Main Street Beach
Vermilion's most popular public beach invites you to dip your toes in the water or jump in all the way, build a sand castle, cast a line or just come down for the remarkable sunsets (playing every night!). Look out from the observation deck, catch a glimpse of a variety of feathered friends, launch a kayak or canoe. Main Street Beach is ADA accessible with a mobility mat and a sand wheelchair. Look for Shore Thing, the friendly dedicated caretakers of the beach. They have sand chair rental, concessions, beach glass jewelry and visitor information.
Families from all over the country have made Linwood Park their summer home for more than 130 years. A gate fee will get you into the park and beach for the entire day to enjoy the amenities including concessions at The Stand and The Museum Store. The park has plenty of playground equipment, rental cottages and more. Just looking to explore the park? Visits under 2 hours to the park are free.
Sherod Park & Beach
Just west of downtown Vermilion, Sherod Park sits above the stretch of beach making it one of the best outlooks on Lake Erie. The park features walking trails, baseball and soccer fields, a fitness trail, picnic pavilions, tables and grills and the public art sculpture entitled Sails. Quiet and more remote than Vermilion's other beaches, it's ideal for swimming, beach combing, glass and rock collecting. Sherod Park is also home to the Main Street 2017 Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duathlon.
Showse Park & Beach
The Vermilion-on-the-Lake neighborhood, east of Downtown Vermilion, is home to Showse Beach with its expansive view of Lake Erie. You'll find a picnic pavilion, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts and plenty of open space. This is a popular rest stop for bike riders.
Look for the grand gazebo used for weddings and Sunday Concerts in the Park. Swings, slides, a fountain and the rose garden blooms for summer visitors. The Main Line Rail train spotting platform provides a comfy place to watch the train traffic. Main Street Vermilion hosts its Saturday Farmer's Market here from 10am–2pm, June 24 to September 10, 2017. Every week there's a special event at the Market. Stop by for some fresh, seasonal produce and some fun.
Perfectly located in the center of town where Main Street meets Liberty Avenue, Exchange Park overlooks all the activity going on throughout Downtown. Comfortably shaded, it has benches, picnic tables and the Public Comfort Station, Vermilion's very first police station and jailhouse converted into a public restroom.
Vermilion's newest pocket park, this beautifully landscaped setting is next to Ritter Public Library and has a sandstone patio with tables and chairs, a compass rose and storyboard about our shipbuilding heritage. Grab a book, a coffee or ice cream and soak up the local atmosphere.
Vermilion Rotary Centennial Park
Located under our icon water tower in historic downtown, Rotary Park, a project of the Vermilion Rotary Club, overlooks the Vermilion River and provides a perfect vantage point for watching boats and boaters. Beautifully landscaped with benches and picnic tables, it's a nice spot for lunching or relaxing.
Vermilion is fortunate to be located between two great Metropark systems. Erie County Metroparks features two parks in Vermilion and 13 more to the west of town. Explore the entire systems and find out places where you can get into a kayak or out into the woods and on some great trails. It's fun, fantastic and best of all, free!
These public parks are without a doubt some of the best in Northeast Ohio. Rivers, trails, programming, birding spots, nature preserves, picnic shelters, golf courses, even theatre! You'll also find a swimming pool, fitness opportunities and more as you explore this local gem.