Who said you have to go out of town to have a wonderful vacation? Staycations are the thing of the times and when living in Cleveland, there is a plethora of activities and places to visit without leaving your hometown. Cleveland is one of the most visited cities in Ohio and provides visitors with great baseball, football, local bars, delicious restaurants, nightlife and day activities with museums, parks and so much more. So, staying home is the thing to do to ensure not only some relaxing time away from home but a great time to bond as a family.
Malabar Farm State Park
4050 Bromfield Rd.
Lucas, OH 44843
This historic landmark is part of the Ohio State Parks and Recreation department and was established in 1939. What started out as a place to house his typewriter, author, screenplay writer and short story teller Louis Bromfield made Malabar Farm more than a home for him and his family. He wrote about farm life, agriculture and more. Learn more about him, the family and the farm by touring the “Big House.” Take a tour of the farm by tractor or foot. Hike along the many wooded trails, camp for the night or a week, visit the cemetery or participate in one of the many year-round scheduled events such as dances. If looking for excitement and something out of the ordinary, Malabar Farms is the place to be.
Punderson State Park
11755 Kinsman Rd.
Newbury, OH 44065
Get back to the basics of life by enjoying a staycation in the heart of nature. Whether the staycation is in the winter, spring, summer or fall, Punderson State Park has you covered with an array of activities and accommodations for the outdoors man or the more stay-inside naturalist. Enjoy the 741-acre state park with lush wooded trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling or whatever your sport might be. Spend a day fishing or boating in the lake and rest your weary feet in a soft bed in the park’s resort house or pitch a tent in the campground or the cozy cottages. Whether you love to play golf or skip rocks in the crystal clear lake, Punderson State Park is a great way to get distracted from the day-to-day events of life.
“A Christmas Story” House
3159 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44109
Who doesn’t have fond memories of the movie “A Christmas Story”? Whether it be the continuous playing on television the days and hours before Christmas and the entirety of Christmas Day, or huddled up under a cozy blanket watching it on DVD, “A Christmas Story” has touched so many lives throughout the years. Experience the real house where the movie was filmed. Touch the “lighted leg lamp” displayed proudly in the picture window or walk the steps and sit in the kitchen that Ralphie once enjoyed. From room to room and floor to floor, little pieces of the movie come to live and allow visitors to experience a new realm of appreciation. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop to take home something to remember it all by. This is a great place to start family traditions.
10620 Mayfield Rd.
Chesterland, OH 44026
Slopping down the massive hills at Alpine Valley is not only exhilarating but fascinating at the same time. Whether taking the ski lifts to the top to ski down or tube down, a day spent at Alpine Valley is a day of spending time with the family and away from the electronics, television or the friendly chatter between family members that may lead to arguments. After a day of enjoying the refreshing snow, warm the soul with a delicious, piping hot cup of hot chocolate in the warm lodge.
One Center Court
Cleveland, OH 44115
Catching a basketball game with the Cleveland Cavaliers will get the heart pumping. Just being in the arena is fascinating enough knowing fans are surrounded by some of the best athletes in the nation. Watching the scoreboard, following the players to and from and praying for the ball to go in the net, these are some of the memorable moments of the game. Cheer on the team and be apart of the thrill of being a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. Take pride in the team by visiting the All-Star gift shop or indulge in a delicious hot dog or soft pretzel, while washing it down with a cold alcoholic beverage. What could be any better?
Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.