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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

OCT 1, 3 & 4
SISU is in the Heart - A Play for Fairport Harbor by Park Cofield

SISU is in the Heart: Play
World Premier presented in collaboration with The Finnish Heritage Museum

  • October 1 - 7pm;
  • October 3 - 2pm and 7pm
  • October 4 - 2pm

Fairport Harding High School Auditorium
329 Vine Street, Fairport Harbor

Reserve in advance starting September 15 Reserve tickets by calling 440-549-0129, or email your name, quantity (limit 6 per person), and show date/time to or go to to reserve.

OCT 15   12:30 - 4:30 PM
Operation Street Smart
Parents: become informed on the ways drugs and paraphernalia might be hidden so that you can keep your kids safe. This award-winning initiative is presented by undercover narcotics detectives. More info

Ghost Stories and Evening Tour of Lighthouse
Contact Fairport Harbor Lighthouse for information.

Harbor Holidays

A Day with the Grinch

2015 Beach Schedule at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
Open for the season May 30 - Aug. 30, 2015, 9:30 am - 8 pm, weather permitting. Memorial Day Weekend: May 23 - 25. Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 4 - 6.

Lifeguards will be on duty and the concession stand will be open are from 9:30 am to 8 pm, depending on the weather. Sit-a-top ocean kayaks and stand up paddleboards are available for rental by the hour at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park, weather permitting.
Parking fee: $2, Lake County residents – ID required • $3 Out-of-county visitors
Season parking passes: $25, Lake County residents • $35, Out-of-county visitors

Current Weather

Weather in Fairport HarborCurrent: Cloudy, 63 F
Today: Partly Cloudy H: 67 L: 49
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy H: 71 L: 61

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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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