Say goodbye to this summer with a proper farewell—by paying a visit to one (or more) of Ohio’s best waterfront spots. The following are what we consider to be the best waterfront attractions in Ohio. From truly tranquil, secluded lakes to stunning city waterfronts at sunset, you’ll never forget a trip to these 10 waterfront spots in Ohio:
1. The shores of Lake Erie
Whether you desire one last beach day filled with nonstop fun in the sun or a day-trip on your family's boat, the beautiful waters of Ohio's very own Great Lake (from any city or county) will treat you well.
2. Cincinnati and the Ohio River
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Walk the Purple People Bridge at sunset after a shopping spree in the city or a game at the Great American Ballpark. As an added bonus, Cincinnati is just minutes away from Newport, Kentucky and the Newport Aquarium. Ride the Ducks Newport is a one-of-a-kind tour that allows you to tour the city and the Northern Kentucky river region via bus and boat—all in one sitting.
3. Rose Lake (Hocking Hills State Park)
Within what's arguably Ohio's most beloved state park, you'll find this serene gem where canoeing and kayaking has never been more peaceful.
4. The Scioto Mile (Columbus)
Walk the Scioto Mile in Columbus, where the waterfront view of the city is breathtaking. This riverfront park features miles of recreational trails, a cultural arts center, unique water fountains, local food vendors and complimentary Wi-Fi.
5. Tappan Lake Park (Deersville)
Enjoy one last camping, fishing, hiking or boating trip at one of Ohio's most serene and beloved outdoor destinations.
Experience the view atop Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial and Ohio's very own island life at this popular waterfront destination.
7. Portage Lakes (Green)
For the ultimate fishing trip, check out one of Ohio's favorite fishing destinations. Largemouth bass abound within these six lakes, which cover 2,000 acres and stretch for more than six miles of shoreline.
8. Marblehead Lighthouse (Marblehead)
Picnic at Marblehead Lighthouse on the shores of Lake Erie and visit the lighthouse’s museum in the Keeper’s House. Tour the actual lighthouse for just $2.
9. Piedomnt Lake (Kirkwood and Flushing Townships)
For an unforgettable fishing experience, get out on the tranquil waters of Piedmont Lake, where large and smallmouth bass abound.
10. East Sandusky Bay Water Trail
Bring your own kayak, canoe or rowboat and tour the scenic views, cultural history and recreational opportunities of the area from a unique view along this 15-mile eco-tourist water trail.
Where is your favorite waterfront spot in Ohio? Have you explored any of these waterfront destinations? Share your experiences and photos with us in the comments below!