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7 Things to do In Catawba Island and Port Clinton

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In need of a vacation, but don’t want to leave Ohio? Ohio offers a variety of premier vacation destinations, including the beautiful Catawba Island and city of Port Clinton. When it comes to planning a trip to Port Clinton or Catawba Island, there’s plenty to do, whether you’re a history buff, enjoy craft beer, or just love to explore. With so many attractions and travel options, it can be difficult to sort through and find all of Ohio’s hidden gems. So, we’re here to bring you a list of our top 7 things to do in Catawba Island and Port Clinton, Ohio this season!

Catawba Island State Park


Get ready for some beautiful sites, as Catawba Island State Park is known for its coastal-like charm and waterfront views. Whether you’re enjoying a swim along Lake Erie, looking for the perfect fishing spot or camping out in nature, Catawba Island State Park is a location you want to add to your Ohio bucket list.

Port Clinton Lighthouse Tons of history is found at the Port Clinton Lighthouse, making it a stop well worth your time. The structure was built in 1896 and remained active for 30 years, serving as a beacon for boats in the harbor. After a huge remodel from 2010-2014, the lighthouse now stands as a landmark that you can visit. Be sure to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the harbor!


African Safari Wildlife Park


In need of a change of scenery? Then Port Clinton’s African Safari Wildlife Park is the destination for you. Coined as “THE Ohio Safari Park”, the African Safari Wildlife Park is your chance to get up close and personal with Africa’s most beautiful animals. When visiting, you can choose to drive-thru or walk, making it an easy stop during your summer travels. For extra fun, we recommend the Giraffe Encounter (if you like Giraffes, of course).

Jet Express

Jet Express


All aboard! The Jet Express is your ticket off the mainland and to an island of your choice: Put-in-Bay or Kelley’s Island. Not only is the boat ride scenic and beautiful, but it gives you limitless opportunities on either two islands. Both are known for their rich history, dining spots, beaches and attractions. You’re bound to find a day’s worth of activities on this trip alone.


Dock’s Beach House


Unique dining is something Port Clinton and Catawba Island isn’t lacking. Take a break from your busy day and relax at Dock’s Beach House, a beautiful dining spot that features delicious food and spirits as well as beach access. You’ll come for the food but stay for the view!


Lake Erie Sailing Charters


Time to set sail! Take your next adventure on the water with Lake Erie Sailing Charters. There’s nothing quite like setting off on a sailboat. Plus, Lake Erie Sailing Charters has boats of all sizes at varying rates. Bring the whole family along for an unforgettable experience or sail on your own. Either way, you won’t regret it.


Twin Oast Brewing


We saved the best for last! You’re probably tired, thirsty and hungry from a busy day. Twin Oast Brewing is the perfect spot to enjoy an Ohio made beer in a beautiful location. Every brew is created mindfully and with finesse. Whether you like a hoppy IPA or a strong stout, there’s an option for everyone! And because we know you can’t survive on beer alone, there is a full menu of delicious food items to pair with your craft drink.


We hope you were able to discover some of Port Clinton and Catawba Island’s unique locations! Add them to your seasonal activities and be sure to wander about and discover. This area has even more to offer than we mentioned here, and the best way to find beautiful places is by getting out into the world!



Frequently Asked Questions About Catawba Island & Port Clinton


What Is Catawba Island known for?


Catawba Island, Ohio boasts a rich history and is known for it’s beautiful parks and natural areas, specifically Catawba Island State Park. Catawba Island also is known for it’s beautiful peach orchards and vineyards, plus a wide array of dining options.


What is Port Clinton Best For?


Port Clinton, which is home to miles of scenic Lake Eric shorelines, is known for a variety of fun attractions, including world-classing fishing, boating, and beaches. Port Clinton is also home to many different shopping and entertainment options, including weekly festivals and events.


Do you have to take a ferry to get to Catawba Island?


Catawba Island while an island by name, you are not required to take a ferry to visit and enjoy all Catawba Island has to offer.



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