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Museums, Tours & Interesting Places

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Vermilion History Museum °

A fun and quirky little museum that must be seen. The building and equipment served as a print shop and a weekly paper from 1905–1964. The print shop houses two linotypes (c. 1915) and four letter presses and lots of Vermilion history and memorabilia.  

Check their website for museum hours
727 Grand Street | 440.967.4555
Admission: Donation $3.00 | Children free with adult

Main Line Rail Platform

Whether you’re a skilled train spotter or just amazed at the power and look of locomotives, engines and the cargo they pull, we invite you to visit the Main Line Rail Platform. Completely undercover and open year round, it’s a great place to watch the train traffic on the Norfolk and Southern line that runs through downtown Vermilion. A typical day might offer a look at more than 100 trains. Bring the kids and your camera. It’s completely free, built by Main Street Vermilion volunteers and a great place to relax. You never know what will come down the line.

The Main Line Rail Platform is located near Main Street Vermilion, 685 Main Street
Free and everyone welcome

Lighthouse Tours

This 45-minute presentation including videos shares the history of the Vermilion Lighthouse up through the recent renovation and installation of a Fresnel Lens that makes this iconic structure a coast guard approved navigational aid. Held at Ritter Public Library. Thirty-minute site tours also available. Tours scheduled by appointment. Contact Reenie Rak at 440.967.2838 for more information.

Donations for tours benefit the ongoing maintenance of the Lighthouse.

Cruising America's Great Loop

In a one-hour photo journey, Judy Kernell presents her experience circumnavigating the eastern third of the U.S. by water. She’ll introduce you to lighthouses, sights and landmarks. Tours made by appointment only. Contact Judy at 586.292.2436. 

Hanging Out

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Main Line Rail

This delightful train-spotting platform provides a front row seat to more than 100 trains that pass each day. For the serious spotter or the casual observer, this is a great way to pass some time and see an amazing array of engines, cars and freight train graffiti.

Located in Victory Park, just over the railroad tracks.

Main Street Beach & Shore Thing

Spend a day in the sun, sand and water. Take a walk along the shore, grab your fishing pole and a chair to fish off the pier, or take pictures of the lighthouse at sunset. Here is the perfect spot for collecting beach glass, reading a book and feeling at home. Be sure to stop at the Shore Thing in the beach shack to rent a chair, buy a popsicle, admire the beach jewelry and more. The beach features a Moby Mat for easy wheelchair access to the water and a beach wheel chair.

Shore Thing is closed for the 2018 season. The 2019 schedule TBA. The beach and Shore Thing are located at the foot of Main Street (Route 60).

Vermilion Farmer’s Market

Shop for home-produced products, crafts, and locally grown produce. Each week features a special event, from Touch-a-Truck to the Lion's Corn Roast and a wine tasting featuring area wineries. After you explore the market, make sure to head to downtown Vermilion to discover the goods and treasures our merchants have to offer.

Saturdays, July 6 through September 7, 2019 | 10am–2pm
The Market is held in Victory Park, rain or shine.


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Vermilion Arts Guild Shows

These seasonal shows feature original works of art from local artists and fine craftsmen. From sea glass jewelry and hand painted watercolors to scenic photos of our lakeshore, these pieces provide the perfect gift or souvenir from a stay in Vermilion. Whether to browse or buy, come take a look at the beautiful works our Guild members have created!

Linwood Park

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. Visits under 2 hours to the park are free. Check the Linwood website for the seasonal schedule. 

4920 Liberty Avenue | 440.967.4237

Schoepfle Gardens

Explore 70 acres of botanical gardens and natural woodland, bordered on one side by the Vermilion River. The garden features collections of rhododendrons, roses, cannas, hostas, shade plants, and varieties of shrubs, topiaries and trees. Enjoy the natural beauty of the garden by participating in a guided tour or wandering at your own pace. Be sure to bring a camera!

Open 8am–8pm daily | 1106 Market Street in Birmingham | 440.965.7237

Fun & Funky

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Olive Oil Tastings

The Olive Scene has 4 northeast Ohio locations, one right here in Vermilion. Stop in to learn and sip olive oils from around the world and more than 30 flavored vinegars.

5512 Liberty Avenue | 440-963-0504

Lake Erie Beach Yoga

Do your Daily Downward Dogs this summer basking in the sun with a yoga class…playlist courtesy of the rolling Lake Erie surf! Feel the breeze across your face as you breathe, stretch, and let go of your stress on these beautiful Lake Erie beaches.  

2019 schedule TBA

Family Movies in the Park

Pack a blanket, grab the kids and enjoy a free movie this summer in East Exchange Park. Moviegoers can stop across the street before the show at “Popping Around” for some free popcorn to have the full movie experience! Movies begin at dusk.

You’ll find the 2019 movie schedule here.

Chalk it Up!

Bring the whole family down to Main Street for a fun event that blankets the street in colorful chalk drawings, both professional and amateur. 

Returning August 3, 2019

Just Add Water


Vermilion has a great variety of river and lake related activities and all are subject to weather conditions. Please visit the websites or call the business to determine availability. 


Dodge Watercar

Treat yourself and up to 6 guests on a lake and river cruise aboard the Weir Wind, a rare and meticulously restored 1927 Dodge Watercar, a 26' triple cockpit vintage speedboat briefly built by the car manufacturer. Captain Tom Moes delivers a smooth ride along with a wonderful narrative of the lake and river history. 

5335 Liberty Avenue | Visit Moe's Marine Service or call 440.967.4221 for reservations

Lake Shore Electric Boating

Cruise along with family and friends as you view waterfront homes, beautiful gardens and a variety of boats. These 21-foot canopied electric launches accommodate 10 passengers comfortably on upholstered seats and a central table for snacks and drinks. No boating license required. Guided tours available. 

5335 Liberty Avenue | Visit Moe's Marine Service or call 440.967.4221 for more information

West River Paddling Company °

Water lovers, get ready to engage in unforgettable adventures along the Lake Erie Shoreline and Vermilion River Watershed. Cruise at your own pace, hone in on some skills with certified instructors, or learn something new with informative guides. Kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals by the hour or day. 

Open 10am–6pm, weather permitting | 655 West River Road | 440.967.5292

Don Parsons Mystic Belle °

Tour the Historic Vermilion Harbor aboard the Mystic Belle. Enjoy wildlife and natural scenery in this ride up the Vermilion River, where you'll see working marinas and boatyards. Touring down river learn the history behind the home port of many steam fish tugs and beautiful Lagoon homes. This 50 minute tour includes a short trek onto Lake Erie. For information, call 440.967.7910.