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Lake Erie: A Park Bench Here, There and Everywhere.

I was on a Ohio day trip along Lake Erie enjoying being out on the open road along water. Something kept catching the eye at every turn? Park benches! It doesn’t seem to matter where they sit, the area around them is beautiful and today was no exception.

I first came across this one where the Portage River flows into Lake Erie. Looking to the right you can see the Great Lake and to your left, as pictured here, downtown Port Clinton. It was early in the day so lots of boats were heading out.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

Within Catawba Island State Park a park bench sits evenly between two trees with Lake Erie straight ahead. Thank goodness no one was ruining the view I had by sitting at the picnic tables haha.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

Around the docks within the same state park, provided an unobstructed view out to the west. Just the park bench, you and the blue sky and Lake Erie waters.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

In East Harbor State Park in Marblehead you’re facing east now at the same beautiful Lake Erie and shoreline.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

One thing about the park benches facing Lake Erie or any water, you can’t grab shot of you with it as a back drop. That’s why it’s good sometimes to see park benches facing away like this one out at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and…

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

…another there was facing the famous lighthouse itself.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

Along Jackson Street Pier in Sandusky provided a glimpse of this Great Lake, looking straight north. Got the reminder not to feed the birds or pigeons. There were a lot along the shoreline today. 🙂

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

It was a great day trip navigating along this part of the Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio. I found myself some scenic places to rest and capture the scene on park benches. Well time to get off the bench and back out onto the open road!

What is your favorite scene that you’ve checked out from the comforts of a park bench? What keeps catching your eye in your travels that you love capturing?

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?