Destination guide

Fine fishing on Lake Erie

Those passionate about fishing may have heard of Port Clinton, because it’s known as the Walleye Capital of the World. The prospect of catching these freshwater fish is just one of the reasons to come here, though. This community is perched on the cusp of Lake Erie, Ohio, and the wide shoreline draws in droves of vacationers eager to take a dip in the waters, show off their windsurfing skills, or just simply lie back on a patch of sand and let the sun do its thing. You’ll also be well placed for adrenaline-pumping thrills, with Cedar Point amusement park just a half hour’s drive away.

Things to do

Family adventures near Port Clinton

Port Clinton vacation rentals don’t just give you easy access to the idyllic waters of Lake Erie. You and your family can also head over to African Safari Wildlife Park, which will bring you up close and personal to some staggering, exotic animals. Imagine being able to feed a camel, or pet a giraffe – that’s just some of the exploits on offer at the park, which also puts on educational animal shows involving formidable creatures like a 6-foot long python. Meanwhile, there’s natural beauty to explore at Catawba Island State Park, while a drive to Cedar Point will be rewarded by dozens of thrill-rides, as well as a wet and wild water park.


Taking to the lake in Port Clinton

Lake Erie is one of the 5 Great Lakes of North America, so you’ll definitely want to give it some quality time after you’ve settled into your Port Clinton vacation rental. Fishing is one of the biggest pursuits in this neck of the woods, and there are plenty of companies offering tours on Lake Erie. You can simply clamber aboard a walk-on vessel with your fellow fishing fanatics, or really push the boat out with a private charter, with an experienced captain providing refreshments and taking you to the best spots. Then, why not stroll through downtown Port Clinton, with its quaint boutiques and artisan shops?


Year-round getaways in Port Clinton

The best time to book one of the Port Clinton vacation rentals is in the period falling between April and October. This is when the area comes alive with vactioners looking to lap up Ohio’s great outdoors, take to the lake, and visit one of the nearby islands using the speedy ferry services. That said, it’s also worth considering a visit in the fall and winter seasons – it’ll be far quieter, but you can take advantage of better rates on accommodation and fishing trips, while you can even try your hand at some good old fashioned ice fishing too.

Natural features

Island-hopping near Port Clinton

A visit to Port Clinton is all about soaking up the natural grandeur of Lake Erie and the surrounding landscape – whether that means hiking through parklands or going for a swim at Port Clinton City Beach. While Lake Erie may seem intimidatingly vast, one of the most enjoyable ways to take it in is with a ferry ride to South Bass Island, which is synonymous with the village of Put-in-Bay. It’s known for its nightlife, but the island also features a natural wonder, Crystal Cave, which is the world’s largest geode and glimmers with other-worldly minerals.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Port Clinton

Fly into Toledo, OH (TOL-Toledo Express), the closest airport, located 45.2 mi (72.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Port Clinton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 426 vacation rentals near Port Clinton. From 187 Condos/Apartments to 41 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Port Clinton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Port Clinton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Port Clinton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • African Safari Wildlife Park: 504 vacation rentals
  • Island Adventures Family Fun Center: 503 vacation rentals
  • Liberty Aviation Museum: 503 vacation rentals
  • Fisherman's Wharf: 441 vacation rentals
  • Monsoon Lagoon Water Park: 506 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Clinton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Port Clinton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 187 Condos/Apartments in Port Clinton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Port Clinton include:

  • Cabins: 41 rentals available
  • Houses: 159 rentals available
  • Cottages: 41 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Port Clinton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 255 vacation rentals with pool available in Port Clinton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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