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Issue Date: April 2011

The City List: 2011 - Attractions

[ Amusement Parks ]

Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, 419-627-2350, The new 30-story-tall WindSeeker swing ride is added to a host of coasters that include the 310-foot-tall Millennium Force and 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster plus the Peanuts-themed kids area. Challenge Park and Soak City are next door.May 14-Oct. 30 (times vary). $21-$46.99, 2 and under are free, parking is $10-$15 (call to confirm).

Great Wolf Lodge

4600 Milan Road, Sandusky, 888-779-2327, Features an outdoor pool and a 42,000-square-foot indoor entertainment area with a water park.

Kalahari Resort

7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, 419-433-7200, America's largest indoor water park, this African-themed resort features the Zip Coaster, the stand-up-and-surf FlowRider and nearly 900 guest rooms.

Pioneer Waterland & Dry Fun Park

10661 Kile Road, Chardon, 440-285-5200, Water slides, paddle boats, activity pool, Kiddie Waterland, Tot-Land, mini golf, batting cages and more.June 12-Aug 29 (times vary). $13.95-$19.95, children under 40 inches tall are free. Parking $3.

Wildwater Kingdom

1100 Squires Road, Aurora, 330-562-8303, Body slides, tube slides, a 60-foot-tall, 253-foot-long funnel slide and 390,000-gallon tidal pool are some of this water park's highlights. May 28-Sept 5 (times vary). $14.99-$29.99. Parking $5.

[ The Arts ]

Actors' Summit Theater

103 S High St, Akron, 330-374-7568, This critically acclaimed professional theater features about 12 shows each year.

Beck Center for the Arts

17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-2540, See musicals, comedies and dramas on the Karl Mackey Main Stage and in the Studio Theater. Art galleries feature local and regional artists, including the Cleveland Artists' Foundation Gallery. Call for showtimes. $8-$28 (plus $3 service fee per ticket).

Big Dog Theater

2781 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-472-3636, A performance and training venue offering improv, sketch and stand-up comedians.

Blossom Music Center

1145 W Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 888-225-6776 or 800-686-1141, Cleveland Orchestra tickets 216-231-1111, Ticketmaster 800-745-3000, The summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and a tour stop for many national acts ranging from rock to jazz.

Cain Park

14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000 (park) or 216-291-5796 (office), Performing arts center.

Canton Palace Theatre Association

605 Market Ave N, Canton, 330-454-8172, Built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, this restored theater hosts concerts, musicals, plays, hit movies, and art and foreign films.Mon, Thu & Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cassidy Theatre

6200 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, 440-842-4600, Broadway hits, classics, musicals, comedies, dramas, special musical events and youth theater.Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free parking.

Cedar Lee Theatre

2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355, Independent and blockbuster films, plus beer on tap at the concession stand.

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque

The Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7450, Foreign, classic and indie movies that you can't see anywhere else in the city.$9; members & CIA students, faculty & staff $6; a second film on the same day costs $6.

Cleveland Institute of Music

11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-791-5000, Conservatory offering a variety of free performances.

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

713 Lincoln Blvd, Bedford, 440-942-9525, Provides music education and outreach for Ohio high schools.

The Cleveland Orchestra

11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-231-1111, Critically acclaimed worldwide. Summer weekend concerts at Blossom Music Center. Ticket prices vary.

The Cleveland Play House

8500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-795-7000, Presents comedies, dramas and musicals.$10-$66.

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

24000 Mercantile Road, Suite 8, Beachwood, 216-765-7677, Innovative blend of popular music, standards, Broadway, patriotic movie scores, swing and jazz performances. Annual PlayhouseSquare holiday concert and a special New Year's Eve show.

Cleveland Public Theatre

6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-631-2727, One of the nation's leading experimental and political performance venues. Presents a full season of theater along with dance, music and performance art. CPT functions as an artistic home for dozens of local and self-producing artists.$10-$25, $2 discounts for students & seniors.


13110 Shaker Square, Suite 106, Cleveland, 216-991-9000, The oldest modern dance organization in continuous operation in the country.$10-$55, student rates available.

Dobama Theatre

2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3396, Showcases works by established and emerging playwrights.$5-$25, first Sun of every run is "pay what you can."

Great Lakes Theater Festival

1501 Euclid Ave, Suite 300, Cleveland, 216-241-5490, Presents five main-stage productions each season (Sept.-May).$15-$70, students $13. Check website for schedule.

Karamu House

2355 E 89th St, Cleveland, 216-795-7077, The nation's oldest multicultural arts institution presents dramas, musicals, comedies, new works and camps.

Ohio Dance Theatre

39 S Main St, Suite 241, Oberlin, 440-774-6077, Professional, ballet-based, contemporary dance company committed to bringing the finest in classic and contemporary dance to audiences in the region.

The Ohio Light Opera

College of Wooster, 329 E University St, Wooster, 330-263-2345, The only professional company that concentrates solely on operetta.Tickets $10-$46.

Opera Cleveland

4700 Lakeside Road, Cleveland, 216-575-0903, Classical and contemporary repertoire as well as new works and outreach programs.$25 and up.


1501 Euclid Ave, Suite 200, Cleveland, 216-771-4444 or box office 216-771-8403, PlayhouseSquare's Ohio, State, Palace, Allen, Hanna and 14th Street theaters spotlight a variety of performances, including Opera Cleveland, Great Lakes Theater Festival, DANCE-Cleveland, PlayhouseSquare's Broadway Series and more.

The Dancing Wheels Company & School

Masonic Temple Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave, Third Floor, Cleveland, 216-432-0306, Arts and disability organization providing accessible programs, classes and performances.

Something Dada

Various locations, 216-696-4242, Cleveland's first full-time improvisational comedic theater. Check website for performance schedule and venues.

Stocker Arts Center

1005 N Abbe Road, Elyria, 440-366-4140 or box office 440-366-4040, Professional music, dance and theater performances for all ages. The Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery features exhibitions by many professional and local artists.

Verb Ballets

2140 Lee Road, Suite 218, Cleveland Heights, 216-397-3757, Contemporary dance ensemble of established dancers promoting appreciation for the art form as well as the development of up-and-coming dancers and choreographers.

[ Galleries ]


6421 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-281-1618, Focusing on individual artists' exhibitions, including artists of extraordinary talent with regional, national and international acclaim.Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat by appointment.

Artefino Art Gallery Cafe

Tower Press Building, 1900 Superior Ave, First Floor, Cleveland, 216-830-1400, Gallery and cafe featuring local paintings and prints, sculpture, jewelry and mixed-media works.Mon-Thu 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, 216-721-9020, A unique archival facility that preserves representative bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists.Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

Artist Review Today

The Galleria at Erieview, 1301 E Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-771-0900, A showcase of more than 100 fine artists and craftspeople featured in the quarterly publication of the same name.Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat and evenings by appointment.

Arts Collinwood

15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216-692-9500, Fine arts gallery in a burgeoning arts district, featuring local, regional and national artists in regularly changing, creative exhibits year-round.Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bonfoey Gallery

1710 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-621-0178, Established regional and national contemporary artists, specializing in painting and photography. Custom framing, restoration, appraisals and estate services available.Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Galleries

11141 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7407, Serves CIA students, faculty and community as an educational resource and encourages artistic growth and experimentation.Mon-Thu & Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cleveland State University Art Gallery

2307 Chester Ave, Cleveland, 216-687-2103, The program consists of curated exhibitions of national scope with a variety of community responsive support exhibitions.Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.; Summer: Wed-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

Contessa Gallery

Legacy Village, 24667 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-382-7800; 1501 Euclid Ave, Suite 112, Cleveland, 216-861-9280, Specializes in old and modern masters as well as the most prominent American and international artists living today. Legacy Village Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun noon-6 p.m.; PlayhouseSquare by appointment, during performances.

Cocoran Fine Arts & Appraisals

12610 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-767-0770. Specializing in original prints and Cleveland School Artists.Mon-Sat noon-5 p.m.

Galeria Quetzal

12400 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-421-8223, Hispanic folk and fine art as well as interior design, wearable art and gifts.Mon-Thu noon-7 p.m., Fri & Sat noon-9 p.m.

Galleria at Erieview

301 E Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-861-4343, Monthly exhibits feature the works of renowned Northeast Ohio artists.Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Gallery at Gray's

10717 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-458-7696, The Gallery at Gray's presents exhibitions featuring new work from contemporary artists. Some of the artists will not have exhibited before in Cleveland, others will be well known to local art aficionados.Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun by appointment.

Great Lakes Art Conservation

2337 W 11th St, Suite 11, Cleveland, 216-621-4141. Focusing on conservation and preservation of art, primarily paintings, murals and painted objects.By appointment.

HeARTworks Gallery & Gifts

The Galleria, 1301 E Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-241-1350. Dedicated to promoting the work of local artists with developmental disabilities.Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

78th Street Studios, 1305 W 80th St, Cleveland, 216-631-6719, Eclectic inventory of modern, traditional and regional art, as well as sculpture, tribal art, photography and contemporary art.Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m.

Lake Erie Artists Gallery

13129 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, 216-752-9960, Featuring art gifts by Ohio artists, workshops and classes, local history and memorabilia, green gifts by A Piece of Cleveland and From the Blue Bag, and beads.Mon & Wed 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue & Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lee Hayden Gallery

13210 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 440-871-4747, Features works from dozens of internationally renowned artists.Tue-Sun noon-6 p.m.

Loganberry Books

13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-795-9800, A used and rare bookstore featuring carefully selected books and an Annex Gallery that features fine art exhibits.Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Low Life Gallery

16001 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 330-671-6123. Lowbrow art and culture gallery with an ever-changing roster of new artists.Fri & Sat 6-10 p.m., by appointment.

The Mezzanine Gallery

2026 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-721-4992, Focusing on fine art photos, paintings, jewelry and mixed media.Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m., by appointment.

The Paul Duda Gallery

2342 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-589-5788, Cleveland landscapes, florals and oil paintings, custom framing, canvas printing and photography.Thu-Fri 7-9 p.m., Sat noon-9 p.m., by appointment.

Pennello Gallery

12407 Mayfield Road, Specializes in contemporary American, Canadian and Israeli fine art and craft. New exhibits monthly.Call for hours.

Piccadilly's Fine Art Galleries

2253 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-344-1800 or 888-579-4300, National and international artists, including Alexie Butirskiy and Thomas Arvid.Tue-Thu noon-6 p.m., Fri & Sat noon-10 p.m.

Rob Hartshorn Studios & Gallery

2342 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-403-2734, Original portraits, landscape and fine art photography.Mon-Thu noon-6 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sankofa Fine Art Plus

541 E 105th St, Suite 209, Cleveland, 216-541-2787, Featuring fine ethnic art.Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Sculpture Center

1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, 216-229-6527, Exhibits the highest quality contemporary sculpture by rapidly rising, mid-career and established artists in our greater region.Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m., by appointment.

SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art

740 W Superior Ave, Suite 101, Cleveland, 216-830-8888, Quality paintings, drawings, sculptures, original prints and multiples by contemporary and important postwar artists.4Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., during exhibitions, by appointment.


2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, 216-621-2314, Contemporary art, often not only unique to Cleveland, but also fresh to the art world.Tue,Wed & Fri-Sun noon-5 p.m., Thu noon-8 p.m.

Streets of Manhattan Studio

1433 E 33rd St, Cleveland, 216-357-3344, Specializes in hot glass art and creates mainly large architectural fused glass installations and one-of-a-kind glass sculptures.Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Studio Attic

Tower Press Building, 1900 Superior Ave, Suite 102, Cleveland, 216-771-9070, Cine Hypo Films and the Studio Attic are both production facilities and screening rooms for traditional filmmaking.Mon-Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat 1-4 p.m.

Sylvia Ullman American Crafts Gallery

12712 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-229-5770. An often-changing range of items at various price points: glass, wood, ceramics.Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.

Tregoning & Company

78th Street Studios, 1300 W 78th St, 216-281-8626, Specializing in works from Northeast Ohio. Has been pre-eminent in the art and artists of The Cleveland School since 1982. Offers conservation services, gallery rentals and appraisal services.Mon-Wed & Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m.

Verne Collection of Japanese Prints and Paintings

2207 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-231-8866, Antique and contemporary Japanese prints and paintings, and American artists living in Japan.Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wall Eye Gallery

5304 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-640-7769, A seven-member collective showing work in a variety of mediums from area artists in a two-level gallery complete with boutique.Call for hours, by appointment.

Waterloo 7

35005 Chardon Road, Cleveland, 440-946-0333, Traditional painting and sculpture gallery featuring works by new artists and a unique arts and music garden.Tue-Thu 1-7 p.m., Fri & Sat 1-8 p.m., Sun 1-6 p.m.

William Busta Gallery

2731 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, 216-298-9071, Exhibits by contemporary artists who live in Northeast Ohio.Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by appointment.

[ Museums ]

A Christmas Story House

3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-255-6651, See the home used in the film A Christmas Story restored to its former glory with movie props on display.Thu-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. $8, kids 7-12 are $6, kids 6 and under are free.

Akron Art Museum

1 S High St, Akron, 330-376-9185, Modern art from 1850 to the present with particular strengths in American impressionist painting, sculpture since 1960 and 20th-century photography.Wed & Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Allen Memorial Art Museum

Oberlin College, 87 N Main St, Oberlin, 440-775-8665, Contemporary art, Japanese woodblock prints, Islamic carpets, 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings and European art from the late 19th and 20th centuries.Tue-Sat 10 a.m- 5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., closed holidays. Free admission.

Children's Museum of Cleveland

10730 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-791-5437, Hands-on discovery and learning center that teaches children about the world and themselves.Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7, under 11 months free.

Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum

Galleria at Erieview, 1309 E Ninth St, Second Floor, Cleveland, 216-523-3900, Showcases the beauty and diversity of Hungarian and Hungarian-American culture.Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, donations encouraged.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7340 or 216-421-7350, Although the museum's renovation continues, more than 40 galleries are now open. See website for information on concerts, films and educational programs.Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed & Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, 216-231-4600, Ohio's largest and oldest museum dedicated to natural history.Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. $7-$10, kids 2 and under are free, Wednesday evenings $6.

Dunham Tavern Museum

6709 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-431-1060, The city's oldest building on its original site. This 1824 home offers a glimpse into settlers' lives.Wed & Sun 1-4 p.m., other days by reservation. $3, children $2.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center & Money Museum

1455 E Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-579-3188, Explore the history of money, how it has shaped societies and how it plays a central role in our everyday lives at this free museum.Check website for special exhibitions. Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, 216-694-2000, The center features hundreds of interactive exhibits and the Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX Theater.Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit website for pricing, children under 2 & members are free.

Hale Farm & Village

2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 800-589-9703, Outdoor history museum where visitors experience mid-19th-century life. Features Family Fun Days, antique shows, music festivals and summer day camps.Call for hours and pricing. Kids under 3 & members are free.

International Women's Air & Space Museum

Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N Marginal Road, Room 165, Cleveland, 216-623-1111, Preserves the history of women in aviation and space.Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (office & research room Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Free.

Lake View Cemetery

12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-421-2665, Historic garden cemetery featuring the Garfield Monument, Wade Chapel and Rockefeller Obelisk.Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-593-0575, Pays tribute to the Jewish-American story with state-of-the-art exhibitions, interactive exhibits, films, oral histories, photos and artifacts.Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. $5-$7, kids under 12 & members free (additional charges during special exhibitions).

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland

8501 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, 216-421-8671, International, national and regional contemporary artists.Tue & Thu-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3-$4, kids ages 12 and under free, Fri are free.

Oberlin Heritage Center

73 ½ S Professor St, Oberlin, 440-774-1700, Three historic buildings tell the nationally significant history of Oberlin, including abolition, the Underground Railroad, women's rights and more.Tours 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Tue, Thu & Sat. $6, free for children under 18 accompanied by a parent.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, 330-456-8207, Commemorates the great heroes and moments of a century of professional football.Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. during summer). $14-$20, children 5 & under free.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, 216-781-7625, The world's first museum dedicated to the living heritage of rock 'n' roll. A multimedia hall of fame honors inductees.Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed until 9 p.m. (Sat until 9 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day). $24-$38, kids 8 and under are free.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N Portage Path, Akron, 330-836-5533, Tudor Revival mansion on 70 acres of gardens.Opens April 1. Hall open Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (last admission time), grounds open Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Steamship William G. Mather Museum

305 Mather Way, Cleveland, 216-574-9053, A floating museum created from a 618-foot-long steam ship that hauled iron ore and coal to Cleveland's steel plants for more than 60 years. May, Sept. & Oct. open Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June-Aug. open Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


1089 N Marginal Road, Cleveland, 216-566-8770, The submarine USS Cod sank more than a dozen Japanese ships during her seven war patrols in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Peer into an open torpedo tube, try out a crewman's bunk, or sit in the captain's chair.May 1-Sept. 30. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-$6, free for children under 6 & military personnel in uniform.

The Western Reserve Historical Society

10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-721-5722, Exhibits examine Northeast Ohio's history. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum contains antique and classic automobiles, motorcycles and aircrafts.Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., library open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu-Sat. $5-$8.50, ages 3 and under & members free, parking $5.

[ Sports ]

Akron Aeros (Class AA baseball)

Canal Park, 300 S Main St, Akron, 330-253-5151 or 800-972-3767,

Cleveland Browns (NFL football)

Cleveland Browns Stadium, 1085 W Third St, Cleveland, 888-891-1999,

Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA basketball)

Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 216-420-2287,

Cleveland Fusion (WFA football)

Byer's Field, 7600 Day Drive, Parma, 216-337-9101, Regular season starts April 18.

Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball)

Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, 216-420-4487, 866-488-7423 or Ticketmaster 216-241-8888,

Lake County Captains (Class A baseball)

Classic Park, 35300 Vine St, Eastlake, 440-954-9467,

Lake Erie Monsters (AHL hockey)

Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 888-894-9424 or 216-420-2000,

Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League baseball)

2009 Baseball Blvd, Avon, 440-934-3636,

Northfield Park

10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, 330-467-4101, Year-round live harness racing plus simulcasts from throughout the country.

Thistledown Racetrack

21501 Emery Road, North Randall, 216-662-8600, Open daily for simulcasting. April 23-Nov. 6 (check website for dates and times); doors open at 11:30 a.m., post time TBD.

[ Zoos & Nature Centers ]

African Safari Wildlife Park

267 Lightner Road, Port Clinton, 419-732-3606 or 800-521-2660, The Midwest's only drive-through safari, home to more than 300 beautiful and exotic animals. Free animal food provided. Camel and pony rides, educational animal shows and pig races. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3-Dec. 4. $8.95-$17.95 (rates vary with season), kids 3 and under free.

Akron Zoo

500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, 330-375-2550, Home to more than 700 animals, including Sumatran tigers, African lions, red pandas, otters and Komodo dragons. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May-Oct., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.-April. Winter admission $6, summer admission $6-$10, kids under 2 free.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-721-1600, Ten acres of gorgeous gardens and an 18,000-square-foot conservatory with authentic re-creations of the spiny desert of Madagascar and the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Special exhibits throughout the year. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day only). $8.50, children (3-12) $3, members & children under 3 free, seniors (60+) $5.50 (Tue).

Cleveland Metroparks

4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, 216-635-3200, Comprises more than 19,000 acres of land in 16 reservations, connecting parkways and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Enjoy picnic areas and all-purpose fields, hiking trails and wildlife-management areas, stables and seven outdoor education facilities.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & the RainForest

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500, One of the country's oldest zoos, featuring 3,000 animals on 168 wooded acres. The African Elephant Crossing habitat and conservation center opens in May. The RainForest is home to 600 animals and 10,000 jungle plants. Wolf Wilderness features Mexican wolves, beavers, bald eagles and wetland species. The 8-acre Australian Adventure children's area takes visitors Down Under. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 7 p.m. Sat & Sun in summer). Winter tickets $5 for kids 2-11, $7 for adults; summer tickets $7-$10; kids under 2 always free, Cuyahoga County & Hinckley Township residents admitted free (zoo only) Mon.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

216-524-1497 or 800-445-9667, Explore 33,000 acres of parkland stretching 22 miles between Cleveland and Akron. Includes the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Holden Arboretum

9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, A 3,600-acre preserve of woodlands, display gardens, horticultural collections, ponds and walking trails. One of the largest arboretums in the country. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-$6, kids 5 and under free.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, Scenic outdoor gardens, live animal exhibits and a planetarium show. Wildlife rehabilitation available. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Lake Metroparks

11211 Spear Road, Concord Township, 440-639-7275, Lake Metroparks is made up of 29 parks and 8,051 acres that offer two golf courses, a 4.8-mile paved trail, five parks on Lake Erie's shoreline, a nature center, a wildlife center, a farm park and a cross country ski center.Check website or call for hours.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark

8800 Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, More than 50 breeds of farm animals, the Great Tomato Works and hydroponics exhibits.

Lorain County Metro Parks

12882 Diagonal Road, La Grange, 440-458-5121, The 6,500 acres in 22 parks offer activities for nature lovers of all ages. The park offerings include Splash Zone Aquatics and Fitness Center and Forest Hills Golf Course.

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

2600 S Park Blvd, Cleveland, 216-321-5935, Regular classes for children, plus naturalist-led tours of the trails. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., trails open dawn to dusk.

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