By Mady Stoner
Posted On: Jul 31, 2022
It's summertime, which means high temperatures, sunshine, and humidity! While pools are a great option for cooling off in the hot months, sometimes it's fun to switch things up and enjoy other water activities with the family. Below is a curated list of some great options to try out in Northeast Ohio.
Photo credit: Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Facebook
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Portage County
Come and visit Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville during a non-festival weekend and enjoy swimming at the beach, cliff diving for older kids and grown ups, and even SCUBA diving is available to try! There is fee to visit this park.
*Fee: $15 for anyone ages 15 & up. $6 for ages 4-14 and free for kids under 3.
Hinckley Reservation in Medina County
Part of the Cleveland Metroparks system, Hinckley Reservation features 90-acre Hinckley Lake, where you can rent kayaks and SUPs to explore the lake. There's also the Hinckley Lake Spillway, a great swimming hole for all ages.
*Fee: $20/hour for SUP, $20/hour for kayaks, $22/hour for tandem kayaks, free to swim at spillway.
Photo credit: Nautica Queen Cruise Dining Ship, Facebook
The Nautica Queen in Cleveland
A unique and fun way to experience Lake Erie, the Nautica takes passengers on a sightseeing cruise of the lake around the Cleveland skyline. Each ticket price includes an unlimited buffet meal, the cruise, a DJ, coffee, tea, and iced tea. They offer lunch and dinner cruises, as well as brunch on Sundays.
*Fee: Varying prices depending on day/time, check the website for accurate rates.
Photo credit: Harbor Yak, Facebook
Cycle through some aquatic fun and rent hydrobikes at the Ashtabula Harbor. While Harbor Yak also offer canoes, kayaks, and pontoon boat rentals, the hydrobikes are unique experience that you can't find many places! Kids ages 8 and up are able to ride (as long as they can reach the pedals).
*Fee: $25/hour or $35/3 hours.
Photo credit: Lorain County Metro Parks, Facebook
Lakeview Park in Lorain County
Swim at the beach at Lakeview Park with its Lake Erie access, which includes a playground right on the beach! If you have the equipment, you can also kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard here.
Photo credit: Float The River, Facebook
Cuyahoga Falls in Summit County
Grab the family, fill up your cooler, and float along the Cuyahoga river! With Float the River Cuyahoga Falls, the ride takes roughly two hours. Kids aged 5 and up are able to float in your group. Straps are provided so you can tie your tubes together to keep the family close.
*Fee: $25/tube rental - $30-$40/kayak rental - $10/cooler tube
Notable mentions outside of Northeast Ohio:
- Maumee Bay Lodge in Oregon offers a pool, water rentals, golf, playgrounds and so much more!
- White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg (Sandusky County) offers SCUBA diving – rated the best inland diving in Northern Ohio.
- Riverscape in Dayton offers paddling along the Great Miami River.
- Mohican State Park in Loudonville offers tubing on the Mohican River.
- Cowan Lake State Park in Wilmington offers swimming and kayaking.
You'd be surprised how many water activities are available in Ohio, with tons of lakes and rivers located throughout the state it’ll be easy to find one near you to enjoy!