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Be a part of the sixth annual Vermilion Beach Market at Sherod Park on Friday, August 5 (3 pm to 8 pm) and Saturday, August 6 (9 am to 4 pm), 2022. Shop by the beach from over 90 vendors for vintage, shabby and chic decor including furniture, architectural salvage.

Devoted, dedicated animal lovers are ready to pamper your small pooch while you're at work or away for the day. Our doggy daycare center offers a fun, clean and safe environment with all the comforts of home and a large dog park. Book a one-time visit, or setup a regular schedule.

Chalk it Up! will return on August 6, 2022 in Vermilion, Ohio. Main Street Vermilion is looking forward to the return of Chalk it Up!, a display of beautiful chalk creations by local artists. Visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org closer to summer for complete details on how you can participate as an artist or simply enjoy as a spectator. Watch as the roads and walks in Vermilion fill up with bright chalk drawings created by local artistic talent.

For the past few years, the number of people involved in paddle sports in Vermilion, including kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up-paddle boarding (SUP), has been increasing. While this change is certainly positive, unfortunately law enforcement reports in Ohio have also indicated an increase in paddle sport accidents.

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.

Treat your best friend to an hour or two at Vermilion, Ohio's private dog park. Book the spot through Sniffspot.com to enjoy a private dog park experience. The best experiences and fun for you and your dog, the 2 acre dog park is designed for the ultimate safe dog exercise. Safe, private space to help you minimize distractions or triggers and maximize time with your dog.

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce presents “Live at the Lighthouse” Summer Sunday Concert Series (formerly Concerts in the Park). Come and celebrate the summer in Vermilion with free outdoor concerts at the Lighthouse at Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Bring your favorite lawn chair and snack.

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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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