Summer is the time for family vacations and leisurely getaways. There is plenty to do and see within a short drive of Cleveland. Here are just a few ideas.
Ohio has more than 70 Indian mounds, burial sites of the Adena and Hopewell tribes--the "mound builders"--who inhabited central and southern Ohio from roughly 3000 BC until the 16th century.
Many of these sites are open to the public, including the dramatic and fascinating Serpent Mound, in southwest Ohio. Some sites even have museums and visitors centers accompanying them. Visiting Ohio's Indian mounds makes an interesting and educational weekend side trip from Cleveland.
Chautauqua, New York
New York's Chautauqua Institution, founded in 1874 by an Akron Ohio inventor and a Methodist minister, is a summer retreat dedicated to the arts and continuing education. Based on the premise that everyone "has a right to be all that he can be -- to know all that he can know", the Institution, located about a three-hour drive from Cleveland, combines a relaxed country setting with excellent speakers, performers, and classes.
Cincinnati, "The Queen City," is located along the Ohio River in southwest Ohio, about 3 1/2 hours from Cleveland. The riverfront city offers a number of things to do, from sporting events to museums to the annual Tall Stacks Festival. Cincinnati makes a nice, affordable weekend getaway from Cleveland.
See the free Cincinnati Art Museum, the art galleries, and boutique on Mt. Adams, or take in a Cincinnati Reds game.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, located about 30 minutes north of Niagara Falls (and about a 5-hour drive from Cleveland), is a world away from the carnival-like atmosphere near the Falls. The 19th-century town, on the shore of Lake Ontario, features charming bed and breakfast inns, a downtown shopping district of eclectic shops in restored storefronts, delicious Scottish and Irish-style restaurants, and the Shaw Festival during the summer and fall months. Plus, the American dollar still goes farther in Canada.
Among the best places to stay are:
Book early; accommodations fill up early in the summer.
Cedar Point and Lake Erie Vacationland
The Lake Erie Islands and the surrounding area are one of the most delightful places in the country to spend a summer weekend--or week. The breezes from Lake Erie keep the temperature moderate, the islands offer plenty of activities from wineries to beaches to lively bars and restaurants, and Cedar Point continues to be the "World's Favorite Amusement Park."