Incorporated in 1891 and embraced by the rocky limestone coast of the great Lake Erie, Marblehead is a thriving small town characteristic of true Americana. We are rich in history with a strong, diverse Eastern European culture. Our picturesque setting, friendly people, quaint shops and restful nature beckons travelers seeking to escape the chaos of big cities and bright lights.

Marblehead is within the Lake Erie Shores & Islands tourism area. Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the Midwest's hottest, most exciting vacation destination.

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  • A parade down Main Street ...
  • A lighthouse that still guides sailors ...
  • Endless blue water caressing the shore ...
  • Festivals and events ...
  • The rarest daisies in the world ...
  • Unique shops, service businesses and gracious innkeepers ...
  • Museums and historic sites ...
  • Shaded streets, fresh flowers and carefully kept cottages ...
  • Home-cooked food in charming restaurants ...
  • and such good neighbors ... just like we all remember!

Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter ... We welcome you to Marblehead for a leisurely visit or for a lifetime!

Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, the area offers all the calm and relaxation of a coastal vacation as well as many exciting and diverse amusements to please the whole family.  From amusement parks, to museums, to watersports, to natural areas and more - everyone will find a great reason to...Explore the Shore Next Door!

Marblehead Is One Of The Best Places To Visit In Ohio

"Another interesting place to visit in Ohio is Marblehead, which is a small town that overlooks Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. Expect to find plenty of cute stores and restaurants, as well as tourists looking for a much-needed break from city life. You can go fishing and boating on the waterways here when the weather is warm and even take a tour of the Marblehead Lighthouse, which was built back in 1821." Trips To Discover

Shop, Dine, Stay & Play

Crisp blue water, a lighthouse beacon shimmering in the night, small town charm, historic landmarks, a quaint waterfront village, picture perfect sunrises, hometown restaurants, friendly pubs, unique gifts,  a perfect family vacation, the ideal romantic getaway. In our town, there is something for everyone. Shop, dine, stay and play in beautiful Marblehead, Ohio.

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Village of Marblehead Government

It is the mission of the Village of Marblehead to provide fair and accessible government to its residents, to provide beneficial services within the scope of the budget, to enhance the quality of life in the Village through beautification programs, and to ensure that residents and visitors alike continue to experience a safe and enjoyable environment.

Every Season Is In Season In Marblehead

From small town parades, to grand celebrations, there's always something to do in Marblehead, Ohio. The Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is a peninsula-wide festival that includes a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. Visit the Marblehead Village Farmer's Market seasonally for fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit and homemade items. Head to Marblehead in May for the annual Daisy 5K Run/Walk on the very scenic natural habitat and daisy trail. Enjoy live music throughout downtown Marblehead at the annual Marblehead Music Fest. Don't miss Christmas in July at East Harbor State Park, also home to the Annual Conservation Day each August. The yearly Halupki Festival, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, takes place in August. The Halloween Campout is so popular it's held two weekends in a row in October. Seasonal celebrations continue in Winter with events such as Village Lights. Visit the Village of Marblehead Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Every season is in season in Marblehead, Ohio.

Play In Our Parks

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park offers excellent picnicking and views of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island and South Bass Island. Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve protects the only natural United States population of the Lakeside Daisy, a threatened plant which only occurs naturally at a handful of sites. Lake Point Park is a serene picnic area with grills, a bridge crossing a delightful stream and access to both quarry and the lake. Ohio’s 1,831-acre East Harbor State Park, located on the shores of Lake Erie has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. The 150-acre Great Egret Marsh Preserve boasts classic Lake Erie marshland, blanketed each summer with water lotus and teeming with wildlife.

Swim At Our Beaches

East Harbor State Park Beach is open dawn to dusk, is free to the public, and also features walking trails, a bike path and camping. The 15.9-acre Mazurik Access Area is located on the north side of Marblehead Peninsula just west of Lakeside and features a small beach composed of large cobble and shell fragments. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and other species of wildlife found in the park’s scenic wetlands.

Marblehead Ohio Parks & Beaches

The Best Small Town In Ohio

"Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Marblehead is a charming town with breathtaking views of Sandusky Bay. Its main street is the epitome of small-town America, as shops and businesses line the quaint streets. Residents are even greeted by parades down Main Street on special occasions and events. The Marblehead Lighthouse is another noteworthy draw to the waterfront town. Additionally, the East Harbor State Park allows you to get close to the shores of Lake Erie while also enjoying the small town vibes from Marblehead." - Insider

The Most Charming Place In Ohio

"Few people probably realize that Ohio is also home to some stunning coastal towns, where life is slow-paced, the fishing is excellent and the seafood is scrumptious. If we had to pick the most charming coastal town in the state, it would have to be Marblehead. This gorgeous little town is worthy of a day trip or weekend getaway year-round."  - ONLY IN YOUR STATE

One Of The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Ohio

"Founded in 1891 and nestled on the tip of the scenic Marblehead Peninsula, the charming village of Marblehead boasts beautiful views out over Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay and a true slice of small town Americana. Thanks to its enviable location and laid back lakeside ambience, Marblehead is something of a draw for visitors hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of the city with plenty of activities for holidaymakers from fishing and boating to cute store and local restaurants. The town is also home to Marblehead Lighthouse, which, built in 1821, is Great Lakes’ oldest continuously operating lighthouse and is open for tours in summertime." -

1 Of 11 Charming Waterfront Towns

"At the tip of the scenic Marblehead Peninsula the charming town of Marblehead features the iconic Marblehead Lighthouse, beautiful views of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay and boating culture. The lighthouse is the Great Lakes' oldest continuously operating lighthouse and is open for tours during the summer." - ONLY IN YOUR STATE

1 Of 10 Most Beautiful Small Towns In Ohio

"This tiny town has around a thousand residents who perpetually enjoy the beauty that this town has to offer. The town is located on Marblehead Peninsula, which separates Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay. Although there are few permanent residents here, there is a constant flow of visitors who want to enjoy the surroundings of the town and the lake! There is plenty to see here, including Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse in the Great Lakes, and Dempsey Wildlife Area. The wilderness around the town provides the chance for visitors and locals to go fishing, boating, hiking, and just about any other outside activity you can imagine!" - Attractions of America

Best Lake Erie Beach For A Relaxing Getaway Any Time Of Year

"You can drive or take the ferry to this peninsular Ohio state park. East Harbor offers a 1,500-foot sand beach amid its vibrant wetlands, home to painted turtles, red foxes, and great blue herons. Plus, there’s disc golf." - Travel & Leisure

Take A Step Back In Time

The Village of Marblehead is steeped in history. The first War of 1812 battle on Ohio soil was fought here when about 60 exhausted citizen soldiers were ambushed by about 130 Indians on September 29. Nearby Johnson’s Island Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place for 206 Confederate officers. The Keeper’s House, the oldest surviving home in Ottawa County, was built in 1822 by the keeper of the nearby Marblehead Lighthouse, Benjamin Wolcott. A second Keeper’s House is located next to the lighthouse. Marblehead Lighthouse, in operation since 1822, is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse on the Great Lakes. The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society Museum displays photographs and artifacts relating to the history of the lighthouse and Marblehead. A replica of the lifesaving station that once protected the waters off the Marblehead Peninsula features an authentic lifesaving boat and additional exhibits.

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Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society is a non-profit organization formed to establish a museum for the preservation of the history of this unique village on the shores of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay, with a special interest in its historic Marblehead Lighthouse.

Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library

The Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library, located at 710 West Main Street in Marblehead, consist of children, teen, and adult popular collections; a reading area; public computers; and a meeting room. The meeting room is also used for library story time, book discussions, and other programs. Special events and programs include movies, yoga, walking tours, crafts, and more. Free wifi is also offered.

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A place where time moves a little slower, loved ones feel a little closer and there's a Great Lake between you and your worries. From island hopping to birdwatching, record-breaking roller coasters to water parks, wineries to dockside dining, plus hidden gems that keep the fun going all year long. However you like to coast – you'll find it here.

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