Lake Erie is the gift that keeps on giving. Sure, it’s an industrial waterway that’s part of the backbone of our local economy, but it’s also really, really pretty. That freshwater beauty lends itself to resorts, island-hopping and even the occasional roller coaster ride. Whether you’re just heading Downtown, or further up and down the North Coast, there are so many ways to make a lakeside getaway in The Land.
All-in-one fun is in store at Cleveland's North Coast Harbor. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame packs a serious pop culture punch with six levels of eclectic exhibits, while the WWII submarine USS Cod invites visitors to step into history and the Great Lakes Science Center provides ample opportunity for hands-on brain gain.
Adventures abound on Lake Erie's islands. Explore Perry's Cave, zoom the waves on a jet ski, peruse the Chocolate Museum or snag a stool at the world’s longest bar at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. For more laid-back vibes, ferry over to Kelleys Island for scenic beaches and outdoor recreation that includes a state park.
Thrilling slides, lazy rivers and shallow pools add up to family fun at Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. Keep it wet and wild with a day pass, or splurge for a whole-park package or Hotel Breakers stay. For a classic beach day, relax on the mile-long beach—open to all Cedar Point guests.
Head to Huron’s 240-room Sawmill Creek Resort, a popular jumping-off point for jaunts to Cedar Point or Lake Erie’s islands. Lope the links at the 18-hole golf course or rent a paddleboard or jet ski at the 176-slip marina. After dark, enjoy small plates and flights at Salmon Run restaurant.
Venture east for a cozy family getaway at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake On your itinerary: high-flying fun at Lake Erie Canopy Tours' zipline and adventure courses, walks along nearby Geneva State Park’s beaches and trails and tasting your way through the Grand River Valley wine region.