One of the most delightful parts of summer in Northeast Ohio is the number of sandy beaches that dot the Lake Erie shore, from Sandusky to Ashtabula. Facilities vary at each location. Find out more about these summer fun spots.
Geneva State Park Beach
Geneva State Park includes a 300-foot expanse of sand which 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.
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
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. There is a dog swim area for your furry family member.
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park has made the lakeside beach and lake viewing area accessible with a T-shaped beach-level wooden platform extending from the parking lot toward Lake Erie. Along the boardwalk, there are benches and picnic tables.
Edgewater Park Beach
Edgewater State Park contains a scenic lakefront park in the heart of Cleveland featuring 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.
The Beach at Cedar Point
The east side of the Cedar Point peninsula features one of the best beaches on Lake Erie. The well-manicured stretch of white sand at Cedar Point features resort hotels, a beach volleyball court, a beachside TGI Fridays restaurant—all just steps away from the rides and thrills of Cedar Point amusements.
Cedar Point is a destination for families with the Cedar Point Amusement Park, Cedar Point Shores Water Park, and the Cedar Point Resorts.
East Harbor State Park
Located at Marblehead, just east of Sandusky, this park features one of the nicest beaches on Lake Erie. The 1,500-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 is a draw for nature lovers with an abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife found in the park’s wetlands.
Mentor Headlands Park
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.
The beach and sand dunes attract migrating songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and, seasonally, Monarch butterflies. There are nature trails ideal for birding.
Euclid Beach/Villa Angela Park
Euclid Beach Park, in the Cleveland area, was once the area's most beloved amusement park and the original gate still welcomes visitors to the park. The rides are gone now, but this east side Lake Erie beach features a 650-foot stretch of white sand, a boardwalk, an observation pier, and a large picnic area.
Madison Township Park
Madison's Township Park, located at the north end of Hubbard Road (Route 528), is a 12-acre park with a beautiful stretch of white sand, a boat launch, a large pavilion, and volleyball and basketball courts.
There are no lifeguards and so you are swimming at your own risk at this beach. Pets are welcome in the park, but not allowed on the beach.
Huntington Beach Park
The popular beach sits below a bluff with a great expanse of lawn, picnic facilities, and the fascinating Bay Arts (formerly Baycrafters) store across Lake Road. The non-profit Bay Arts Center hosts educational programs, gallery exhibits, and a summer concert series.
Walnut Beach Park
Walnut Beach Park, located near the historic Harbor in Ashtabula, is a city-owned park with a wildlife preserve, a swimming beach, a playground, and volleyball courts.
The majority of the park is left natural as a sandy beach backed by low dunes. The harbor’s west breakwater is at the east end of this beach and provides fishing access. The Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse is visible from the park.
Conneaut Township Park
Located in Conneaut, near the Pennsylvania/Ohio state line, the 60-acre Conneaut Township Park features nearly a half-mile of white sand Lake Erie beach. The park features picnic facilities, scenic dunes, and the picturesque Conneaut Harbor Lighthouse.
Other facilities include a playground, a gazebo, and food concessions. There are natural areas as sand covers all but the northern 600 feet of the breakwater, which provides fishing access.
Kelleys Island State Park
The 677-acre Kelleys Island State Park, located in the heart of Ohio's Lake Erie islands, offers a 100-foot public white sand beach. The beach here is more friendly to sunbathers and swimmers than those on nearby South Bass Island, which tend to be rocky. Other facilities at the park include camping and yurt rentals, boat rentals, fishing, hiking trails, and picnic facilities.