Lake Erie: Marblehead Lighthouse State Park.

A lot of people in the Midwestern United States make the trek over to Lake Erie in northern Ohio every year to go to Cedar Point in Sandusky and visit the various Lake Erie Islands like South Bass (Put-in-Bay) and Kelleys. Others spend time on the Lake Erie Circle Tour and Ohio State Route 2 checking out the sites. There’s another gem in the area, not as well-known to outsiders, that’s worth the stop, Marblehead Lighthouse State Park.

In between Toledo and Cleveland off State Highway 2, opposite Sandusky on the other side of Sandusky Bay and also along Lake Erie is the Marblehead Peninsula.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Traveling to the tip of the peninsula you’ll come across the village of Marblehead as well as the state park.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Upon arriving at the park you will immediately see the 65-foot high Marblehead Lighthouse. It’s the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes and one of the most photographed lighthouses on Lake Erie. Sailors have been getting its help to navigate the nearby rocky shores since 1822. You can get tours and climb the lighthouse for a small fee in the warmer months.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

When the lighthouse is open, so is the nearby Keeper’s House. It’s home to the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, established in 1998. It’s been a museum and tourist center since 2000 showing off all the history of the area.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Walking up to the rocks and shoreline of the park you can lookout and see Cedar Point (Sandusky) off in the distance across the bay.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Also along the shore will be views of Lake Erie and the aforementioned Kelleys and South Bass Island. I was there near sunset with some clouds in the sky which made the lake views even more spectacular.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park is a romantic place day or night to soak in the scenery. Lot’s of people like to picnic there and catch some stars at night.

While your on the Lake Erie Circle Tour, going to Cedar Point or just looking to spend some time along Lake Erie in Ohio make sure to stop here.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio

What is your favorite lighthouse and/or park along Lake Erie? The Great Lakes?

10 responses to “Lake Erie: Marblehead Lighthouse State Park.

  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful look (both the words and the pictures are great!) of Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline!

    • Your welcome, thank you! πŸ™‚ Another fantastic spot along the Lake Erie coast. The park and lake and bay views are amazing, especially around sunset. Need to get back for a lighthouse tour soon.

  2. Went to Marblehead years ago…awesome spot!

  3. Marblehead is a particular favorite of mine…I’ve taken pictures and written about it many times myself πŸ™‚
    The tour to the top of the tower is nice, but I think my favorite time to visit is during the colder months when you have the rocky beach to yourself!

    • I agree. I happen to go when it wasn’t very warm outside and had the place virtually to myself. A relaxing scene. Hope to get back many more times! πŸ™‚

  4. There are so many awesome spots along all of the Great Lakes. This is a cool one I had never heard of. I will have to check it out!

    • The beautiful spots along the Great Lakes is limitless it seems! Definitely get to Marblehead and the Sandusky Bay area.

  5. How lovely to get a retweet from you on Twitter and a follow, then to see that your current blog post is about my home state! Thanks for sharing the beauty of OHIO with your readers. Makes me proud.

    • Love Marblehead. So beautiful as is everything along Lake Erie. Your welcome. πŸ™‚ Lot’s of great things to see and do and stories to tell about your home state!

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