Cleveland Metroparks

#1 in Best Things To Do in Cleveland
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Key Info

4101 Fulton Pkwy

Price & Hours

Free

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Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
5.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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.

The reservations and visitor centers are peppered throughout the city, with five of them concentrated in the downtown Cleveland area. There are three located on the shores of Lake Erie, while the rest of the park areas are inland. Visit the Cleveland Metroparks website for information on individual reservations, activities and events. 

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Beating out NYC for the location of choice, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is one of Cleveland's most popular attractions. In fact, since its opening in 1995, more than 9 million visitors, musicians and celebrities alike have walked through its doors. The museum houses a number of permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as special collections and artifacts from some of the best rock 'n' roll musicians of all time, such as The Beatles, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and many more. The museum also offers lectures, films, panel discussions and, of course, live rock music performances. But perhaps the museum's most famous event is the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that takes place every April.

You don't need to be a die-hard fan of rock music to enjoy the country's one and only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Recent visitors loved the museum's massive collection of memorabilia and enjoyed the historical aspects behind each exhibit. The short films and inductee videos come highly recommended, as well as the outdoor patio and cafe, and the museum shop. Although, some warn that this may not be a great place to bring youngsters who aren't all that familiar with rock 'n' roll legends. Also, be sure to call ahead if you have a particular exhibit you want to see because the displays are constantly changing.

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