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.
Take a walk a through town with a friendly guide from Ritter Public Library who will share fascinating stories of old Vermilion. Meet at the library, weather permitting. Tours are free and open to anyone. Visit Ritter Public Library for more information.
2017 Schedule: Saturday, July 1 | 9:30am, Monday, July 10 | 2:30pm
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.
Monday, Wednesday & Sunday: 1–4pm | Saturday 11am–2pm
727 Grand Street | 440.967.4555
Admission: Donation $3.00 | Children free with adult
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.
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.
Open daily noon–6pm, weather permitting. The beach and Shore Thing are located at the foot of Main Street (Route 60).
Shop for home-produced products, crafts, and locally grown produce. Each week features a special event, from Touch-a-Truck to a Barbershop Quartet! After you explore the market, make sure to head to downtown Vermilion to discover the goods and treasures our merchants have to offer.
Saturdays, June 24–September 9 | 10am–2pm
The Market is held in Victory Park, rain or shine.
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!
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.
4920 Liberty Avenue | 440.967.4237
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
Feel the beat and drum the sun down with a new circle of friends. Bring your own drum...even an oatmeal box will do! All ages welcome (If it's raining, meet in the gazebo at Victory Park). Free, fun and totally funky!
June 2 | July 13 | August 10 | September 14 | 7:30pm
Main Street Beach is located at the foot of Main Street in Downtown Vermilion.
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
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.
June 5–September 3
Mondays & Fridays, 8:30am at Main Street Beach
Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30am at Firefly Beach Resort
Thursdays, 7:30pm at Linwood Beach
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.
Friday, July 21: The Secret Life of Pets (PG)
Friday, July 28: Storks (PG)
Friday, August 4: The Angry Birds Movie (PG)
Friday, August 11: The Lego Batman Movie (PG)
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.
August 5 | 10am–3pm
Just Add Water
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
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
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.