Happy Summer, Cleveland! 🙌
The weather is getting hotter & school is OUT! One of the best perks about living in Cleveland is how close we are to so many beaches. Spend some of these beautiful days at one of the many beaches we have here on America’s North Coast. I’ve put together this guide with all the details you’ll need on the 20+ beaches we have in our area.
*If you click on each name, it’ll bring you to a website with additional details.
Please use caution when swimming & check ahead for any hazard alerts.
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway Cleveland, OH
Edgewater Beach is in the westernmost park of Cleveland Metroparks’ Lakefront Reservation. It features 9000 feet of shoreline, dog & swim beaches, boat ramps, a fishing pier, picnic areas, grills, & a rentable pavilion. The main beach can be found on the lower part of Edgewater Park. The best part about this beach are the breathtaking views of the Cleveland skyline.
Edgewater Lower W Cleveland, OH
Perkins Beach is a not so secret anymore beach at the most western part of Edgewater Park. To find the beach, park at the Lower Edgewater parking lot & go down the steps that lead to this hidden gem. Want more of an adventure? Follow the narrow path to the left of the steps for a private beach experience. The beach here is more rocky & popular for driftwood/sea glass collecting. No swimming is recommended here. No amenities either – restrooms are only located at Upper Edgewater.
ROCKY RIVER PARK BEACH
20250 Beachcliff Blvd Rocky River, OH
The beach at Rocky River Park is not a recommended place to swim; however, it’s a great location to take a walk & look for driftwood. There is a playground, picnic shelter, & restrooms.
25436 Lake Rd, Bay Village, OH
A beautiful, small beach in Bay Village. Parking is available across the street at the corner of Lake & Columbia Rd. The biggest feature here is the unique waterfall that flows directly into Lake Erie. View it from the observation area or walk down the steps to the beach. FYI – current tides usually determine how accessible the beach is. You might have to climb or get in the water to get there. It’s not always this way but CAN get like that based on current weather conditions. No amenities here.
28492 Lake Rd, Bay Village, OH
Newly renovated, Huntington Beach is part of Huntington Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. Picnic areas high above the beach offer visitors opportunities to enjoy the striking and ever-changing lake views. New this year is The Noshery, the concession stand where you can find adult beverages & Honey Hut ice cream. See my IG post about this one here.
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK BEACH
32756 Lake Rd, Avon Lake, OH
Veterans Memorial Park has a very small beach at its most western point. There are restrooms here & places to have picnics or go for a walk.
SHEFFIELD LAKE BEACH
4110 Lake Rd, Sheffield Lake, OH
Sheffield Lake Beach is also a part of the Sheffield Lake Public Boat Launch which is FREE. The beach is on the smaller side but definitely worth a mention. Adjacent to the beach is the Domonkas Branch of Lorain Public Library System that offers beautiful views of the lake from inside.
CENTURY PARK BEACH
1955 E Erie Ave, Lorain, OH
A nice, small beach on the easternmost part of Lorain. There are restrooms, picnic tables, & a playground here.
401 Lakeside Ave, Lorain, OH
This rocky beach is great for sea glass/driftwood hunting. It is right next to Lorain’s Mile Long Pier as well. There are no restrooms but there are picnic pavilions, a grill, & picnic tables here.
LAKEVIEW PARK BEACH
1800 W Erie Ave, Lorain, OH
Lakeview Park Beach is truly a one stop location. When in season, there is a beautiful rose garden & it features a playground on the beach. There are showers & restrooms here as well as a café & concession stand that is open seasonally. See my IG post about this one here & here.
MAIN STREET BEACH
At the northernmost end of Main Street, Vermilion, OH
Main Street Beach is a super cute beach in Vermilion. Though on the smaller side, it’s in the heart of Vermilion at the northern end of Main Street. There is a concession stand & kayak launch here. It also features the Vermilion lighthouse which is a beaut.
SHEROD PARK BEACH
13406 Lake Rd, Vermilion, OH
Sherod Park Beach is a great, quiet spot for a beach day. There are grills, picnic tables, a play area, & walking trails here.
NICKEL PLATE BEACH
Corner of Tiffin Ave & Nickel Plate Dr, Huron, OH
Nickel Plate Beach is a beautiful one in Huron. This is the only beach on the list that has a parking fee of $6 per vehicle (cash only.) It is well worth it as there is a playground on the beach here as well as lots of fun rentals from The Paddle Shack. You’ll also find the LAKE ERIE LOVE sign here as well as great views of the Huron lighthouse.
LAKE FRONT PARK BEACH
310 Park St, Huron, OH
This public beach has a scenic view of Lake Erie and Cedar Point. There is a playground, gazebo, picnic tables, grills, drinking fountain, & restrooms. No lifeguard on duty.
CEDAR POINT BEACH
1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH
Stretching out along Lake Erie, the mile-long beach and its cooling breezes were Cedar Point’s first attractions more than 150 years ago and very few amusement parks in the world can boast a shoreline as part of the fun! And, best of all, the beach is included with park admission and available to all amusement and water park guests, overnight visitors staying at a Cedar Point property and season passholders.
WATERWORKS PARK/LAKEVIEW PARK BEACH
1100 E Perry St, Port Clinton, OH
Waterworks Park & Lakeview Park Beach are right next to each other. Park at Waterworks Park or Lakeview Park to access the beach.
CATAWBA ISLAND STATE PARK BEACH
4049 Moore’s Dock Rd, Catawba, OH
Catawba Island State Park beach has a launch ramp, flush toilets, picnic shelter, & fishing pier.
EAST HARBOR STATE PARK BEACH
1169 N Buck Rd, Marblehead, OH
East Harbor State Park Beach is open dawn to dusk, free to the public, no flotation devices permitted, changing areas now available, vending machines, grills, picnic tables, playground, pets permitted in designated areas. Walking trails, bike path, fishing, camping nearby.
SOUTH BASS ISLAND STATE PARK BEACH (requires ferry ride)
1523 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH
Picnic shelter, launch ramp, fishing pier, stone beach area, family campground, and shower facilities. Apr to mid-Oct.
KELLYS ISLAND STATE PARK BEACH (requires ferry ride)
920 Division St, Kellys Island, OH
Kelleys Island State Park Beach is a popular Ohio beach with kid-friendly, gradual water depth; toilets; small boat launch; and walking and fishing pier. It is near a state park campground with playground, hiking trails, and picnic shelter. No lifeguards. Dogs permitted on a leash.
EUCLID BEACH PARK
16301 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH
Euclid Beach Park, part of Cleveland Metroparks, is home to one of the Cleveland script signs! Once the site of the famous Euclid Beach Amusement Park, Euclid Beach Park now features a 650’ beach with shaded picnic areas, a scenic observation pier and a reservable pavilion.
HEADLANDS BEACH STATE PARK
9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH
The trademark of Headlands Beach State Park is its massive 35-acre Lake Erie beach with views of Fairport Harbor lighthouse. Besides providing exceptional sunbathing and swimming opportunities, Headlands Beach also offers unique beach glass hunting and phenomenal Lake Erie sunset viewing.
FAIRPORT HARBOR LAKEFRONT PARK
301 Huntington Beach Dr, Fairport Harbor, OH
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park was recently featured in Coastal Living’s ultimate summer list, “The Best Beaches in America” as the Best Beach in Ohio.
GENEVA STATE PARK
4499 Padanarum Rd, Geneva, OH
Located on Ohio’s northeastern shoreline, Geneva State Park’s 698 acres reflect the character and charisma of Lake Erie.
23131 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid, OH
This small (33 acre) lake access site offers an excellent vantage point for viewing the waters of Lake Erie. The park’s trees, especially along the top of the bluff just to the east of the pier, can attract lots of migrant songbirds both spring and fall.
LAKE ERIE BLUFFS
3301 Lane Rd, Perry Twp, OH
Lake Erie Bluffs permanently protects a significant amount of wetland, meadow and mostly undeveloped lakefront habitat used by rare and common plant and animal species. The mix of 40-foot-high beach bluffs and open sandy and cobble beach across 9,000 feet of shoreline are the site’s dominant features. Be sure to visit the 50 foot observation tower while you’re there!