10 Free Family Activities in Cleveland

With the prices of everything from food to gas rising these days, it’s become even more rewarding to find something that is free, especially when it comes to doing something with the family. A day in Cleveland is generally more affordable than spending the day in say Chicago or New York, but sometimes it can be absolutely free! Here are ten family friendly activities right here in Cleveland!


Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Take a long weekend and head to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo any Monday this summer. Admission is free for the whole family and with the elephants returning this May, there’s no better time to check out the local zoo. (Admission is still required for the Rainforest)

Art Museum

Daily admission to the Cleveland Art Museum is free. Located in University Circle, the Cleveland Art Museum is nearing the end of a major restoration project set to finish in 2012. Many of the major exhibits are back open. The kids will love exploring the Medieval armor room and find tranquility in the Impressionist display.

Edgewater Park

Grab a cooler and head on Route 2 to Edgewater Park. Enjoy a picnic, take a walk on the pier, and even fly a kite to the skyline of Cleveland in the background. You can even take the family dog for a long walk with Lake Erie at your side.

E-Line/B-Line Trolley

Take a self-guided tour on the RTA. Both the E-Line and B-Line Trolleys are free during the week and run about every ten minutes. Take the E-Line to the Entertainment District, the Old Arcade, and the Theatre District. The B-Line runs past the Soldiers Monument and the Cleveland Public Library Main Branch which is host to a number of special book collections and historic archives.

Westside Market

Take a step back in time and stroll around the over 100 year old Westside Market. You can even barter with a local vendor for some thick steaks or a juicy pear.

Lake View Cemetery

This is oddly enough one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots in the city. Take a walk around the President Garfield’s Monument and Wade Memorial Chapel. This cemetery is the final resting place to a number of big names in Cleveland, including John D. Rockefeller and Eliot Ness.

Lorain Avenue

Discover antiques, electric stores, ethnic foods, and amazing architecture from the Kamm’s Corners area to the Market Square Historic District. Show the kids items from your past and beyond. Plan out your tour at www.discoverlorainave.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Summer in the City Concert Series

See a free concert on the outdoor plaza of the Rock Hall. Discover up and coming bands before they make it big.

Go on an Art Walk

Many Cleveland neighborhoods host monthly art walks. Check out the Tremont Art Walk on the second Friday of every month. Or head out to Murray Hill June 3rd through the 5th for Little Italy’s Art Walk. You’ll find unique boutiques and amazing local art.

Ingenuity Festival

See what happens when art and technology combines on the lower level of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Cleveland is lucky to have this free cutting-edge festival every summer. Check out http://ingenuitycleveland.com for more information.