5 Beaches in Ohio to Visit this Summer!

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Beaches in Ohio?! Yes, it’s true! If  you’re looking for a beach getaway without having to travel far, check out one of these 5 Ohio beaches!

Every summer it seems I get the craving to vacation by water.  A trip to the actual ocean isn’t always a possibility, so we have found some work arounds for a day at the beach! Our family has gone to Lake Erie almost every summer for the past 5 years or so. Lake Erie is obviously Ohio’s largest body of water, but there are beaches in other areas of the state as well!

Enjoy a Day Out at One of these 5 Ohio Beaches:

These are all public beaches that are free to visit! Pick out one of these destinations and enjoy a day on the water: put your toes in the sand, build a sandcastle and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Disclaimer: please check with each location individually for changes during the 2020 season.

1. Alum Creek State Park Beach

  • 3305 S Old State Rd., Delaware, OH 43015 

Alum Creek Park Beach shoreline

Alum Creek is Ohio’s largest inland beach, measuring 3,000 feet of shore. Changing rooms are available and there is a playground area on the beach. The beach is open during daylight hours. Boating and fishing are also allowed on the water. 

2. Tappan Lake

  • 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville, OH 44693

people on beach at Tappan Lake in Ohio

Tappan Lake is part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and is inside Tappan Lake Park in Deersville, Ohio. The beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Large inflatable toys and slides are permanently in the water. There are changing rooms and a concession stand on site. Check out this map for the exact location of the beach. 

3. Main Street Beach, Vermillion

  • Main St., Vermilion, OH 44089

people on Main Street Beach in Vermillion, Ohio

Vermillion is a beautiful city on Lake Erie. What is distinctive about this city is the canals that run through part of the residential neighborhoods! The beach is one of the smaller ones on the list but it is made up for by the charm of the city! 

Main Street Beach is is at the north end of Main Street and has a lighthouse and observation platform. The closest changing area and restroom is a couple of blocks south so keep that in mind! A shop that rents beach umbrellas and sells snacks and other items is onsite. 

Woodstock Cafe is our favorite restaurant in the town with a great outdoor patio and we always get ice cream at Main Street Soda Grill.

4. Port Clinton City Beach

  • 1100 E. Perry St., Port Clinton, OH 43452

boy digging in sand on  Port Clinton City Beach, Ohio

The Port Clinton City Beach is at the end of a great park called Liberty Park which has an amazing accessible playground with a nautical theme! There are picnic areas, restrooms and changing area, and an ice cream shop near by! 

5. Salt Fork State Park

shoreline at Salt Fork State Park Beach

Salt Fork State Park is Ohio’s largest state park! When you enter the park it will be at least a 10 minute drive to the beach! The beach covers 2500 feet and is relatively large! There is also a nice grassy area with trees and picnic tables adjacent to the beach. There are changing rooms and showers on site as well as a mini-golf course! (both are closed for the 2020 season.)

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