Things to Do in Lake County, Ohio for Mothers
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
8800 Chardon Rd., Kirtland 44094 (440) 256-2122 (800) 366-3276
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a family-oriented science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. USA Today named Farmpark “one of 10 great locations to dig up old dirt on farming.” Visitors can milk dairy cows, learn how cheese is made and meet dozens of breeds of livestock. On weekends and during special events you may help make ice cream the old-fashioned way! Horse-or-tractor-drawn wagon rides are the mode of transportation throughout the park. Explore the Plant Science Center to see a greenhouse, hydroponic display and the Great Tomato works exhibit. Visit the Woodland Center to learn the history of maple sugaring and what it takes to produce maple syrup. The park also features a reservable pavilion, gift shop and cafe. Admission applies. Host site of Vintage Ohio and Village Peddler Festival. Open Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm. Closed on Mondays. Call for schedule of events or visit lakemetroparks.com. NEW Canine Meadow 5+-acre dog park now open at the east end of Farmpark (9010 Euclid Chardon Rd.), features separate large and small dog areas and pond access. Dog park open daily sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
Fairport Harbor Marine Museum & Lighthouse
129 Second Street Fairport Harbor 44077 (440) 354-4825 article 1
This national historic place consists of a marine museum and lighthouse tower that is open to the public and provides spectacular views of Lake Erie. The marine museum houses its original 3rd order Fresnel lens, the Frontenac pilothouse, nautical artifacts, and more. Open 1 to 6 p.m. on Wed., Sat., Sun. and holidays from the Saturday before Memorial Day through the 3rd weekend in September. 2017 Opening Weekend May 27th – 29th
Headlands State Beach Park
9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor 44060 (take State Route 44 North to Lake Erie)
120-acre lakefront park boasts a mile long natural sand beach – Ohio’s longest. Features guarded swimming beach, restrooms, changing rooms, outdoor showers, 1 1/2 mile paved hiking trail, fishing, playground and large shaded picnic area with grills. To reserve a picnic shelter call (216) 881-8141. Free parking.
Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, located in Painesville Twp., (Website) adjacent to Headlands Dunes State Park, is one of the last of its kind in Ohio.
Historic Kirtland Village
7800 Kirtland-Chardon Rd, Kirtland 44094 (440) 256-9805
A meticulously restored 19th century village showcases the vitality and spirit of the early American frontier. A part of the religious fervor of the 1830’s is the story of the early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Attractions include Newel K. Whitney Store and Home, an Ashery, a working sawmill, the John Johnson Inn, and a schoolhouse. Also included are the Isaac Morely Farm, John Johnson Farm. Free tours and parking. Summer hours: 9am-7pm. Winter 9am-5pm, Open Sunday 11:30am.
The Holden Arboretum “Murch Canopy Walk” and “Kalberer Emergent Tower”
9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094 (440) 946-4400 ext 224
The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower will take guests on an immersive exploration of the forest and tree canopy. The Murch Canopy Walk, a 500’ long elevated walkway built 65’ above the forest floor, will give guests a unique perspective on forests and the animals that inhabit them. The Kalberer Emergent Tower will take guests above the trees to a height of 120 feet where on a clear day you can see all the way to Lake Erie.
Tickets must be picked up/purchased at the Corning Visitor Center.
Indian Museum of Lake County
Colonial Plaza at 7519 Mentor Ave., Suite A 112 Mentor 44060 (440) 951-3813
Visitors can see prehistoric items, 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D., from this area and Ohio. Indian crafts,1800-2015, from North America are displayed. There are hands-on activities and a library. Open Monday – Friday 10-4 and 1-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Closed major holiday weekends. Call ahead.
James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Lawnfield)
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060 (440) 255-8722
The home of the 20th president, purchased in 1876 and renovated in 1880 and again in 1885-86, features Garfield’s presidential memorial library and his private study as well as many original furnishings and memorabilia belonging to the Garfield family. A fireproof vault is a highlight. A visitor center, built as a carriage house in 1893, features permanent exhibits illustrating Garfield’s life and career. A video presentation about the president is shown throughout the day. Guided 45-minute tours are available. Entrance Fee: $7 Adults; Free ages 0-15 Hours: May 1 through October 31: Everyday 10am-5pm November 1-April 30: Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Tour departure times vary, but last tour of day starts at 4:15pm.
Lake County Fair – Lake County Agricultural Society
1301 Mentor Ave Painesville Twp, OH 44077 (440) 354-3339
The 162nd Lake County Fair, July 25-30, 2017.
Lake County Captains Baseball
CLASS `A` AFFILIATE OF THE CLEVELAND INDIANS
Classic Park, 35300 Vine St, Eastlake, OH 44095 Call (440) 954-WINS
The Captains are a minor-league baseball franchise and Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians playing home games at Classic Park in Eastlake. Members of the 16-team Midwest League, the Captains play 70 home games and 70 road games. The season begins in early April and ends in early September.
Lake County Historical Society
415 Riverside Dr. Painesville, OH 44077 (440) 639-2945
Visit a remarkable and historic building in the center of Lake County that houses the only collection of 1900s music boxes in the state of Ohio. A collection of these “Magical Musical Machines” demonstrates home entertainment from the turn of the century and vary in size from one foot to several feet. The museum also contains displays of miniatures, trolleys, rotating exhibits, and features interactive displays. Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am-2pm. Research Library is available by appointment. If you are looking for a trip itinerary or group bus tour guide, let us know and we would be happy to show you around Lake County’s most famous heritage sites!
Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach
301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor 44077 – High Street, north of Second St. (440) 639-9972
This 21-acre lakefront park features a beach with a gradual slope and sandy bottom. Recreational opportunities on the waterfront include kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, camps and special beach programs/festivals. The park features restrooms, a handicapped-accessible harbor view deck, dog swim areas, showers, changing rooms, concessions, amphitheater, volleyball courts, playground and picnic area with grills. Food concessions open daily, weather permitting, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A $2 parking fee applies to Lake County residents, $3 for out-of-county visitors.