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
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 behind
Eastlake City Hall. An outdoor, elegantly, architectural designed
monument to 9/11. Boulevard of 500
Flags 35150 Lakeshore Blvd, Eastlake
44095 (440) 942-9344 Largest permanent
display of American flags in the United States at
Eastlake City Hall.
Administrative office P.O. Box 44097, Eastlake.
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
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This national historic place 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 the
Saturday before Memorial Day through the 3rd weekend in September.
2017 Opening Weekend May 27th - 29th
Harbor Village Tourism Council 220 Third Street Fairport
Harbor, OH 44077 (440) 352-3620
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.
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 Bureau 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. Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, located in Painesville
Twp., (Website) adjacent to Headlands Dunes State Park, is one of the last of
its kind in Ohio.
Historic Kirtland 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-9pm. Winter 9am-5pm, Open Sunday 1:00 pm.
9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094
The Holden Arboretum is 3,600 acres of the most beautiful gardens
and natural areas in Northeast Ohio, including the Holden Wildflower
Garden, featuring Ohio native plants; the Holden Butterfly Garden,
which attracts hummingbirds and butterflies; the 20-acre Layer
Rhododendron Garden and the 4.5 acre Paine Rhododendron Discovery
Garden; and collections of lilacs, viburnums, crabapples and
conifers. The Arboretum includes the Murch Canopy Walk and the
Kalberer Emergent Tower, which are open from April 1 through Nov. 1.
Guided walking tours of the grounds are available from April through
May, and tram tours are available May through October. Winter
activities include snowshoe hikes in January and February, weather
permitting. Non member fees apply.
Arboretum "Murch Canopy Walk" and "Kalberer
9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094
(440) 946-4400 ext 224
The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower will take guests
on an immersive exploration of the forest and tree canopy. The Murch
Canopy Walk, a 500’ long elevated walkway built 65’ above the forest
floor, will give guests a unique perspective on forests and the
animals that inhabit them. The Kalberer Emergent Tower will take
guests above the trees to a height of 120 feet where on a clear day
you can see all the way to Lake Erie.
Tickets must be picked up/purchased at the Corning Visitor Center.
Museum of Lake County Colonial Plaza at 7519 Mentor
Ave., Suite A 112 Mentor 44060
Visitors can see prehistoric items, 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D., from
this area and Ohio. Indian crafts,1800-2015, from North America are
displayed. There are hands-on activities and a library. Open Monday
- Friday 10-4 and 1-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Closed major holiday
weekends. Call ahead.
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 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: Everyday 10am-5pm. November 1-April 30:
Friday-Saturday, 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.
Visit website for latest hours (website: www.kirtlandtemple.org).
Main season is May-October: Mon.-Sat. 9-5, and Sun. 1-5. $5 per
person for our general tour..
Lake County Fair
- Lake County Agricultural Society
Lake County fairgrounds
1301 Mentor Ave Painesville Twp, OH
The 163rd Lake County Fair, July 24-29, 2018.
Captains Baseball CLASS `A` AFFILIATE OF THE CLEVELAND INDIANS Classic Park, 35300 Vine St,
Eastlake, OH 44095 Call (440) 954-WINS
The Captains are a minor-league baseball franchise and Class A
affiliate of the Cleveland Indians playing home games at Classic
Park in Eastlake. 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 1900s 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 also contains
displays of miniatures, trolleys, rotating exhibits, and features
interactive displays. Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am-2pm.
Research Library is available by appointment. If you are looking for
a trip itinerary or group bus tour guide, let us know and we would
be happy to show you around Lake County’s most famous heritage
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. Open Tuesday -
Sunday 9 am - 5 pm. 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.
Lake Erie Bluffs Observation Tower
2901 Clark Rd. Perry Township, OH 44081440-639-7275 Visitor Services: 440-358-7275
This wooded parcel along the shore of Lake Erie in Perry Township
provides public access to a beautiful stretch of natural beach. Lake
Erie Bluffs hugs the lakehshore offering visitors a bird’s-eye view
from the scenic overlook of the beauty and drama of the
ever-changing lake. Throughout all seasons, the lives of resident
and migrant birds are greatly influenced by this amazing natural
resource. 600 acres. Gravel hiking trails. Access to natural beach.
Scenic overlook. Restroom. Fishing. Picnic tables. New in 2015:
50-foot-tall observation tower and three-season reservable shelter
with lake views.
Mentor Civic Arena 8600 Munson Road, Mentor 44060
440-974-5730 The Mentor Civic Arena features an ice
skating complex with two regulation-size ice rinks, a studio rink,
locker rooms and snack bar. Learn to skate lesson are available for ages
three through adult. Open daily for public skating. Skate rental
available. Birthday party room also available.
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.,
Theatre 5648 W. Chapel Road
Madison 44057 (440) 428-5913
Each summer from the beginning of June through the end of August,
historic Rabbit Run Theater produces outstanding live theater in one
of Ohio’s few remaining barn theaters. Near the shores of Lake Erie,
Rabbit Run is a unique theatrical experience in a beautiful pastoral
setting. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the
show in the picturesque grounds.
River Road, Willoughby Hills 44095
This beautiful old gatehouse from the 1890s is modeled after German
and English baronial castles. The surrounding park offers a
footpath, riding trails, cooking grills, and a large grassy field.
Located in the North Chagrin Reservation.
Festival - September 15 & 16, 2018
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, adjacent to the Willoughby City Hall. This
1908 “Cobblestone Cottage” provides information about the historic
aspects of Willoughby and the surrounding areas as well as Lake
County Visitor guides, current events, attractions, dining and
lodging information and other services to our visitors. Hours: Sat
10-4, Sun 1-4, Wed. 1-4.. Satellite L.C.
Visitor Bureau Info Center.