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.
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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 more. Open 1 to 6 p.m. on
Wed., Sat., Sun. and holidays from Sat May 22, 2014 through Sept 21, 2014.
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.
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.
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
James A. Garfield National Historic Site is a unit of the National
Park Service that commemorates and interprets the life, career,
family, and legacy of James Abram Garfield, 20th President of the
United States. The site includes guided tours of the Garfield home,
visitor center exhibits, a biographical film, walking paths, and
dozens of special events each year. Fee for the guided tour is
$5.00/person ages 16 and over; those 15 and under are free of
charge. Entrance Fee: $5 Adults; Free ages 0-15
Hours: May 1 through October 31: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday
Noon-5pm. November 1-April 30: Saturday-Sunday Noon-5pm. Tour departure
times vary, but last tour of day starts at 4:15pm.
Closed for renovations September, 2014 through
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.
Agricultural Society - Lake County Fair
1301 Mentor Ave Painesville Twp, OH
44077 (440) 354-3339
The 158th Lake County Fair - August 12th - 17th, 2014
Captains Baseball CLASS `A` AFFILIATE OF THE CLEVELAND INDIANS Classic Park, 35300 Vine St,
Eastlake, OH 44095 Call (440) 954-WINS
The Captains are the Cleveland Indians’ Single-A Minor
team right here in Lake County. Beautiful Classic Park
is the #1 destination for affordable family fun and group and
corporate outings and fun promotion nights. Games are April -
August. For ticket and group information call or visit our
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. Children think they’re
magic and teens are impressed by the size of the huge disks.
Demonstrations are given to visitors Tuesday –Saturday from 10am-2pm
and Sunday 1-4pm (May 1 – Oct 31) (Nov 1 – April 31 open Tuesday
–Friday only 10am-2pm). The museum also contains displays of
miniatures, trolleys, Civil War wing displaying petticoats to
repeating rifles and “Courage & Conflict”, the story of the Mormons
in Lake County, Ohio. Also available is an historic Ohio frontier
village and under construction, a Native American site. The Center
is the site of special events throughout the year with a 2014 focus
on the Great Civil War Encampment and Battle held Saturday and
Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25 from 10am-4pm. Visit
website for current information. Gift shop, picnic on grounds and
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, hydroponics 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. Call for schedule
of events or visit lakemetroparks.com.
Airport and Aviation Museum
5782 Trask Road, Madison OH 44057
Established in 1978 by Charles and Gretchen Reed. Their interest
in vintage airplanes and status as private pilots led them to begin
collecting and restoring antique aircraft and to collecting aviation
memorabilia. Three of the airplanes on the property represent
designs that are the only ones in existence. When Charles died in
2008, Gretchen began searching for a way to perpetuate the museum
and signed a life estate contract with Lake Erie College. The
airport now houses 22 airplanes in three hangars, and a fourth
hangar is in the plans. Open to the public every Sunday, weather
permitting, from Memorial Day Sunday through mid-October, 1-5 p.m.
9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094
With 3,600 acres of display gardens, horticultural collections and
nature trails, the Holden Arboretum is one of the largest arboretums in
the United States. Home to flora from all over the world, it features
trails for rugged hikes and gentle walks, as well as cross-country
skiing and dog-walking. The facility offers a year-round slate of
activities classes and children’s programs.
Festival - September 13 & 14, 2014
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.
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 105 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.
Museums, parks and
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.
28730 Ridge Road, Wickliffe 44092
On the National Register of Historic Places, this 16-room Victorian
mansion was built in 1913 by shipping magnate Harry Coulby. Now
Wickliffe City Hall.
Fairport Lights Lighthouses are part of the
fabric of America, shedding light on our past while pointing the way to
the future. Fairport Harbor's two lighthouses, bravely standing tall
against the raging waters of Lake Erie, are deeply woven elements of our
national heritage. These radiant monuments testify to the courage and
determination of the keepers of the United States Lighthouse Service and
United States Coast Guard.
7003 Center St., Mentor 44060 (440) 255-1200.
Voted "2011 Best Art Gallery"
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.
Bagpipes 37484 N. Industrial Parkway
Willoughby 44094 (440) 946-7864
North America’s Premier Bagpipe Maker. Gibson Bagpipes was recently
featured on the Travel Channel TV show “Made in America”. Tours by
request and a Celtic gift shop on premises.
Beach State Park
9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor (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.
Society of America
9019 Kirtland-Chardon Road Kirtland 44094
The national headquarters of The Herb Society of America resides in a
stone farmhouse built in 1841. It is
considered the oldest stone house in the county, built of Ohio sandstone
quarried nearby. There is no admission fee to the house or gardens,
allowing visitors to see beautiful examples of how to landscape with
herbs. The building houses a 3,000-volume library, with Librarians
available for research. Library holdings also include a collection of
rare books dating back to the 17th century. Open Monday-Thursday, 9am to
5pm. Society grounds are available for wedding photography purposes. Cleveland
PD Article Jan 2012
County Speedway Northeast
Ohio’s only NASCAR-sanctioned racetrack!
500 Fairport-Nursery Road, Painesville, Oh 44077
Lake County Speedway is the ultimate destination for stock car racing
fans throughout the region. A Home Track for the NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series, our racecourse is a hotspot of action-packed
entertainment for all ages. racing. Lake County Speedway
has been in continuous operation as an oval track and figure eight track
since the early 1950’s. It is a 1/5 of a mile oval with concrete corners
and asphalt straights. We offer the Sportsman Division, Trophy Stock
Division, Factory Four Division, IMCA Sportmods, and our wild Figure
Eight Division. The racing schedule runs from April to September on
Saturdays. Concession stand and souvenirs available.
Historical Society P.O. Box 515, Madison 44057
(440) 417-1959 This
history resource center and library is located at 45B North Lake St.in
Madison Village. Call for hours.
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
7800 Clocktower Drive Kirtland 44094
93-year old former summer home of Cleveland railroad tycoon Edward W.
Moore. Restored to a state-of-the art conference facility. Perfect
setting for weddings with beautiful gardens and unique elegance.
Salon and Spa 7537 Fredle Drive, Concord, Ohio
44077 (Route 90 & 44), (440) 375-0055.
A sophisticated day spa and salon located on the 18th hole of the Quail