One of the most delightful parts of summer in Northeast Ohio is the number of sand beaches that dot the Lake Erie
shore, from Sandusky to Ashtabula. Facilities vary at each location. Find out more about these summer fun spots.
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This family beach, east of Cleveland includes a 20-acre park, a lighthouse, and a marine museum as well as picnic facilities, food concessions, restrooms, and canoe rentals. Open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 10am to 8pm.
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
301 Huntington Rd.
Fairport Harbor, OH
(courtesy of the Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism)
A 300-foot expanse of sand greets visitors to this family-friendly and scenic beach. Lifeguards are on duty. Other park facilities include a marina, a lodge, hiking and biking trails, picnic tables, and camping facilities.
Geneva State Park
4499 Padanarum Rd.
Geneva, OH 44041
(Courtesy of the Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism)
This scenic lakefront park in the heart of Cleveland features a 900-foot wide stretch of sandy, swimming beach as well as two picnic pavilions, a kids' playground, and one of the best views of downtown Cleveland. It's also a great place to watch the 4th of July fireworks
over Voinovich Park. Open daily between 6am and 11pm.
Edgewater State Park
6700 Memorial Shoreway
(courtesy of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.)
The east side of the Cedar Point peninsula features one of the best beaches on Lake Erie. The well-manicured stretch of white sand features resort hotels, a beach volleyball court, a beachside TGI Fridays restaurant...all just steps away from the rides and thrills of Cedar Point.
One Cedar Point Dr.
Located at Marblehead, just east of Sandusky, this park features one of the nicest beaches on Lake Erie. The 1500-foot stretch of white sand draws visitors from all over the state and beyond. Facilities include a marina, picnic tables, a concession stand, camping, and hiking trails.
East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd.
Lakeside-Marblehead, OH 43440
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Euclid Beach Park
was once the area's most beloved amusement parks and the original gate still welcomes visitors to the park. The rides are gone now, but this eastside Lake Erie beach features a 650-foot stretch of white sand, a boardwalk, an observation pier, and a large picnic area. The park is open daily from 6am to 11pm.
Euclid Beach/ Villa Angela State Park
16301 Lakeshore Blvd.
(Courtesy of Ohio Dept. of Travel and Tourism)
Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor is home to the largest natural sand beach in Ohio. The lighthouse at the end of the beach adds an extra scenic touch to the site. Facilities include picnic tables, concessions, and lots of restrooms. Open Monday through Friday from 6am to 11pm, Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm.
Headlands Beach State Park
9601 Headlands Rd.
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The peaceful lakeside beach at Punderson State Park, just east of Cleveland in Newbury, offers visitors 600 feet of manicured sand beach. The park also features camping, cottages, and an historic lodge as well as a championship golf course, hiking trails, and picnic facilities.
Punderson State Park
PO Box 338, 11755 Kinsman Road
Newbury, Ohio 44065-9684
Huntington Beach Park
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Located in Bay Village, just west of Cleveland, this is one of the Cleveland Metropark's oldest reservations. The popular beach sits below a bluff with a great expanse of lawn, picnic facilities, and the fascinating Baycrafters store across Lake Rd. Fishing is available from the Lake Erie breakwall. The park is open daily from 11am to 9pm
Huntington Beach Park
Bay Village, OH
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Walnut Beach, located near the Harbor in Ashtabula, is a city-owned park with a wildlife preserve, a swimming beach, a playground, and volleyball courts. During the summer months, the park hosts a variety of festivals, free concerts, and other events. The park is the site of the city's "Wine and Walleye Festival." The beach is open from 11am to 7pm daily.
Walnut Beach Park
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