Ashtabula City & Historic Harbor

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Too Chilly

To Jump In the Lake?

No Problem!  Visit Lake Shore Park in Ashtabula any time of year where the Lake Erie views will still make you jump for joy!

Historic Ashtabula Harbor has come a long way since its days of saloons, brothels and unloading ships with shovels and wheelbarrows.  In the 1800s, this busy port grew exponentially with the completion of the railroads and transformed the ore and coal trade through the Harbor.  The story is best told at the Ashtabula Maritime Museum, in the former light keeper's house at Point Park overlooking the historic region.  

The iconic Bascule Lift Bridge, spanning the Ashtabula River, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is one of the few still functioning in the country, and lifts every half-hour to accommodate boat traffic.  The Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum immerses visitors in the area's very strong anti-slavery movement.  

Today, the historical buildings come to life with unique shops and boutiques, but it is the food that most come to enjoy.  Bridge Street has become synonymous with food that will make your mouth water.  Think of your favorite meal and kick it up a notch.  Briquettes is smoking some of the best BBQ on the north coast, Hilmak Seafoods features fresh catches to eat in or prepare at home, and even the old butcher shop has been reborn as Rennick Meat Market, where the steaks melt in your mouth.  

Ashtabula is full of hidden gems.  The longest covered bridge in the United States is located at Indian Trails Park.  Be entertained with talent and creativity at the Ashtabula Arts Center and their summertime Straw Hat Theater.  In the fall, don't miss Brant's Apple Orchard who has hit a sweet note with their fresh apple cider slushies.  Lakeshore Park hosts Lights on the Lake, a drive-through holiday light display that has become a holiday tradition for many families.  The park's special events span the calendar year giving you every reason to visit!  




      • Maritime-Museum

        Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum

        Memorial Day - August: Fri, Sat, Sun; September:  Sat & Sun Only.  Open Noon-5:00 pm. 

        Tours are available year-round by appointment.  

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        1071 Walnut Boulevard Ashtabula Harbor, OH 44004
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        Ashtabula Township Park-Lakeshore Park

        Ashtabula Township's most popular & beautiful park directly on Lake Erie. Lakeshore Park offers plenty of summer fun for the entire family from Memorial weekend until the end of September with lots of events and amenities!

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        1700 East 1st Street Ashtabula, OH 44004
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      • Bascule Bridge_ash


        A casual yet elegant chef owned, modern American restaurant featuring local and seasonal ingredients, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list. Online reservations are available via our Facebook page or Google listing

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        1006 Bridge St. Ashtabula Harbor, OH 44004
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        Bridge Street Art Works

        Art Works, retail shop and gallery co-op, located in the Ashtabula Harbor District. OPEN ALL YEAR Tues-Sat 11-5 pm. Sun 11-3 pm. Tourist friendly. Closed Monday's

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        1009 Bridge Street Ashtabula Harbor, OH 44004
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      • Briquettes

        Briquettes Smokehouse LLC

        Socially responsible, community based restaurant on the river, specializing in In-House Smoked Meats, Craft Bears, and Unique House Cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday's

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        405 Morton Dr Ashtabula Harbor, OH 44004
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