In the era of "staycations," many families are looking to less-popular areas (often in their own backyard) for entertainment. Cleveland, Ohio, is one such area. It isn't what you think of first when considering a family vacation
; however, Cleveland does offer many opportunities for family fun.
Although Cleveland is not the site of a Disney park or one of the Six Flags franchises, it does have an affordable amusement park nearby that the whole family can enjoy. Cedar Point Amusement Park is located in Sandusky, Ohio, just an hour away. It is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment, the owners of 11 amusement parks, including Knotts Berry Farm. Cedar Point is a place to find rides, food, great hotels and much more for the family.
If you are tired of the same old museums, go to Cleveland to experience parts of American history that go beyond the same old stuffy wax figures. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and A Christmas Story House are just a few. Cleveland also is a Hall of Fame mecca. It is home to the Pro Football, Rock and Roll and National Inventors Halls of Fame. Each are open to the public year-round.
There are water activities such as Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom. You can tour Cleveland on Lolley the Trolley or spend a day frolicking on Cleveland's 22-acre Cain Park. In the great snows of Cleveland's winters, you can have some family fun at the Kendall Lake Winter Sports Center. Try your hand at skiing, experience ice fishing or ice skating.
Jonita Davis is freelance writer and marketing consultant. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "The LaPorte County Herald Argus" and Work.com. Davis also authored the book, "Michigan City Marinas," which covers the history of the Michigan City Port Authority. Davis holds a bachelor's degree in English from Purdue University.