LAKE METROPARKS FAIRPORT HARBOR LAKEFRONT PARK
301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
(440) 639-9972 (summer only) or (800) 669-9226.
Swim, kayak & picnic at a Lake Erie beach. Parking pass available. Park is open year-round from daylight to 1/2 hour after sunset. Lifeguard on duty and concession stand open June thru Labor Day, weather permitting. Click here for more information.
Some of the Lake Metroparks activities are:
Adventure Camp for kids
Kayak Rentals - Call (440) 639-9972 for availability
Rubber-Band Airplane Fly-In
Pirate Triathlon/Kayak Triathlon
Spirit of American Youth Boating Education Program
FAIRPORT MARDI GRAS 2015 JULY 1-JULY 5
Come and have fun with us at Fairport Mardi Gras!
P.O. Box 1118
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
Rides, games, food and fireworks at the beach on Fourth of July weekend. Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park.
2013 Mardi Gras Photos
Fairport Harbor Historical Society Marine Museum and Lighthouse Tower
129 Second Street, Fairport Harbor
Located at the mouth of the Grand River, the Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is the first Great Lakes Lighthouse Marine Museum in Ohio and in the United States. A spiral staircase leads to the top of the 60-foot sandstone lighthouse, built in 1871. The adjacent museum features lighthouse lenses, relics from Native American settlements along the Grand River, and artifacts pertaining to life on the Great Lakes. Gift shop. Admission charge. Special tours by appointment. Museum Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Legal Holiday , 1-6 p.m. Open from the Saturday before Memorial Day through the third weekend in September.
Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse
Best viewed from Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park or the Fairport Harbor Port Authority at the end of Water Street. Parking fee. Bring comfortable clothes and shoes to walk the rocky breakwall, weather permitting. Lighthouse is not open to the public.
FINNISH HERITAGE MUSEUM
301 High Street, Fairport Harbor
Phone: (440) 352-8301
In 1885 a group of 25 Finns arrived in Fairport and founded the first permanent Finnish settlement. By 1900 the number of foreign-born Finns in Fairport came to 700. To this day, Fairport’s population has a strong Finnish heritage. The museum has rotating exhibits and a coffee/gift shop, featuring private-label coffee and nisu, Finnish coffee bread flavored with cardamon. Admission charge. Group tours available; call to arrange day and time.
Historical Walking Tour of Fairport Harbor
Learn about the history of the village, the Indians, the pioneers and early settlers, the Underground Railroad, landmarks, buildings, businesses and legends. Tours may be arranged by contacting or calling the number listed above. Individuals and up to 10 participants, $5.00 per person. Group tours (minimum charge $50). Walking Tours sponsored by the Fairport Harbor Tourism Council.
Finnish Treasures Gift Shop
316 High Street
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
A unique shopping experience! Imports from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia. Beautiful Littala glassware, handmade wall hangings, rugs, Kalevala Koru jewelry, Finnish knives, linens, imported coffee, foods and nisu, dolls, books, music, vases, candlesticks, handcrafts and more. Open noon daily, closed on Mondays.
Fairport Harbor Tourism Council
(440) 352-3620 ext. 9
Lake County Visitors Bureau
Find other local points of interest and helpful information at www.lakevisit.com.
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail
Fairport Harbor is a stop on the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, a 293-mile national scenic byway from Conneaut to Toledo. This signed route links historical museums, natural areas and other places to explore the rich history, charm and beauty of our Great Lake.
THURSDAYS THRU DECEMBER 28 AT 6 PM
Family Movie Nights
Fairport Harbor Public Library Meeting Room, Sponsored by Fairport Harbor Tourism Council. Flyer...
SUNDAYS THRU DECEMBER AT 2 PM
Films for the Holiday Season
Take a break from the hustle and the bustle of the holidays and enjoy a movie, popcorn and company. Fairport Harbor Public Library Meeting Room. Flyer...
THURSDAY, NOV 19
Men's Choir Ministry presented by Teen Challenge
Come and support these young men as they share songs and testimony of a drug program that has worked for them. Flyer...
FRIDAY, NOV 28 THRU FRIDAY, DEC 4
McKinley Students to Decorate Christmas Tree at Village Hall
Mayor Manross and the McKinley Elementary school administration welcome the residents of Fairport Harbor to visit Village Hall during the week of November 27 thru December 4 to take part in this Holiday Festivity Premier. Each grade’s class will be decorating a section of the Christmas tree and the residents will get to vote on which class is the best. The winning class will be announced during Harbor Holidays. Mayor Manross will present the winning class with a special treat. So please join us and take part in supporting your children by voting for the best decorations.
SATURDAY, DEC 5
Harbor Holidays & A Day with the Grinch
More than two dozen businesses, churches, and organizations participate in this Village-wide event featuring ethnic foods, arts, crafts, shopping, games and more. From 11 AM to 4 PM, the Grinch will be on the loose “stealing” presents from participating businesses and organizations to give to Toys for Tots. Activities continue until 6 PM, when the Grinch climbs the lighthouse to read the Dr. Seuss classic tale, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Afterwards, children can pose for photos with the Grinch, Max and Santa at Veteran’s Park and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at Fairport Harbor Congregational Church. Events are free.
Pics from 2014 and previous years | More info
SATURDAY, DEC 5
Fill the Cruiser
A Toys for Tots benefit hosted by VFW Post 7754 and the Fairport Harbor Police Department
Help us "Fill the Cruiser" with your donation of a new unwrapped toy or toys; then join the activities inside with games, crafts, music, prizes, and visits from some very special guests! This community Christmas party runs from 12 to 5 PM, features photos with Santa from 2 to 4 PM, Jungle Terry at 4 PM, and Officer McGruff and a balloon artist throughout! Flyer...
DUE DATE DECEMBER 23
Light Up The Harbor Competition
Win one of 3 $100 prizes! Decorate the exterior of your home for Christmas and submit your entry to Village Hall. More info...
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Tourism in Fairport Harbor
Finnish Heritage Group Tours
The Finnish Heritage Museum gallery has changing exhibits throughout the year telling the story of Finnish heritage and various cultural traditions by displaying artifacts and providing information relating to this important history. Arriving here in the mid to late 1800's, Finns brought with them their customs, work ethic, religious and moral beliefs. Tour the museum gallery and hall of fame and experience a Finnish Coffee Table. More
Fairport Harbor Motor Coach Tours
The Fairport Harbor Tourism Council offers step-on guide service for your motor coach tour with a Historical Tour of the Village of Fairport Harbor. Enjoy our two lighthouses, museums, and one of Lake Erie's best beaches where one can swim, kayak, play sand volleyball, picnic and more. More
Fairport Harbor Lighthouse & Marine Museum
The Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is the first Great Lakes lighthouse marine museum in the state of Ohio, as well as in the United States. It was founded in 1945 by the Fairport Harbor Historical Society, which is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition and sentiment in Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. More