These 20 Ohio Beach Towns Are Perfect for a Summer Getaway

Yes, Ohio has beach towns. They may not tout the perfect white sands of warmer climates, but the North Coast is full of places right on a body of water of some sort just waiting to be explored. Check out the places on this list any weekend through the rest of the summer. Slideshow via Cleveland Scene
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Geneva-on-the-Lake
Ashtabula County
Established in 1869 as a public picnic grounds, Geneva-on-the-Lake has been a recreational destination for generations of Ohians. Today you can enjoy fishing, boating and swimming at the nearby Geneva State Park, shoot a round at one of the in-town golf courses and explore a selection of arcades, restaurants, nightclubs and wineries. If traveling with kids, be sure to visit Adventure Zone, a family fun center featuring a zipline, go karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, batting cages and more. 
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Geneva-on-the-Lake

Ashtabula County
Established in 1869 as a public picnic grounds, Geneva-on-the-Lake has been a recreational destination for generations of Ohians. Today you can enjoy fishing, boating and swimming at the nearby Geneva State Park, shoot a round at one of the in-town golf courses and explore a selection of arcades, restaurants, nightclubs and wineries. If traveling with kids, be sure to visit Adventure Zone, a family fun center featuring a zipline, go karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, batting cages and more.
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Mentor-on-the-Lake
Lake County
Perched off the shores of Lake Erie, Mentor-on-the-Lake contains four parks within its small lakeside community, two of which sit directly overlooking the lake. It is only a short drive from Headlands Beach State Park, the longest natural beach in Ohio.   
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Mentor-on-the-Lake

Lake County
Perched off the shores of Lake Erie, Mentor-on-the-Lake contains four parks within its small lakeside community, two of which sit directly overlooking the lake. It is only a short drive from Headlands Beach State Park, the longest natural beach in Ohio.
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Russells Point
Logan County
This Northwest Ohio waterfront town is situated on Indian Lake. It offers a marina, camping resort, yacht club, a roller rink and access to the Indian Lake State Park beaches.
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Russells Point

Logan County
This Northwest Ohio waterfront town is situated on Indian Lake. It offers a marina, camping resort, yacht club, a roller rink and access to the Indian Lake State Park beaches.
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Oregon
Lucas County
Just east of Toledo, this beach town claims one mile of shoreline on Lake Erie. Visitors can swim on the sandy beaches of Maumee Bay State Park, bike along the “Oregon Trail” or relax at one of three regional parks.
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Oregon

Lucas County
Just east of Toledo, this beach town claims one mile of shoreline on Lake Erie. Visitors can swim on the sandy beaches of Maumee Bay State Park, bike along the “Oregon Trail” or relax at one of three regional parks.
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Put-in-Bay
Ottawa County
Less than a five-hour drive from Cincinnati, Put-in-Bay offers an island getaway experience. You’ll have to take a ferry to reach the island, but once you're there, the recreational opportunities are boundless — explore a cave, go parasailing or jet skiing and tour the island by helicopter or train. While Put-in-Bay offers an extensive list of attractions, one of the most popular has to be Perry’s International Peace Memorial, an observation deck where you can see the Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland skylines from an observation deck.
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Put-in-Bay

Ottawa County
Less than a five-hour drive from Cincinnati, Put-in-Bay offers an island getaway experience. You’ll have to take a ferry to reach the island, but once you're there, the recreational opportunities are boundless — explore a cave, go parasailing or jet skiing and tour the island by helicopter or train. While Put-in-Bay offers an extensive list of attractions, one of the most popular has to be Perry’s International Peace Memorial, an observation deck where you can see the Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland skylines from an observation deck.
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Sandusky
Erie County
Sitting on Sandusky Bay, this large beach town occupies 26 miles of Lake Erie’s shoreline. After exploring the amusement park, visitors can relax on the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, set sail from the marina or hang out at one of the many parks and piers scattered across the city.
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Sandusky

Erie County
Sitting on Sandusky Bay, this large beach town occupies 26 miles of Lake Erie’s shoreline. After exploring the amusement park, visitors can relax on the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, set sail from the marina or hang out at one of the many parks and piers scattered across the city.
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Sheffield Lake
Lorain County
Sheffield Lake is a small beach town off the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. This lakeside city offers access to Erie through a public boat ramp, a public swimming beach and 10 excellent parks.
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Sheffield Lake

Lorain County
Sheffield Lake is a small beach town off the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. This lakeside city offers access to Erie through a public boat ramp, a public swimming beach and 10 excellent parks.
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St. Marys
Auglaize County
Located in Western Ohio, St. Marys is an unlikely beach town. Grand Lake St. Marys alongside the town was once a man-made reservoir designed to supply water for the Miami and Erie Canal, but it has since become an Ohio State Park and recreational area. The park offers a grand total of four public swimming beaches, along with five public launch ramps. In town, you can find a mini-golf course, family aquatic center, bowling alley and a variety of antique and specialty shops.
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St. Marys

Auglaize County
Located in Western Ohio, St. Marys is an unlikely beach town. Grand Lake St. Marys alongside the town was once a man-made reservoir designed to supply water for the Miami and Erie Canal, but it has since become an Ohio State Park and recreational area. The park offers a grand total of four public swimming beaches, along with five public launch ramps. In town, you can find a mini-golf course, family aquatic center, bowling alley and a variety of antique and specialty shops.
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Vermillion
Erie and Lorain Counties
Bordering both Lake Erie and the scenic Vermillion River, Vermillion is a quintessential beach town. The historic downtown features a plethora of waterfront restaurants, marinas and old-timey storefronts, giving the town a vintage feel. A sidewalk connects downtown to Main Street Beach, where you can see the historic Vermillion Lighthouse and watch the sunset from the beach’s observation platform.
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Vermillion

Erie and Lorain Counties
Bordering both Lake Erie and the scenic Vermillion River, Vermillion is a quintessential beach town. The historic downtown features a plethora of waterfront restaurants, marinas and old-timey storefronts, giving the town a vintage feel. A sidewalk connects downtown to Main Street Beach, where you can see the historic Vermillion Lighthouse and watch the sunset from the beach’s observation platform.
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Waynesville
Warren County
This small town in Southwest Ohio lays claim to Caesar Creek State Park, including its 1,300-foot public beach and fully stocked marina. A walk around town will charm you with dozens of independently owned and operated antique stores, home-style restaurants and specialty shops.
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Waynesville

Warren County
This small town in Southwest Ohio lays claim to Caesar Creek State Park, including its 1,300-foot public beach and fully stocked marina. A walk around town will charm you with dozens of independently owned and operated antique stores, home-style restaurants and specialty shops.
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