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Erie Shore Wave Runners has officially partnered with Oasis Marinas. One of the leading marina management companies in the US, Oasis Marinas has recently expanded to the Great Lakes and taken over operations at Port Lorain and North Coast Harbor in Cleveland. Erie Shore Wave Runners has been invited to establish an attraction on their property at Port Lorain.

Join the Tree Trotter More To Explore Hike & Run Challenge at Lorain County Metro Parks. Walk, hike, or run ahead of those holiday pounds and finish 2020 strong! 75 days to walk, hike, jog or run as many miles on any Lorain County Metro Parks trail as possible. Register for free at https://www.loraincountymetroparks.com/whats-happening to get started and receive a few suggested course maps.

Ritter Public Library presents Bob Durante in his Halloween Magic show Friday, October 23, 2020 from 10 am to 10:30 am. These magical tricks will be a treat with an added message about Halloween Safety. You can access the show live via Zoom using the link below, or you can enjoy a recorded version later via the Library's website. Use the attached printables so you can make some magic at home.

The Friends of Ritter Public Library have reopened the ongoing book sale. Donations for items in the sale will be accepted in the Friends donation box across from the Circulation Desk. Ritter is unable to offer change at this time. Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion. Call (440) 967-3798 for more information.

Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and provided updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other state initiatives. On Tuesday, Governor DeWine cautioned that the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases indicates that significant numbers of infections are likely this winter unless citizens take steps to mitigate and control the spread of the virus.

Harbourtown Fine Arts Center in downtown Vermilion, Ohio is holding a "Renovation Raffle" to raise funds to begin some of the renovations to the old Town Hall building. The drawing will be December 1st, just in time for your holiday shopping. The first prize is $300; second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. Tickets are $5 each! Winner need not be present.

Governor DeWine released Ohio's updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 29 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Level 3): Adams, Butler, Clark, Cuyahoga, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Licking, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Montgomery, Muskingum, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Stark, Summit, Scioto, Union, and Warren.

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Discover Vermilion Ohio


Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion


Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches


Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach


Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse


The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation


Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events


Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie


The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks


Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination


Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History


History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."

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