There is no shortage of places to visit and things to do this summer in Northeast Ohio and Central Ohio and even a little beyond as you plan your staycation.

The Cleveland Jewish News has compiled a list that will help make your summer a season to remember.

AKRON/MEDINA

Akron Children’s Museum

216 S. Main St., Akron. Hands-on exhibits designed for children 10 and under.

Akron Zoo

500 Edgewood Ave., Akron. Visit the zoo that aims to connect your life to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action. The whole family can learn about the more than 60 different species on view.

Blossom Music Center

1145 W Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. An outdoor amphitheater that houses 23,000 people with a lawn that seats an additional 15,000. The amphitheater is the summer home to the Cleveland Orchestra and has an extensive schedule of summer events and concerts.

Canal Park

300 S. Main St., Akron. Home of the Class AA minor league baseball team, the Akron Rubber Ducks. Take a day and support the team, but don’t forget to grab a souvenir too.

Laser Quest Akron

80 Brookmont Road, Akron. Multi-level laser tag facility and escape room.

Rinky Dink Family Fun Center

2390 Medina Road, Medina. Family attraction featuring a three-story climbing playground, inflatable bouncer maze, mini golf course, bumper boats, go karts, batting cages, arcade, a pirates versus aliens blacklight battle and much more.

CANTON/YOUNGSTOWN

Baylor Beach Park

8725 Manchester Ave. SW, Navarre. The waterpark consists of a two-acre lake with a variety of water features including diving boards, a two-story water slide, a log roll and some smaller water slides in the shallow end for toddlers and beginner swimmers. Baylor Beach also offers a family campground, shelter rentals for group picnics, miniature golf, a concession stand and more.

Beech Creek Gardens

11929 Beech St. NE Alliance. The gardens include a seasonal Butterfly House, a Plant Science Center with hands-on environmental education stations, hiking trails and visitor center.

Clay’s Park Resort

13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence. Clay’s Park features giant inflatables, zip lines, a log role, rings and even a large water slide. Stay for one of the special themed weekends or enjoy a getaway for an entire week.

Metroparks Farm

7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield. FreeAdmission to this 402-acre working farm. Open seasonally from April to October, it offers hands-on activities, a natural playground, archery range and more.

Noah’s Lost Ark Exotic Animal Sanctuary

8424 Bedell Road, Berlin Center. This nonprofit, animal sanctuary features a wide array of exotic animals.

CLEVELAND DOWNTOWN

Agora Theater and Ballroom

5000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. A live music venue that holds 2,000. Featuring different genres and types of entertainment.

Children’s Museum of Cleveland

3813 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Features lots of hands-on exhibits including water play, a two-story city, and an art studio.

Edgewater Park

Lakefront Reservation, Cleveland. The 147-acre park includes 9,000 feet of shoreline, dog and swim beaches, boat ramps, fishing pier, picnic areas and grills, and a rentable pavilion.

Glass Bubble Project

2421 Bridge Ave., Cleveland. Glass blowing studio and gallery. Offers individual and group classes to learn glass blowing, welding, and tile and wind chime making.

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. Numerous hands-on exhibits covering different aspects of the scientific community including biomedicine, robotics, magnetism, and electricity. It also has an exhibit for children under 7 which allows kids to climb, build, and play.

Great Lakes Watersports

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland. Single and tandem kayaks, boat, and jet ski rentals.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland. Check out fish from Ohio’s lakes and rivers, feed a stingray, or walk through the shark sea-tube. Check out their website for daily activities and special events. Tickets are good all day so you can take the family out to lunch and go back later.

House of Blues

308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. The music hall provides southern inspired food and live entertainment. Holding 3,000 people at once for maximum enjoyment.

Ingenuity

5401 Hamilton Ave., Cleveland. Its mission is to ignite the creative spark where the arts, science and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a platform to explore the boundaries of art and technology.

Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland. Open-air amphitheater in downtown Cleveland. With a capacity of 5,000 people, it hosts some of the biggest names in comedy and music.

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Ave. No. 200, Cleveland. The country’s largest performing arts center next to New York. Playhouse offers a multitude of entertainment throughout the year. This summer features popular musicals such as “Disney’s Lion King” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Progressive Field

2401 Ontario St., Cleveland. Home of the Cleveland Indians, take a day to catch a game, a snack and a souvenir.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland. Seven levels of rotating exhibits featuring some of music’s most iconic artists. Artifacts include clothing, instruments, pinball machines and more. Northeast Ohio residents pay a reduced rate which is even further discounted if purchase in advance online.

West Side Market

1979 W 25th St., Cleveland. Visit the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland with 100 vendors offering meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices and nuts.

CLEVELAND / EAST SIDE

Affogato cat cafe

761 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland. It’s more than a cafe; bringing together cats, people and business people.

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland. Self-described as “Cleveland’s most eclectic music venue.”

Cain Park

14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights. A performing arts center and gallery that spans 22 acres. This venue also has six tennis courts, a basketball court, playground (ages 5 to 12) and skateboard park.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

11030 East Blvd., Cleveland. Features 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens, the 18,000-square-foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, and includes the biomes of Madagascar and Costa Rica.

Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 E. Blvd., Cleveland. Free admission daily and special family events held one Sunday each month.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Dr., Cleveland. Explore engaging and hands-on STEM programs are unparalleled in academic excellence. Their programs serve students of all grade levels and abilities.

Hands On Pottery Studio

5660 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst. Explore your creative side by painting pottery and learning how to fuse glass.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood. Explore the history of Jewish Heritage with a tour of the museum.

Pinstripes – Pinecrest

111 Park Ave., Orange. Features a rustic take on classic American fare, an outdoor fire pit, bocce and bowling alleys.

Playmatters

30789 Pinetree Road, Pepper Pike. Treat the kids to a new toy or activity at the store that offers a variety of items for children of all ages. Ranging from arts and crafts sets to puzzles, musicals toys, and construction sets.

RollHouse Solon

33185 Bainbridge Road, Solon. Visit the family-owned bowling alley that also offers laser tag, a ninja warrior course, video arcade, seven escape rooms and more.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

750 Alpha Dr., Highland Heights. Open jumps, including toddler time, throughout the week.

CLEVELAND / SOUTH SIDE

Brecksville Stables

11921 Parkview Drive, Brecksville. Located in the Cleveland Metroparks. Offers Western riding lessons, therapeutic riding lessons, trail rides, pony and horse camps, educational tours, and more.

Fun ‘n’ Stuff

661 Highland Road E, Macedonia. Indoor playground for children under 48”. There is also an arcade, roller rink, climbing wall, and eurobungy available.

Spins Bowl Independence

5619 Brecksville Road, Independence. Fully renovated bowling alley with restaurant, laser tag, and arcade.

CLEVELAND / WEST SIDE

41 North Coastal Kayak Adventures

1500 Cleveland Metro Park Drive, Lakewood. Single and tandem kayaks can be rented by the hour. They offer access to the Rocky River and Lake Erie.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. Explore 18 reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks and a nationally-acclaimed zoo.

Memphis Kiddie Park

10340 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn. Rides, miniature golf and an arcade for inexpensive summer fun.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

31500 Viking Pkwy., Westlake. Open jumps, including toddler time, throughout the week. Other events and birthday parties are also available.

Swings-n-Things

8501 Stearns Road, Olmsted Township. Indoor playground for children under 10, a game room, and mini bowling.

LAKE/GEAUGA/ASHTABULA COUNTIES

Amish Country

Burton and Middlefield. Spend a family weekend in Amish Country, stay at a quaint bed & breakfast or rough it at a campsite. Then visit Amish shopping stops and farmers markets for a calm weekend away.

Classic Park

Eastlake. The baseball stadium is home to the Lake County Captains, the Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor. The lakefront park offers 21 acres with picnic areas, paved trails, canoe/kayak access, a playground and more. 

Lake Erie Canopy Tours

4888 N Broadway, Geneva. Choose from Zipline Canopy Tours with 60-foot towers, double zips, sky bridges and lake panoramas or test yourself on the freefall or one of the Adventure Ropes Courses for all ages.

Headlands Beach State Park

9601 Headlands Road, Mentor. The trademark of Headlands Beach State Park is its mile-long natural sand beach, the largest in Ohio. In addition to its popularity during the summer season with picnickers and swimmers, the area is home to many plant species typically found only along the Atlantic Coast, including American beach grass, coastal little bluestem, and beach pea. The beach and dunes attract many migrating songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, gulls and Monarch butterflies.

Holden Arboretum

9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland. The arboretum covers 3,600 acres and features more than 20 miles of trails, a Canopy Walk, the Emergent Tower, and a natural play area for kids. Also, dog-friendly, so you can bring your pup along.

COLUMBUS

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E Broad St., Columbus. Check out the museum for beautiful art exhibitions and activities.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

4850 W Powell Road, Powell. The Columbus Zoo is just north of the city of Columbus. The nonprofit Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals and 800 different species. The Zoo hosts over 2.3 million guests annually. There are many kid-friendly events to attend throughout the summer.

COSI Science Museum

333 W Broad St., Columbus. A nationally esteemed science center with a mission to inspire the public to learn about STEM topics. The center is open to anyone, hands on learning is encouraged. COSI is great for children, with over 300 interactive experiences and exhibits.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E Broad St., Columbus. The Franklin Park Conservatory spans 13 acres. The conservatory features botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions. All ages are welcome to come and celebrate and learn about nature.

North Market

59 Spruce St., Columbus. A public, authentic food market. Features dozens of independent merchants, manufacturers and farmers. It also holds many events throughout the year like wine and food festivals.

VERMILION/SANDUSKY

Buyers Fair

5359 Liberty Ave., Vermillion. A clothing-lover’s destination for name brand clothing or one-of-a-kind finds.

Cargo Jewelers & Gallery

699 Toldeo St., Vermillion. Pick up some new accessories at this 35-year old shop that offers a variety of rings, bracelets, watches and more.

Castaway Bay

2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky. In addition to the waterpark, there are three restaurants, an arcade, a children’s craft and activity center, and retail shopping.

Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky. 364-acre amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula featuring 87 different types of rides for the entire family - little kids and thrill seekers alike.

Kalahari Resort

7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky. America’s largest indoor water park boasts an array of activities for children of all ages. It also has dry activities including an arcade, mini golf, and laser tag.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

110 Lighthouse Drive, Marblehead. Marblehead Lighthouse is one of Lake Erie's best known and most-photographed landmarks. Marblehead Lighthouse rests on the Marblehead Peninsula, a rocky headland of Columbus Limestone that juts into Lake Erie. The grounds surrounding the lighthouse offer excellent picnicking and views of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island and South Bass Island.

Put-in-Bay Antique Car Museum

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay. Museum features rare Model T’s, road and gasoline sign memorabilia and vintage snowmobiles. Admission is free.


Amanda Schenk is the Violet Spevack Editorial Intern

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