, which also offers a limited concession menu throughout the afternoon. Lakeview Park is open seven days a week from sunrise - 11 p.m., with lifeguards on duty between noon - 6 p.m.

Clay's Park Resort

13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666

 
 
 
 
 
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2020 marks the 72nd year Clay's Park Resort has been serving as a favorite summer retreat in Northeast Ohio. Founder Otis Clay's descendants carry on his tradition at the 10-acre, sandy-bottom lake that features dueling water slides and zip lines along with a barrel roll, inflatables, and a kids' splash pad. Unlimited use of kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards is included with park admission. There's plenty of fun to be had on the ground with miniature golf, sand volleyball, basketball, and life-sized foosball. Admission fees are $20-$30 and $6 for kids ages 3-5. Park hours are noon - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Clay's Park is adhering to a specific number of guests daily, so follow their Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. 

Edgewater Park Beach

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44102

 
 
 
 
 
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In 2013, Cleveland Metroparks assumed operational control of six lakefront parks formerly run by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. A subsequent multi-million dollar upgrade included formation of Lakefront Reservation, an outdoor oasis in the heart of downtown Cleveland and site of Edgewater Park Beach. With 9,000 feet of shoreline, there's lots of room for swimming, sunbathing, and yes, surfing when the wind is right. Bring Fido along to play and swim in the roped-off, leash-free area at the western end of the beach. Landlubbers can hang out at the pier and fish or just take in the views. Adjacent Perkins Beach isn't open for swimming, but it's a great spot to look for beach glass, shells, or driftwood. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily, with lifeguards on duty from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Kelleys Island State Park Beach

920 Division St., Kelleys Island, OH 43438

 
 
 
 
 
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The short ferry ride to Kelleys Island State Park enhances the sense of "getting away from it all." Along the north side of the island, you'll find a pristine 100-foot beach with stunning views. Water depth changes gradually, so there's a generous shallow area for kids. If you'd rather be on water than in it, a public boat launch and kayak rentals are available. Explore the six miles of hiking trails that include scenic vistas and historic sites. Leashed dogs are welcome in specific beach areas, so bring the whole family along. Kelleys Island State Park is open 24/7.

East Harbor State Park Beach

1169 N. Buck Rd., Marblehead, OH 43440

 
 
 
 
 
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Situated on a peninsula that extends into Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park Beach is surrounded by wetlands that offer sightings of Ohio birds and wildlife. The two-mile lakefront stretch includes a 1,500-foot beach with plentiful shade trees. While pets are not allowed on the beach, leashed dogs are permitted in other areas of the park such as the picnic area, where you and Fido can enjoy views of the shoreline. East Harbor State Park is open around the clock, year-round.

Just Another Day at the Beach

Where would you like to spend your summer vacation in Ohio? Let us know in the comments below.

July
11

8 Unique Places to Stay Around Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands

When you think "beach vacation," Ohio isn't usually on the top of the list — but it should be! Lake Erie, which spans Ohio's entire northern border and stretches all the way to Buffalo, New York, boasts pristine sandy beaches, lush surroundings, nearby vineyards and plenty of unique spots to take it all in. Regardless of the season, a vacation to Lake Erie is always a great idea. We rounded up some of our favorite spots all around Ohio's Lake Erie shores and islands to escape to that offer distinctive experiences — from massive Caribbean-esque resorts to charming inns. So no matter what type of vacation you're looking to book, we've got something for you on this list. Happy exploring!

A Water's Edge Retreat Luxury Inn

827 East Lakeshore Drive, Kelley's Island Lake Erie Hotels A Water's Edge Retreat Luxury Inn is one of the most talked about Lake Erie destinations — and for a good reason! This idyllic Victorian house is right on the beach and offers amazing, unobstructed views in all directions. All of the guest rooms are elegantly decorated and feature all of your favorite modern conveniences like private bathrooms and air conditioning. Before you spend the day walking or biking around the island, make sure to stop in for their famous breakfast held in the beautiful formal dining room every morning!  

Captain Montague's Bed & Breakfast

229 Center Street, Huron Located in the small beach town of Huron, Ohio, Captain Montague's offers the perfect juxtaposition of Old World charm and modern luxury. The building itself was once the home to Captain C.Z. Montague and his family in the late 1800s and still has many of the original features — including a handcrafted black walnut staircase and the exquisite original wood flooring. Each of the gorgeous rooms has been completely restored and offers cozy spaces to escape to after a long day on the water!  

Hotel Kilbourne

223 West Water Street, Sandusky Hotel Kilbourne is Sandusky's first boutique hotel located on the city's beautiful historic waterfront. The adorable, Instagram-worthy rooms are full of luxurious touches like cozy bedding, appliances and stunning views of either the city or the breathtaking waterfront. We recommend this quaint hotel not only because of its fantastic amenities, but also its central location close to Sandusky's downtown entertainment scene, the beach and Cedar Point ferries.  

Firefly Beach Resort

4903 Cleveland Road East, Huron

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A quintessential beach destination, Firefly Beach Resort offers over five acres of private grounds for your summer vacation. Stay in their tiny, colorful cottages or park your RV on their large camper space — no matter where you stay in the resort the beach will be only a few feet away. And if you get hungry during your waterfront relaxation session, pay a visit to the Erie Kai, the onsite restaurant that serves up fresh fish, grilled sandwiches and other delicious dishes.  

Milan Inn-Tiques

29 East Church Streets, Milan Milan Inn-Tiques is located on Milan's Village Square close to the Edison Birthplace Museum and several other historic destinations. Downstairs, peruse for gems in their antique store, enjoy the colorful murals in the "Edison Room" and take a break at the Coffee Station. And if you're looking for a truly unique place to stay in Milan, there is a one unit room for rent upstairs that can sleep up to 10 people! The cozy apartment features, of course, antique decor along with modern amenities like a TV, full kitchen, wireless internet and a laundry space.

Coastal Floating Homes

545 West Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton Why should you settle for being near the water when you could literally be on the water? Well, we're happy to tell you that you can, indeed, stay right on Lake Erie in a Coastal Floating Home! These one-to-two-bedroom homes are floating on the water, with a boat dock at your door. As an added bonus, each home offers a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, satellite TV and are located just steps from downtown Port Clinton and ferry service to the Lake Erie Islands.  

Cedar Point's Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark

2001 Cleveland Road West, Sandusky Places to stay near Lake Erie

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For a fun, family vacation, there's no better place to stay on Lake Erie than Cedar Point. Not only can you have a blast at the famous amusement park and the beach right out front, but the Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark brings the fun right to your hotel with a wave pool, water coaster, slides and so much more. Plus, in your resort, you'll also find a fitness center, arcade and several fantastic restaurants!  

Islander Inn

225 Erie Street, Put-in-Bay This Caribbean-style hotel is a vacationer favorite in Put-in-Bay offering the best of Lake Erie's natural beauty and the feeling of an exotic vacation at the same time. Throughout the resort, you can find four huge pools, a 30-person jacuzzi and two swim-up bars. So spend your days lounging by the water with a drink or rent a golf cart from the hotel and explore the historic island!  

Have a Fun Vacation!

No matter where you're planning on spending your vacation days, we hope you have a blast!

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