Activities & Attractions: Lorain County

Allen Memorial Art Museum
The AMAM's collection consists of more than 15,000 objects. / Photo: Allen Memorial Art Museum

Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM)
Located on the campus of Oberlin College, this museum consistently ranks among the top academic art museums in the U.S. for its collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, Japanese woodblock prints and paintings by such 20th-century artists as Cézanne, Picasso and Monet. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm (87 N. Main Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.775.8665;

Altitude Trampoline Park
With over 25,000 square feet of indoor trampolines, a rock wall, foam pits, dodgeball courts, gymnastics tumble tracks and more, Altitude is the perfect place for family fun, birthday parties and just plain bouncing off the walls. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10am-8pm, Fri. 10am-10pm, Sat. 9am-10pm and Sun. 11am-8pm. (110 Market Drive, Elyria 44035; 440.281.9999;

Amherst Sandstone Village
The octagonal barn at Amherst's Sandstone Village is one of approximately twelve in the entire state. / Photo: Amherst Historical Society

Amherst Historical Society & Sandstone Village
Learn about the town’s history of almost two centuries of sandstone quarrying and visit 17 different buildings and structures depicting life in the 1800s through early 1900s. The Village includes a working blacksmith shop, fire station museum, octagonal barn, chapel, school house, train caboose and even a three-seat outhouse! Call for museum hours. (113 South Lake Street, Amherst 44001; 440.988.7255;

Black River Landing
The Lorain Port Authority offers a number of recreational amenities at this popular dog-friendly waterfront park, including walking paths, picnic tables and pavilions, and a summer concert series. It’s also the site of the Lorain Station 100 Historical Marker and Reflective Garden, commemorating one of the final stops along the Underground Railroad. Many fugitive slaves passed through Lorain on their way to freedom in Canada. (319 Black River Lane, Lorain 44052; 440.204.2269;

Black River Reservation
With almost a half-million visitors each year, this is one of Lorain County’s most popular parks. The Bridgeway Trail, featuring a 1,000-foot bridge across the Black River, and the Steel Mill Trail together offer 5.5 miles of a paved all-purpose path following the Black River as it meanders from Elyria to Lorain. The reservation also features three separate picnic areas. Open 8am to sunset daily. (1750 Ford Road, Elyria 44035; 440.458.5121;

Cascade Park
Inside this 135-acre park, just minutes from downtown Elyria, the east and west branches of the Black River converge and cascade over Berea Sandstone. A paved trail leads to views of two scenic waterfalls and connects the park’s two inclusive playgrounds. In winter, the park is a popular sledding spot. Open 8am-sunset daily. (387 Furnace Street, Elyria 44035; 440.323.9238;

Common Ground Canopy Tours
This aerial bridge is part of the zipline tour through the Vermilion River Valley. / Photo: Common Ground Canopy Tours

Common Ground Canopy Tours
At the Common Ground Cindy Nord Center for Renewal, adrenaline-inducing zipline tours take visitors (ages 10 and up) into the treetops of the Vermilion River Valley with seven ziplines, two spiral staircases, two aerial bridges, one unique floating staircase, and a final rappel at the end. (14240 Baird Road, Oberlin 44074; 440.707.2044;

Hickories Museum
Take a tour of The Hickories, a late-1800s mansion built by Elyria entrepreneur Arthur Garford—the inventor of the first padded bicycle seat! The home’s interior features Tiffany-style windows, six fireplaces, carved faces and a private chapel. Contact the Lorain County Historical Society for tour hours. (509 Washington Avenue, Elyria 44035; 440.322.3341;

Lakeview Park And Beach
This lakeside recreational park is known for its Historical Rose Garden, spectacular sunsets and views of the Lorain Lighthouse and a variety of recreational opportunities—from swimming to lawn bowling to beach volleyball. Open sunrise-11pm daily. (1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain 44052; 440.245.1193;

Lorain Harbor Lighthouse
The Lorain Harbor Lighthouse is open for tours and sunset wine dinners during the summer months. / Photo: Rona Proudfoot

Lorain Harbor Lighthouse
Voted six times as Best Lighthouse on Lake Erie by Lake Erie Living magazine, Lorain’s “Jewel of the Port” is open for tours and Sunset Wine Dinners during the summer months as well as special occasions throughout the year. The lighthouse is reachable only by boat. (440.326.1968;

Lorain Historical Society
The Lorain Historical Society, housed at the Carnegie Center (named for Andrew Carnegie, whose Building Foundation helped fund its construction in 1903) offers tours at the Center as well as at the Moore House Museum down the street. At the Carnegie Center, you’ll also find the Children’s History Room featuring interactive replicas of Lorain landmarks including the historic Bascule Bridge and a lake freighter. (329 W. 10th Street, Lorain 44052; 440.245.2563;

Oberlin Heritage Center Monroe House
Tour the Monroe House, originally owned by Civil War hero Giles Shurtleff, commander of the first black regiment in Ohio, and then longtime home of James Monroe—a voting-rights advocate, friend of Frederick Douglass and five-term U.S. Congressman. Tours focus on Oberlin’s historic role in the Underground Railroad, abolition, coeducation, integration and women’s rights. Tours given Tues., Thurs. and Sat. 10:30am and 1:30pm. (73 S. Professor Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.774.1700;

Underground Railroad & Abolitionist History Walk
The famed Underground Railroad blazed several paths through Lorain County, and the town of Oberlin was a major stop. The Oberlin Heritage Center offers guided walks highlighting the historic buildings and landmarks, including the Westwood Cemetery, that tell the story of Oberlin’s involvement in the anti-slavery movement. (20 West Vine Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.774.1700;