Marblehead Lighthouse

History, Fun and Adventure on Lake Erie

Whether you want to explore historic lighthouses, paddle along the shore or cast a line, here's how you can connect with our greatest natural resource this summer.

Lake Erie defines Ohio's northern border and gives us access to a natural resource unlike many others. We've researched dozens of ways to make the most of the wind and waves this season, whether you're a history buff or an island adventurer. From Toledo to Ashtabula, we've researched some of our shoreline's most famous spots, as well as newer destinations that draw travelers and locals alike: from 14 lighthouses along our shore and the retro vibe of Ohio's oldest summer resort to favorite places to kayak and museums that tell the story of our inland sea. Whether you're looking for relaxation or recreation, just add water.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
History Lessons: Visit the monument that pays tribute to Oliver Hazard Perrys pivotal victory during the War of 1812 to museums that trace the history of life and industry along our shoreline. Read More

Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse
Ohio Lighthouses: From lighthouse ruins on a small island to iconic structures that have stood sentry in our harbors for generations, these 14 historic landmarks help tell the story of our state. Read More

Three people in kayak rentals (photo courtesy of Kelleys Island Kayak Rentals)
Kayaking & Water Trails: Explore the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails or get your feet wet with a shorter paddle closer to shore. Read More

Goodtime III
Cruises & Charters: Whether you want to take an evening excursion along our lakefront or cast a line on Lake Erie, these boat lines and fishing charters will get you there. Read More

Lakeside Chautauqua waterfront
Along the Shore: Relax and recharge at Lakeside Chautauqua, hit the beach at Cedar Point and get a shot of nostalgia at Ohio’s oldest summer resort. Read More