7 Best Coastal Towns in Ohio State

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Though it might not be the first state that springs to mind when considering beach vacation spots, Ohio is home to a number of quaint seaside communities along the Ohio River and Lake Erie. There is something for every taste in these seven towns, whether you’re looking for a historical excursion, a family-friendly adventure, or a tranquil retreat.

1. Put-in-Bay

You can take a ferry from the mainland to Put-in-Bay, a well-known vacation destination on South Bass Island. The Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum, Crystal Cave, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, and Butterfly House are just a few of its many attractions. On the island, you can go boating, fishing, kayaking, golfing, and bicycling. Bars, eateries, and live music venues abound in Put-in-Bay’s vibrant nightlife scene.

2. Marblehead

The charming hamlet of Marblehead, located on the Marblehead Peninsula, is well-known for its breathtaking views of Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. The Marblehead Lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes still in operation, is open for tours, as is the nearby museum. Additionally close by is East Harbor State Park, which has camping, hiking, swimming, and picnicking areas. Explore the many stores, restaurants, and galleries in Marblehead.

3. Sandusky

One of the biggest and most exciting amusement parks in the world, Cedar Point, is located in Sandusky, a city on the banks of Lake Erie. With more than 70 rides, Cedar Point offers water slides, activities, entertainment, and 18 roller coasters. In addition, Sandusky has attractions like the Sandusky State Theatre, the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, and the Merry-Go-Round Museum. For added enjoyment, the city has marinas, beaches, and parks along the lake.

4. Geneva-on-the-Lake

The resort town of Geneva-on-the-Lake, which is located on the shores of Lake Erie, has a laid-back vibe and nostalgic appeal. The village has a mile-long strip with a boardwalk, ferris wheel, mini-golf course, and stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Activities available in Geneva State Park include swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and camping. Geneva-on-the-Lake is situated in Ohio Wine Country and is surrounded by a number of wineries and vineyards.

5. Port Clinton

Because of its numerous fishing options, Port Clinton, a city on the western extremity of Lake Erie, is referred to as the Walleye Capital of the World. Visitors can see the yearly Walleye Drop on New Year’s Eve, lease a boat, or participate in a fishing competition. In addition to offering ferry access to neighboring islands like Middle Bass Island and Kelleys Island for visitors to enjoy the scenery and animals, Port Clinton boasts a historic center with stores, eateries, and museums.

6. Marietta

Marietta, the earliest permanent community in the Northwest Territory, has a rich history and culture. It is located at the junction of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. Mound Cemetery, the Ohio River Museum, and the Campus Martius Museum are examples of historic sites. Walking tours, trolley tours, and riverboat cruises are available for visitors to see the city. Festivals, theaters, and concerts are all part of the thriving arts and entertainment scene in Marietta.

7. Cincinnati

Cincinnati, a significant Ohio River city, is a vibrant, diversified city. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden are some of the area’s attractions. Recreational areas can be found at riverfront parks such as Sawyer Point Park, Eden Park, and Smale Riverfront Park. Cincinnati also has a strong sports, music, and food scenes that appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes.


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