"A Christmas Story" House and Museum#10 in Best Things To Do in Cleveland
Cleveland was the primary site for the filming of Bob Clark's classic 1983 movie, "A Christmas Story." If you're a fan of the movie, you won't want to miss visiting Ralphie's house now, would you? The Parker house used in the film has been restored to its original cinematic glory. Visitors can go on a guided tour as well as visit the official "A Christmas Story" Museum, which features costumes, props and lots of movie memorabilia. There's even a gift shop if you want to take some of the movie magic home with you.
Whether or not you've seen the movie beforehand, you'll leave as "A Christmas Story" fan. Past travelers said a visit here left them feeling nostalgic and reminiscing of their childhood, and many raved about the entertaining and funny tour guides who shared plenty of behind-the-scenes details and filming trivia. You'll even discover a few hidden secrets. Watching the movie after touring the house is recommended as you'll probably notice more of the smaller filming details. And those who visited during Christmastime said it felt extra special.
The house and museum are located in the Tremont area of Cleveland, about 4 miles south of downtown, which is accessible via public transportation, taxi and car. There is also free street parking and multiple buses stop nearby. Tickets include a guided tour and cost $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 7 to 12; children 6 and younger can enter for free. Both the museum and house are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. If you want to see any of the other filming locations in Cleveland, be sure to visit its website.
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More than 21,000 acres of nature preserves make up Cleveland's extensive metropolitan park system. There are 18 parks and reservations throughout the Cleveland area that offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding and more. Visitors can learn about the reservations at any of the 10 nature visitors centers or partake in group programs like animal tracking and nature explorers. Bring lunch and rest your legs in the picnic areas located throughout the parks.
Although all the reservations provide endless amounts of outdoor fun and gorgeous scenery, the Rocky River Reservation and North Chagrin Reservation come highly recommended from past visitors who said the views were incredible and the nature sightings were aplenty. Many reported seeing a variety of ducks, frogs and birds. The thousands of trails are also great for walks, hikes and bike rides. The Lakefront, Brookside and Washington reservations are within the downtown Cleveland area, and are convenient alternatives if you don't feel like making the trek to the Rocky River and North Chagrin reservations.
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