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Kid-friendly Activities to Enjoy on the Water

Discover all of the fun and unique ways to get out on the water this summer with your family in Northeast Ohio.

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Kid-friendly Activities to Enjoy on the Water

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.

people swimming and standing on the back and kayaking in the water at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Portage County 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.

three people sitting on paddleboards on lake hinckley in medina county ohio

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.

People boarding the Nautica Queen Cruise Dining Ship for sightseeing in Cleveland Ohio
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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.

people on hydrobikes at the Ashtabula Harbor in Ohio
Photo credit: Harbor Yak, Facebook

Ashtabula Harbor 

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.

people on the beach at Lakeview Park in Lorain County Metro Parks in Lorain Ohio
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. 

people in tubes floating down a river in cuyahoga falls ohio
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

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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!

For more outdoor family fun this #SummerinOhio, Check #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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