Best Summer Vacation Activities Around Cleveland

July 12, 2013 8:00 AM

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Vacation means something different to everyone; some like their vacations to be relaxing while others like vacations to be full of adventure. Luckily, Cleveland is ripe with summer and summer activities, both exciting and peaceful. Now that we’ve finally shaken off those winter clouds and let in some summer sun, it’s time to find something to do. The many opportunities that Cleveland has means there is always something happening in the summer.

Cedar Point Amusement Park
1 Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 627-2350

Cedar Point is Cleveland’s adventure capital. For those looking for the thrill of roller coasters, a waterpark, entertainment and activities for the kids, Cedar Point has it. Cedar Point is even situated on the beaches of Lake Erie so you can swim and relax after all those rides. Bring your camper and make it a weekend getaway or drive and stay at one of the many onsite hotels. Cedar Point is amazing all summer long.

Kelleys Island
240 E. Lakeshore
Kelleys Island, OH 43438
(419) 746-2360

About 12 miles past Cedar Point in Sandusky is Kelleys Island, a little spot of paradise for families of all ages. The largest island in Lake Erie, Kelleys Island is open year round with the main attraction being summer and into the fall. Rent a bicycle or a golf cart and explore the island or rent a boat (or bring your own) and fish the waters. With natural parks to check out the glacial grooves and a vast array of underwater shipwrecks to explore while scuba diving, there’s so much to do. Come back to Kelleys Island all summer long for food, fun and a relaxing vacation right outside of Cleveland.

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Cleveland Indians Baseball Game
Progressive Field
2401 Ontario St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 420-4444

In the summertime, Cleveland is a baseball city (and then a football city and a basketball city). There’s nothing that screams vacation louder than a baseball game. The Cleveland Indians, affectionately known as “the Tribe,” has been a professional team for almost 100 years, going back to when they were called the Cleveland Blues. People have rooted on the Indians for years, through good and bad, thick and thin. During the summer after a game when the fireworks reflect off the lake, it’s an especially amazing event to be a part of. Summer vacation isn’t complete without a trip downtown to Progressive Field as many times as you can manage.

Huntington Reservation 
400 Bryson Lane
Bay Village, OH 44140
(440) 871-6755

There’s a reason Huntington Beach was named one of the seven best on Lake Erie (don’t worry; Kelleys Island was in there too). Located in the Cleveland Metroparks, it’s one of the most well-kept beaches and offers lifeguards during the summer to keep the little ones safe. A vast array of picnic tables, grills, swings, parking spots and a restaurant across the road make Huntington Beach an easy place to spend a day or two.  The new addition of Mitchell’s Ice Cream shop, with its homemade ice cream and summer flavors like strawberry chocolate chip, is perfect after a long day in the hot sun.

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Rockin’ On The River
2050 Riverfront Parkway
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 730-7591

In Cleveland when the weather is hot during the day, it’s best to stay in until dark. After sunset is the when all those free summer concerts start happening and it’s best to show up refreshed and ready to enjoy. At two locations, Cuyahoga Falls and Akron, has set up some amazing concerts. From a Bon Jovi tribute band to a steel drum band on the 4th of July, free concerts are everywhere in Cleveland. The orchestra is on Public Square and acoustic guitars are at Wade Oval and Perk Plaza. During summer vacation, music fills the air in the city of Cleveland.

Related: Summer In The City Concert Series

Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at

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