Long before the Conneaut Lake in Pennsylvania became a renowned resort area, it was conspicuously absent from all maps of the region and was discovered only by chance in May, 1791. Wyandots or their allies captured a regional settler Cornelius Van Horn and bound him in a tree near the lake's outlet. He managed to free himself and, as a result, turned out to be the lake's discoverer.
Today's Conneaut Lake is an original combination of rides and attractions of the Conneaut Lake Park, serene and tranquil surroundings, the landmark hotel Conneaut, unique shopping opportunities and savory dining options. The area is remote enough to save its visitors from the city's vanity and all sounds, disturbing the natural peace. All sounds you can hear here are leaves rustling, kids laughing and birds singing.
The Conneaut Lake offers a wide array of relaxing and thrilling outdoor activities from fishing and boating or sunbathing - to water-skiing, para sailing and jet skiing. Water skiing, para sailing and jest skiing are a complete adventure for teens and adults. Frolic kids love to splash in warm waters and build sand castles.
In the north of the Conneaut Lake, there is Pennsylvania's Scenic Route 6, rated among the top ten scenic drives in America by the National Geographic magazine. The route, which runs more than four hundred miles across the northern tier of the state, from the tranquil town of Milford in the east to the town of Corry near the shores of the Lake Erie in the west, is the best way to apprehend all Pennsylvania's grandness and majesty. Along the way, Route 6 passes historic towns, spectacular mountains, prompt streams, deep forests and charming landscapes. The historic Conneaut Cellars Winery, which provides winery tours, tasting and gifts, sits on Route 6.
The Conneaut Lake is an ultimate destination for golfers, as it features three golf clubs - the Park golf Course, Whispering Golf Course and Oakland Beach Golf Club. Campers are also welcome to the area, they can start their most adventurous and scenic trips from the Runamuck Campgrounds, Shadyside Campgrounds or Camperland at the Conneaut Lake Park.
History lovers find it interesting to visit the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society and the Lakeland Museum, located in Dockside at the Conneaut Lake Park. The Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society is situated in the historic Conneaut lake Community Hall and now opens as the Conneaut lake Area Historical Museum with hundreds of artifacts and photographs, revealing a peculiar regional history.
Certainly, the one hundred and fourteen-year-old Conneaut Lake Park is a historic sensation of all the resort area. The park includes rides, the historic Blue Streak wooden roller coaster, pony track, kiddieland, Hotel Conneaut, Elizabeth's Dining Room, Beach Club, Sandy Public Beach and the Convention Hall.
A number of family owned restaurants provide an authentic home atmosphere and generous dinners. These are Mama Bear's Restaurant, famous for the "best homefries USA", and Hetrick's Family Restaurant & Catering, valued for a high quality service.