The 10 Best Things to do in Lake County, Lake County

October 14, 2021 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best top things to do in Lake County, United States including North Chagrin Reservation, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Debonne Vineyards, The Holden Arboretum, Squire's Castle, Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve, Laurentia Vineyard and Winery, Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor, Craft and Antique Co-op, Headlands Beach State Park.

1. North Chagrin Reservation

3037 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44124 +1 440-473-3370 http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Reservations-Partners/North-Chagrin-Reservation-11.aspx
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 142 reviews

North Chagrin Reservation

Reviewed By Z5329UVgregm - Cleveland, United States

This is an exceptional metro park, easily accessible with a beautiful paved all purpose trail, bridle trails and off pavement hiking trails for all ability levels. The historic squires castle is a must see and a wonderful setting for a picnic. An extremely well maintained and clean park, enjoy.

2. James A. Garfield National Historic Site

8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH 44060-5753 +1 440-255-8722 http://www.nps.gov/jaga/index.htm
Excellent
76%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 361 reviews

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

The site is made up of a visitors' center, as well as the 20-room farmhouse Garfield lived in with his wife and five children.

Reviewed By ELO_Ohio - Shelby, United States

What a nice surprise this historic site turned out to be! The Garfield National Historic Site offered one of the more informative and entertaining tours I’ve been on in quite some time. The staff here really love their jobs and take great pride in interacting with visitors. Nice museum and film. Grounds well kept. Of course the focal point of the historic site is the Garfield house - an impressive structure that houses tons of authentic artifacts to the Garfield family, including the first presidential library. Kids were free; adults $10. Well worth it. If you are in the area, don’t miss this NHS dedicated to a man whom - had he lived - might have been one of America’s greatest presidents.

3. Debonne Vineyards

7840 Doty Rd, Madison, OH 44057-9511 +1 440-446-3485 [email protected] http://www.debonne.com/
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 237 reviews

Debonne Vineyards

Located in Madison, Ohio about an hour east of Cleveland, Debonne Vineyards is now the largest estate winery in Ohio, boasting over 175 acres of vines. Debonne Vineyards central location in the Grand River Valley wine region benefits from a climate moderated by the thermal effects of eastern Lake Erie. Our family commitment to excellence begins in the vineyards and is reflected in the quality of our premium Debonne Vineyards varietals and the original Chalet Debonne blends. Debonne Vineyards is also the first Ohio winery to open up a micro-brewery, Cellar Rats Brewery.

Reviewed By jkzoo - Mansfield, United States

Beautiful setting and friendly staff - love the fact that they have a brewery as well, We at outside and enjoyed a late lunch among the flowers and with views of the vineyards. Food was excellent and reasonably priced.

4. The Holden Arboretum

9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094-5149 +1 440-946-4400 [email protected] http://www.holdenarb.org/
Excellent
77%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 316 reviews

The Holden Arboretum

The Holden Arboretum is 3,500 acres of the most beautiful gardens and natural areas in Northeast Ohio, including the Holden Wildflower Garden, featuring Ohio native plants; the Holden Butterfly Garden, which attracts hummingbirds and butterflies; the 20-acre Layer Rhododendron Garden and the 4.5 acre Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden; and collections of lilacs, viburnums, crabapples and conifers. Admission to the Arboretum includes the Murch Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Emergent Tower, which are open from April 1 through Nov. 1. Guided walking tours of the grounds are available from April through May, and tram tours are available May through October. Winter activities include snowshoe hikes in January and February, weather permitting.

Reviewed By kimsX7442XV - Cuyahoga Falls, United States

Nice area to walk around with all the trees, plants and ponds. Decorated very nice for Halloween. The canopy walk was nice and the Emergent tower had breathtaking views of the area and you can see Lake Erie. With COVID you do need to purchase your tickets online. The canopy walk and tower only allow a certain number of people on them at one time.

5. Squire's Castle

River Road, Willoughby Hills, OH http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Squires-Castle.aspx
Excellent
63%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Squire's Castle

Reviewed By BuckeyeAdventures - Cleveland, United States

Visiting the castle takes about 15min, so plan on doing something extra when you're going there. I saw people hiking, biking, having a picnic, playing frisbee, taking pictures or just strolling around.

6. Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve

8365 Harbor Dr, Mentor, OH 44060-1413 +1 440-974-5794 [email protected] http://www.cityofmentor.com/visit/mlnp
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve

It's a natural destination! Escape to the tranquility of nature and explore the beauty of an unspoiled beach and miles of hiking and water trails. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, just 30 minutes east of Cleveland, you'll find 450 acres of green space with 1-1/2 miles of shoreline with rare dune plants, a riverine marsh and mature oak bluff. Over 150 species of birds have been recorded, making this a top birding location. Electric carts are available on a first come basis for the handicapped. Call 440-205-3625 in advance to reserve.

Reviewed By ElaineAndGreg - Chesterland, United States

We visited national parks, state parks, and other preserves, and for a city park the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve is astonishing. It's a little less than a square mile in size, but boasts a nature preserve, excellent walks, forest paths, a marsh, and great views on a Great Lake. Mentor Lagoons is, paradoxically, both easy to get to and a little hard to find. You basically want to take State Route 615 north from Route 2 or Interstate 90. About 2 miles north of route 2, you'll go straight north instead of to the west and you'll more or less snake your way through a nice residential neighborhood. I had no trouble finding it based on the signs and dead reckoning, but use your GPS in a pinch. When you get there, there are essentially two parts. You'll cross over a small bridge and see a marina to your left (west) and a smaller parking area along the marsh to your right. I though I might be in the wrong place as it almost looks like a small industrial park, but don't worry, you'll be in the woods shortly. Go to the right and park. There's an excellent, smooth path along with a stand with a map of sorts. Take the path north. From there you have lots of options. I wanted to see the lake on a nice fall day. The path isn't paved, but it is very, very well-maintained and level, although there is a slight incline. From there you can go to the lake, take forest trails, or walk along the edge of the huge marsh. It isn't crowded, but I came across a number of nice dog owners and other out just for a nice walk. The park is light on amenities - there are a few picnic tables, and not much else, but the paths are very nice. I walked along the lake, which was fun although a little difficult with the sand and stones. If you want an easier lakeside walk, there is an excellent path about 100 feet inland. You can also walk through some woodland trails, which I liked, although they can be a little muddy (this is a wetlands area, after all). This is beautiful park and amazing for one that is essentially one of a suburban town. If you want a pleasant walk and some nice views (and don't need lots of amenities) this is for you. If you want to grab something to eat either before or afterwards, you are only 10 minutes or so from countless restaurants in Mentor itself.

7. Laurentia Vineyard and Winery

4599 S Madison Rd, Madison, OH 44057-9572 +1 440-296-9175 [email protected] http://www.laurentiawinery.com
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Laurentia Vineyard and Winery

The inspiration of opening a winery originated from the love of fine wines and the charming local wineries of the Grand River Valley. Opening a winery evolved into more than just an idea when two brothers were hunting in Idaho. While sampling some wines from California, it became clear that Northeast Ohio also has the potential to offer great wines. From here the idea came to life when the search began for the perfect place to make Laurentia a home. Things materialized as we acquired land for our vines and eventually this spot to build our winery. Plantings commenced in 2011 and in the following years while we broke ground for our production building and beautiful winery in 2013. It has been a long, exciting process, but we are completely rewarded with the end result and welcome you to share our joy

Reviewed By anitan141 - Atlasburg, United States

This is my very favorite winery in the Geneva on the Lake area. The atmosphere is great and their wines are so good! Our favorite is the American Pinot Noir. I feel like this is what. Winery in California is like. Definitely recommend!

8. Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor

Rt. 84 & Liberty Street, Painesville, OH 44077 +1 800-669-9226 http://www.lakemetroparks.com/parks/greenway-corridor.shtml
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor

Reviewed By kitkat1074 - Mentor, United States

The Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor is a paved bike path on a former railroad track. The path is very smooth because it is a former rail line. If you want to rollerblade I recommend starting at route 84 and heading south to Girdled Road. It is 5K between RT 84 and Girdled Road and net uphill pretty significantly. There are some steep hills so only experienced rollerbladers should try as you come down some hills and have to stop to cross the road. The return trip to route 84 from Girdled road is much easier as it downhill. I have also walked this in the fall and it is a nice walk with the leaves changing.

9. Craft and Antique Co-op

1871 N Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 44077-4813 +1 440-392-0581 http://www.craftandantique.com/
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 33 reviews

Craft and Antique Co-op

Visit our 47,000 sq ft Antique, Vintage, Collectible shopping co-op/mall. Over 100 vendors under one roof. We offer Unique & Unusual items with a daily changing inventory! Large furniture gallery in the rear of the store full of antique to modern furniture. Easily accessible from RT 2. Located corner of Bacon and RT 20. Come spend the day with us, you'll be glad you did!

10. Headlands Beach State Park

9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH 44060-1001 +1 440-466-8400 http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/headlandsbeach
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 389 reviews

Headlands Beach State Park

Reviewed By Sartorial79 - Parkersburg, United States

Headlands Beach State Park was a great little place to get away and relax. We enjoyed exploring the area. We particularly loved walking across the breakwater to check out the lighthouse. I would love to know more about the owner (how cool would it be to own a lighthouse?!?). We enjoyed watching the guys on jet skis and sailboats go by. I loved collecting little pieces of the “sea glass”. If you dig picking through rocks the way I do, you’ll be content here.

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