Gather your family and friends and pack your bags and explore our local
beaches, museums and unique shops. Find yourself in USA's largest art
gallery, on a charter
fishing boat, hiking one of our local trails,
experiencing a local arts
& culture festival or enjoying a meal at any one of our local
you’re looking for relaxing vacation or seeing and doing as much as
possible, Lake County, Ohio is sure to please.
Read Lake County Backgrounder
35150 Lakeshore Blvd. Eastlake 44095 An opportunity for everyone to view and touch remnants from the
September 11, 2001 tragedy - steel from New York’s Trade Center, grass
from Shanksville, PA and granite from the Pentagon. Boulevard of 500
Flags 35150 Lake Shore Blvd., Eastlake
display of American flags in the United States at
Eastlake City Hall.
Blue Heaven Alpacas
Madison, OH 44057.
In business since 2002 and
has a herd of 60 alpacas. Blue Heaven Alpacas breeds, sells, and
shows alpacas. Their fleece is processed into yarn and other alpaca
products. There is an on-site farm store where people can
see/purchase alpaca products. Some are items are hand made by local
crafters, others are purchased from Peru. FREE tours of the farm are
offered (by appointment). Visitors are welcome to get up close and
personal with the alpacas. Parking is available to accommodate large
Harbor Marine Museum & Lighthouse 129 Second Street Fairport Harbor
354-4825 article 1
This National Historic site consists of a marine museum and
lighthouse tower that is open to the public and provides spectacular
views of Lake Erie. The marine museum houses its’ original 3rd order
Fresnel lens, the Frontenac pilothouse, nautical artifacts, and
Open Starting May 23rd, 2015 to Sept 20th, 2015. Wed, Sat,
Sun and Legal Holidays 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Special Tours by
Harbor Village Tourism Council 220 Third Street Fairport
Harbor, OH 44077 (440) 352-3620
The best kept secret in Northeast
Ohio! Fairport Harbor, located 30 miles east of Cleveland on the shores
of Lake Erie, is a unique village rich in history and attractions. The
village, approximately one square mile, was settled by Finnish,
Hungarian and Slovenian immigrants. Fairport has two lighthouses, two
museums, the Finnish Monument, and LaSalle and Mormon historical
markers. The Fairport Port Authority offers boat launching facilities
for a nominal fee. If you like to fish, cast your line along the river
or from the harbor pier. Plus, you can reserve a fishing charter to fish
for walleye, steelhead or perch for a half day or a full day. LCVB
301 High St. Fairport Harbor
44077 (440) 352-8301 Dedicated to preserve and perpetuate Finnish heritage and cultural
traditions through displays of special books, documents, records and
artifacts. Featuring specific “displays” the museum is Open every
Saturday 10am-3pm. Sunday and Wed., Memorial Day thru September
12pm-4pm. Group tours are available by appointment.
Gallery One 7003 Center St., Mentor 44060
America’s largest art gallery at 18,000 sq. ft. showcasing more than
30,000 original paintings, limited editions, posters, sculptures,
books and figurines. It features the works of internationally known
artists and schedules a full year of personal appearances, lectures
and exhibits for browsers & buyers alike. Also home to the largest
Kinkade Signature Gallery east of the Mississippi. Satellite L.C.
Visitor info center.
Beach Park 9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor
44060 (take State Route 44 North
to Lake Erie)
120-acre lakefront park boasts a mile long natural sand beach – Ohio’s
longest. Features guarded swimming beach, restrooms, changing rooms,
outdoor showers, 1 1/2 mile paved hiking trail, fishing, playground and
large shaded picnic area with grills.
To reserve a picnic shelter call (216) 881-8141. Free parking.
Village 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Rd,
A meticulously restored 19th century village showcases the vitality and
spirit of the early American frontier. A part of the religious fervor of
the 1830’s is the story of the early members of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. Attractions include Newel K. Whitney Store
and Home, an Ashery, a working
sawmill, the John Johnson Inn, and a schoolhouse. Also included are the
Isaac Morely Farm, John Johnson Farm. Free tours and parking. Summer
hours: 9am-7pm. Winter 9am-5pm, Open Sunday 11:30am.
9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094
One of the largest in the country, the Holden Arboretum offers
visitors a unique outdoor experience combining over 20 miles of
hiking trails with themed gardens and tree collections. The
Arboretum recently integrated with the Cleveland Botanical Garden,
an unprecedented move in public gardens and regional non-profits.
The Arboretum and Botanical Garden are committed to creating a more
sustainable planet by building greener, healthier communities and
engaging children with plants.
Museum of Lake County 25 Public Square, Technical
Center - Bldg B Willoughby 44094
Corner of River St. and Center St. Visitors can see prehistoric
items, 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D., from this area and Ohio. Indian
crafts,1800-2012, from North America are displayed. Open Monday -
Friday 10-4 and 1-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Closed major holiday
James A. Garfield
National Historic Site (Lawnfield)
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060
The home of the 20th president, purchased in 1876 and renovated in
1880 and again in 1885-86, features Garfield’s presidential memorial
library and his private study as well as many original furnishings
and memorabilia belonging to the Garfield family. A fireproof vault
is a highlight. A visitor center, built as a carriage house in 1893,
features permanent exhibits illustrating Garfield’s life and career.
A video presentation about the president is shown throughout the
day. Guided 45-minute tours are available. Entrance Fee: $7 Adults;
Free ages 0-15.
Hours: May 1 through October 31: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
November 1 - April 30: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tour departure times vary, but last tour of day starts at 4:15pm.
Kirtland Temple Visitor Center
7809 Joseph St., Kirtland 44094 (440)
Constructed in the 1830s, this National Historic Landmark was the
first temple built by Joseph Smith and his followers. Distinctive
design features include tiers of elaborately carved pulpits on both
ends of the large meeting rooms. The temple served as the center of
community life for two thousand Latter Day Saints by 1838. Within a
year, all but one hundred were gone. A 12,000 square foot Visitor
Center uses interactive museum exhibits and video to introduce their
story and solve the mystery of their sudden departure. Kirtland
Temple and Visitor Center Hours; May-October: Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun.
1-5; November and December, March - April: Wed.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4,
closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. January and February open weekends
only. Admission $3.00 preservation fee. Tour is free for children
age 2 in arms and younger.
Lake County Fair
- Lake County Agricultural Society
1301 Mentor Ave Painesville Twp, OH
44077 (440) 354-3339
The 159th Lake County Fair - August 13th - 16th, 2015
Captains Baseball CLASS `A` AFFILIATE OF THE CLEVELAND INDIANS Classic Park, 35300 Vine St,
Eastlake, OH 44095 Call (440) 954-WINS
Members of the 16-team Midwest League, the Captains play 70 home
games and 70 road games. The season begins in early April and ends
in early September.
415 Riverside Dr. Painesville, OH
44077 (440) 639-2945
Visit a remarkable and historic building in the center of Lake
County that houses the only collection of 1900’s music boxes in the
State of Ohio. A collection of these “Magical Musical Machines”
demonstrates home entertainment from the turn of the century and
vary in size from one foot to several feet. The museum is open to
public and group tours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-2pm. The museum
exhibits change regularly and include displays of miniatures,
trolleys, Lake County founders, the Garfield family, and many more.
New “Formation of an Election: Voting Lake County” exhibit wing on
display in 2016. The museum is located in the Italianate 1876
“County Home” on 8 acres of land. Visitors are free to roam the
grounds, view historic buildings, and eat a picnic lunch.
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach
301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor 44077 -
High Street, north of Second St. (440)
This 21-acre lakefront park features a beach with a gradual slope and
sandy bottom. Recreational opportunities on the waterfront include
kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, camps and special beach
programs/festivals. The park features restrooms, a
handicapped-accessible harbor view deck, dog swim areas, showers,
changing rooms, concessions, amphitheater, volleyball courts, playground
and picnic area with grills. Food concessions open daily, weather
permitting, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A $2 parking
fee applies to Lake County residents, $3 for out-of-county visitors.
8800 Chardon Rd., Kirtland 44094
(440) 256-2122 (800) 366-3276
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a family-oriented science and cultural
center devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. USA Today
named Farmpark “one of 10 great locations to dig up old dirt on
farming.” Visitors can milk dairy cows, learn how cheese is made and
meet dozens of breeds of livestock. On weekends and during special
events you may help make ice cream the old-fashioned way!
Horse-or-tractor-drawn wagon rides are the mode of transportation
throughout the park. Explore the Plant Science Center to see a
greenhouse, hydroponic display and the Great Tomato works exhibit.
Visit the Woodland Center to learn the history of maple sugaring and
what it takes to produce maple syrup. The park also features a
reservable pavilion, gift shop and cafe. Admission applies. Host
site of Vintage Ohio and Village Peddler Festival. Closed on
Mondays. Call for schedule of events or visit lakemetroparks.com.
NEW Canine Meadow 5+-acre dog park now open at the east end of
Farmpark (9010 Euclid Chardon Rd.), features separate large and
small dog areas and pond access. Dog park open daily sunrise to one
half hour after sunset.
Lagoons Nature Preserve & Marina
8365 Harbor Drive., Mentor 44060
450-acre award winning recreation area with extensive trail system and
1.5 miles of wild beach.
Water trails, portage
to Lake Erie plus hiking trails. Golf carts available Monday-Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm for seniors and physically challenged. Public
marina with direct lake access. The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's
largest daily newspaper recognized the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve as
the only Lake County destination listed as a
"World Class Place."
Marsh - Carol H. Sweet Nature Center 5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor 44060
Mentor Marsh State Nature Center is an interpretive nature preserve and
part of the largest coastal Lake Erie marsh in northeastern Ohio! The
area is a unique combination of marsh, forest and beach habitat and home
to a variety of plants, animals, and birds. In fact, during spring and
fall migration season over 250 species of birds can be found. Trails are
open daily, year-round, dawn to dusk. The Nature Center is open to the
public Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. from April through October.
There is no charge, and all are welcome. Contact the Nature Center for
Airport and Aviation Museum
5782 Trask Road, Madison OH 44057
Pheasant Run Airport and Aviation Museum features 22 vintage
aircraft, three that are the only ones in existence: a Junkers CL-1,
a Ryan ST3-W, and a Barnard New Standard. Gen. George Patton’s
personal World War II aircraft, the Interstate L-6, and the Meyers
OTW used in the movie “The Misfits” starring Clark Gable and Marilyn
Monroe are also part of the collection. The complex includes two sod
airstrips, four hangars, a pond, and a park-like environment, all a
life estate with Lake Erie College. Open to the public on Sundays
from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October from 1 – 5p.m.,
Festival - September 19 & 20, 2015
Lake Metroparks Farmpark 8800
Euclid Chardon Rd. (Route 6) Kirtland, Ohio
An outdoor American marketplace 175 artisans & craftsman,
traditional crafts & fine art. Folk musicians, gourmet market, wagon
rides & delicious food. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5.
Willoughby Area Welcome Center
2 Public Square Willoughby 44094
The Willoughby Area Welcome Center is open year round in the
historic Barnes House at 2 Public Square, adjacent to the Willoughby
City Hall. This 104 year old "Cobblestone Cottage" provides
information about the historic aspects of Willoughby and the
surrounding Lake County as well as current events, attractions,
dining and lodging information and other services to visitors.
Hours: Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4, Wed. 1-4.
Salon and Spa 7537 Fredle Drive, Concord, Ohio
44077 (Route 90 & 44), (440) 375-0055.
Jack Arra’s Salon and Spa, located on the 18th hole of the
Renaissance at Quail Hollow Resort and Golf Course, provides a
beautiful and peaceful haven to restore harmony and balance in
today’s fast paced environment. Our professionally trained and
licensed staff takes a holistic approach to cultivating health and
well being with services designed to nourish mind, body and spirit.