LAKE ERIE – A SPECTACULAR LAKE IN NORTH AMERICA
Lake Erie is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States. Located in North America, the lake is the fourth largest in the continent and eleventh largest in the world in terms of surface area. Lake Erie is situated on the international border between the United States and Canada. On the northern shore of Lake Erie, there is the Canadian province of Ontario. The four states of the United States, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York are on the western, southern, and eastern shores of Lake Erie.
The lake was named after the Native American tribe “Erie”, who used to live there. The Erie tribe lived along the southern edge of the lake while another tribe, “Neutrals” lived along the northern shore. In the 1960s, the lake was about to die, but American and Canadian authorities mutually agreed on reducing the phosphorus loads to control the excessive growth of algal. Today, Lake Erie provides drinking water to over 10 million residents who live in the watershed of Lake Erie.
The massive presence of Lake Erie provides several activities to the people of all ages throughout the year. These are some of the incredible things you can do here:
Take a Dinner Cruise
Hop on Cleveland’s largest excursion ship, “Good Time lll” at Lake Erie for a memorable experience. The 150 foot ship offers entertaining nights almost everyday throughout the summer season. Their dinner is widely famous among tourists and locals as well. The special dinner at cruise is offered on Saturday night that includes 5-star buffet meal. The ship will take you through the Cleveland’s most prominent landmark while you enjoy scrumptious dinner.
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
The 75-foot higher limestone tower on the edge of the Marblehead Peninsula guided ships since 1822. It’s the oldest lighthouse of the Lake Erie. As you climb the 77 stairs of the Marble Lighthouse, you’ll witness the breathtaking view of the Great Lakes, Cedar Point, and nearby islands. You can also visit the grounds for free and also a museum that is located in the keeper’s house. For the tour of the lighthouse, a small fee is charged. Check their website for more information.
The largest of the Lake Erie Islands is the Kelleys Island that is home to many famous attractions, restaurants, and plenty of activities to enjoy. Among many landmarks in Kelleys Island, the most famous is the Glacial Grooves, the largest accessible grooves in the world that are about 400 feet long and 35 feet wide. You can easily get around the island by walking or via a rented golf cart or bike. Get more information about the island here.
African Safari Wildlife Park
The Ohio Safari Park or African Safari Wildlife Park is a must-visit place, especially when you are visiting the Lake Erie with family. Visit the park and get up close with many wild animals here. The park is home to giraffes, zebras, alpacas, bison, and many other animals you can feed from your car. Walk-thru exhibits are also offered along with the camel rides, pig races, and educational programs for kids. If you are daring enough, hold a 6-foot long Burmese Python and capture the memorable moment with your camera.
Kayaking at Lake Erie
No better way to explore Lake Erie! Get into one of the kayaks from one of the many rental spots at Lake Erie and get to paddling through the lake’s water. You can also join a guided tour through the Harbor Yak. Other water activities are also available such as Jet Ski and Stand Up Paddle Board. If you have a need for speed, we recommend you enjoy a thrilling speedboat ride that can be booked from one of the many rental companies on the island.
Best Restaurants in Lake Erie
Whether you’re sitting down to devour a juicy burger, a delicious perch sandwich, or a plate of freshly cooked seafood, food just tastes best when eaten outdoor with a sea view. There is no shortage of restaurants at Lake Erie. Many restaurants here offer scenic dining. Below are some of the restaurants you must try when visiting Lake Erie:
The Village Pump
The Village Pump is one of the oldest destinations popular among both visitors and boaters. It’s the first high-speed internet café that was built on Kelleys Island. Whether you’re a regular visitor or a tourist coming from another country, this restaurant is an ideal spot to have some delicious food. Their specialties include the most popular “Brandy Alexander and Lake Erie Perch” prepared by experienced chefs. The restaurant has a full bar and dining service.
Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
If you want to visit a restaurant with a stunning lake view, this is your place to go. The restaurant serves a variety of food (mostly fresh seafood). Among many specialties the restaurant offers, the best is their homemade hand pattied “Crab Cake”. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. On Friday and Saturday, they offer a special late-night menu and Breakfast Buffet on Saturdays and Sundays starting from 8 am. Lastly, come visit this restaurant and enjoy delicious food and drinks in a beautiful waterfront setting.
Kelley’s Island Wine Company
Visit this full-service Winery and restaurant when you are in Lake Erie. After arriving there by plane or ferry, walk to the restaurant or get into a golf cart. The restaurant here is known for making “Best Pizza on the Island” along with a variety of other foods made with domestic and imported cheese, meat and cheese platters as well as gourmet salads. There is also a full bar service to accompany their Award Winning Wines. Visit the company and try it yourself!
The Casino Restaurant & Marina is another one of the best restaurants in Lake Erie, providing dining, entertainment, and dockage to the visitors. With a beautiful dining space and Tiki Bar, the Casino is a must-visit place in the island. Their menu offers a wide variety of deliciousness, such as sandwiches, steak, seafood, and more.
Taste by the Lake
Taste by the Lake is a famous gourmet coffee shop at Kelley’s Island. It is widely famous for serving freshly made donuts, coffee, drinks, pastry and other food such as salads, seafood and pastas. Visit the shop yourself when you are at Lake Erie and enjoy a wide range of food items here. As the shop doesn’t have a huge seating area, you can just buy your food and eat by the lakeside with your loved one.
Best Time to Visit Lake Erie
The best time to visit Lake Erie is July when the temperatures are warmest. July is an ideal month, especially if you are planning to get into some thrilling water sports. Avoid visiting from December to the start of March as the weather will be too cold, and most of the areas will be freezing.
Book a trip to Lake Erie now and get ready to have the best time of your life here. You can either visit from the US side or Canada’s side.
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