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301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
(440) 639-9972 (summer only) or (800) 669-9226.

People on the beach at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

Photo Credit: Kelly Crews
of Lake Metroparks

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
Sailing Camp
Boat Camp
Kayak Rentals - Call (440) 639-9972 for availability
Rubber-Band Airplane Fly-In
Pirate Triathlon/Kayak Triathlon
Spirit of American Youth Boating Education Program


Come and have fun with us at Fairport Mardi Gras!
P.O. Box 1118
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
(440) 352-0806

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 Mardi Gras: view from harbor

Photo Credits: Karen Langford

Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras


Lighthouse museum

Photo Credit: Lake County Visitors Bureau

Fresnel Lense

Fresnel Lense
Photo Credit: Lake County Visitors Bureau

West Breakwater Lighthouse

West Breakwater Lighthouse
Photo Credit: Lake County Visitors Bureau

Fairport Harbor Historical Society Marine Museum and Lighthouse Tower
129 Second Street, Fairport Harbor
(440) 354-4825

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.

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.

Finnish Heritage Museum

Finnish Heritage Museum
Photo Credit: Lake County
Visitors Bureau

Museum Hours: Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Memorial Day through mid-November, Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. Memorial day through mid-December.


Historical Walking Tour of Fairport Harbor
(216) 509-6198

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
(440) 478-5485

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.


Aerial photo of Lighthouse Museum

Lighthouse Museum
Photo Credit: Brian Fowler

Fairport Harbor Tourism Council
(440) 352-3620 ext. 9

Lake County Visitors Bureau
Find other local points of interest and helpful information at

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.

2015 Events

Family Movie Nights
Fairport Harbor Public Library Meeting Room, Sponsored by Fairport Harbor Tourism Council. Flyer...

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...

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...

Candy cane 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.

P.S. All children who come in to view the tree are welcome to take a candy cane off the tree.  All the candy canes will be supplied by Santa’s Candy Cane helper!

Small Business Saturday
Pick up your "Passport to the Port" at any of our downtown shops for special offers.

Harbor Holidays & A Day with the Grinch
The Grinch Who Did Not End Up Stealing ChristmasMore 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

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 Christmas decorationsMcGruff and a balloon artist throughout! Flyer...

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...

Current Weather

Weather in Fairport HarborCurrent: Mostly Cloudy, 52 F
Today: Partly Cloudy H: 60 L: 52
Tomorrow: Rain H: 61 L: 37

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Tourism in Fairport Harbor

Finnish Heritage Group Tours
Finnish flagThe 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


Village of Fairport Harbor

220 Third Street    Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
Phone: (440) 352-3620    Fax: (440) 352-8872

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Emergency Contact Info

Police Dept. Memorandum: When to call the police
For Emergencies and Power Outages: Dominion Gas First Energy

Police & Fire (Non-life-threatening emergencies): (440) 354-3434
Police Administrative: (440) 352-3620 ext. 3
Fire Administrative: (440) 352-3620 ext. 5

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