Find Northeast Ohio Vacation Options

Planning a Trip to Northeast Ohio Part 1: National Park, Market, Museums and Zoo

Ohio might not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking of vacation planning, but there are an abundance of activities to be enjoyed in Northeast Ohio.  Summer is the perfect time to visit because the weather is warm and there are many options for outdoor activities.

Here are some ideas in Northeast Ohio to whet your appetite for this region which is growing in popularity.

Visit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Most people probably don’t even realize that there is a National Park in Ohio.   Cuyahoga Valley National Park has something to offer for everyone.  CVNP has over 100 miles of trails for hiking and biking.  There is no fee to enter the park.   At different areas in the park, you can find a waterfall, ledges and even a train.  The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs varying schedules Wednesdays through Sundays in the Summer time.  If you enjoy biking, you can rent a bike and ride the bike trail in one direction and then make your return trip by train for only $3.



If you like to go on adventures while you’re hiking, you can go on a Quest.  There are over 40 Quests in the Ohio & Erie Canalway.  You can choose which Quest you’d like based on location, how long you’d like your quest to be and difficulty.  Simply go to the website ( , print out your rhyming clues and let the adventure begin.

Visit The Westside Market

The Westside Market is a market  that is opened year round.    It has been around since 1912 and features over 100 vendors who carry everything from the best apple fritters you’ll ever eat to fresh cut meats, ethnic foods and spices, flowers, fresh-pressed juices, craft cheeses, fresh fruits and veggies, including some organics, fresh-made sausages and freshly made bread.  The Westside Market has been featured several times on The Food Network.  Currently, the Market is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but there are plans to extend the hours to additional days.



Visit a Museum or Zoo

The city of Cleveland is home to:

The Cleveland Museum of Art.  The Cleveland Museum of Art is free to the public for its general exhibits.  There are almost 45,000 objects that span a time-frame of over 6,000 years of achievements in art.  The Museum has recently undergone major architectural transformation.  It is located in the University Circle area, which boasts many other places to visit, including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.  Also close by is The Children’s Museum of Cleveland.

In downtown Cleveland, no trip would be complete without a trip the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.  Also downtown, you can find the Great Lakes Science Center.  The Science Center includes the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Science Phenomena Exhibit, a BioMed Tech Gallery, a traveling exhibit and an IMAX theater.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest is home to over 50 exhibits.   If you are a zoo member at your own local zoo, you might be able to get in for a discounted price.  The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a reciprocal zoo in the Associaton of Zoos and Aquariums.  The zoo features the recently expanded Elephant Crossing.

elephant zoo

As you can see, there are quite a few things to keep you busy in Northeast Ohio.  Stay tuned for the next installment:  Islands, Beaches and Metroparks.

3 thoughts on “Find Northeast Ohio Vacation Options”

  1. I am originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area and wholeheartedly agree with the recommendations shown above. In particular, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and the nearby Great Lakes Science Center are definitely worth seeing. Allow most of a day for each one. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with its impressive walk-through Rainforest exhibit is another great destination.

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