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Lorain County

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==Cities==
 
 
*[[Amherst (Ohio)|Amherst]]
[[Image:Lorain-County-Map.jpg|right]]
*[[Avon (Ohio)|Avon]]
*[[Avon Lake]]
*Brighton
*Brownhelm
*Carlisle
*Columbia Station
*Eaton Estates
*[[Elyria (Ohio)|Elyria]]
*Grafton
*Huntington
*Kipton
*LaGrange
*[[Lorain]]
*New Russia*[[North Ridgeville (Ohio)|North Ridgeville]]
*[[Oberlin]]
*Penfield *Rochester*Sheffield*[[Sheffield Lake*South Amherst]]
*[[Vermilion (Ohio)|Vermilion]] part of.
*[[Wellington (Ohio)|Wellington]]
*'''Lake Erie Shipwrecks''' Lake Erie has over 1700 shipwrecks [http://www.ohioshipwrecks.org], of which only approximately 277 have been found and salvaged, or located by divers and remain on the bottom. Over 6000 shipwrecks are known to have occurred Great Lakes-wide, with Lake Erie claiming the most at 1700. Lorain's offshore waters hold some of the best wrecks for diving in Lake Erie. Popular destination shipwrecks offshore of the Lorain area include: Morning Star, City of Concord, Courtland, Hickory Stick, Sarah Sheldon, Ivanhoe, Craftsman, Alva B, John Pridgeon Jr., and the Duke Luedtke just to mention a few. (Dave Kelch, Ohio State University Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant)
*'''[[Back Roads and Beaches Bike and Multi-Sport Route]]''' [http://www.backroadsandbeachesohio.com] Miles of rolling, rural roads with beautiful scenery ranging from farmland and forest to the nautical flavor of the Lake Erie Shoreline. The route provides the most scenic and low traffic routes that lead riders through some of Ohio's best landscape. It also highlights some of the area's most relevant history, culture, arts and cutting-edge environmental initiatives. The BRaB tour only highlights eateries that feature locally grown produce, organics, healthy choices and spectacular outdoor views of natural areas. The route travels through several small towns and cities in Lorain County. The tour is popular with both touring cyclists as well as training athletes and triathletes. The tour features abundant Underground Railroad history as well as six wineries and a number of art galleries along the way.
Mileage and Terrain: Most of the route is relatively flat with a few rolling sections. You will find some challenging climbs in the northwest section, just south of Vermilion.
*'''Black River and Lake Erie Kayaking'''[http://backroadsandbeachesohio.com/2008/07/kayaking-trip-up-black-river-in-lorain.html] [[Image:Kayak2.jpg|thumb|Kayaker on Lake Erie]] Kayakers of all skill levels will be comfortable on the Black River and/or Lake Erie. Lake Erie offers spectacular scenery, birding and up-close views of the Lorain Lighthouse. From here you can kayak on Lake Erie, inside or outside the breakwall.  *'''Mountain Biking''' The almost 10 mile Thorn Mountain Biking trail at Findley State Park has beautiful forested single track with options for beginner to expert. [http://backroadsandbeachesohio.com/2008/10/hit-trail.html]
*'''Mountain Biking''' The almost 10 mile Thorn Mountain Biking trail at Findley State Park has beautiful forested single track with options for beginner to expert.
*'''Cascade Park''' Elyria. Features beautiful twin waterfalls that mark the union of the east and west branches of the Black River. Explore the shale cliffs and natural formations created by the retreat of the Wisconsin glacier over 12,000 years ago.
*'''Lakeview Beach and Park''' On SR 6 in Lorain. Newly restored, this is one of the nicest beaches on Lake Erie with a brand new bathhouse that overlooks Lake Erie and the Lorain Lighthouse. It is one of Lorain County's most picturesque beaches. Historic fountain is lit up at night. [http://www.byways.org/stories/74838]
*'''Lake Erie Central Basin Sport Fishing''' [http://www.visitloraincounty.com/outdoor-adventure-nature/fishing] Sport fishing in Lorain County consists of walleye fishing in Lake Erie, to fishing the numerous tributary streams for trophy steelhead. Walleye are considered [[Image:Fishingboats.jpg|left|thumb|Fishing boats on Lake Erie]]the most-pursued game fish on Lake Erie, and in Lorain County waters, they are caught along Lorain County's rocky nearshore beginning in the spring and continuing through the entire season. Deeper offshore waters offer anglers plenty of walleye action during the summer and fall months, with both trolling and drifting/cast methods being productive. Limit catches and trophy sized fish are trademarks of our Lake Erie waters. The well-known sandbar, located between Lorain and Vermilion, creates a natural habitat for summer and fall walleye, producing many trophy-size walleye in late October and November. Smallmouth bass are plentiful along the entire lenght of Lorain County's rocky shoreline and artificial reef structures, providing fast action from spring through fall. (Dave Kelch, Ohio State University Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant)
*'''Underground Railroad History''' While northern Lorain County established itself as a manufacturing mecca, a tiny town miles to the south put itself on the map for a different reason. Oberlin would come to be known as "The Town that Started the Civil War." Students and faculty of Oberlin College were especially sympathetic to fugitive slaves. Today the college's Underground Railroad sculpture, dramatic railroad tracks that emerge from the ground, is surrounded by a healing garden of flowering and leafed plants used by slaves on their road to freedom. The Oberlin Heritage Center [http://www.oberlinheritage.org] and the Spirit of '76 Museum in Wellington are valuable resources for more on the area's role in the civil War. Throughout Lorain County, churches, cemeteries, historic homes and peaceful parks collectively tell America's story of freedom. "On the Trail to Freedom," is a program developed in 1992 by Visit Lorain County which guides visitors to points of interest on the Underground Railroad. [http://www.visitloraincounty.com/railroad]
[[Image:Franklloydwrightusonian.jpg|thumb|Weltzheimer-Johnson House]]
*'''Allen Memorial Art Museum''' [http://www.oberlin.edu/amam] One of the finest college or university collections in the United States, comprising more than 12,000 works of art from virtually every culture.
==Do==
[[Image:LorainCountyFair.jpg|thumb|Lorain County Fair]]
*<do name="Lorain County Fair" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(440) 647-2781" url="http://www.loraincountyfair.com" hours="August 24th-30th" price="" lat="" long="">The Lorain County Fair offers a fantastic family activity complete with rides, crafts, live music, and their famous demolition derby. You can also take a ride on on old fashion steam train for 15$
</do>
*<do name="Oberlin College" alt="" address="101 N. Professor St., Oberlin, OH 44074" directions="" phone="(440) 775-8411" url="http://www.oberlin.edu/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Oberlin College is one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges and conservatories. Year round the college plays host to a multitude of events, ranging from concerts, to theatre performances, to speakers, and festivals. </do>
*<do name="Splash Zone" alt="" address="95 West Hamilton St., Oberlin, OH 44074" directions="" phone="(440) 774-5059" url="http://www.loraincountymetroparks.com/splash.shtml" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Splash Zone is Lorain County's aquatic complex. With both indoor and outdoor facilities, Splash Zone is open year round. Slides, tot pools, a fitness room, and handicap accessibility make Splash zone a fun time for the whole family. </do>
[[Image:FAVA.jpg|right|thumb|FAVA]]
*<do name="FAVA-Firelands Association for the Visual Arts" alt="" address="87 North Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074" directions="" phone="(440) 775-8665" url="http://www.favagallery.org" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located in downtown Oberlin, the FAVA gallery hosts changing exhibits of high quality visual art year round.</do>
*<do name="Ginko Gallery" alt="" address="19 South Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074" directions="" phone="(440) 774-3117" url="http://www.ginkogallery.net" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Ginko Gallery is a working fiberart studio and gallery in downtown Oberlin, which features the work of over 250 individuals. Local artists can be seen in small studios within Ginko crafting their pieces.</do>
*<do name="Stocker Arts Center" alt="" address="1005 North Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440) 366-4040" url="http://www.lorainccc.edu/stocker+arts+center/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Lorain County Community College's Stocker Center is one of Ohio's top performance and visual arts venues. The center hosts music, theatre, and dance performances, while also featuring gallery exhibitions from students, community members, and professional artists. The center houses a 994-seat theatre, 219-seat lecture hall, smaller theatre, cinema, dance studio, rehearsal hall, and art gallery. </do>
*<do name="Schoeple Garden" alt="" address="Just of State Route 113 on Market Street in Birmingham, OH" directions="" phone="(440) 965-7237" url="http://www.loraincountymetroparks.com/sgarden.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Schoeple Garden, located near the Vermilion River, is composed of 70 acres of beautiful botanical gardens and natural woodland. Guided tours are available. </do>
 
==Eat==
==Sleep==
'''Hotels/Motels'''
*<sleep name="Best Western" alt="" address="636 W. Griswold Rd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)324-5050" url="book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productln-fo.do?propertyCode=36109" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" 636="636" griswold="Griswold" oh="OH"></sleep>
*<sleep name="Camelot Inn" alt="" address="550 Griswold Rd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)324-3232" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Country Inn & Suites" alt="" address="645 Griswold Rd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)324-0099" url="www.countryinns.com/elyriaoh" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Days Inn" alt="" address="934 Leavitt Rd., Amherst, OH 44001" directions="" phone="(440)985-1428" url="www.daysinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Econo Lodge" alt="" address="523 Griswold Rd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)324-3911" url="www.chicehotels.com " checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Elyria Motel" alt="" address="701 Oberlin Rd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)458-5116" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Fairfield Inn & Suites" alt="" address="39050 Colorado Ave., Avon, OH 44011" directions="" phone="(440)934-7445" url="www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cleav-fairfield-inn-and-suites-cleveland-avon" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Inn of Elyria" alt="" address="1825 Lorain Blvd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)324-5411" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Motel 6" alt="" address="704 N. Leavitt Rd., Amherst, OH 44001" directions="" phone="(440)988-3266" url="www.motel6.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Motel 6" alt="" address="32751 Lorain Rd., N. Ridgeville, OH 44039" directions="" phone="(440)327-6311" url="www.motel6.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Oberlin Inn" alt="" address="7 N. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074" directions="" phone="(440)775-1111" url="www.oberlininn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Quality Inn" alt="" address="739 Leona St., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)324-7676" url="www.qualityinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Red Roof Inn & Suites" alt="" address="621 Midway Blvd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)324-4444" url="www.redroof.com/reservations/inn_details.asp?num=659" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Ridge Motel" alt="" address="38043 Center Ridge Rd., N. Ridgeville, OH 44039" directions="" phone="(440)327-0121" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Super 8 Motel" alt="" address="910 Lorain Blvd., Elyria, OH 44035" directions="" phone="(440)323-7488" url="www.super8.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Super 8 Motel " alt="" address="32801 Lorain Rd., N. Ridgeville, OH 44039" directions="" phone="(440)327-0500" url="www.super8.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Value Place" alt="" address="1610 Moore Rd., Avon, OH 44011" directions="" phone="(440)934-1909" url="www.valueplace.com/extended-stay-hotels/locations/ohio/Cleveland-OH-Avon" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Village Inn & Efficiencies" alt="" address="3537 E. Liberty Ave., Vermilion, OH 44089" directions="" phone="(440)967-2341" url="www.villageinnohio.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
 
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