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Lake Erie Destination: Lorain, OH

Lorain is a charming lakeside town in Ohio just a half hour away from Cleveland. It’s a quaint little city known for its small-town vibes and scenic location on the banks of Lake Erie. Lorain is a wonderful place to visit, plus an ideal gateway to boating on Lake Erie. Explore Lorain with us here at Port Lorain and discover the wonder of this beautiful city!

Things To Do and Main Attractions in Lorain

Lorain Harbor Lighthouse

The Lorain Harbor Lighthouse is one of the most iconic monuments in Lorain. Often called the “Jewel of the Port”, the lighthouse is located on the north end of the West Harbor Breakwater in Lorain Harbor, right over Lake Erie. Although it’s no longer in use as a lighthouse, it stands as a symbolic landmark of Lorain’s history with a beautiful, picturesque view of Lake Erie. Tours of the lighthouse are available, as well as romantic sunset dinners, all departing by boat ride from our very own Port Lorain marina!

Lakeview Park

Lakeview Park is Lorain’s first lakeside recreation park, located right by the shores of Lake Erie. The park spans 20 acres and features a historic rose garden, a beach, a playground, a lawn bowling court, a bathhouse, a cafe, and a stunning view of the sunset over Lake Erie. Great for some outdoor fun!

Lorain Historical Society at the Carnegie Center and the Moore House Museum

The Lorain Historical Society, formerly the Black River Historical Society, is dedicated to preserving Lorain’s local history and teaching locals and tourists alike about it. While their main base of operations is in the Carnegie Center, they also manage the Moore House Museum. They offer events, educational programs, and of course, historical tours, including a History Boat Tour that departs from Port Lorain.

Lorain Palace Theater

The Lorain Palace Theater has been hosting all manner of live shows, movie premiers, concerts, plays, and more, since 1928. At the time of its opening, it was the largest one-floor theater in the state of Ohio, was the first theater in the state to show talking motion pictures, and remains a historic and beloved venue. Check out all the upcoming shows and events that you can catch at the time of your visit.

Lorain Skate World

For a fun, family-friendly activity that everyone is sure to enjoy, you can head on over to Lorain Skate World and test out your skills on the rink! If you’re new to skating, Lorain Skate World also offers beginners’ classes and lessons from seasoned, professional coaches. The venue is also open for special events and parties.

Mile-Long Pier

Lorain’s own Mile-Long Pier is the best way to enjoy the city’s stunning skyrise, especially during sunset. Located right near Port Lorain Marina, the Mile-Long Pier features brick pavers to give the appearance of walking on a traditional wooden boardwalk and is an excellent spot to fish, take a stroll, or just relax and enjoy the view. Plus, if you ever start feeling peckish, the Erie Steak & Seafood Co. restaurant is right nearby.

Rockin’ on the River

If you’re lucky enough to be in the area on a Friday or Saturday night, Rockin’ on the River is a must-see event in Lorain, Ohio. Rockin’ on the River is Ohio’s longest-running outdoor concert event and the most attended. Featuring national, regional, and local talent, this event brings you live bands, a light show, food, beverages, beer, and local vendors. Have the best night out with friends and loved ones at Rockin’ on the River!

Lake Erie Boating

Being a lakeside city, a trip to Lorain wouldn’t be complete without a boating experience on Lake Erie. The lake makes for an incredible sight and is perfect for fishing, swimming, or a fun, relaxing day out on the water. You can book a slip with us right here at Port Lorain Marina and we’d be more than happy to assist you in all your boating needs!

Want to get out on the water but don’t have your own vessel? Oasis Marinas Adventures offers kayak and paddleboat rentals for anyone looking to explore Lake Erie without needing to have a boat of their own! It’s a fun, affordable, and immersive experience that allows you to experience Lake Erie like no other.


Lorain, Ohio has something for everyone, whether you’re boating Lake Erie or checking out the local sights at the Lorain Lighthouse or Lakeview Park. Lorain is the ideal place to boat Lake Erie, unwind, and have a spectacular time!

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