A Christmas Story House
Relive "A Christmas Story" at Ralphie's actual house used in the film — completely restored to its movie splendor. Take a nostalgic journey through the Parker house. Visit the accompanying museum and gift shop to see behind-the-scenes pictures, original props and take home your own major award.
Everyone knows Ohio's Lake Erie shore is home to the best amusement park in the world - Cedar Point. (Voted the World's Best Park 15 years running!) A short drive from Cleveland+Akron, this 16 roller coaster, 150 ride and attraction thrill-of-a-lifetime is one you shouldn't pass up while visiting the region for Gay Games 9.
Cleveland Botanical Garden/Greenhouse
This exotic glasshouse, the only one of its kind in the world, also features 10 acres of beautiful gardens, including an award-winning children's garden. Find 350 species of exotic plants, 50 types of butterflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians fluttering, climbing and crawling through naturalistic habitats.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Connect with wildlife and learn how you can help conserve the world. The zoo and RainForest are home to more than 3,000 animals representing six continents. Meet a herd of elephants, meerkats and more in the zoo's state of-the art elephant habitat, African Elephant Crossing.
Great Lakes Science Center
Home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center; hundreds of hands-on, minds-on exhibits available for you to see, touch and explore; a six-story OMNIMAX Theater; and the Steamship William G. Mather. Get a glimpse of what science has to offer!
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Cleveland's newest attraction! Behold an underwater adventure from Ohio's lakes and rivers to the ocean's depths. Eight-foot sharks, rays, piranha, alligators, seahorses and much more await.
The Horseshoe Casino in Downtown Cleveland is one of the first casinos in Northeast Ohio! Located within the historic Higbee's department store building, the Horseshoe Casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers a wide variety of gaming and dining options.
Cleveland Natural History Museum
From dinosaurs to diamonds, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a beautiful blend of traditional and interactive galleries related to history, art and the natural world.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Here's a real life version of the song, "Cleveland Rocks!" This I.M. Pei-designed building on the lake features over over 50 exhibits and dynamic cinema presentations, plus the largest single collection of rock and roll artifacts. Find your inner rock star!
Get nose-to-nose with over 700 animals from around the world. Visit Penguin Point, Journey to the Reef, andTiger Valley. Last but not least, make sure to stop by the new Grizzly Ridge exhibit.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Ride the rails of the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, historic Peninsula, Akron, Canton and Independence aboard one of the longest and oldest tourist excursion railways in the U.S.
Hale Farm & Village
Explore life in 19th century America! Visit authentic historic buildings and farm animals. Chat with talented interpreters. Enjoy watching artisans at work at this attraction in Bath, Ohio in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
A 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House and historic gardens and grounds make up this estate, which once belonged to F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The estate is open from April through December for tours.
Ohio summers can be scorchers and you may find yourself in need of relief. Northeast Ohio's Wildwater Kingdom will offer that and more. Check out the water park's wave pool, the 100-foot Thunder Falls waterslide complex and the relaxing inner tube lazy river.
Hard Rock Rocksino
What could be more entertaining than combining the thrill of winning slot machines with the loud excitement of the world-renowned Hard Rock brand? This brand-new facility isn't just a gamer's paradise — it's also a culinary delight with both a Hard Rock Cafe as well as numerous other dining options.
Invent Now Museum
The museum's current exhibit, "Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations," highlights delicious food-related patents, innovations and trademarks. Adjacent to the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) School. Free admission!
MAPS Air Museum
Bombers, fighter jets, historical aircrafts and more are on display at the Military Aviation Preservation Society Museum, which showcases both vintage military and civilian aircrafts. There's also a number of interactive exhibits.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
American football fans are in for a treat when visiting Cleveland+Akron. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in nearby Canton, Ohio. Plus, if you visit just before the 2014 Gay Games, you can stop by to witness the Hall of Fame inductions!
Cleveland Museum of Art
One of Cleveland's crown jewels, with a collection of more than 40,000 works housed in fabulous new additions by renowned architect Rafael Vinoly. Known for its excellent Asian, medieval European and pre-Columbian holdings, as well as masterpieces by Picasso, Monet and van Gough. The permanent collection is always free.
Cleveland Play House
Founded in 1915, this is America's first professional regional theatre, producing comedies, dramas and musicals. Home to more than 100 world and/or American premieres. Performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland. On-site restaurant, parking and backstage tours.
Museum of Contemporary Art
As Cleveland's forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, the museum (MOCA) connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our time. MOCA's dynamic University Circle-area structure was designed by Iranian-born Farshid Moussavi of London.
The country's largest performing arts center outside of New York City hosts more than 1,000 Broadway shows, dance, comedy, musical concerts and special events annually. PlayhouseSquare draws more than 1 million people annually to its nine performance venues. Tours are available monthly. Home to Cleveland Play House.
The Cleveland Orchestra has long been considered one of America's great orchestras, The orchestra performs its full season at Severance Hall, located in University Circle on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, and you can catch the orchestra's summer season at Blossom Music Center.
The only club in Ohio on Down Beat's List of the 100 Best Jazz Clubs in the World, with great food and music seven nights a week.
Contemporary-art space in a former electricity-converter building in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Houses selections from the photography collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, two former advertising executives, as well as temporary exhibitions curated by the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Western Reserve Historical Society
Founded in 1867 to preserve and present the history of all of the people of Northeast Ohio. One of the largest regional historical societies in the nation with a mission to inspire people to discover the American experience by exploring the tangible history of Northeast Ohio.
Glass Bubble Project
This Ohio City studio is housed in a renovated garage with four resident artists. Feeling artistic? The Glass Bubble Project also offers glass blowing classes for those willing to face the heat head on.
Akron Art Museum
Collection houses more than 5,000 objects, with particular strengths in contemporary painting and sculpture and 20th century photography. Nearly a dozen special exhibitions each year present some of the most innovative contemporary artists in painting, sculpture, glass, photography, design and video.
Akron Civic Theatre
Long recognized amongst the community's cultural landmarks, the Akron Civic Theatre has a rich and spectacular history. It has provided the community with a venue for quality entertainment and live performances for more than 70 years and we invite you to stop by as well!
E.J. Thomas Hall
The University of Akron's E. J. Thomas Hall annually hosts more than 400,000 people of all ages who visit the hall for a variety of programs, activities and performances ranging from the University Forum Speaker Series to popular Broadway shows, community events and concerts.
Creativity runs rampant at Summit Artspace, a gallery that displays the art and performances of regional visual and performing artists. Located in the art deco building that was the original home of the Akron Beacon Journal. Featuring more than 30 exhibits a year, it also is the home of studio artists and regional arts organizations.
This community playhouse has welcomed audiences to its passionate performances for more than 70 years.
Akron Symphony Orchestra
The Akron Symphony Orchestra has been performing classical music and other genres for nearly 60 years and hosts a free outdoor concert series each summer.
KSU Fashion Museum
The museum, located on the Kent State campus, features eight galleries of rotating exhibits by artists and designers. The museum boasts a wonderful store as well.
Summit County Historical Society
Preserving and interpreting the history of Summit County and Akron. Society owns and manages several properties open for tours, including the Perkins Stone Mansion, home of Akron's founding family, and the John Brown House, home of the abolitionist.
Akron Historical Exhibit at Lock 3
Exhibits reveal the Akron region's rich industrial legacy, from canal boat building and cereal manufacturing to agricultural equipment and the tire industry. Includes the Akron Toy Marble Museum. Nearby Lock 4 hosts outdoor festivals and musical events.
Food Truck Friday
Join us for lunch as the City of Cleveland hosts Food Truck Friday, every Friday from June to October 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Willard Park (look for the FREE Stamp!). Enjoy food truck fare along with live entertainment!
Every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Walnut Avenue and East 12th Street surrounding Perk Plaza, come to Walnut Wednesday for more than 10 food trucks serving delicious and unique lunches.
Beats & Eats
An outdoor, lunchtime celebration showcasing Cleveland's diversity of food, music, art and culture that makes this region unique! Food trucks, artists and musicians come together in the heart of downtown at Public Square Tuesdays in August and September.
Cleveland Browns Preseason Football
August in Cleveland means it is time for football season to kick off. Stop by training camp to watch the Cleveland Browns practice or see them play a preseason game during your visit for Gay Games 9. Be sure to ask about family day too!
Wade Oval Wednesdays
Wade Oval Wednesdays, or WOW, is Cleveland's signature summer concert series located in the heart of Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood. We welcome you to join us for a free concert each Wednesday during the summer from 6-9 p.m. Museums remain open through 9 p.m.
This roaming "Gay Guys' Happy Hour" is held every third Friday in Cleveland and surrounding communities. Each month the group meets at a typically non-gay venue, further establishing the progressive and inclusive mindset of the city.
This is Cleveland's finest women's social event. WH2 is held every fourth Friday of the month at an area restaurant. Features free appetizers, drink specials and entertainment.
Lunch by the Lake
Presented by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Burke Lakefront Airport, Lunch by the Lake takes place from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the East 9th Street Pier near Downtown Cleveland's lakefront every Thursday through the end of September. The event features an array of the region's finest food trucks.
Spend some time in the sun at The Chomp, a weekly food truck gathering at East 46th and Euclid in MidTown. Every week, fresh, delicious fare is headed your way on four wheels.
Each August, Northeast Ohio plays host to the world's best golfers during the Bridgestone Invitational. 2014's event will be July 28 through August 3. Stay tuned for more details.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductions
Football season in the U.S. kicks off each year with the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions and the Hall of Fame Game in early August. Stay tuned for more details and dates.
National Hamburger Festival
One of the largest assortment of hamburgers, entertainment and great fun assembled in one place. The National Hamburger Festival will be held at historic Lock 3 Park, August 9-10.
Twins Days Festival
The world's largest annual gathering of twins, the Twins Days Festival will be held Aug. 1-3 in the nearby town of Twinsburg.
Akron Arts Expo
This nationally recognized juried fine arts and crafts show features more than 160 artists, great food, an interactive children's area and entertainment. The Akron Arts Expo will be held in Akron's Hardesty Park on July 27, 2014.
Downtown Akron Artwalk
On the first Saturday of each month the Downtown Akron Artwalk features nearly two dozen destinations for art, shopping, dining and entertainment with offerings that fit every budget. Hand-blown glass, pottery, ceramic, paintings, textiles, jewelry and eclectic house wares all dot the footprint of this event.
Rockin' on the River - Cuyahoga Falls
This Friday outdoor concert series is free, as is parking. Rockin' on the River prides itself on being family friendly, offering something for everyone. Check the schedule at RockinOnTheRiver.com. Opening bands begin each event around 5 p.m. with headliners starting around 8 p.m.
All-American Soapbox Derby
A longstanding Akron tradition since 1934, youngsters from throughout the United States and several foreign countries come to Akron with the racers they have built and drive them to victory.
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
To be or not to be? Appease your cultural side by experiencing a performance by the Ohio Shakespeare Festival players at the incredible Stan Hwyet Gardens.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Founded in 1988 as Ohio's first craft brewery. The Ohio City brewpub offers guests of all ages a memorable dining experience. Guests can also enjoy brewery tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Proximity of the farm and soil to a restaurant correlates to the quality of its food. Experience true farm to table dining from the mind of nationally recognized Chef Jonathon Sawyer. Dine at The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland's East 4th district.
This traditional French brasserie is set in an old carriage house in the University Circle. One of acclaimed chef Zach Bruell's host of Cleveland area restaurants, L'Albatros features daily specials and extensive cheese and wine offerings.
Nationally recognized chef Michael Symon's reincarnation of Lola Bistro. An American bistro with midwestern twists and turns using only locally grown and raised organic meats and produce. Experience upscale dining at Lola in Cleveland's East 4th district.
Melt Bar and Grilled
You may recognize Melt's name from its several features on travel and food shows. Specializing in gourmet grilled cheese, come enjoy outrageous flavors at any of Melt's Northeast Ohio locations. No trip to Cleveland is complete without a stop here!
Innovative, hip, exciting Ohio City restaurant highlighting modern Mexican fusion cuisine. Momocho features unique menu items, drinks and decor — be sure to try the incredible assortment of exotic margaritas!
Another of Zach Bruell's acclaimed Cleveland area restaurants, Parallax features ecclectic cuisine highlighting fresh seafood. Located in the heart of Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.
Landmark Cleveland restaurant within a building designed to resemble the hull of a luxury liner cruising along Lake Erie. Breathtaking views of Cleveland and Lake Erie. Pier W is a full service, white tablecloth, contemporary seafood restaurant and bar serving lunch and dinner. Don't miss Sunday brunch or happy hours!
Gourmet burgers, brats, beer and bourbon are the Bs here! Craft draft and bottled beer, brazen milkshakes and big salads rock at this Michael Symon concept. Dine at any of B Spot's Northeast Ohio locations, including one inside the Horseshoe Casino.
There are three Bricco locations across Akron. The downtown Bricco offers fun, casual dining with an eclectic menu. The Fairlawn location is a fantastic spot for outdoor a la fresca service. For delicious pub fare with an Irish flair, check out Bricco Pub in the Merriman Valley.
Global eclectic cuisine. Modern twists on comfort food classics, and innovative new cuisine. Try something new while in Cleveland+Akron at Crave!
Dante Boccuzi Akron
Also known as D.B.A. to the locals. Features modern American cuisine as prepared by acclaimed chef Dante Boccuzzi.
The Diamond Grille has been a landmark dining experience in Akron for decades. Offers a refined, classic menu in an environment that harkens back to the first half of the 20th century. You may even catch a celebrity sighting or two!
Ken Stewart's Grille
After just one meal, you'll quickly learn why Akron's most discriminating food and wine enthusiasts choose Ken Stewart's Grille for a stellar dining experience. Features generous portions of delectable fine dining fare, with a mile-long daily specials list.
The Office Bistro and Lounge in downtown Cuyahoga Falls offers special weekly menus with seafood, steaks and more incorporating seasonal, local ingredients.
Family owned and operated, Luigi's Italian Restaurant has been an Akron landmark for more than 60 years. Priding itself on consistency and tradition, Luigi's has been serving up its famous pizzas, cheesy salads and pastas for decades. Experience this Akron favorite.
Gervasi's offers a total winery experience featuring tasting rooms, dining, cooking classes, overnight accommodations and stunning grounds. Once you set foot here you won't want to leave!
Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant
Heralded as offering some of the best Asian cuisine in the area, Cilantro's extensive menu features Thai dishes, sushi and Japanese. Offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
With a music club, street festivals and ethnic restaurants, Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights on Cleveland's near east side retains some of the counterculture atmosphere that made it a magnet for the area's bohemians in the 1960s and '70s.
On the banks of the Cuyahoga River, The Flats is home to restaurants, concert venues, nightclubs, water-sports rentals and the Nautica Queen cruise ship. The Nautica Entertainment Complex features the 5,000-seat, outdoor Jacobs Pavilion. The new Flats East Bank complex includes an Aloft hotel and several restaurants.
A nightlife destination of choice, this narrow brick street is packed with upscale eateries and entertainment. Take in live music at the House of Blues. Laugh along with your favorite comedian at Hilarities. Bowl at the upscale Corner Alley, savor a pint at Flannery's or dine at Chef Michael Symon's Lola.
Cleveland's Edgewater and Clifton areas are home to a mix of electic shops, bars and restaurants. Venture further west into Lakewood and discover hipster boutiques and more fun food.
A blend of art galleries, shops and restaurants, Little Italy offers some of the finest Italian dining in Cleveland. Whether it is pizza or pasta, calzone or calamari, you'll find it in Little Italy's ristorantes.
Just across the Cuyahoga River and west of downtown, Ohio City is home to the West Side Market, the site of 180 booths offering a tempting assortment of fresh produce, bakery, meats and other specialties from around the world. You'll find a wide array of restaurants and shops nearby.
Historic Tremont has a reputation as one of Cleveland's hidden hot-spots for entertainment, art and dining. Just off of Lincoln Park, the neighborhood's landmark epicenter, you'll discover hidden galleries and boutiques, cozy neighborhood pubs, upscale lounges and award-winning restaurants.
University Circle, four miles east of Downtown Cleveland in a scenic park-like setting, is the cultural center of the city. It is home to numerous cultural and performing arts institutions within one square mile — more than anywhere else in the country.
The streets of West 6th, West 9th and West St. Clair are lined with destination restaurants and nightlife. Unique coffee shops and specialty boutiques add to the charm of this neighborhood, which includes historic warehouses that have been converted into distinctive loft apartments and condominiums.
Fairlawn Heights is a treasure trove of early-to-middle 20th century architecture. Once home to the quaker Oats Heiress and the like, this lovely suburb of Akron boasts large wooded lots nestled along a hill side giving it the feel of being in the country when only mins from Downtown Akron.
Businessman Harvey Firestone created this neighborhood with tree-lined boulevards curved around a central park. The park features fishing, hiking and picnicking areas.
This delightful section of West Market Street is home to a diverse array of unique shops, galleries, restaurants and more unique finds. Savor some coffee at Angel Falls, catch a movie at the historic Highland Theatre, and finish with a classic dessert at Mary Coyle's.
Where famous residents such as John S. Knight, Senator Charles Dick, presidential candidate Wendell Willkie and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Dr. Robert Smith have lived. Considered one of Akron's wealthiest neighborhoods and home to historic Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Cuyahoga National Park minutes from its doorstep.
Downtown Akron is home to many restaurants, walking and biking areas, the Akron Museum of Art, the Akron Symphony, shops, the market at Lock 3 and plenty of nightlife.
North Hill served as one of the melting pots during Akron's expansion and soon many Italians were settling down in the area. Many authentic Italian eateries still stand.
Wallhaven is a commercial and rental residential district which houses many of Akron's original and unique points of interest including gourmet grocer West Point Market, Swensons Hamburger stand, and Ken Stewart's Grille, one of Akron's finest dining experiences.
The University of Akron campus dominates the University Park neighborhood, and the wide variety of restaurants and retail here reflects that student population.
On the north end of Downtown Akron you will find a center of commerce and culture. Where history meets art, music meets fashion and food meets soul. The Northside District and High Street Area are the center of those findings.
Are you looking to eat out, then go out? Look no further, Cleveland's hottest LGBT bar has you covered. With a restaurant in the front and a dance club in the back, we guarantee you'll be at Bounce all night long.
Come out for great drinks, good company and their memorable themed parties, which often support a good cause. I think it's time for a drink, meet you at Cocktails!
FLEX Spas is a men's-only hotel and resort featuring several pools, lounges, steam rooms and exercise areas — all under one roof in a massive, two-story historic building. Next door is Mean Bull, a high-energy bar and dance club surrounded by modern decor.
The Hawk is a great place to relax and have fun with friends or meet new people. Cleveland's self-proclaimed "down to earth gay bar" has the best happy hour too - Open to 9 p.m. So there's no excuse to miss this one!
All you leather lovers out there, you've found heaven. Visit the leather bar that's been serving Clevelanders since 1970 for a night to remember. Bring your friends — everyone's welcome, in or out of leather at the Stallion.
Cleveland's self-proclaimed trendiest nightlife venue, Liquid boasts 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor patio nightclub space. Make plans to dance, enjoy happy hour and watch live events and performances.
Fancy a night of mingling in a newly renovated space? This upscale lounge is known for hosting some of the most interesting DJs, and when the weather is nice the fun tends to spill over onto the sidewalk. Head on over and start socializing!
Pickwick & Frolic
There's no better place than Pickwick & Frolic for a night out on the town! Meet your friends for a hearty meal in the dining room, then enjoy a comedy show featuring some of the nation's top comedians. Afterwards, retreat to the bar to recall all the night's fond memories.
Cleveland's gourmet hot dog emporium, with 50 house-made toppings for their quarter-pound all-beef hot dogs, vegan sausages, french fries and tater tots. You'll come for the food, but stay for the live shows — often featuring local indie bands, as well as performances from members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Stop by Adams Street bar in Akron any night of the week for a full-size dance floor, piano bar, live DJ and a full selection of beer. Adams Street has been part of hte LGBT community for over 30 years so make sure to stop by during the 2014 Gay Games.
Come to Cocktails for great drinks, good company and a fun outdoor patio. Inside are two floors for your enjoyment — check out a variety of shows near the bar on the lower floor, then head upstairs for some additional entertainment.
A Canton favorite, Crew caters to the gay community and features a large dance floor with thumpin' beats as well as a variety of drag shows and contests.
Akron's Interbelt Nite Club hosts weekly events, drink specials, dancing and even a shuttle on special occasions. Features one of the area's best dance floors, and don't forget to check out the super-sized outdoor patio!
Matinee is the place to be for meeting up with friends, enjoying a beer, and listening to some amazing live bands right in the heart of the Highland Square neighborhood.
Dance, listen to live music or just enjoy the company of the crowd at one of Akron's favorite gay bars, Square. There's no need to worry about a cover charge, and the wide assortment of martinis and specialty cocktails are raved about by regulars. Make a point to stop by while you're in town!
This local hangout in the heart of downtown Akron attracts everyone from nearby University of Akron residents to regulars who've been loyal customers since the beginning. Tear EZ features two bars, a dance floor, pool table and popular drag shows.
Thursday's Lounge started in 1983 at its current location on 306 E. Exchange St. in Akron, Ohio, and has been a nightclub with a pub-like atmosphere since its inception. Incredibly popular with University students, you may not find a more inclusive club anywhere else in the city.
Lake Erie Shores and Islands Wine Trail
Brisk lake breezes and the moderating influence of Lake Erie allows vintners to produce grapes and make wine amid some of the country's most scenic vistas. Discover the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Wine Trail.
Vines and Wines Trail
The trail runs along the south shore of Lake Erie, through the valley created by the mighty Grand River, atop the ridges carved by ancient glaciers and in tiny microclimates nearby. This parcel of land is home to well over half of the winegrape acreage in the state.
Edgewater Park features two beaches, a playground, reservable pavilions and one of the best views of downtown Cleveland. A nearby fishing pier provides anglers access to Lake Erie, and a 900-foot swimming beach is open with lifeguards daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer.
Voinovich Bicentennial Park
This 4.5-acre park is at the north end of the East 9th Street Pier along the pier's west side. Features a large, artistically-terraced green space as well as a concrete stage. Fishing is permitted in designated areas. Voinovich Park hosts a variety of festivals and offers picturesque views of the downtown Cleveland skyline.
Goodtime III/Nautica Queen
Excursion boats offering a different view of Cleveland. Nautica Queen cruises include a buffet meal and entertainment and leave from the The Flats West Bank. Goodtime cuises depart from Cleveland's North Coast Inner Harbor at the East 9th Street Pier and include sightseeing-only as well as dinner and dancing cruises.
Wendy Park/Whiskey Island
Whiskey Island is immediately west of where the Cuyahoga River empties into Lake Erie and is named after a distillery built on land in the 1830s. The island is actually a peninsula, which contains Wendy Park and the Whiskey Island Marina. Wendy Park offers stunning views of downtown Cleveland.
More than 21,000 acres in 16 reservations surround Cleveland (like an Emerald Necklace, thus the nickname). Walking, hiking and horseback trails, outdoor education facilities, golf courses, swimming areas, picnic areas, fishing and a polo field.
Trademarked by its mile-long natural sand beach, the largest in the state, this park is popular during the summer season with picnickers and swimmers, and is home to many plant species typically found only along the Atlantic Coast.
Great Lakes Water Sports
Located in the Flats, Great Lakes Water Sports features jet ski, boat and kayak rentals. There's no better way to explore Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River! Group rates available; reservations not necessary.
Ohio and Erie Canal
The Ohio and Erie Canal was built in the early part of the 19th century and completed the final water link, via the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Today you can ride the rail, hike the path, birdwatch, bike or hunt along this scenic tour for the perfect shot for the scrapbook.
Take a peaceful trip to Amish country, with picturesque historic towns, Century Village & Museum and a thriving Amish community. Cultural opportunities abound with concerts in the park, annual art shows, festivals and special events.
Canal Country Wine Trails
This wine trail runs through part of a National Heritage Corridor and features more than 20 charming wineries.
Muddyfoot Kayak Tours
Get outside and get some fresh air in Akron at Muddyfoot Kayak Tours. Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or a beginner, you can customize your tour to your liking.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This park covers more than 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, and features hiking, biking and horseback trails, as well as a number of waterfalls. Managed by the National Park Services, combining cultural, historical, recreational and natural activities in one setting.
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
This 11,000-acre park system features 14 developed parks, several conservation areas and averages 5 million visits a year. It has more than 125 miles of trails for walking, hiking and biking, including 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail.
Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail
The Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail was developed by the National Park Service and is the major trail through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. From it you can make connections to many of the natural and historic sites in the park and to other trails that intersect it along the way.
A part of the larger Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Virginia Kendall features a series of climbing ledges, including the popular Ritchie Ledges that give visitors a glimpse into the ancient rock history of the area.
What better way to see Ohio than from 13,000' up? Make your sports-themed week more extreme as you get strapped to an instructor for an unforgettable tandem freefall experience at AerOhio.
One of the nation's oldest and most storied football franchises plays its home games on the shores of Lake Erie, just 50 miles from the birthplace of professional football. Every Sunday from September through December, Cleveland, Ohio, is Brownstown. Training camp and preseason games are August options.
Are you a basketball fan? Visit us for a Cavs game at the Quicken Loans Arena,where NBA superstar Lebron James first made a name for himself and skyrocketed to superstar status.
Major League Baseball is exciting at Progressive Field, home of the 2007 American League Central Champion Cleveland Indians. Home games from early April through September. Venue is friendly for fans of all ages. Tours are available.
Burning River Roller Girls
Modern roller derby at its best! Cleveland's all-female, skater-owned, flat-track roller derby league offers exciting action from exceptional local athletes — all while on skates!
Lake Erie Monsters
A primary affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, the Lake Erie Monsters play professional hockey at Quicken Loans Arena. Under ownership of Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers owner), they have an entertaining atmosphere for all ages. Family affordable fun with tickets starting at $10.
A hard-hitting rough and tumble brand of football comes to Quicken Loans Arena from March to July! Every Gladiators game features a fun-filled fan experience in a super-charged football atmosphere inside The Quicken Loans Arena.
Lake Erie Crushers
Affordable, family friendly entertainment located off I-90 just 20 miles west of Cleveland in Avon. The Lake Erie Crushers offer great promotions, great foo and great baseball all summer long.
Lake County Captains
This minor league baseball team in Eastlake, Ohio, is a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Numerous promotions, affordable tickets and food. Games are 20 minutes east of downtown Cleveland.
The Cleveland Fusion professional football team is based in Cleveland and is part of the Women's Football Alliance.
The Akron Marathon is held in the fall and is known for both great swag and a stadium finish.
Challenge yourself at this immense indoor rock-climbing facility, featuring everything from bouldering routes to difficult overhangs. Both experienced and beginning climbers are welcome, training packages are available.
Akron Rubber Ducks
Spend an afternoon or evening watching the Akron Rubber Ducks — the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians — in action at the 9,000-seat Canal Park Stadium. Call for game schedules and tickets (1-800-97-AEROS) or visit the website.
Show your team spirit for the Zips, the University of Akron's sports teams. Check out basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball, soccer, track and field and the Zips football team, who play at InfoCision Stadium/Summa Field. Visit the website for the season schedule.
Rubber City Rollergirls
Diverse group of women playing at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Visit their website for complete roller derby information and a team schedule.
NEO Roller Derby
Part of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, all of the NEO bouts are for charity. The group has raised and donated money to local charities with a focus on empowering women and protecting children.
Portage Lakes Rowing Association
Sweep rowing club founded in 2005, the Portage Lakes Rowing Association offers amateur athletic program for competitive rowers. Hosts introduction to row classes as well.