Summertime is the season for outdoor fun - whether it be family vacations, special events, or other festivities. With the warm weather, one thing we all enjoy is the water! In Northeast Ohio, there are numerous adventures to experience in the water. Here are seven spots to explore if you’re seeking a whimsical quest in or on the water!
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Located at Lake Erie, Cleveland’s Lakefront Nature Preserve offers 2.5 miles of lakefront trails for visitors. Here you can hike, ride a bike, or sightsee. If you love animals, you’ll see lots of birds and other wildlife. Learn more about the preserve here.
Edgewater State Park
The 147 acre Edgewater Park is the westernmost park in Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. Edgewater Park features 9000 feet of shoreline, dog and swim beaches, boat ramps, fishing pier, picnic areas and grills, and a rentable pavilion. Learn more here.
Great Lakes Watersports
Great Lakes Watersports provides powerboat and kayak rental for your enjoyment on Lake Erie. They provide all safety equipment and instructions. Learn more here.
Nautica Queen is known as Cleveland’s dining cruise ship. You get the best of dining and sightseeing here. Cruise through the city while enjoying food and entertainment. The Nautica Queen offers an outdoor city experience that the whole family will enjoy. For the full schedule and more details click here.
Canal Fulton Canalway Center
For those who love boating, the Canal Fulton Canalway Center is a must! Enjoy a one-hour boat ride or bring the kids for a fun time at St. Helena Park. Learn about the history of the Ohio & Erie Canalway and enjoy the view! For seasonal operating hours, click here.
Portage Lakes State Park
If you’re not afraid to get wet, you’ll love the activities at Portage Lakes State Park! Experience jet skiing, sailing, swimming, fishing, and more. There truly is an activity for every water lover! Learn more about the 411-acre park here.
Red Lock Trailhead
The Red Lock Trailhead is great for walking or launching your kayak! Explore and enjoy nature throughout the park! Learn more here.
Sippo Lake Marina
Open from May to September, Sippo Lake Marina is the perfect place for fishing, canoeing, or kayaking! You can also paddleboard or run your motorboat on this lake. Snacks and drinks are also available. Make a trip here while it’s open this summer. Learn more here.
Previously used for factory waste in the early 20th century, Summit Lake is now revamped with lots of activities. Boat, hike, and enjoy the view of nature! Learn more about Summit Lake here.
Trailhead Canoe Livery
Located in Massillon, Ohio, Trailhead Canoe Livery is the perfect family or group outing. Reserve a moonlit canoe ride or enjoy marshmallows over a campfire. No matter the age, there’s something for everyone to do. Learn more here.
Botzum Boarding Station
Part of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad program, Botzum Boarding Station offers biking, kayaking, and more. Explore the park and enjoy nature and wildlife. Learn more about Botzum Boarding Station here.