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Map indicating a route that follows the Lake Erie coast of northern Ohio.

Ohio’s Lake Erie coast bustles with fun and adventure. From adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides to hefty fish that tip the scales in a big way, Ohio has a few surprises in store. Take this trip along the state’s north coast to learn about all that Ohio has in store.

1) Sandusky

Starting Point

Sandusky is a great base for boating and fishing, owing to its prime location on the banks of Lake Erie, which teems with walleye, bass, rainbow trout and perch. Prefer land-based thrills? Cedar Point is one of the most famous amusement parks in the United States. Cedar Point offers 71 fantastic rides suitable to thrill-seekers of all ages and levels of daring, including six roller coasters over 200 feet high.

Camp Sandusky • Sandusky, OH – (419) 626-1133

Cedarlane RV Park • Port Clinton, OH – (419) 797-9907


Riders of a roller coaster splash down into foamy water.

Chris Light

2) Cleveland

Drive 66 miles, 1 hour, 11 minutes

Would you like to see the notorious Fender Stratocaster played by rock star Jimi Hendrix during the wild 1960s? How about the gold suite Elvis wore during his famous comeback? It’s all at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame on the shores of Lake Erie. If you prefer a different kind of wildlife, cruise over to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo divided in several aresa, including the Australian Adventure, Waterfowl Lake and Rainforest. It’s like no zoo you’ll ever experience.

A bright yellow bicycle parked with lakeshore in the background.

Kristen Prahl

3) Ashtabula

Drive 58 miles, 1 hour, 2 minutes

Explore this hilly region to get away from it all and discover new adventures. Get onboard a fishing charter for walleye and perch in Lake Erie. Cyclists can hit the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail, a 44-mile paved rail-trail that traverses Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties. The trail runs past farms and through wooded areas. During the summer, the thick canopy provides shade for riders. Interpretive signs along the way detail the area’s history.