This is one of the most visited state parks in all of Ohio, which is not surprising to us because we absolutely loved staying and playing here during our Marblehead weekend. The 1,831 acre Park is located on the shores of Lake Erie and has a wonderful 1,500-feet beach that we found particularly enjoyable.
East Harbor offers a total of 570 campsites, more than any other State Park in Ohio. There 7 mkles of hiking trails which lead through wetlands providing excellent opportunities for wildlife and waterfowl sightings. Other ameneties and opportunities include:
Group Camp for 120
Fish Cleaning Building
The park is open year 'round and there is no admission charge.
Marblehead lighthouse is the oldest active light tower on the Great Lakes, dating it's beginnings to 1821. Even though it is still an active light, the grounds are open to the public and are maintained as an Ohio State Park. This picture-perfect lighthouse has graced a United States postage stamp, and also appears on some versions of the Ohio automobile license plate. It stands 65 feet tall at Bay Point, the entrance to Sandusky Harbour. Guided tours are available in season. Karen and I found this an unusually pleasant spot to have a picnic lunch before climbing the tower. We also enjoyed exploring on the huge flat limestone rocks which form the Lake Erie shoreline at this dramatic point.
This two story frame house was built in 1880, beside the Marblehead Lighthouse. The four rooms on the first floor served as a residence for the lighthouse keeper's family, and the upper four rooms housed the assistant keeper and his family. Today it is a museum dedicated to preserve the history of the village of Marblehead and its historic lighthouse. It is operated by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society which reported 30,000 visitors last year. Hours of visitation are the hours as the lighthouse.
8620 East Bayshore Road, Marblehead, OH, 43440
Good for: Solo
230 EAST MAIN STREET, Marblehead, OH 43440
Good for: Business
5622 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead, Ohio, 43440, United States
Good for: Business
614 E Main St, Marblehead, OH 43440
8629 N. Shore Blvd., , MARBLEHEAD, OHIO 43440
The whole experience was amazing. We were questioning our choice a little because the building just kind of looked like a bar from the outside but we were WRONG. the place is way bigger inside than we were expecting, it even has a full dining room separate from a sports bar area. Kids could get cheap kids meals, husband could get a HUGE burger (they have a 1.5lb burger!) or a steak and i could pick whatever i was in the mood for. homemade pasta, steak, salads, ribs, perch and walleye. there was a ton of variety that i wasn't expecting. also, the prices were really reasonable. they were about the same if not cheaper than Apple bees, chili's or one of those chains.
Favorite Dish: The pastas. The Alfredo sauce was the creamiest, best tasting thing i have ever had. it really was homemade. i would recommend the Cajun shrimp Alfredo or pasta Stephanie.
We love this place. The best breakfast you'll get without cooking it yourself . not a fancy place but the service is always good .
Favorite Dish: fresh baked bread 3 varieties
eggs over medium
coffee in a big cup
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As far as lighthouses go, this is one of the more modest ones I have seen. However, If you are a true lighthouse buff, like Karen, it's still a "must see." This pyramidial wooden tower, no longer active, is actually only the top portion of what once was a taller lighthouse which dates back to 1900.
You will find it in in the town of Port Clinton, which you pass through en route to Marblehead on Hwy. 163. It is just south of the highway on the north shore of Portage River, west of the drawbridge. Although the lighthouse is on the grounds of private Brand's Marina, polite visitors are welcome.