The Ohio Lighthouse Tour

We love our Ohio lighthouses! Not every state can boast having lighthouses. Each of our lighthouses has a unique history as well as interesting architecture. Take a day and visit one of our beautiful Lake Erie lighthouses. While touring the area stop and have lunch at a local restaurant or enjoy a picnic in an area park.


Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse
End of Ashtabula Harbor Breakwall
Ashtabula, OH 44004


Cedar Point Lighthouse
1 Cedar Point Dr. (off US 6), Sandusky OH 44870
419.627.2350 |


Cleveland West Pierhead Lighthouse
Located at the end of the breakwater on the west side of the entrance to the Cuyahoga River.
Cleveland, Ohio



Conneaut West Breakwater Light
Take Broad Street to the end. View from shore at the harbor.
Conneaut, Ohio



Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse
129 Second Street, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
440.354.4825 ||

“The Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is the first Great Lakes Lighthouse Marine Museum in the State of Ohio , as well as the United States.”

Photo courtesy of Lake County Visitor Bureau.

Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse
Views from Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor, Ohio



Huron Lighthouse & Fishing Pier
N. Main St. Huron, Ohio
419.433.8487 |



Lorain Breakwater Lighthouse
Black River Landing – West Side of River
East of Broadway (421 Black River Ln), Lorain, Oh 44052

Lighthouse tours are available.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead OH 43440
419.734.4424, ext. 2 |

Built in 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse is an active navigational aid to the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. Climb 77 circular steps to the top. Tours every 15 minutes to the top of the Marblehead Lighthouse, with the last tour beginning 15 minutes before closing time (weather permitting). Museum is opening during all lighthouse tours and entry is free. Lighthouse may be closed during periods of rain, storms, high winds or severe weather.


Port Clinton Lighthouse
451 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton OH 43452
800.441.1271 |

“The Port Clinton Lighthouse is the last remaining timber frame pier light on Lake Erie. Once common on our inland seas, only four of these unique structures remain on the Great Lakes today. In operation from 1896 to 1952, the Port Clinton Lighthouse has been fully restored to its original condition, thanks to a dedicated group of local volunteers.”


South Bass Island Lighthouse
South end of CR 163, Put-in-Bay OH 43456
419.285.1800 |

“Discover information about the area’s history and the most pressing issues facing Lake Erie before accessing the top of the lighthouse tower to see an expansive view of Put-in-Bay.”  For lighthouse tours visit website. 

Photo credit: Lake Erie Shores & Islands


Toledo Harbor Lighthouse
Located 8.4 miles from the mouth of the Maumee River, marking the entrance to the Toledo harbor



Vermilion Lighthouse
480 Main St. (off US 6), Vermilion OH 44089

Photo credit: Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Abandoned lighthouses:
Green Island Lighthouse – Green Island (no public access)
Turtle Island Lighthouse – (privately owned)


Article and photos by: D. Rock,
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