Lake County Ohio Attractions

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, bird watching, experiencing a local arts & culture festival or enjoying a meal at any one of our local restaurants or wineries. Whether 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
Fairport Harbor Marine Museum & Lighthouse
129 Second Street Fairport Harbor 44077 (440) 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.
Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
Fairport 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  Brochure Inside   Outside
Fairport Harbor Village Tourism
Finnish Heritage Museum
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.
Finnish Heritage Museum
Historic Kirtland Village
7800 Kirtland-Chardon Rd, Kirtland 44094  (440) 256-9805 
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.
Historic Kirtland Village
Indian Museum of Lake County
25 Public Square, Technical Center - Bldg B Willoughby 44094 (440) 951-3813
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 weekends.
Indian Museum of Lake County
James A. Garfield National Historic Site  (Lawnfield)
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060  
(440) 255-8722 
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 March 2015.
Kirtland Temple Visitor Center
7809 Joseph St., Kirtland 44094   (440) 256-1830   
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.
Kirtland Temple
Lake County Agricultural Society - Lake County Fair
1301 Mentor Ave Painesville Twp, OH 44077‎ (440) 354-3339
The 158th Lake County Fair - August 12th - 17th, 2014
Lake County Fair
Lake County Captains Baseball
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 website.
Lake County Historical Society
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 handicapped accessible.
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Lake County Historical Society, Ohio
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
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
Pheasant Run Airport and Aviation Museum
5782 Trask Road, Madison OH 44057 440-298-1314 & 440-610-3304
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. Tours available.
The Holden Arboretum
9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094   (440) 946-4400 
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.
Village Peddler 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.
Willoughby Area Welcome Center
2 Public Square Willoughby 44094  440-942-1905
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.
Willoughby Area Welcome Center

Museums, parks and other diversions

America Remembers Memorial 
35150 Lakeshore Blvd. Eastlake 44095  
(440) 951-1416 
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 44095   (440) 951-1416  
Largest permanent display of American flags in the United States at Eastlake City Hall.
Coulby Mansion 
28730 Ridge Road, Wickliffe 44092
(440) 943-7100  
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.
Gallery One
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.
Gibson 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.
Headlands 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.
Herb Society of America 
9019 Kirtland-Chardon Road Kirtland 44094
(440) 256-0514    
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
Lake 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.
Madison Historical Society
P.O. Box 515, Madison 44057  (440) 417-1959  
This history resource center and library is located at 45B North Lake Madison Village. Call for hours.
Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve & Marina
8365 Harbor Drive., Mentor 44060 
(440) 205-3625 
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."
Mentor Marsh - Carol H. Sweet Nature Center
5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor 44060  (440) 257-0777
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 details.
Mooreland Conference Center 
7800 Clocktower Drive Kirtland 44094
(440) 953-7306   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.

Day Spas

Jack Arra’s 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 Hollow Resort.

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