Attractions in Amherst, Ohio

by Lori Wallace-Roberts

Located in Lorain County in northeastern Ohio, the city of Amherst is a historic jewel with plenty to see and do. Although it's often overshadowed by larger vacation spots in the area, such as the Lake Erie Islands and Cedar Point amusement park, Amherst offers a multitude of favorites that are a must for locals and tourists.

Lodging and Campgrounds

Relax and rejuvenate at the 5 Corners Bed and Breakfast (5cornersbnb.com), a quaint inn located in downtown Amherst. Ease your stress with a stay in its charming guest rooms and start your day off right with a homemade breakfast in the dining room. For an additional expense, choose from an assortment of decadent specialty packages focusing on the luxuries of romance or wine. If the outdoors are more your taste, visit the Timber Ridge Campground (timberridgecamping.com), an enjoyable place for the whole family. Kids will spend their time in the game room and indoor pool, while parents will appreciate the serenity of getting away from it all. In addition, the campground features an array of specialty events and activities throughout the year.

Theaters

Go back in time and watch a newly released movie at the Amherst Cinema (amherstcinema.com), an old-fashioned theater in downtown Amherst featuring one screen. With reasonable pricing and small lines, the Amherst Cinema will provide a charming, historical ambiance and a first-rate experience. Visit the Workshop Players Theater (workshopplayers.com), for a one-of-a-kind cultural experience in an arena-style setting, which features seating on all four sides of the stage. The theater has been entertaining guests for more than 50 years and is the oldest arena-style theater in Ohio. Check local listings to determine what's playing when you visit -- you never know if you'll enjoy a rousing musical or a dramatic murder-mystery.

Historical Areas

Visit the Sandstone Museum, lovingly run by the Amherst Historical Society (amhersthistoricalsociety.org), for a glimpse at the sandstone center of the world. Take a walk through the 11 buildings on-site, such as the Quigley Museum, which is an architectural marvel in sandstone. Step back in time and watch the volunteers at the blacksmith shop create unique hand-forged pieces. Take a walk down Main Street (mainstreetamherst.org), which has been named an official Ohio Main Street Community, to see the revitalization that has been made possible through a partnership with Heritage Ohio, whose goal is not only to preserve the rich history, but also to improve the area for residents and tourists.

Shopping

Shop until you drop, or until you have no money left, at Jamie's Flea Market (jamiesfleamarket.com), the largest flea market in northeast Ohio. Tempt yourself in the 600 booths, both inside and outside, and whose vendors carry everything from collectibles to antiques. If you're a wine aficionado, stop by Richard's Wine Cellar, voted one of the top five wine cellars in the area. Choose from a large assortment of wines, such as Merlot or Chardonnay, at the only wine cellar in Lorain County.

About the Author

Lori Wallace-Roberts began writing in 1995, specializing in lifestyle topics. Her articles have appeared online, as well as in the National Correctional Industries Association newsletter. Wallace-Roberts attended Columbus State Community College.