There’s nothing like autumn in Cleveland, from the brilliant fall foliage
throughout the Metroparks to the West Side Market stalls brimming with
ripe apples, pumpkins and gourds.
Winter may be right around the corner, but right now visitors are discovering why
fall is our favorite season here at City Visitor.
Here are a few of our favorite indoor and outdoor things to do.
1. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: There are so many “paw”ssible ways to have fun here, making this a truly “grrrrreat” attraction any time of year—and it’s only about five minutes from downtown! Feed the giraffes at the African Savanna area, enjoy the inhabitants of Elephant Crossing and Tiger Passage, and take a trip Down Under for an Australian Adventure. Want to explore the tropics? The zoo’s indoor RainForest is teeming with jungle species from around the world. The Circle of Life Carousel, with its 64 carved animals, will appeal to all ages. Open Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo for more information.
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland 44109; 216.661.6500
CV TIP: Go in the morning to catch the animals during feeding time. They’re more likely to be out and about then; afternoon is usually naptime.
2. West Side Market: Summer farmers’ markets may have wrapped up for the season, but this one reigns supreme year-round. Opened in 1912, the historic market features more than 100 vendors selling meats, cheeses, pastries, ethnic foods and fresh produce from the autumn harvest. Catch a bite to eat at the Market Café, an old-fashioned diner with food featuring the market’s vendors. For breakfast, try the cornbread waffles with Ohio maple syrup. For lunch, we love the Lake Erie walleye sandwich and a microbrew from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Open Monday and Wednesday 7am-4pm, Friday and Saturday 7am-6pm, and Sunday 12pm-6pm.
Visit westsidemarket.org for more information.
1979 W. 25th Street at Lorain Avenue, Cleveland 44113; 216.664.3387
3. Lake View Cemetery: No Halloween ghosts or goblins here! Just a spectacular display of fall foliage, easy walking paths, ample wildlife and the final resting places of such notables as President James A. Garfield, business mogul John D. Rockefeller, philanthropist and opera singer Zelma George, inventor Garret Morgan, and the Untouchables’ Elliot Ness. History buffs and nature lovers alike flock to this spot in the fall to take a stroll and enjoy the autumn air. Dogs are welcome on-leash. The grounds are open daily 7:30am-5:30pm November-March and 7:30am-7:30pm April-October.
Visit lakeviewcemetery.com for information about educational programs, tours, and trolley rides through the cemetery.
12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106; 216.421.2665
4. A Christmas Story House: Get ready for the winter holidays with a visit to this unique attraction. It pays homage to the film classic "A Christmas Story", much of which was filmed in Cleveland. Now restored, the house is open year-round for public tours. The museum is across the street and is filled with behind-the-scenes photos and documents, costumes and original props, including Randy’s snowsuit. Visitors can purchase their very own Leg Lamps at the gift shop. Open 10am-5pm. Tours run every half hour starting at 10:15. The last tour is at 4:30pm.
For more information: christmasstoryhouse.com
3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland 44109; 216.298.4919
CV TIP: Tours provide lots of photo opportunities, but you have to be quick because the guides like to keep things moving along and there’s little time for retakes.
5. Great Lakes Science Center: More than 300,000 visitors come here to experiment, create and enjoy hundreds of hands-on exhibits, daily science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. Enjoy an unforgettable cinematic experience in the six-story-high Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and learn more about the space program at the NASA Glenn Visitors Center. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm; CLOSED DURING BROWNS' DAYTIME HOME GAMES.
For more information, visit greatscience.com.
601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland 44114; 216.694.2000
CV TIP: Use the Visitor Value Pass® found on cityvisitor.com for discount on admission. Discounted parking is available in the GLSC’s attached garage.