After hearing many recommendations from friends who have been to Baylor Beach Park, we decided that it was time for us to check it out.
With the hot temperatures this summer, it was the perfect opportunity to plan a trip to cool off by swimming in the lake at Baylor Beach. We packed a picnic lunch so we could spend the entire day at the lake. It was so much fun and we enjoyed every minute of our trip.
The Lake at Baylor Beach Park
After parking, we immediately found a spot on the grassy hill next to the lake and set out our blankets. The lake is surrounded by a beach (about 10 ft wide) and plenty grassy areas. There are also large trees on one side of the lake that offer shady spots.
Helpful Tip: Bring a large beach towel or beach chairs to sit on. There are picnic tables, but no sun chairs available at the park.
Once we set up our towels, we decided to go to the deep end of the lake. As we entered the water, I noticed that the lake was extremely clean and the sandy bottom made walking in the water very nice.
This deepest part of the lake is 12 feet and it has two diving boards that experienced swimmers can use. My kids enjoyed taking turns jumping off the low and high dive.
Next to the driving boards is a two story water slide. The water dept at the bottom of the slide was approximately 4 feet, making it a fun options for kids of all ages.
Helpful Tip: At the beginning of the day there wasn't a life guard at the top of the slide. Instead everyone had to watch the person before them and determine when to go. If this is the case when you visit, make sure to explain this to your kids so they use it properly and don't slide down until the person ahead of them is out of the way.
After the diving boards and water slide, we made our way over to the log roll. Before this, my kids had never tried a log roll before. After one attempt, they were hooked!
I tried my best to stay on, but they obviously have better balance than I do. After some unsuccessful attempts on my part, I decided to sit back, relax and watch them play.
The water dept at the log roll was approximately 5 feet and there was also a mini log roll in the shallow end of the lake.
While we spent all of our time at the log roll and in the deep end, I was impressed with all the options in the shallow end of the lake. There were fun slides that would be perfect for toddlers and beginning swimmers.
In addition, there was a water feature that dumped buckets of water at random times and other fun things for kids to climb on, like a whale, turtle and even a dinosaur.
I was also happy to see all the live jackets available for use. Guests can pick them up at numerous spots surrounding the lake and I noticed a variety of different sizes that would fit both kids and adults.
More Fun at Baylor Beach Park
In addition to the lake, there are also other fun activities that you can do while at Baylor Beach.
During some of the safety breaks (15 minutes every two hours), the kids playing on the playground, swings and sandbox.
We also opted to pay extra to rent a paddle boat for 30 minutes. We took turns paddling around another small lake (next to the one you swim in), under the tunnel and through the spraying water fountains.
Also available to rent are funyaks (similar to a kayak) and a water tricycle.
There is also a miniature golf course located at one side of the lake. It looked like fun, but we were there for the swimming so we didn't play. Maybe next time!
Tips for Visiting Baylor Beach Park
- Bring a large beach towel or beach chairs to see on. There are no sun chairs available at the park.
- Decide if you will be paying extra for the paddle boats or mini golf and set expectations with your kids first.
- Pack snacks, lunches and drinks. There is a concession stand, but they also allow you to bring food with you.
- Bring sand toys if your kids like to play in the sand.
- If you have a life vest bring it with you. If not, you can use one of the complimentary vests available for use. They are first come first serve, but there are many available.
Things to Do at Baylor Beach Park
Open Seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dates & Time vary
- Two acre water park with swimming lake with sandy bottom
- Diving Boards
- Log Roll
- Two story Water Slide
- Playground (Large Play Structure, Swings & Sandbox)
- Basketball Court
- Sand Volleyball
- Plenty of grassy areas and shade
- Reservable Pavillions
- Concesion Stand
- 18 hole minature Golf Course *Extra charge
- Paddleboats, Funyaks & Water Tricycles *Extra charge
- Camping * Extra charge
Baylor Beach Park
8777 Manchester Ave. S.W. Navarre, Ohio 44662
Overall we had a great time at Baylor Beach Park and the kids are asking to go back already.
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