Best Roadside Attractions Near Cleveland

January 30, 2016 8:00 AM

Cleveland is full of surprises from one paved road to the next. Take the windy road along Lake Erie for a beautiful adventure and explore local beaches, lighthouses and small nooks and crannies that might not even be on the road map. Learn about historical markers that might make the hair on your neck stand up. Experience the luxurious life while watching yachts sail into the skyline. Clevelanders don’t have to travel far to experience land, water and beyond.

Fairport Harbor Marine Museum & Lighthouse 
129 Second St.
Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
(440) 354-4825
www.fairportharborlighthouse.org

Fairport Harbor Marine Museum & Lighthouse draws visitors to the time when sailors depended on the existence and operation of lighthouses to return home safely. Today, lighthouses are a picturesque addition to vacations or day trips. The museum’s goal is to preserve the integrity of the history of the Fairport Lighthouse and the history of the lake that many call home. The museum strives to create a unique experience each and every time visitors come to the museum by changing exhibits fairly often.

Vermilion Yacht Club
5440 Anchorage Way
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-3255
www.vyc.us

On the far side of the Vermilion Yacht Club is a jetty that sits at the mouth of the entrance, making this location the best site to watch the incredible boats come and go throughout the waterway. Relax by taking in the fresh air, listening to the water crashing against the large rocks, test fishing talents after throwing in a pole or visit the local public beach to the other side of the jetty, near the red and white lighthouse. Want to kayak or enjoy a day canoeing? Visit the yacht club to rent equipment and test the water in the calm areas of the lake.

Huron Lighthouse And Fishing Pier
417 Main St.
Huron, OH 44839
(419) 433-8487
www.shoreandislands.com

Huron lighthouse and fishing pier is one of the main highlights of Huron. It’s a great place for a peaceful walk, a romantic, hand-holding picnic spot and the most beautiful place to catch the sunset. It’s also a great place to catch a glimpse of some wildlife, whether different species of birds, a beaver or various fish. It’s a nature lovers paradise. But the best part of this location is the close proximity of the parking lot to the road and to the attraction.

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Chagrin Falls 
21 Washington St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 247-5050

chagrin-falls.org

Chagrin Falls is much more than a delightful and peaceful town; It’s a town divided by a wonderfully beautiful waterfall. Chagrin Falls also boasts of a historical shopping district. For a day trip, this location provides a little of everything. It allows the nature lover to utilize the earth, water and atmosphere for fishing, hiking, walking, swimming, picnicking and more. It also allows shoppers to enjoy some of the most unique boutiques in one area. From home furnishings, clothing to books, Chagrin Falls offers some great shops for unique products. It’s also a fantastic place for the food lover, with quaint restaurants and boutique shops.

The Franklin Castle
4308 Franklin Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44113
www.deadohio.com

This house has sparked great interest in the Cleveland community and paranormal groups nationwide. The house was built in the 1800’s by a man who was accused of killing his entire family over the years and hiding them within the walls of the house. Paranormal groups have collected evidence of babies crying, women walking around, objects moving about and screams heard throughout the home. Currently, the house is being rehabbed, and the current owner is not allowing paranormal groups to investigate. Although you can’t enter the private property, you can drive by or take photos on the sidewalk of this historic “haunted” house.

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Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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