Lorain County, Ohio is located in the northeast area of the state, on the southern shores of Lake Erie. The county, which is named after the French city of Lorraine, was first settled by Heman Ely. The City of Elyria, which is Lorain County's seat and location of county government offices and courts, was named after Mr. Ely.
The county's most populous area is the City of Lorain, a port town known as "The International City." As of 2012, Lorain Ohio was the tenth most populous city in the state, and is known for its diverse population, festivals, ports, steel mills and historic destinations.
Although Lorain County is home to many notable attractions and landmarks, perhaps its most famous attribute is the historic Oberlin College, which is located in the City of Oberlin. Thanks to its distinguished heritage and renowned curriculum, Oberlin College attracts students from around the country.
In addition to larger cities such as Lorain, Elyria, Oberlin, Avon and North Ridgeville, Lorain County is also home to many smaller townships and villages (which become more prominent in the southern part of the county). Farms and small-town country vistas are abundant in southern Lorain County, and the annual County Fair in Wellington attracts thousands of visitors for livestock shows and attractions.
Local residents take advantage of many different entertainment and recreation venues that are located within driving distance. The City of Cleveland is only about a half hour drive to the east, and the world-famous amusement and roller coaster park Cedar Point is nearby to the west. With casino gambling locations soon to be launched in Cleveland, residents in the area will have even more local recreation options as well.
Although the winter months in northeast Ohio can be harsh, spring and summer are full of plenty of exciting things to do in Lorain County. Lake Erie offers beautiful beaches, boating, fishing and water skiing. The county itself is home to numerous public parks, hiking trails and historic landmarks. The county has plenty of fine dining locations, high-class pubs and sports bars.
The Lorain County Visitors Bureau is dedicated to providing travelers with information on local attractions, recreation and entertainment in the area. Because it is in close proximity to the City of Cleveland and its suburbs, hundreds of thousands of people drive through the area every year. Those who stop to take in the sights and experiences are rarely disappointed in what they discover.