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“Nicest Beach in NE Ohio”

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach
Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

Been coming here for years. Behind a breakwall, has sandy bottom. Nice bathrooms and changing areas. Nice little food stand and shaded eating area. Perfectly maintained playground equipment, sidewalks and buildings. Lifeguards and separate area for swimming with your dogs (yes dogs still on leashes). Small charge to park ($2 I think).

This park is as perfect as the day they opened it. Once you see it I can't imagine why anyone would go anywhere else.

3  Thank Edna2001
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a great beach for toddlers and young kids. It has a sandy bottom and is protected by a breakwall, which mutes wave action. It has a nice playground area. Part of the Lake (County) Metroparks system, it is a very well-maintained park with many activities. Kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available.

A dog swimming area is offered down current of the people swimming area. The swimming area is supervised with lifeguards.

While the breakwall is great for little kids and toddlers, teens and good swimmers likely will prefer the heavier wave action of nearby Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor-on-the-Lake.

It's also recommended that no swimming take place at Fairport Harbor beach 24-48 hours after a heavy storm, when the water off the beach can experience a high bacterial count. This beach is immediately down current of the Grand River. Sometimes, as a result, Mentor Headlands, which is up current of the Grand River, can have a lower bacterial account.

While Mentor Headlands is a wonderful and large beach, it currently is not as well maintained by the the state of Ohio as Fairport Harbor and has no lifeguards.

Fairport Harbor beach has a small parking charge and offers an extensive course and activity schedule.


The park beach is the home of the multi-day Fairport Mardi Gras Celebration every year around July 4th.

3  Thank TranscendentalEye
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