Having a vacation rental in Ohio means that you have access to many lakes and scenic state parks. Ohio beaches offer a wide range of activities, from playing disc golf to fishing for walleye on Lake Eerie to hiking and adventuring your way through a lake waterpark. Here are the 10 best beaches in Ohio.

1. Nickel Plate Beach

Nickel Plate Beach is located in Huron, Ohio and is a great destination for families. The beach features volleyball courts and a play area where you can rent balls and ping pong paddles. There are also grills and a picnic area if you are planning to have dinner at the beach.

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2. Headlands Beach State Park

Headlands Beach State Park, which is the largest natural sand beach in the state, is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, picnicking, and hiking trails such as the Buckeye Trail. Headlands Beach State Park is also conveniently located near other Ohio attractions, such as the Holden Arboretum, Airport Harbor Marine Museum, and other state parks such as Punderson State Park and Geneva State Park.

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3. Lakewood Beach Park

Located in Lorain County on Lake Erie, Lakewood Beach Park is open from dawn to dusk. This pet-friendly beach also has a grill area and picnic tables. If you want to bike from your vacation rental to the beach, you can take the Back Roads & Beaches Bike Trail and then leave your bike on one of the park racks.

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4. Huntington Reservation

If you’re staying in the Cleveland area, make sure to check out Huntington Reservation in Bay Village. The reservation includes Blue Water Certified Beach, three miles of nature trails, and educational programs at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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5. Lakeview Park

With 20 acres of land in Lorain, Ohio, Lakeview Park is a fun spot for families since you can go swimming, picnicking, and play volleyball. There are also family changing rooms with shows, a concession stand, and a playground. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer from 12 pm to 6 pm.

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6. Fairport Harbor Dog Beach

Trying to find a dog-friendly beach can be a challenge, but luckily this Ohio beach has a dedicated Dog Swim Area! In addition to being dog-friendly, the park is also next to the Marine Museum and Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, both of which are available for tours.

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7. Baylor Beach Park

For camping, mini golf, and swimming, head over to Baylor Beach Park. The park, which is in Navarre, Ohio, has a water park, volleyball courts, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and paddle boating. There are also large picnic shelters available, which are great for family reunions.

8. East Harbor State Park

If you’re looking for a wide range of activities, such as disc golf and boating, head over to East Harbor State Park. The park is a great spot for fishing, with popular catches being walleye, channel catfish, and yellow perch. There is also a 1,500-foot sand beach and 11 hiking trails. If you’re visiting in the winter, you can still enjoy the park by ice fishing, cross-country skiing, or ice skating.

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9. Cedar Point Amusement Park

In addition to Cedar Point Beach, the Cedar Point Amusement Park is a fantastic place to take the kids since it has over 30 attractions. From the Kiddy Kingdom Carousel to the Giant Wheel and Tilt-A-Whirl, boredom will certainly not be an issue here.

10. Conneaut Township Park

Located in Conneaut, Ohio, Conneaut Township Park has a concession stand, picnic area, and lifeguards, making it a very family friendly beach. Your kids will be entertained for hours between the playground and volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts!

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