Get on, in or near the water this summer. If Cleveland's lake life isn't scratching your itch for boating, fishing, swimming and beach lounging, these quick trips provide a change of scenery with the allure of summer fun on the water.
This Ohio island is an oasis of natural beauty. Enjoy birdwatching and hiking, topped off with a visit to the glacial grooves. When it's time to cool off, grab a golf cart and head to the beach. For an experience that can't be found in Cleveland, don scuba gear to get a look at dozens of shipwrecks off the island’s coast.
Presque Isle State Park
This Pennsylvania gem boasts beautiful, quiet beaches perfect for either a romantic getaway or family outing. Enjoy a waterfront picnic with views of the city and that other Perry Monument. Biking, horseback riding, birding and hiking top off the fun. Check out the Lady Kate Sunset Boat Tour to get on the water.
Marietta and Ohio River
Marietta was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory. Since then, it has stayed true to its river heritage. Both the Campus Martius and the Ohio River museums explain this important history in detail. The riverfront park offers excellent waterfront views as well as a perfect locale for a summer picnic.