Extended Stay: Places to See Northeast Ohio
Ohio’s northeastern region rises up from the shores of Lake Erie and blooms with ethnic neighborhoods, the Rock and Roll and Pro Football Halls of Fame and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It stretches beyond suburban areas into rolling hills where highways dissolve into country roads, vineyards and horse & buggy traffic. People live and create the way they want to here, and it makes for an amazingly diverse, authentic set of experiences. Make the most of your summer college visit and stay to see the sights!
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Get the family outdoors and explore Ohio’s National Park! With 33,000 acres and multiple, year-round excursions, the Cuyahoga Valley provides a tranquil escape for nature lovers and outdoor lovers alike. The park’s Bike Aboard program allows riders to peddle along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and then rest and enjoy the scenery as the vintage-style train takes you back. Check out special, seasonal train rides including park ranger led tours, wine/beer tastings and more. Be sure to hike over to the 60-foot high Brandywine Falls, a gorgeous setting for photo opps!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The spirit of rock is alive and well in Cleveland! Dance your way through the 150,000 square-foot museum featuring seven floors, four theatres and ever-changing rock and roll exhibits. The new Rolling Stone exhibit celebrates 50 years of the well-known publication and its honest, true stories about America’s artists. The Summer of Love Turns 50 exhibition celebrates the epicenter of counterculture of 1967. Attend one of the 50 shows being held at Rock Hall Live (the museum’s concert venue) and connect the family with music from your era and theirs.
On the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland has all the attractions and excitement needed for a fun-filled adventure. Cleveland’s University Circle is a great place to explore world-renowned museums, eclectic restaurants and gorgeous parks and gardens all within a square mile. Visit Wade Oval for a historic walking tour or ride the CircleLink shuttle to dinner in Little Italy. The Cleveland Aquarium is an out-of-the box idea for a weekend with the family. With over 1,400 animals representing 250 species, the Aquarium provides an educational and unique destination for a day trip. And of course, you can’t forget about A Christmas Story House! They are open year-round, and you can even leave with your very own Red Ryder BB Gun. Cleveland offers shopping experiences, museums, and restaurants – plan your visit today!
Root for the home team at Progressive Field! You and the family can enjoy an evening in the heart of downtown, along with all the sights, sounds and tastes that come with a night at the ballpark. Join the Indians for a themed night for freebies at the tour and fan giveaways. The kids will enjoy a chance to meet Slider, the team mascot, and run around the bases after Sunday home games. Make lasting family memories and take them out to the ball game!
This trail is a mouthwatering road trip for all kinds of burger lovers! Devour your way through the two savory stops in the northwest region. Enjoy a half-pound gourmet burger at Heck’s Café in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood or park curbside at Swenson’s Drive-In in Akron for a famous Galley Boy. With locations stretching across the state, this trail is perfect if your college visit is bringing you from Columbus or Cincinnati.
If you are taking I-71, you HAVE to stop at Grandpa’s Cheese Barn in Ashland, Ohio. Prepare to enter cheese and fudge heaven. Tucked among the farm fields just east of Ashland, Grandpa’s Cheesebarn really is located inside an old dairy barn converted to a cheese shop back in 1978. Today, it’s still family-owned and operated, but the big white Cheesebarn has become the “capital” of a unique foodie village. Sample cheeses from Ohio’s Amish County and order lunch from the café! The diverse selection of sweets and treats make Grandpa’s Cheesebarn one delicious destination!