Cleveland’s Urban Outdoors

Itinerary at a Glance

This Great Lakes city has no shortage of adventure. Get a local’s view of Cleveland’s history and treasures. Learn what’s like to be an intercity farm. Taste some of the city’s favorites along the way, including an evening dinner cruise. There will be night at the ballpark and an evening of music under the stars. Discover a few of Cleveland’s fabulous museums. Sample a variety of ice cream flavors. All this and more in Cleveland.

You’ll experience these great attractions and more:

  • Tours of Cleveland
  • Tour Cleveland’s largest urban farm, Ohio City Farm
  • Enjoy lunch at West Side Market with dozens of vendors
  • Go fish at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
  • There’s always plenty to see at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Details and Tips

Region: Midwest

Category: Activities

Length: 3 Days

Suitable for: Families of all ages

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

DAY 1: Outdoor Activities in Cleveland

Led by lifelong residents, See CLE tours offer an insiders’ view of Cleveland’s history and hidden treasures. For those wearing comfy shoes, Tours of Cleveland highlights Public Square, The Arcade and Playhouse Square on a two-hour walking tour.

Ohio City Farm 

Find fruits and veggies galore when you tour Cleveland’s largest urban farm. Learn about the history of the farm’s land, its commitment to sustainable growing and how its work benefits the mission of The Refugee Response. Tours are available from May to October. 

Enjoy lunch at West Side Market with dozens of vendors. The world is your oyster at this nationally renowned historic market that has served Cleveland for over a century.  

Take an hour-long tour of Mitchell’s Ice Cream’s flagship shop and kitchen to get up to speed on how the magic happens. Don’t worry—free samples are included. 

Go fish at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, perched next to the Cuyahoga River. Take a deep-dive into aquatic life from both the Great Lakes and around the globe. Then kick the experience up with group add-ons like stingray art sessions and animal encounters. 

Cruising the Cuyahoga River has never been so much fun (or tasty). An evening dinner cruise aboard the Nautica Queen combines sunset and city views, DJ-spun tunes and an unrivaled vantage point for enjoying Cleveland’s waterfront atop the ship’s rooftop deck. 

DAY 2: Museums, Gardens, and More in Cleveland

Visit League Park & Baseball Heritage Museum, the spot where the Cleveland Buckeyes clinched the 1945 Negro League World Series. Explore the adjacent museum packed with stories and treasures from the lost Latin, Caribbean, Barnstormer, Negro and Women’s leagues. 

Stroll through the greenspace oasis Cleveland Botanical Garden, which boasts 10 acres of outdoor gardens—including the popular tranquil Japanese Garden—and year-round indoor destinations like the tropical Costa Rican Glasshouse and the Madagascar Glasshouse. 

There’s always plenty to see at the Cleveland Museum of Art. After a filling lunch at the museum’s Provenance Café, enjoy exploring the special exhibits and permanent galleries. Hone your artistic eye by gazing at colorful Warhol paintings or ornate Greek and Roman Art.

Work on your fitness at the Foundry Community Rowing and Sailing Center on the riverfront. Groups can customize their experience and book rowing and sailing classes on Cleveland’s waterfront, either Lake Erie, or the Cuyahoga River. 

Play ball! There’s no better place to be on a beautiful summer night than a Cleveland Guardians game at Progressive Field, which features an abundance of local food and drinks options. Group tickets provide perks like scoreboard recognition and merch discounts. 

DAY 3: More Activities in Cleveland

All aboard this round-trip jaunt through 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Ride the rails between Independence and Akron, scoping all that jaw-dropping natural beauty from the comforts of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s passenger cars. No matter the season, this is gorgeous stuff. 

Step back in time at Hale Farm & Village, which recreates 19th-century farm life in the Western Reserve (open seasonally between June and October). Lunch at the on-site Café 1810 is thoroughly modern, however, with regionally sourced ingredients and menu. 

This historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens was built in the early 20th century for F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Today, the 65-room mansion and accompanying 70 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds offer plenty of room for exploration. 

Conclude your day with wide open skies and pitch- perfect notes with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center, the warm- weather home of the famed Cleveland Orchestra since 1968. Groups of 10 or more receive not only group discounts, but also priority seating, free bus parking, and other perks.

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