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What to do with kids on Kelleys Island

By Laura Johnston | June 19, 2018

Bring your bikes to Kelleys Island. The largest of Ohio’s Lake Erie islands, Kelleys offers 30 miles of winding, open roads to cruise. So you can check out the glacial grooves, state park and hiking trails at your leisure. Don’t do what I did: make your kids scooter 3.6 miles from the Kelleys Island Ferry…

All you need to know for a summer family adventure at Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island

By Laura Johnston | June 18, 2018

The 20-somethings can have downtown Put-in-Bay, with its tiki bars and pool party bacchanalia. Families can claim the rest of South Bass Island as an idyllic summer adventure. The most populated of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands, South Bass is a sundae of Americana, with a cherry on top. We’re talking three generations sharing a golf…

Try dragon boating this summer with the Cleveland Dragon Boat Association

By Laura Johnston | June 8, 2018

Ever seen a dragon boat? The boat is 40 feet long and 600 pounds, with the head and tail of a dragon, a hull painted with scales and 20 paddles representing claws. The sport, which began as an ancient Chinese ritual, is trending all over the world. “I like the camaraderie, and it’s a great…

11 Lake Erie shirts we love. Because we all need a new one for summer, right?

By Laura Johnston | June 6, 2018

In Ohio, we have a thing for vintage-looking shirts. T-shirts or hoodies, with jeans or shorts, we wear them to proclaim our pride — in our sports teams and our cities. As G.V. Artworks puts it, “CleveLAND that we love.” Which is why we obviously all need a Lake Erie shirt for the summer. Or…

Where to race a triathlon on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | June 5, 2018

Kelly Myers has run a lot of half marathons, and a few marathons. She tried a duathlon, thinking it would be a little kinder on her body. “Then you go and see the real athletes are doing the swimming leg, so now I feel like that would be kind of fun,” said Myers, 52, of…

7 Lake Erie beaches with lifeguards on duty

By Laura Johnston | May 31, 2018

It’s June! And the beaches are open for swimming — even though the water is still chilly. RocktheLake collected a few area beaches with lifeguards. Take a look! Lakeview Park, Lorain: Lifeguards are on duty noon-6 p.m. Lakeview Park and Beach Huntington Beach, Bay Village: Lifeguards on duty 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 2-Sunday, Aug.…

Where can you rent a Jet Ski on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | May 23, 2018

What’s more fun that flying through Lake Erie waves on a Jet Ski? Or a Sea Doo, or Waverunner, or whatever. Let’s talk personal watercraft here. See what’s new with Sea-Doos in a video here. The sun on your face, your hair blowing everywhere, your music pumping as you rev up to The speeds of…

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes all: Things to do in the Ohio private community

By Laura Johnston | May 18, 2018

All are welcome in Lakeside Chautauqua. All can participate in the community’s myriad activities, from art classes to shuffleboard. The 1-square-mile private community, which was just named one of the 10 best little beach towns on the Great Lakes, draws 150,000 visitors each year to the shores of Lake Erie. It has a gate fee…

How to handle crossing the U.S.-Canadian border on a boat in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | May 9, 2018

So you want to boat from the United States to Canada? There’s no markers separating Canadian waters from American in Lake Erie. You can cross the invisible boundary line on your boat, no problem. But you must report to customs when you dock or drop anchor in the waters of the other country. (I once…

6 ways to play after work at North Coast Harbor this summer

By Laura Johnston | April 25, 2018

Looking to get active on the lakeshore? Cleveland’s front porch, North Coast Harbor, offers sports nearly every weeknight this summer. And many of them are free! You can get in shape for your first 5K, get zen doing yoga on the grass of Voinovich Park, play volleyball with your pals or even toss a Bocce…