Summer Fun Guide 2014: Open All Summer
Find Northeast Ohio
[ AMUSEMENT PARKS ]
Castaway Bay ; 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, 419-627-2500, castawaybay.com. This Caribbean-themed resort features 237 hotel rooms and suites, and a 38,000-square-foot indoor water park. » Day pass $29, call for availability.
Cedar Point ; 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, 419-627-2350, cedarpoint.com. Riders will be launched 360 feet into the sky at speeds up to 62 mph in the SlingShot ride, new this summer. Other coasters include the 310-foot-tall Millennium Force and 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster. » $49.99-$59.99, 2 and under are free. Parking $15. Through Nov. 2 (times vary).
Great Wolf Lodge ; 4600 Milan Road, Sandusky, 419-609-6000, greatwolflodge.com. Features 271 suites, an outdoor pool and a 42,000-square-foot indoor entertainment area with a water park. » Call for reservations. No day passes.
Kalahari Resort and Conventions ; 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, 419-433-7200, kalahariresorts.com. America's largest indoor water park, this African-themed resort features the safari outdoor adventure park with a ropes course, climbing wall, and animal park with giraffes and red kangaroos, the bodysurfing FlowRider and nearly 900 guest rooms. Plus Spa Kalahari and Spa Kalarhari Junior, 11 restaurants and bars, and more. » Day pass $45-$59, order online.
Memphis Kiddie Park ; 10340 Memphis Ave, Brooklyn, 216-941-5995, memphiskiddiepark.com. Eleven amusement rides for children, a concession stand, arcade and miniature golf course. » Free parking and entrance. Open daily at 10 a.m. Ticket prices for rides vary.
Pioneer Waterland & Dry Fun Park ; 10661 Kile Road, Chardon, 440-285-0910, pioneerwaterland.com. Slides, paddleboats, activity pool, Kiddie Waterland, Tot-Land, go-karts, mini golf, baseball batting cages and more. » $9.95-$19.95, children under 40 inches tall are free. Parking $4. Go-karts not included.10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends (weather permitting).
Soak City ; 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, 419-627-2350, soakcitycp.com. Attractions include a half million gallon wave pool and the Zoom Floom, a 76-foot-tall waterslide. » $19.99-$33.99. Parking $15. Times vary.
Wildwater Kingdom ; 1100 Squires Road, Aurora, 330-562-8303, wildwaterfun.com. A 60-foot-tall, 253-foot-long funnel slide and 390,000 gallon tidal wave pool are some of this water park's highlights. » $15.99-$31.99. Parking $10. Times vary.
[ ARTS ]
Akron Civic Theatre ; 182 S Main St, Akron, 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com. The 2,500-seat theater will feature Bill Cosby June 13 and Brian Culbertson July 18. » Check website for showtimes and ticket prices.
Beck Center for the Arts ; 17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-2540, beckcenter.org. Stages musicals, comedies and dramas. Beck Center houses art galleries featuring local and regional artists. Offers comprehensive arts education programming such as dance, music, theater, visual arts and creative arts therapies. » Call for showtimes. $9-$29.
Blank Canvas Theatre ; 1305 W 78th St, Suite 211, Cleveland, 440-941-0458, blankcanvastheatre.com. Stages comedies, dramas, musicals and sketch comedy shows. » Check website for showtimes and prices.
Blossom Music Center ; 1145 W Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 800-686-1141; Cleveland Orchestra tickets, 216-231-1111; Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000; livenation.com. A tour stop for many national acts ranging from rock to jazz, and the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. » Visit website for schedule.
Cain Park ; 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-291-5796, cainpark.com. Performing arts center with outdoor theater that's great for seeing local and national acts. » Visit website for schedule.
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre ; 40 River St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-8955, cvlt.org. One of the nation's oldest community theaters. Stages plays and musicals and offers youth theater education. » $14-$20. 8 p.m. for evening shows and 2 p.m. for matinees.
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque ; 11141 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7450, cia.edu/cinematheque. Foreign, classic and indie movies that you can't see anywhere else in the city. » Unless otherwise noted, admission is $9; members and CIA students, faculty and staff $7; a second film on the same day costs $6. Anyone under 25 pays $6.
The Cleveland Orchestra ; 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com. Critically acclaimed worldwide. Summer weekend concerts at Blossom Music Center. » Visit website for schedule and ticket prices.
Cleveland Play House ; 1407 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-6000, clevelandplayhouse.com. Presents comedies, dramas and musicals. » $15-$72. (No performances June 30-Sept. 11.)
Cleveland Public Theatre ; 6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-631-2727, cptonline.org. The experimental and political performance venue presents theater, dance, music and performance art. Student Theatre Enrichment Program offers free performances in various parks. » $12-$28, $3 discount for students and seniors. Times vary.
Dobama Theatre ; 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3396, dobama.org. Showcases established and emerging playwrights. » Ticket prices vary. (New season opens Sept. 5.)
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica ; 2014 Sycamore St, Cleveland, livenation.com. Outdoor concert venue. See Widespread Panic, Arctic Monkeys, Little Big Town and more. » Prices and times vary.
Karamu House ; 2355 E 89th St, Cleveland, 216-795-7070 or 216-795-7077, karamuhouse.org. The nation's oldest multicultural arts institution. Presents dramas, musicals, comedies, new works and a youth summer camp. » Prices and times vary.
Playhouse Square ; 1501 Euclid Ave, Suite 200, Cleveland, 216-771-4444 or box office 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org. Playhouse Square's theaters spotlight a variety of performances, including DanceCleveland, Great Lakes Theater, Playhouse Square's Broadway Series and more. Recent renovations include the world's largest outdoor chandelier.» Call for ticket information.
Verb Ballets ; 3445 Warrensville Center Road, Shaker Heights, 216-397-3757, tickets 216-371-3000; verbballets.org. A contemporary dance company with performances at Cain Park July 26, Arts in August Aug. 8 and more. » See website for times and prices.
[ BEACHES ]
East Harbor State Park ; 1169 N Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, 419-734-4424, eastharborstatepark.org. Features a 1,500-foot sand beach with a large inflatable beach slide. Lifeguards on weekends. Daily dawn to dusk. Edgewater Park 6616 W Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, 216-635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com. There's a 900-foot swimming beach, two picnic pavilions and a playground here. » Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Euclid Beach Park ; Lakeshore Boulevard east of East 156th Street, Cleveland, 216-635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com. A 650-foot beach, shaded picnic areas, observation pier and pavilion. » Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park ; 301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor, 440-639-9972, lakemetroparks.com. The sandy beach here offers kayaking, canoeing, a dog-swim area, benches and picnic tables. » Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Geneva State Park ; 4499 Padanarum Road, Geneva, 440-466-8400, ohiostateparks.org. Features a 300-foot swimming beach and 6 miles of walking trails, 2 miles of which are paved. » Daily dawn to dusk.
Headlands Beach State Park ; 9601 Headlands Road, Mentor, 440-466-8400, parks.ohiodnr.gov/headlandsbeach. A mile-long natural sand beach, picnic area and walking trails. » Daily dawn to dusk.
Huntington Beach ; 4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, 440-331-8635, clevelandmetroparks.com. A half-mile beach with picnic areas, swings and sand volleyball. » Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Kelleys Island State Park ; 920 Division St, Kelleys Island, 419-746-2546, parks.ohiodnr.gov. Features a 100-foot swimming beach, a 1-mile hiking trail and two picnic areas. » Open daily dawn to dusk.
Lakeview Park ; 1800 W Erie Ave, Lorain, 440-245-1193, metroparks.cc. Features a 6-to-7-acre beach with a playground. » Daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Villa Angela and Wildwood Park ; Lakeshore Boulevard at East 174th Street, Cleveland, 216-635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com. Scenic boardwalk, fishing pier and 900-foot sandy beach. » Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
[ DRIVE-INS ]
Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre ; 33395 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville, 440-327-9595, autoramadrivein.com. Owned and operated by the Sherman family for three generations, it honors the past with classic films on Retro Tuesdays. » Open daily after Memorial Day. $9 adults, $3 children ages 4-11, 3 and under are free.
Magic City Drive-In Theater ; 5602 S Cleveland-Massillon Road, Barberton, 330-825-4333, magiccitydrive-in.com. With two screens and new digital projection, it shows double features and has a concession stand selling popcorn, frozen lemonade and more. » $18 per car.
Mayfield Road Drive-In Theatre ; 12091 Mayfield Road, Chardon, 440-286-7173, funflick.com. Open since 1945, it has room for 350 cars and offers a full concession stand. » $19 per car. Box office opens 8:15 p.m. Reserve a spot online.
Midway Twin Drive-In Theatre ; 2736 state Route 59, Ravenna, 330-296-9829, funflick.com. With the same owner as Mayfield Road Drive-In Theatre, this drive-in caters to families with double-features rain or shine. » $19 per car. Box office opens 8:15 p.m. Reserve a spot online.
[ MUSEUMS ]
Akron Art Museum ; 1 S High St, Akron, 330-376-9185, akronartmuseum.org. Art from 1850 to the present. » Wed & Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $7, $5 seniors, students with valid ID, members and children under 17 are free. Free on Thu.
Children's Museum of cleveland ; 10730 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-791-7114, clevelandchildrensmuseum.org. Hands-on discovery and learning center. Abracadabra: Everyday Magic exhibit opens in July. » 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $8, children under 1 free.
Cleveland Museum of art ; 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org. With its renovation finally complete, the museum features a collection of more than 30,000 works of art. » Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed & Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m. free
Cleveland Museum of Natural History ; 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, 216-231-4600, cmnh.org. Ohio's largest and oldest natural history museum. View Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World until Oct. 5. » Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. $10-$12, kids 2 and under are free, Wednesday evenings (after 5 p.m.) $6.
Dunham Tavern Museum ; 6709 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-431-1060, dunhamtavern.org. History museum where visitors can experience what life was like for early Ohio settlers and travelers. » Wed & Sun 1-4 p.m. Grounds open dawn to dusk. $3, children $2.
Great Lakes Science Center ; 601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, 216-694-2000, greatscience.com. The center features hundreds of interactive exhibits and an Omnimax theater. » Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit website for pricing.
Hale Farm & Village ; 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township, 877-425-3327, halefarm.org. Outdoor history museum where visitors experience mid-19th century life. » Daily from June-Aug. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat and Sun from Sept.-Oct. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, children 3-12 $5, kids under 3 and members are free.
International Women's Air & Space Museum ; Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N Marginal Road, Cleveland, 216-623-1111, iwasm.org. Showcases the history and contributions of women in aviation and space. » Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage ; 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-593-0575, maltzmuseum.org. Pays tribute to the Jewish-American story with interactive exhibits, films, oral histories, photos and artifacts.» Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. $5-$12, kids under 5 and members free.
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland ; 11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org. International, national and regional contemporary artists complemented by lectures, special events and more. » Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $5-$8, kids under 6, veterans and members free; first Sat of the month free to all.
Pro Football Hall of Fame ; 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, 330-456-8207, profootballhof.com. Celebrates the heroes and defining moments of professional football. Special events include Father's Day June 7 and the NFL/Hall of Fame Game Aug. 3. » Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (5 p.m. after Labor Day). $16-$23, children 5 and under free.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; and Museum 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, 216-781-7625, rockhall.com. The world's first museum dedicated to the heritage of rock 'n' roll. Special exhibit, Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience will be featured.» Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed until 9 p.m. (Sat until 9 p.m. through Labor Day). $13.75-$23.35, members and kids 8 and under are free.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens ; 714 N Portage Path, Akron, 330-836-5533, stanhywet.org. Tudor Revival mansion on 70 acres of gardens featuring exhibits, activities and events. » Hall Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last admission time), grounds Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit website for prices.
Steamship William G. Mather Museum ; 601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, 216-694-2000, greatscience.com. A floating museum created from a 618-foot-long ship that hauled iron ore and coal to steel plants. » June-Aug. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept.-Oct. Sat & Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Transformer Station ; 1460 W 29th St, Cleveland, 216-938-5429, transformerstation.org. Bringing contemporary art from around the world to the West Side. » Wed, Fri-Sun noon-5 p.m., Thu noon-9 p.m. Free.
USS Cod ; 1089 N Marginal Road, Cleveland, 216-566-8770, usscod.org. The submarine sank more than a dozen Japanese ships during World War II. Peer into a torpedo tube or sit in the captain's chair. » Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-$10, children under 6 and military personnel in uniform free.
Western Reserve Historical Society ; 10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-721-5722, wrhs.org. Artifacts, collections and exhibits examine Northeast Ohio's history. The Crawford Auto-Aviation collection contains antique and classic autos, motorcycles and aircrafts. » Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m., library 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu-Sat. $5-$10, 2 and under and members free. Parking $5.
[ SPORTS & GAMING ]
Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League, Class AA baseball) ; Canal Park, 300 S Main St, Akron, 330-253-5151 or 855-977-8225, akronrubberducks.com.
Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball) ; Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, 216-420-4487, or Ticketmaster 800-653-8000, indians.com.
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park ; 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield, 330-908-7625, hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com. Gaming, dining and entertainment. Year-round live harness racing and simulcasts from throughout the country. See Aaron Lewis, the Temptations, Avril Lavigne and more. Stand-up comedy in Club Velvet featuring acts such as Carlos Mencia June 12-14 and Jamie Kennedy July 17-20. Plus, grab food from Kosar's Wood Fired Grill. » Prices and times vary.
Horseshoe Cleveland ; 100 Public Square, Cleveland, 216-297-4777, horseshoecleveland.com. Cleveland's first casino. Choose from slots, video poker, table games, three local restaurants, an all-you-can-eat buffet and gift shop.
Lake County Captains ; (Midwest League, Class A baseball) Classic Park, 35300 Vine St, Eastlake, 440-954-9467, captainsbaseball.com.
Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League baseball) ; All Pro Freight Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd, Avon, 440-934-3636, lakeeriecrushers.com.
ThistleDown Racino ; 21501 Emery Road, North Randall, 216-662-8600, thistledown.com. Open daily for simulcasting. Racino offers more than 1,100 of the latest video lottery terminal games. » Check website for times.
[ ZOOS & NATURE CENTERS ]
African Safari Wildlife Park ; 267 S Lightner Road, Port Clinton, 419-732-3606, http://www.africansafariwildlifepark.com. The Midwest's only drive-thru safari, home to more than 300 exotic animals. » Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $9.95-$15.95, kids 3 and under free.
Akron Zoo ; 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org. Home to more than 700 animals. » Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May-Oct., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.-April. $8-$11, kids under 2 free. Parking $2.
Cleveland Botanical Garden ; 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org. Ten acres of gardens and an 18,000-square-foot conservatory. » Tue, Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m., closed Mon. $12, children 3-12 $8, members and children under 3 free, seniors (60 and older) $6 (Tue).
Cleveland Metroparks ; 4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, 216-351-63900, clemetparks.com. Comprises more than 22,000 acres in 18 reservations, connecting parkways and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Enjoy picnic areas, all-purpose fields, hiking trails, wildlife-management areas, beaches, stables and more.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo ; 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500, clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo. One of the country's oldest zoos, featuring 3,000 animals
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