Summer is a time that is supposed to be overflowing with fun activities. Unfortunately, we all have very tight wallets right now. Cleveland, however, has many free summer activities that will offer outstanding experiences you’ll never forget. Check these out for yourself.
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is completely free every single Monday! Be sure to bring some form of identification to get into the zoo for free. The zoo has several excellent exhibits like “Australian Adventure” and “Wolf Wilderness” but the newly renovated elephant exhibit is awe-inspiring. It is a must see! Parking is also free at the zoo so be sure to head over to 3900 Wildlife Way and see all of the exotic animals and attractions that the Cleveland Zoo has to offer for free.
The Cleveland Metroparks
The Cleveland Metroparks, which are spaced out around Cleveland are also great places to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors for free. As a kid I would spend countless hours in the summer hiking the trails in the Metroparks and learning about the wildlife from their excellent guides and park rangers. There are numerous nature programs held at various park locations that can be joined for free and are great for children and adults. Information on these programs can be found at www.clemetparks.com.
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is stunning and full of some of the world’s most coveted, priceless masterpieces yet its permanent collection can be admired absolutely free of charge. The museum is enormous and has an excellent collection of Impressionist paintings, Asian art, and medieval religious art. The current special exhibition is called “The Lure of Painted Poetry: Japanese and Korean Art,” which is a sophisticated display that illustrates the intriguing tradition that Japanese and Korean art has with attempting to merge the images of poetry in visual art. Be sure to explore the cultural tradition and aesthetic beauty displayed at 11150 East Boulevard.
Cleveland’s Lake View Cemetery
It may seem creepy and give you the shivers to think of a cemetery as a fun summer activity, but Lake View Cemetery is an extremely impressive and significant place and it can be visited for free. Many famous Clevelanders and other renowned individuals are entombed there. For instance, John D. Rockefeller, once the richest man in the world, is buried in Lake View. The obelisk that marks his grave site is enormous. One of the few monuments and grave sites dedicated to a former U.S. President can be found at Lake View; it is for James A. Garfield who was tragically assassinated in 1881. The dazzling Wade Chapel with its beautiful Tiffany window is found in the middle of Lake View and actually hosts many weddings despite being in the middle of a cemetery. Lake View is an interesting place and definitely should be on the list of summer activities. Stop by 12316 Euclid Ave to see Lake View.
Mentor Headlands Park
Lake Erie may not be known for an incredible beaches but that does not mean that they do not exist. The Mentor Headlands Beach is a beautiful place to stretch out on the expanse of warm, white sand, where you can sunbathe all afternoon, get lost in a book, explore the beach for shells, or sit back and watch the waves. A picturesque lighthouse sits atop the Headlands and seems to mark the beautiful beach with significance. Parking is free so there is no excuse for not taking a day to relax at the Headlands, which is located at 9601 Headlands Road in Mentor.