As Summer creeps closer and closer we are here to help you and your friends and family beat the heat. While sitting in front of the cold A/C and watching How I Met Your Mother for the 34th time can be fun, there are other options in the Cleveland MetroPlex that may provide a little more fun and adventure. While this list is not all-encompassing, you can’t go wrong with visiting any of these places as you make the best out of 2021!
What? You thought we would start off with somewhere else? Since opening in 2017, Play: CLE has brought true ADVENTURE to Northeast Ohio. Touted as the Midwest’s Largest Adventure Park when it opened (since surpassed by it’s sister location in Columbus, Play: CBUS), Play: CLE features an intense Indoor Ropes Course, 16-ft zipline, Ninja and Parkour courses to test your athletic mettle, and some of the most fun and challenging climbing walls in the country. Top that off with a full kitchen and bar (Wine, Dine and Zipline anyone!), and you have the perfect spot to chill with your friends, family or groups! Visit playadventureparks.com to book your next adventure.
Not sure what to make for lunch/dinner? Don’t head to Giant Eagle or Heinen’s. Swing down to West 25th Street and visit the 109 year-old market for an amazing selection of proteins, dairy, produce and prepared foods. Some favorites include Dionne’s Meats, Ohio City Pasta, Kate’s Fish and The Cheese Shop. Visit westsidemarket.org for hours and a full list of the vendors available.
“Art is too important not to share.” – Romero Britto
A little quiet and beauty can go a long way on a hot summer day. Take a trip to the Wade Oval and view over 6,000 years of history in art form. With over 45,000 works of art you can find something to talk about. From Andy Warhol to Zhao Zhuo there are works from artisans that will fit anyone’s style. Visit clevelandart.org for hours and upcoming events.
Pebble Beach has made its way to Cleveland. Located in the Heights Rockefeller Building, ProXimity has brought the best of golf simulator technology to town. Feel free to hit the links alone, or book a larger group outing in this unique space featuring 5 sports simulators. Even the kids can get into the action knocking out zombies in Zombie Dodgeball! Visit proximitygolf.com to book your tee time.
Since 1945 the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center has been a gateway into science for generations of Ohioans. With a publicly accessible planetarium, your journey into the scientific world isn’t limited to Earth alone. The passion for the scientific world and discovery is evident in the faces of every team member at the Center. Visit lensc.org to check out upcoming events and open times.
Every day we’re shufflin’. Visit Ohio City and try your hand at shuffleboard. Enjoy a few drinks and high quality food as you try and hammer your opponents discs and win the day. Court and table shuffleboards are available for rental by the hour, or you can cheer your friends on as you sip a cool cocktail. Make sure you grab some Shuffle Puffs to re-energize, delicious. Visit forestcityshuffle.com to reserve a court or look at their great menu.
If you haven’t had Mitchell’s, you haven’t been living. Cleveland’s premier ice cream establishment has 6 locations to satisfy your sweet tooth. The best part is, you can take it home with you and keep cool as you scroll through TikTok and YouTube. You will find it hard to limit yourself to one scoop, so don’t! Visit mitchellshomemade.com for locations, hours and flavors.
One of the newest additions to the area (opened in 2019), Foundry Social has brought fun and games to Medina and Northeast Ohio. Featuring activities like High Voltage Karting to billiard, bocce and bowling, Foundry Social has something for everyone. When you add quality cocktails, great food and live music, you have the makings of a definite summer destination. Visit thefoundrysocial.com to book an event or peruse the menu before you visit.
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor
With branches open in nearly every municipality, you don’t have to drive far to dive into a good read. But it isn’t only all about the written word. All branches offer events, speakers and other opportunities to fire some neurons off in the old noggin. Feeling like staying home, visit cpl.org for a full list of digital events and intellectual opportunities.
Duck, Duck, Goo….Strike? Try your hand at duckpin bowling at Hi and Dry Bowling and Beer. Compete against your friends and family while you watch the Tribe on television. Located in Tremont, Hi and Dry Bowling and Beer is centrally located and serves incredible food and ice-cold beer. There won’t be room to “spare” when you are finished digging into their Pitmaster Ribs. Visit hianddrycleveland.com for more information.
While these places won’t fill your entire summer, they are sure to help make memories over the next few months. Remember to support local when you are out and about, and enjoy the time you spend with friends and family.