Visitor's Guide



Looking to escape the everyday and treat yourself to quaint shops, delicious food from locally-owned restaurants and lively entertainment while surrounded by the warmth and charm of old town America?  Then a visit to historic downtown Amherst, Ohio is just for you!  The links below will provide you with the most commonly asked questions about our wonderful town.  If you need to know more, please give our Main Street Amherst office a call at (440) 984-6709.
 

Check out our Lip Dub Video to see an up close and personal view of our town and the pride that runs through it.  Be sure to share this YouTube link with all of your family and friends in order to spread the word that Amherst is a wonderful place to live, work and play!
 

There is much to see and do in Amherst.  Just one day might not be enough! For a listing of local shops, restaurants and businesses, please visit our Downtown Directory or download our Walking Map & Brochure.  You can also learn more about Amherst by reading our biennial Amherst Magazine.
 

Amherst, Ohio is a wonderful place to live, work and play.  For more information, please contact Main Street Amherst at (440) 984-6709 or visit the website of one of our partners:

Amherst Historical Society
City of Amherst
Visit Lorain County
Amherst City Schools
Amherst Fire Department
Amherst Police Department

Located in the heart of historic downtown Amherst is Sandstone Suite Vacation Lodging.  This two bedroom suite is perfect for couples, families, friends or business travelers.  For more information, please visit their website at  www.sandstonesuites.com or call (440) 984-3084.

Parking throughout the downtown business district is non-metered and free to the public. Time limits are enforced on all on-street parking Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Signs showing the time limits and hours of enforcement are posted throughout the area.

Additional parking is available in several free parking lots.

  • City Lot #1 - Located next to the Amherst Cinema. Enter on Church Street between Park Avenue and Tenney Avenue.
  • City Lot #2 - On Maple Avenue. Lot extends eastward along the north side of Maple Avenue from Church Street to East Street.
  • Lot #3 - Across from the Amherst Cinema. Enter on Tenney Avenue or Park Avenue.
  • Main Street Amherst Community Center (255 Park Avenue) Lot - North of and adjacent to the building on Park Avenue.
  • Town Hall Lot - Area immediately west of and adjacent to Town Hall.

From the Ohio Turnpike/I80:
Exit at the #140/State Route 58 exit.
Turn north off of the exit ramp and continue straight 1.7 miles.
Turn left onto Park Avenue.
Go straight 1 mile to reach the heart of historic Downtown Amherst.


From State Route 2 (Vermilion, Avon):
Exit at the State Route 58 exit.
Turn south off of the exit ramp.
Turn right onto Cleveland Avenue.
Go straight 3/4 mile.  Turn left onto Church Street to reach the heart of historic Downtown Amherst.


From the South (Oberlin, Wellington):

Head north on State Route 58 and continue straight 1.7 miles.
Turn left onto Park Avenue.
Go straight 1 mile to reach the heart of historic Downtown Amherst. 


From the North (Lorain):
Head south on State Route 58/Leavitt Road.
Cross over Cooper Foster Park Road.
Continue straight 1 mile to Cleveland Avenue.  Turn right.
Go straight 3/4 mile.  Turn left onto Church Street to reach the heart of historic Downtown Amherst.