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FREE Things To Do in Northeast Ohio
As a reader of this article . . .
what is your relationship to Northeast Ohio?
Composition of Northeast Ohio - USA
Various listings classify the Northeast Ohio region as including anywhere from 16-20 counties in Ohio including:
Exploring and enjoying Northeast Ohio does not have to be expensive. In fact, there are plenty of things to do that are free. Check it out!
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open all year long to the public. Admission is free to Cuyahoga County residents every Monday. Proof of residence will be verified such as a driver’s license, state I.D. or a utility bill confirming your address. This offer applies to the zoo admission only. In addition, parking at the zoo is always free with shuttles running continuously between the main entrance and the parking lot.
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44130 (216) 421-7350
The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the world’s most distinguished art museums. Founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever” with the highest professional standards possible, the museum strives to help its worldwide audience engage in the world’s greatest art. Admission is always free to the museum's permanent collection.
Cleveland Orchestra Community Concerts
Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 (216) 231-1111
The famous Cleveland Orchestra has been called “the finest in America.” They offer free community concerts throughout the year for citizens of its home town. The most notable free concert is held on the 4th of July weekend in front of the Terminal Tower on Public Square in downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 623-2870
There are 28 branches of the Cleveland Public Library system with the historic main library in downtown Cleveland. Every location offers computer and free WiFi access. Over 10 million DVD’s, DC’s, tapes and books are available on loan for free to area residents. You can also request your selections online for them to be delivered to a branch near you.
Cleveland Public Theatre
6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102 (216) 631-2727
The Cleveland Public Theatre’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) offers free summer performances. Contact the number above or visit the Cleveland Public Theatre website for more information.
Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
Covered Bridge Festival, 25 W Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH 44047 (440) 576-3769
Ashtabula County, in the far northeast corner of the state, is home to 17 reconstructed, authentic covered bridges which include the shortest and the longest covered bridges in the entire United States. Touring the beautiful area and visiting the unique bridges will only cost the gas for your vehicle. The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is free to the public and held the second full weekend of October.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, OH 44141 (330) 657-2752
Entrance to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is free, unlike many other national parks throughout the country. Enjoy this 33,000 acre park by driving, hiking, biking or horse trails. The park runs along the Cuyahoga River so there are many locations to camp, fish, golf, canoe and kayak too. Plan a relaxing picnic or simply visit for the fascinating bird watching. Ride the scenic railroad, attend a concert or explore the unique visitor centers. CVNP charges admission to some of their programs.
There are many locations to visit along Lake Erie!
Whether you simply would enjoy watching the sunset over Lake Erie, take pleasure in a picnic outing with a beautiful view, or go out onto the lake by boat, ski or swimming, there are many locations throughout Northeast Ohio to relax and have fun near the water.
Check out Edgewater Park on Cleveland’s near west side or Mentor Headlands Park east in Lake County. Plus, there are many additional locations where you can get near the shoreline with free parking and no cost to enjoy the scenery.
Living Along Lake Erie
Fascinating Cemeteries of Northeast Ohio
12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 (216) 421-2665
Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery was organized in 1869 by wealthy Clevelander’s. It is modeled after extraordinary cemeteries found in England and France. Although it is known for its famous “residents” such as John D. Rockefeller and President James A. Garfield, anyone regardless of race, creed, religion or walk of life can be buried there.
The cemetery hosts free periodic events such as a Memorial Day ceremony and fascinating, historic walking tours throughout the 285-acre scenic park.
NASA Glenn Research Center
21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135 (216) 433-9653
The NASA Glenn Research Center offers free tours for U.S. and lawful permanent residents of any age. For security reasons, government-issued photo identification must be presented by all visitors age 16 or older. Reservations are required by calling the phone number above to register and obtain a current tour schedule.
Northeast Ohio Hiking
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120 (216) 321-5935
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes was founded in 1966 and boasts a newly expanded 11,000 square foot center featuring plant and animal exhibits, a library, class and meeting room space, a gift shop and observation deck.
In addition to the Wildflower Garden and the All Peoples Trail, the center maintains a variety of outdoor learning trails that illustrate the lake, stream, field, ravine, marsh and forest habitats. Admission to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is always free.
The Emerald Necklace - Cleveland Metroparks System
Enjoy Free Things To Do in Northeast Ohio
There are many more things to add to this list of free things to enjoy in Northeast Ohio. For example, the Emerald Necklace (metroparks system), the Geauga County Amish Country and all the antique districts in Northeast Ohio. I will add to the list as time permits, so be sure to stop back.
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