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
America Remembers Memorial 
35150 Lakeshore Blvd. Eastlake 44095  
(440) 942-1416
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. (440) 487-5122
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 vehicles.
Fairport Harbor Marine Museum & Lighthouse
129 Second Street Fairport Harbor 44077 (440) 354-4825    article 1  
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
Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
Fairport 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.
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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
Gallery One
7003 Center St., Mentor 44060 (440) 255-1200
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.
Headlands State 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, 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-9pm. Winter 9am-5pm, Open Sunday 1:00 pm.
Historic Kirtland Village
The Holden Arboretum
9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094   (440) 946-4400 
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.
The Holden Arboretum "Murch Canopy Walk" and "Kalberer Emergent Tower"
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.
Indian Museum of Lake County
Colonial Plaza at 7519 Mentor Ave., Suite A 112  Mentor 44060 (440) 951-3813
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.
Indian Museum of Lake County
James A. Garfield National Historic Site  (Lawnfield)
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060  
(440) 255-8722 
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.
PBS Video - "Death of a President"
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.
Visit website for latest hours (website: Main season is May-October: Mon.-Sat. 9-5, and Sun. 1-5. $5 per person for our general tour..
Kirtland Temple
Lake County Fair - Lake County Agricultural Society
Lake County fairgrounds
1301 Mentor Ave Painesville Twp, OH 44077
(440) 354-3339
The 163rd Lake County Fair, July 24-29, 2018.
Lake County Fair
Lake County Captains Baseball
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.
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 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 sites!
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Lake County Historical Society, Ohio
Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach
301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor 44077 - High Street, north of Second St. (440) 639-9972
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.
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, 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 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 Metroparks Lake Erie Bluffs Observation Tower
2901 Clark Rd. Perry Township, OH 44081    440-639-7275  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.
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.
Pheasant Run Airport and Aviation Museum
5782 Trask Road, Madison OH 44057 440-298-1314
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., weather permitting.
Rabbit Run 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.
Squire's Castle
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.
Village Peddler 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  440-942-1905
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.
Willoughby Area Welcome Center

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