19 Stunning Ohio Beaches Within Driving Distance of Cleveland

Summer has finally arrived, and that means (hopefully) long, sunny days are upon us. But before you pack up and head south for the ocean, make sure you've checked out these Ohio beaches, all within a day's driving distance of Cleveland. Even if you aren't much of a swimmer, the sunset views are killer, and most of the beaches offer dozens of recreational activities for everyone to enjoy.

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 Headlands Beach State Park
9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor, 440-466-8400
As the longest natural beach in Ohio, Headlands Park offers a great view and opportunity for a peaceful sandy stroll.
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Headlands Beach State Park

9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor, 440-466-8400
As the longest natural beach in Ohio, Headlands Park offers a great view and opportunity for a peaceful sandy stroll.

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Cedar Point Beach
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, 419-627-2350
If you tire easily from the bustle of Cedar Point Amusement Park, seek refuge at the beach. Visitors have a great view of the rides and the calm waters, and those looking to stay a while can even rent a room at a seaside hotel. 
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Cedar Point Beach

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, 419-627-2350
If you tire easily from the bustle of Cedar Point Amusement Park, seek refuge at the beach. Visitors have a great view of the rides and the calm waters, and those looking to stay a while can even rent a room at a seaside hotel.

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Gem Beach Marina
3000 N. Carolina St., Port Clinton, 419-797-4451
This marina is a great spot for boaters and for guests to enjoy the lakeside view, as well as the dozens of gorgeous lake houses. 
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Gem Beach Marina

3000 N. Carolina St., Port Clinton, 419-797-4451
This marina is a great spot for boaters and for guests to enjoy the lakeside view, as well as the dozens of gorgeous lake houses.

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 Huntington Beach
355 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, 216-515-0029
Huntington Beach was recently recognized as a Blue Wave Beach, meaning that it has a noticeable focus on human health and the environment. So, not only do visitors enjoy a view, but also a litter-free space to relax.  
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Huntington Beach

355 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, 216-515-0029
Huntington Beach was recently recognized as a Blue Wave Beach, meaning that it has a noticeable focus on human health and the environment. So, not only do visitors enjoy a view, but also a litter-free space to relax.

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Geneva State Park
4499 Padanarum Rd., Geneva, 440-466-8400
This state park is along the Lake Erie shoreline and offers several gazebos perfect for watching the sun set ... or rise for that matter.
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Geneva State Park

4499 Padanarum Rd., Geneva, 440-466-8400
This state park is along the Lake Erie shoreline and offers several gazebos perfect for watching the sun set ... or rise for that matter.

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Lakeview Park
1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, 800-526-7275
This park has a perfect view of the Lorain Lighthouse and Lake Erie. However, the park is best known for its restored Rose Garden -- an amazing sight with 48 beds of lush rose flowers. 
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Lakeview Park

1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, 800-526-7275
This park has a perfect view of the Lorain Lighthouse and Lake Erie. However, the park is best known for its restored Rose Garden -- an amazing sight with 48 beds of lush rose flowers.

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Conneaut Township Park
480 Lake Rd., Conneaut, 440-599-7071
Conneaut Township Park is a small, .4-mile long beach with a nice view of Lake Erie and several spots to picnic and enjoy. 
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Conneaut Township Park

480 Lake Rd., Conneaut, 440-599-7071
Conneaut Township Park is a small, .4-mile long beach with a nice view of Lake Erie and several spots to picnic and enjoy.

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Maumee Bay State Park
1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, 419-836-7758
Maumee Bay is truly one of those stunning areas worth the drive from Cleveland. It's great for those who enjoy hiking as well as lounging by the beach. The park offers several areas to bike and walk, perfect for a weekend getaway. 
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Maumee Bay State Park

1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, 419-836-7758
Maumee Bay is truly one of those stunning areas worth the drive from Cleveland. It's great for those who enjoy hiking as well as lounging by the beach. The park offers several areas to bike and walk, perfect for a weekend getaway.

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Kelleys Island
1169 N Buck Rd., Lakeside Marblehead, 419-746-2546
Kelleys Island is a popular Ohio vacation spot with tons of restaurants, shopping areas and, of course, scenic views of Lake Erie. 
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Kelleys Island

1169 N Buck Rd., Lakeside Marblehead, 419-746-2546
Kelleys Island is a popular Ohio vacation spot with tons of restaurants, shopping areas and, of course, scenic views of Lake Erie.

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Atwood Lake Park
9500 Lakeview Rd., Mineral City, 330-343-6780
Complete with summer festivals and tons of camping areas, Atwood Park is ideal for those looking for a beautiful nature view and lots of family-oriented activities. 
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Atwood Lake Park

9500 Lakeview Rd., Mineral City, 330-343-6780
Complete with summer festivals and tons of camping areas, Atwood Park is ideal for those looking for a beautiful nature view and lots of family-oriented activities.

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