Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
The Cleveland Botanical Garden has 10 “collection gardens” that make perfect settings for formal or casual photographs of the kids. One is the Hershey Children’s Garden. It’s filled with kid-friendly blossoms such as daisies and sunflowers, statues, bridges, benches and sculptures. It also has a fruit-and-berry garden, fishponds and a sod-roof cottage.For a more formal photo, try the colorful and tranquil Japanese garden. Vibrant flowers, lush greens, intricate rock paths and benches provide perfect backgrounds. More exotic choices can be found in the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, an 18,000-foot conservatory with plants from the Madagascar Desert and the rain forests of Costa Rica. Botanical Garden hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; and extended hours to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Progressive Field’s Bob Feller Statue
2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
Baseball-loving families will find lots of places to take pictures of their children inside the Cleveland Indian’s Progressive Field, but for the best place, you don’t even have to have a ticket. A statue of Bob Feller, the most famous pitcher in Cleveland Indian’s history and one of the greatest in MLB history, is located outside of Gate C at the stadium. The Baseball Hall of Famer pitched three no-hitters and is the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter on opening day. He lived in the Cleveland area until his death in 2010. The statue is situated to allow for a wide view of Progressive Field in a photo, but for that, it’s best to go when a game is not underway, as the statue is a popular meeting spot for fans. The Bob Feller memorial statue is in a park-like area, so it is always open unless repairs are going on.
Cleveland Lakefront State Park
8701 Lakeshore Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44108-1069
If you ask a Cleveland resident to point you to Cleveland Lakefront State Park, they will be confused. The name is a catchall the state uses to describe the publicly-accessible Cleveland lakefront and actually refers to six locations.
Depending upon where you are, you’ll be closest to (going from west to east): Edgewater Park, the East 55th Street Marina, Gordon Park, Euclid Beach Park, Villa Angela or Wildwood Park. Any of these will provide a wide view of Lake Erie for a beautiful background, and each park has other options — beaches, towering trees, boats, etc. If you need directions, just ask for the nearest park on the lake.