Swimmers, sunbathers, picnickers and those looking to relax head to Cleveland’s North Coast. For what you ask? Beaches of courses. The Cleveland Plus region extends 100 miles along the shores of Lake Erie where sandy beaches are the place to be during the warm summer months.
We visited three of Cleveland’s most popular beaches to get the facts. Here’s what we found…
The closest beach to downtown Cleveland, Edgewater Park offers more than a sandy spot to land. Visitors enjoy a 900-foot wide swimming beach, nearby fishing pier, paved bicycle path and fitness course, two picnic shelters, boat launch ramps, ice-cream and concession stands and one heck of a view.
Location: 6700 Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland
Activities: swimming, sunbathing, fishing, cycling, picnicking, boating, kite-flying
Nearby Attractions: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Great Lakes Science Center, Progressive Field, Whiskey Island, North Coast Harbor, Improv Comedy Club, Lolly the Trolley, Nautica Queen
Mentor Headland’s mile-long natural sand beach, the largest in the state, attracts more than two million visitors a year. Located 45 minutes east of downtown Cleveland, the area is home to many plant species typically found only along the Atlantic Coast.
Location: 9601 Headlands Road, Mentor
Activities: picnicking, swimming, trails, fishing, playground, beach volleyball
Nearby Attractions: Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve, Holden Arboretum, Lawnfield, the restored home of President James A. Garfield, Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Debonne Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Kirtland Temple, Lake County Captains
Huntington Beach, located in the city of Bay Village, just west of Cleveland is part of the Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation and the first beach in Ohio and on Lake Erie to meet the standards of a Blue Wave Beach. Grab a scoop of ice-cream, bask in the sun, fire up the grill or just relax as the sun sets into Cleveland’s great lake.
Location: 28649 Lake Road, Bay Village
Activities: picknicking, swimming, swings, Mitchell’s Ice Cream
For more information visit www.positivelycleveland.com.
– CA & FC