The sun is out, and it’s warming up in Cleveland!
Read on for our recommendations on things to do this spring season.
1. North Coast Harbor is home to the Voinovich Bicentennial Park (named for former Cleveland Mayor, Ohio Governor and Ohio Senator George Voinovich). This lakefront district is adjacent to the Rock Hall and the Great Lakes Science Center and provides visitors with amazing views. Look north, and you’ll see Lake Erie in all its glory. Turn around, and you’ll see great cityscapes that include the Rock Hall, GLSC, FirstEnergy Stadium (home of the Browns) and skyscrapers such as the Terminal Tower and the Key Tower.
Visit northcoastharbor.org/voinovich-bicentennial-park for more information.
North end of the East 9th Pier, Cleveland 44114; 216.664.2570
CV TIP: Food trucks and live music draw lunchtime crowds beginning in June, and hot dog vendors near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are always happy to help satisfy your appetite. Don’t forget to save some breadcrumbs for the seagulls.
2. A visit to Cleveland in the spring is the perfect time to catch the Cleveland Indians at home at Progressive Field. Joining the throngs of Indians fans as they sing “Hang on Sloopy” or root on their favorite character in the Hot Dog Derby will quickly make you feel like a real Clevelander. And come hungry, because local eats and brews are available throughout the stadium.
Visit mlb.com/Indians/tickets to view the schedule and purchase tickets.
2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland 44115; 216.420.HITS
3. The 178-acre Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a must-see. Here you can feed giraffes at the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter, observe elephants at Elephant Crossing and come “nose to nose” at the Rosebrough Tiger Passage Exhibit, which features four interconnected habitat areas for the tigers to roam, two trails that pass over the heads of visitors and glass viewing areas. Family fun can be had at The Circle of Wildlife Carousel ride, which features 64 carved animals. And if you want to explore the tropics in the great indoors, the Rainforest is included in the Zoo’s regular admission price. Open Mon.-Sun. 10am-5pm.
Visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo for ticket information.
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland 44109; 216.661.6500
4. Come visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden while the spring flowers are in bloom - inside and out! Stroll through the CK Patrick Perennial Garden in May to admire the peach, white and apricot daffodils, and enjoy the colorful tulips in the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden. A trip to the Botanical Gardens makes for a relaxing visit complete with a surplus of beautiful views. Open Tues., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. 10am-5pm, Wed. 10am-9pm and Sun. 12pm-5pm.
For more information: cbgarden.org.
11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106; 216.721.1600
CV TIP: In the spring, the Katherine Philipp Geis Terrace is the perfect spot for outdoor dining. Plan your visit accordingly, and grab lunch at The Garden Café before settling in on the Terrace, directly adjacent.
5. Looking for an expert to show you around? Climb aboard Lolly the Trolley and learn the ins and outs of Cleveland, all in a one or two-and-a-half-hour tour! These narrated City Tours cover The Flats and Cuyahoga River area, Downtown and Public Square, North Coast Harbor, The Warehouse District, Ohio City and the West Side Market, Gateway Sports Complex (including the “Q” and Progressive Field) and more, depending on the length of the tour.
For more information on tours, visit lollytrolley.com.
1101 Winslow Avenue, Cleveland 44113; 216.771.4484