Top 6 Beaches at Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
June 14, 2016
This blog post was updated in April 2019.
What's summer without a little sand between your toes? From building sand castles to snoozing in the sun, beach life is what summer was made for. Here, our beautiful beaches are just one of the ways to experience Lake Erie Love. Visit one of these beaches on your next trip to Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
Note: Please be sure to follow and obey all posted signage and warnings prior to swimming. Be alert to changing weather conditions or anything that would make it unsafe to swim.
Nickel Plate Beach (this beach is currently closed)
Nickel Plate Dr. (off US 6 E)
Nickel Plate Beach, one of the area's largest public swimming beaches, is located just east of the Huron River. The grounds include a picnic shelter and tables, grills, benches, portable restrooms, volleyball courts, and playground equipment.
INSIDER TIP: Rent paddle boards, kayaks, and beach gear at The Paddle Shack.
Kelleys Island State Park
920 N. Division St.
Kelleys Island State Park Beach is a popular beach on the shores of Lake Erie with kid-friendly, gradual water depth. This 100-foot stretch of sand certainly isn't the biggest, but it may be one of the loveliest.
INSIDER TIP: Kayak rentals are available right on the beach for some added water fun! Kelleys Island's beach is a great place to find beach glass also.
Central Park Beach
236 Walnut Ave.
The beach at Lakeside is a great location to sunbathe and swim on hot summer days. Swimming lessons are offered on weekdays for all ages. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the week. Gate fee required Memorial Day-Labor Day.
INSIDER TIP: Just next to the beach there is a Children's Splash Park which features a pool for ages 3 and under and a splash pad for ages 3-12.
East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (SR 269 N)
419.734.4424 ext. 2
Thousands of visitors frequent this 1,500-foot sandy beach. A bathhouse is on site complete with flush toilets, showers, and changing areas. Lifeguards are typically present weekends only.
INSIDER TIP: East Harbor State Park also features 11 different hiking trails and programs are offered by the park naturalist on weekends throughout the summer season.
Cedar Point Beach
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
Stretching out for approximately one mile along Lake Erie, the beach and its cooling breezes were Cedar Point's first attractions more than 140 years ago. Play volleyball, build a sandcastle, or just soak up the sun. It is exclusively available to Cedar Point Amusement Park, Soak City waterpark, Cedar Point Resorts guests and Season and Platinum Passholders.
INSIDER TIP: Stay through dusk Friday, July 12 - Sunday, August 18 for Cedar Point Nights – a “hot summer night” beach party. Enjoy extended park hours, beach games, music, fire pits, and more.
Main Street Beach
Main St. (off US 6)
Let the cool waters of Lake Erie splash on your feet as you stroll on this sandy beach, featuring an observation platform, a concession stand, and the Vermilion Lighthouse. Shops and restaurants are nearby.
INSIDER TIP: No need to pack your car full of beach stuff! This beach offers chair and umbrella rentals as well as a mobile snack bar.
Beautiful Lake Erie beaches are calling…what are you waiting for? For more information on Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands or to receive a copy of the Official Travel Guide, call 800.255.3743 or visit us online at SHORESandISLANDS.com.
Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
One of the Midwest’s hottest vacation spots, the region between Toledo and Cleveland provides an eclectic mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation.