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RELOCATION GUIDE Proudly Published by City Visitor Communications / 2022-2023

For nearly 120 years, the law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP has been helping clients solve their most complex legal challenges and grow their businesses. A career at Calfee means many things: opportunities, growth, inclusion, colleagues and community. As individuals, we bring to the table a wide range of talents, backgrounds and experiences. Yet, what ultimately unites us is our passion to serve our clients and help them make sound legal decisions. Our attorneys and staff are the backbone of Calfee. Our firm culture encourages collaboration across practice areas and offices, creating a collegial and entrepreneurial environment. Calfee is able to deliver excellent work results and retain legacy clients due to the quality and commitment of our lawyers and staff. Cleveland has undergone a renaissance as of late, welcoming families and young professionals from afar with open arms and inviting amenities. I moved to the city in 1994 after spending most of my life in Pennsylvania, among other states. Cleveland is where I established my legal career and raised four beautiful children. Without a doubt, I call Cleveland my home and have been impressed with the extremely diverse collection of cultural, arts and sporting activities that enhance and enrich our personal lives while maintaining a sophisticated legal practice. Calfee is proud to have been founded in 1903 in this great city, and while the firm has expanded beyond Ohio, our strong roots will ensure Cleveland is our firm’s headquarters for the foreseeable future. We hope the information you receive in this publication confirms your consideration of Cleveland—and Calfee—as your new home! Welcome! Firm Administrative Partner and Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland

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Partner Kyle Deighan on returning to Cleveland:

“I grew up in Cleveland and then moved away to a larger city after law school, but Cleveland was always home. There were many reasons to move back. The city is a great place to raise a family and the cost of living is much lower than other comparable cities, to name a few. What drew me to Calfee in particular was the combination of legal work and people. We do exciting, sophisticated work in an environment where people genuinely care about each other and enjoy working together. I knew from the first time I walked through the door that this is a place I could spend the rest of my career.”

Partner Jaclyn Vary on relocating to Cleveland:

“I moved to Cleveland after living in very different areas (Hawaii, New York City and Tokyo), and was surprised by Cleveland. It was more metropolitan than I would have expected and a lot more affordable to live here. The art scene, including the museums and theaters and Blossom in the summer, is wonderful. I have lived in the city, suburbs and rural areas, and I have liked each one as much as the other.”

Partner Brad Liu on relocating to Cleveland:

“My wife and I have lived in the Greater Cleveland area for more than 10 years. We came here as students, we studied here, worked here and started our own family here. As first-generation immigrants, we both felt welcomed and valued, and we are very confident in our growth here. Cleveland is known for many things, including its well-rounded healthcare system. The area has so many options when it comes to high-rated schools, both private and public. There are also many family-friendly and affordable activities that are nearby and offered all year round.” CALFEE.COM | INFO@CALFEE.COM | 888.CALFEE1 ©2022 Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. All Rights Reserved. 1405 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL.

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CONTENTS Painsville



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Please note, each section is color coded to help you navigate through this guide.


Introduction: Great Lakes, Great Life....... 10 Becoming a Local.......................................................16 Economy...........................................................................26 Education......................................................................... 38


Living Here......................................................................112 Things to See and Do.......................................... 128

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Living Here....................................................................142 Things to See and Do..........................................154

CANTON AREA..............166

Living Here....................................................................168 Things to See and Do..........................................176


Living Here: Geauga, Lake and Lorain Counties........................................................184

(Cuyahoga County)

(Summit, Portage and Medina Counties)

(Stark County)

Health & Wellness.....................................................50 Arts & Entertainment............................................70 Parks & Recreation..................................................88 Resources..................................................................... 100

Things to See and Do: Geauga, Lake and Lorain Counties.......................................................190 7

As the Chairman of Cit y Visitor Communications, I take great pride in welcoming you to Northeast Ohio. I grew up here, fishing on Lake Erie, enjoying authentic cuisine from the diverse cultures in our neighborhoods and pondering the latest exhibits at our world-class museums. That’s why I know that you, too, will find everything you need to create your own lifetime of memories, right here in Northeast Ohio.




Rocco A. Di Lillo

Chairman, City Visitor Communications

Rocco A. Di Lillo

Photo Courtesy of Destination Cleveland


Welcome to Northeast Ohio! With a growing economy, world-class educational institutions, vibrant cities and many natural treasures, this region is a great place to work, live and play. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here in Northeast Ohio.

Lt. Governor, State of Ohio

Jon Husted


Northeast Ohio is a great place to live and do business. It's a place where families are raised and traditions are born.


The Solstice Steps in Lakewood Park / ©Cody York



NORTHEAST OHIO Great Lakes, Great Life.

Discover a place where the splendor of the Great Lakes meets the heartbeat of the Midwest. Where the cost of living is low, and the quality of life is high. Where economic opportunity, cultural diversity, abundant natural resources and an unrivaled arts scene offer the ultimate work-life balance. In Northeast Ohio, there is truly something for everyone—whether you’re young or young at heart, single or married, pursuing a career or focused on family, or just enjoying retirement. You’ll also find a remarkably diverse population: a mini-melting pot of flavors, colors and traditions from around the world blended with the hometown spirit of America’s heartland. Add the contemporary vibe of a region on the rise, and you’ll wonder why anyone would ever live anywhere else.


Welcome home!

IN THIS SECTION • YOU ARE HERE...........................................................................................12 • BIRTHPLACE OF INNOVATION............................................................13 • MECHANICAL MARVELS........................................................................13 • ENVY OF THE CULTURAL WORLD......................................................14 • MECCA FOR NATURE LOVERS.............................................................15 • SENSE OF COMMUNITY.........................................................................15 11

y You Are Here When locals refer to Northeast Ohio, they’re usually talking about the region that encompasses the cities of Cleveland, Akron, Canton and surrounding suburbs—the communities that span a total of eight counties, all within about a 40-mile radius. Cuyahoga County, with over 1.2 million people, is the most populous and sits on Lake Erie, earning itself—along with Lorain County to the west and Lake County to the east—the nickname “North Coast." Further inland, the counties of Geauga, Medina, Summit, Portage and Stark extend south along the Cuyahoga River Valley. An outer ring of ten other counties—Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Erie, Huron, Mahoning, Richland, Trumball, Tuscarawas and Wayne—are considered part of Northeast Ohio as well.



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This should come as no surprise. After all, this is the place where the modern threeway traffic light, the electric streetcar, the modern golf ball and padded bicycle seats were invented. So were Lifesavers candy, Quaker Oats and Superman. Not to mention, Thomas Edison, who held 1,093 patents and is widely considered to be America's greatest inventor, was born in Milan, Ohio. Downtown Cleveland even boasts America’s first large-scale indoor shopping mall — The Arcade Cleveland — which opened in 1890 and is still in operation today. The Cuyahoga Valley corridor’s history as a hub of industry and innovation dates back to the early 1800s, when the Ohio legislature voted to help New York state fund the completion of the Erie Canal. The historic waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, and the subsequent Ohio & Erie Canal extending south to the Ohio River Valley, quite literally changed the course of commercial trade and transportation for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States.


Once known primarily for its expertise in traditional manufacturing, Northeast Ohio is now on the cutting edge of everything from healthcare to aerospace technology. (Yes, brain surgery and rocket science.)


y Birthplace of Innovation

In 1923, Garrett Morgan created an early version of the three-way traffic light.

The Haskell Golf Ball, invented in 1899, was a rubber-core ball, adding extra bounce to a golfer's drive.

In 1912, Clarence Crane of Garrettsville invented Life Savers, a candy that could withstand the summer heat.

Built in 1890, the Arcade Cleveland is an iconic local landmark that still houses a variety of unique shops, galleries, eateries, offices and services.

y Mechanical Marvels Nearly a dozen moveable bridges span the Cuyahoga River, which twists and turns through Cleveland’s Flats district on its way to Lake Erie. These giant, metal feats of engineering stand as reminders of the region’s longstanding history as an industrial powerhouse and a locus of human ingenuity.

Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the Superman comic book series in 1932.

The Center Street Swing bridge moves back into place over the Cuyahoga River after allowing a boat to pass, while the “high fixed” Veterans Memorial Bridge looms above.


y Envy of the Cultural World A symphony orchestra with 28 Grammy nominations and six wins. A world-renowned art museum that doesn’t charge admission. The second-largest theater district in the country, after Lincoln Center in New York. An international film festival showcasing 450 feature-length and short films from over 70 countries. And a 160,000-square-foot shrine to the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, designed by acclaimed architect I. M. Pei. These are just a few examples of how Northeast Ohio shatters stereotypes often associated with the label “Rust Belt.”


It helps that the region boasts some of the most respected institutes and conservatories in the world, including Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art, Oberlin Conservatory and Kent State University School of Fashion. On the theatrical side of things, locals are quick to brag about Academy Award winners who got their start here, such as Paul Newman and Halle Berry, along with comedians Drew Carey and Arsenio Hall. And then there’s the esteemed 20th-century playwright and poet Langston Hughes. He wrote his first play while teaching and acting at Karamu House, a groundbreaking multicultural performing arts center in Cleveland that still thrives today.

Staircase leading from the rotunda up to the Hall of Armor inside the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The Grammy winning Cleveland Orchestra performs most of its concerts at Severance Hall.

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Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland is the second-largest theater district in the country.


y Mecca for Nature Lovers Bordering Lake Erie, the 11th largest body of freshwater on the planet (in surface area), Ohio’s "North Coast" has become a nationally recognized success story and model of environmental stewardship, natural resource management and habitat restoration. Today, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the region for its diverse landscapes, numerous and easily accessible parks, abundant wildlife, and a revitalized river valley that represents one of the greatest environmental turnarounds in modern times.



Plus, we’ll let you in on a little secret: Having four distinct seasons gives you more reasons to get outside, any time of year—from biking to birdwatching to snowboarding to ice fishing. A lot of that action happens along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, an 85-mile, multi-purpose trail stretching from Tuscarawas County in the south all the way to Cleveland. Along the way, it runs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and intersects the Emerald Necklace, a ring of public parks, preserves, riding trails, golf courses and other green spaces encircling the Greater Cleveland area and offering endless year-round fun.

Summer is a great time to be out on Lake Erie.

A fall bike ride in any of Northeast Ohio's parks is a great time for leaf-peeping.

Winter brings us to the trails for cross-county skiing.


Spring is an invitation to get outside and enjoy some bird watching .

y Sense of Community Perhaps it’s that Midwestern down-to-earthiness, or the blend of cultures and customs that comes from a long history of welcoming immigrants. Or perhaps it’s just what happens when people of all backgrounds and beliefs come together to loyally support the same sports teams through victory and defeat. Anyone who lives in Northeast Ohio can tell you that one of its most remarkable attributes isn’t just the substantially lower cost of living here; it’s the quality of life that comes from knowing your neighbors and local business owners, from buying produce grown one county away and being able to walk to the library or bike to your office. Community involvement has been a way of life in Northeast Ohio since the bar was set by John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and the second-richest man in America in the late 1800s. Rockefeller grew up in Cleveland and was as famous for his philanthropy as he was for his wealth. Even after moving to New York, he maintained homes in Cleveland and donated generously to the community. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery on Cleveland’s east side. 15

COURTNEY GOUSMAN Anchor News 5 Cleveland



President The University of Akron


Director of Business Development and Technology Team NEO

Director of Treasury Operations & Assistant Treasurer Parker Hannifin



Director of Athletics Cleveland State University


Electric Propulsion Research Engineer NASA Glenn Research Center


Human Resources Director Sherwin-Williams


General Counsel & Secretary Key Corp


BECOMING A LOCAL in Northeast Ohio

Native Northeast Ohioans love to brag about living here, but don’t take their word for it—just ask someone who has relocated to the region for business, family or other reasons and has put down roots. We interviewed eight “transplants” from a variety of locations about their experiences and perspectives on becoming a local. You’ll find many recurring themes—livability, diversity, cultural attractions, friendliness—but you’ll also hear different stories about how life here has met and exceeded each person’s unique expectations. Answers have been slightly edited for length, style and brevity.

IN THIS SECTION • COURTNEY GOUSMAN..........................................................................18 • GARY MILLER..............................................................................................19 • NEIL SINGH.................................................................................................20 • OLEG WILLIAMSON.................................................................................21 • SCOTT GARRETT.......................................................................................22 • ALEJANDRA MORALES..........................................................................23 • DR. MARIA CHOI.......................................................................................24 • JAMES WATERS.........................................................................................25


y Becoming a Local Courtney Gousman Anchor, News 5 Cleveland From Chicago, Illinois

"I was surprised by how stunning the sunsets are here."

Where are you from originally and what brought you here? I came to Cleveland for this wonderful job opportunity at News 5. How much did you know about the area before moving here? I hadn’t been here prior to my interview, so I didn’t know a whole lot about Cleveland. I was hired during the pandemic, so it was challenging to really see Cleveland thrive. But I’ve been able to see little glimmers and bits and pieces of the true Cleveland as we try to emerge from the pandemic. What has surprised you the most about living here? I was surprised by how stunning the sunsets are here. I had no idea. I thought oh my gosh, I’m going to make my spot on the lake every day, because these sunsets are gorgeous! We don’t have sunsets like that in Chicago. What are your favorite places to go or things to do? I really love that Cleveland is on a lake. I grew up in Chicago on Lake Michigan, and now I’m in Cleveland on Lake Erie. So it’s a familiar feeling to be able to jog up to the lake and have it right here. I’ve been trying to travel to different neighborhoods to catch glimpses of the different cultures. I also love the Metroparks. I didn’t realize there was so much to do outdoors! I really love hiking and checking out the waterfalls and all of the different attractions that Northeast Ohio has to offer. 18 18

Any hidden gems that you wish to share? Rocky River Reservation is just gorgeous. It’s so scenic. You have ponds, little lakes here and there, and streams. You can look at the rocks from above, then walk through forested areas. The Prince mural (on the bridge overpass near W. 25th Street and Washington Avenue in Ohio City) is really my hidden gem. When I saw that mural, I literally pulled over and started taking pictures of it. What are some of your favorite restaurants and bars? I like that there are options, and the diversity of the food scene. I love Mabel’s, RED, and Astoria is really nice. Luchita’s Mexican food is great, and I really love Bourbon Street Barrel Room and Blue Pointe Grille. I like South Side a lot, and Taza. And Lucky’s Cafe has some really great breakfast. I love their coffee drinks — I had their pumpkin spice latte and it was amazing.

What advice would you give to someone moving to the area? Get out and enjoy as much as you can, especially when you get those nice weather days in the fall, spring or summer. I have really enjoyed spending time outside at Huntington Beach and Edgewater Beach. There’s so much to do outdoors. Go to different neighborhoods — I love going out towards Beachwood and Orange, and I just discovered Woodmere the other day. Go look up random places to visit like restaurants and nature spots, and go exploring. Is there anything else you would like to add? My last year has been a blast since moving here. It’s created a whole new wonderful chapter in my life, and I’m really grateful to have come here, because my life would be very, very different if I didn’t. I’m grateful for the new journey that I’m about to take, and I’m excited!

"I really love that Cleveland is on a lake."


Gary Miller President, The University of Akron Moved from: Green Bay, Wisconsin

"Akron is in the midst of a renaissance."

How much did you know about the area before moving here? We knew a fair amount. Georgia’s mother was from western Pennsylvania and her family traveled through the Akron area each summer on their way to visit. I had attended several academic meetings at UA over the years and was acquainted with former President Proenza. Despite this, there was much to learn about the area. What has surprised you the most about living here? We could never have imagined the challenge of Covid-19. What has surprised us is how generous and welcoming this new community, Akron, would be in the midst of the pandemic. The number of people in our new neighborhood who reached out to us during the most difficult months of Covid reflected the warm welcome we received from the University community our first few months in town. In what neighborhood do you currently live? What do you like about it? We bought a home in Fairlawn Heights in west Akron. Our neighbors are great, the area is covered with magnificent

trees, and the location gives us easy access to Akron and Cleveland. What are your favorite places to go or things to do? We love hiking and walking the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga National Park, Summit Metro Parks and our neighborhood. The Akron Zoo, Lock 3 and Civic Theatre have special programming for the community and the arts across the city are vibrant, diverse and fabulous. Last but not least, The University has an array of arts, galleries and museums and Division I athletics. Any hidden gems that you wish to share? The incredible people of Northeast Ohio. The stories shared with us are ones of familial perseverance and fierce loyalty, pride and love for their communities.

What are some of your favorite restaurants? While our exploration of restaurants is limited due to Covid, we certainly have our favorites: Dante Boccuzzi Akron, Ken Stewart’s Grille, Fleming’s, Diamond Grille and Diamond Deli. Best snacks are at the Peanut Shoppe. How do you feel about the seasons here? We love the weather in this part of Ohio. There are four distinct seasons and all are beautiful. What advice would you give to someone considering moving to the area? Do it! Is there anything else you would like to add? Akron is in the midst of a renaissance. Everyone is welcome to participate! KEVIN PAYRAVI

Where are you from originally? We moved from Green Bay, Wisconsin, where I was Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. We were both excited when I was offered this opportunity as President of The University of Akron.

"We love hiking and walking the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail."


y Becoming a Local Neil Singh Director of Business Development and Technology , Team NEO From New Zealand

“If you become part of the community the community becomes your extended family.”

How much did you know about the area before moving here? Honestly, not a lot. The type of publicity that the USA gets in many foreign countries is limited to places like San Francisco, New York, Orlando, etc. So, there is not a lot of visibility into the Midwestern states, including Ohio. What has surprised you the most about living here? People always ask me why I would consider moving here from a place like New Zealand. What they don’t realize is that the quality of life, access to career opportunities, cost of living and many other attributes about Northeast Ohio are far more appealing than some of the conditions overseas. New Zealand, for example, is quite expensive. The taxes and cost of living is very high. In addition, I find that Northeast Ohio is in the midst of nature with assets like the beautiful lake, amazing valleys and parks, and skiing in the winter. 20 20

Where do you currently live? What do you like about it? My wife and I live in Northfield. When we purchased our first home, we chose the area because we heard it had a good school system and it was very accessible. What are your favorite places to go or things to do? During the summer my wife and I enjoy going on the Goodtime III boat ride. We like is visiting the Metroparks, especially during the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

What advice would you give to someone considering moving to the area? This is one place where a little truly goes a long way and you have a chance to make an impact in whatever you do. Is there anything you’d like to add? I have had the chance to experience this community and the kindness of everyone here first hand. This has allowed me to promote Northeast Ohio to others all over the country, and friends across the world, who previously had no idea where Cleveland was. PHOTO COURTESY OF GOODTIME III

Why did you move to Northeast Ohio? My wife was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. We met online many years ago playing multiplayer online games in the same virtual communities, and after nearly three years of getting to know each other, I made the commitment in 2016 to come and see her. The rest is history. We have been together and happily married now for four years.

What are some of your favorite restaurants? I like the appetizers and the cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory. Bonchon Chicken in Seven Hills does delicious Korean food, Famous Dave’s and Mabel’s for BBQ, Anatolia Café does delicious Turkish food, Paradise Biryani Pointe has decent South Indian cuisine and Zuki Sushi House and Feng LZ Hibachi Sushi & Bar are two of my favorite Japanese restaurants. Crepes in the City at Crocker Park has scrumptious crepes, and we enjoy Stancato’s for Italian. How do you feel about the seasons here? The winters can be a bit long but it makes me appreciate spring and summer more. The Cuyahoga Valley is pretty in the fall when the leaves change color.

"During the summer, my wife and I enjoy going on the Goodtime III."

Oleg is Director of Treasury Operations & Assistant Treasurer at Parker Hannifin Sophie is owner of Sophie Williamson Fabrics Both Moved From Singapore

“Cleveland and surroundings are chock full of culture and nature."

Why did you move to Northeast Ohio? We’re both from Europe: Sophie is German and Oleg is Belgian-English. We met in Brussels and had our first home in Luxembourg, where we lived for six years before moving to Singapore for five years. Oleg works for Parker Hannifin, headquartered in Mayfield Heights. How much did you know about the area before moving here? Oleg had visited Cleveland many times over the years, but knew little about the surroundings. We came to Cleveland on a look-see trip in November 2019 and again in February 2020 to look for housing, schools, etc. What has surprised you the most about living here? After living in the tropical climate of Singapore, we were really looking forward to the seasons. Little did we expect how different and more intense they are in this region, compared to the more temperate climate of Northern Europe! In what neighborhood do you currently live? What do you like about it? We live in Shaker Heights. We love everything about it. The friendliness of the community, the IB system in school, the

diversity in the community, the streets full of trees, the centennial houses, the proximity to shopping areas and downtown. What are your favorite places to go or things to do? We love going to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sophie has her own business of interior design textiles and is studying for an interior design degree, so CMA is a constant place of inspiration for her. The kids love it as well, especially the Armor Court and the cakes from the cafe they get as a treat after the visit! Another favorite thing to do is the Shaker Heights library. A typical weekend would include some tennis on the Shaker Heights High School courts and ice cream from Mitchell’s in the Van Aken District. Are there any hidden gems you wish to share? Lorain Avenue on the west side is the best place for antiques, and thrift stores all throughout the city are a great way of finding things for the house. It’s also the most sustainable way of decorating and living, which we love. Food-wise, we do a monthly big shopping at CAM International Food Market. Not so much a hidden gem, more of a life line to our Asian experience.

What are some of your favorite restaurants? We love going to Zhug for a romantic evening, Sasa for amazing sushi, the Fairmount and Parnell for drinks, Van Aken District for lunch, On The Rise for bread and pastries. How do you feel about the seasons here? The fall is absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed the winter with a lot of snow, the children could not get enough sledding and fell in love with the white Christmas! What advice would you give to someone considering moving to the area? Talk to your colleagues, inquire on social media, research the web and ask a ton of questions. Come and see it for yourself; fall and spring are good times to visit. The house hunting trip is a must, it gives you an opportunity to walk around different neighborhoods if you have not set your mind on a specific area. Is there anything else you would like to say about Cleveland? Cleveland and surroundings are chock full of culture and nature. The moniker of the “Smallest big city in America” definitely holds true! 21


Oleg & Sophie Williamson

y Becoming a Local Scott Garrett Director of Athletics, Cleveland State University From Channahon, Illinois (outside of Chicago)

"One of the best surprises is how proud people are to live and work here."

How much did you know about the area before moving here? I came to Cleveland for a baseball road trip around 20 years ago and stayed downtown, saw two Indians vs. White Sox games, and went out to Canton to see the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other than that long weekend, we did not know very much about Cleveland. What has surprised you the most about living here? Cleveland is amazing! We have enjoyed getting to know the city and all it has to offer. One of the best surprises is how proud people are to live and work here in NEO. The sense of community is very special. Where do you currently live? What do you like about it? We have settled in Avon and love it. It’s an easy commute to downtown f or me, there are awesome schools and kids’ activities. Our son is playing freshman football at Avon High School and our daughter is active in competitive dance with Miss Kristin’s Dance Studio in Avon Lake. 22 22

What are your favorite places to go or things to do? As you can imagine, we are at a lot of CSU sporting events! When not at those, we have enjoyed many Indians games, shopping at Crocker Park, and our son has made several trips to Cedar Point this summer. Are there any hidden gems you wish to share? We are back on the radar now after our 2021 NCAA tournament appearance, so hopefully not much of a hidden gem for locals, but I’ll say CSU Basketball at the Wolstein Center! What are some of your favorite restaurants? Don Ramon’s in Westlake, Strip in Avon, Barrio downtown, and JoJo Carlioni’s in Berea are some of our favorites.

How do you feel about the seasons here? I love the changing seasons! Summer is fantastic, of course. But we’ve gone two winters without a snow blower, so it might be time for that investment. What advice would you give to someone considering moving to the area? Call Sally Stewart at Howard Hanna. She will steer you to the best spots around town for your lifestyle and special needs! Is there anything you’d like to add? We have really enjoyed being welcomed into Cleveland and NEO and getting involved in the community. I hope new residents consider making CSU sporting events a part of their routine - Go Vikes! CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Why did you move to Northeast Ohio? Our family moved here in April of 2019 when I became Director of Athletics for Cleveland State University.

"I hope new residents consider making CSU sporting events a part of their routine - Go Vikes!"

How much did you know about the area before moving here? I did not know much about the area before moving here, but had heard it was a good place to live from multiple coworkers. What has surprised you the most about living here? How many things there are to do in Cleveland! There are many restaurants, breweries, hiking trails and festivals to keep you busy.


Why did you move to Northeast Ohio? I accepted a new role with SherwinWilliams and relocated to Cleveland.

“Cleveland is a really charming city and there is more to it than meets the eye.”

Alejandra Morales, PHR Human Resources Director, Sherwin-Williams From Minneapolis, Minnesota

Where do you currently live? What do you like about it? I currently live in Downtown Cleveland. I love being able to walk to work, Heinen’s Grocery Store, and baseball games. What are your favorite places to go or things to do? My favorite thing to do in Cleveland is eat Mitchell’s Ice Cream. Are there any hidden gems you wish to share? The empanadas at Las Villas Deli & Pastries are delicious. What are some of your favorite restaurants? Some of my favorite restaurants include Marble Room, El Jalapeños, and Humble Wine Bar.

"I love being able to walk to...Heinen’s Grocery Store (in Downtown Cleveland)."

How do you feel about the seasons here? Cleveland is a great place to experience all four seasons. Coming from Minnesota where there is only Winter and Not-Winter, it’s a welcome change of pace. I’m excited for Browns games in the fall!. Is there anything you’d like to add? Clevelanders have been extremely kind and welcoming to me. I am really happy I am here.

"I’m excited for Browns games in the fall!."



Dr. Maria Choi Electric Propulsion Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center From Ann Arbor, Michigan

“A lot of people will fall in love with this place once they experience what it’s like.”

Why did you move to Northeast Ohio? I am originally from South Korea, and have lived in El Paso, Houston, Potsdam (New York) and then Ann Arbor before I moved here. I moved to Northeast Ohio for my full-time job as a Research Electrical Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center in 2016. How much did you know about the area before moving here? I didn’t know much about this area. I got a taste of the area when I was living here as an intern, but I truly learned what Cleveland had to offer when I moved here permanently. What has surprised you the most about living here? I was surprised at how friendly and nice people are. Although the Asian community is relatively small, people here are very inclusive and welcoming of other cultures. I was also surprised that they have AsiaTown in Downtown Cleveland, and such a large European and Middle Eastern culture and community here. Where do you currently live? What do you like about it? I currently live in North Olmsted in a wonderful and kind neighborhood. I like the location because it’s close to my work, the Metroparks, shopping malls and nearby landmarks. 24 24

What are your favorite places to go or things to do? My family’s favorite place to go is the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo because there is so much to see and learn, not just for my daughter, but for all of us. We also love going to the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center, where we can listen to one of the finest symphonies and enjoy a picnic out on the lawn. Any hidden gems that you wish to share? My husband and I are big coffee drinkers. We love going to local coffee shops like Troubadour in North Olmsted and Goodkind Coffee in Lakewood. One of my other favorites is Rising Star Coffee Roasters.

ing up in Texas. But we have such a high chance of getting a white Christmas, so it’s wonderful all year round. What advice would you give to someone considering moving to the area? I would encourage one to actually visit and experience what the city has to offer. Is there anything else you would like to add? I personally think this is a good place to raise a family, because of the many family-friendly fun things to do. It’s beautiful and safe, the Metroparks are wonderful, there are great health systems and it’s an affordable cost of living.

What are some of your favorite restaurants? I love Korean foods, not just because I’m Korean, but because they’re delicious. Seoul Garden in Parma has very good Korean food. I also like to eat the Indian lunch buffet at Inchin’s Bamboo Garden in North Olmsted. How do you feel about the seasons here? The seasons here are pretty similar to Michigan. During the summer, we get clear blue skies with beautiful sunsets, during the fall season we get such amazing colors of fall leaves all over the area. In the winter it’s cold, compared to grow-

"My family’s favorite place to go is the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo."


James Waters General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, KeyCorp Moved from: Dallas, Texas

“It’s the people who really make Cleveland what it is, who give it life and breadth and depth.”

How much did you know about the area before moving here? Not an awful lot about Cleveland. I grew up playing piano and trumpet and I was familiar with the Cleveland Orchestra. And as a sports fan, I’ve known of the Cleveland Browns and Cavs, and I’ve known of the deep commitment and love for the sports teams that Clevelanders have. But I didn’t know much about the city and all that it offered.

What are your favorite places to go or things to do? We went to opening night at Karamu House Theatre, and a production at Playhouse Square. We’ve been to a few baseball and basketball games, and we went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We spend a fair amount of time at Van Aken District. We like to take long, extended walks along Shaker Lakes and the trails.

What has surprised you the most about living here? That the city is so rich in arts, culture and history. Having lived in big cities such as New York, Boston and Paris and having traveled a lot, I love the arts and culture, dynamism, diversity and eclecticism that one finds in big cities. Cleveland offers those kinds of experiences and, notably, on a more accessible scale than cities with comparable offerings.

Are there any hidden gems that you wish to share? We’ve really come to see it as a city that is composed of a whole series of hidden gems. The neighborhoods, the arts, the culture, the sense of community spirit that people have, the embrace of diversity, the proximity to water — there are so many things about Greater Cleveland that make it distinctive.

Where do you currently live? What do you like about it? We live in Shaker Heights, and it’s been good for us as a family. My wife, Frances, did the due diligence and found an early 20th-century home with historical significance and it’s within walking distance of our son’s school. He’s excited to be in a top public high school with quality curriculum and education and meaningful diversity. It’s a pretty special amalgam of traits and attributes that one finds in Shaker Heights as a community.

How do you feel about the seasons here? My wife and I have commented often that being in Cleveland reminds us of being back in New England, at least as to being able to have four full seasons. That’s something none of our sons got to experience. Dallas is lovely, but you sort of get winter and then you find yourself looking at 90-100 degree summers. We’ve been enjoying the changing seasons here with the foliage lending to the beauty of the area.

What advice would you give someone considering moving here? Cleveland offers so much more than you might imagine. It’s got arts, it’s got culture, it’s got food, you’ve got a strong dining scene, great sports teams, you’ve got all of those things, but in the midst of all of that and making it real and bringing it to life are the people of Cleveland. That’s what really makes it special. Is there anything you’d like to add? Shakespeare wrote “What is the city, but the people?” And I think the same could be said with respect to Cleveland. It’s the people who really make Cleveland what it is, who give it life and breadth and depth and dimensionality. It’s a special place, and I think those who come here even for a moment will come to know that.

"We’ve been enjoying the changing seasons here with the foliage lending to the beauty of the area."


Downtown Cleveland Skyline

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ECONOMY in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio supports an array of diverse and growing industries and employment opportunities. The region is on the cutting edge of manufacturing, has become a world leader in healthcare, and is emerging as a powerhouse in the technology, service and information sectors. Headquartered here are such well-known brands as Goodyear, Progressive, Sherwin-Williams, American Greetings and Smucker's. Financial institutions like KeyBank and multinational law firms such as Jones Day have home bases here as well. Additionally, the worldrenowned Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals healthcare institutions attract doctors and patients from around the globe, while NASA Glenn Research Center operates the largest space simulation and spacecraft test facilities in the world, right here on the shores of Lake Erie. With the cost of living in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area around 2430% lower than the national average*—and more than 120% lower than places like Boston, New York and Silicon Valley**—quality of life in Northeast Ohio just plain costs less. * Source: ** Comparison Calculator

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y 2021 Employment by Industry Sector Reflecting national trends, employment rates have risen significantly in Northeast Ohio over the last decade, with the majority of growth taking place in the healthcare sector.







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y Noteworthy Employers in Northeast Ohio

Eaton’s offices in Beachwood

Manufacturing companies make up the lion’s share of the most well-known brands across the region, but rapidly rising employment opportunities in healthcare and technology, along with banking, insurance and other client services, tell a new story about the region’s economy and some of the most remarkable companies doing business here. You'll be surprised by how many of them sound familiar or whose products you've used without realizing it.

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) Applied Industrial Technologies distributes bearings, specialty flow control systems, power transmission products and more. Founded in Cleveland in 1923, the company now has more than 600 operating facilities and nearly 7,000 employees worldwide, yet it remains locally strong. It has been on the NorthCoast 99 list of Best Workplaces in Northeast Ohio 19 times.

ARCELORMITTAL USA Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) y MANUFACTURING/ PRODUCTION ArcelorMittal USA is part of ArcelorMittal, AMERICAN GREETINGS the world’s largest steel and mining company. The Cleveland facility is a Westlake (Cuyahoga County) leading producer of advanced American Greetings, the second-largest strength steel materials designed to greeting card producer in the U.S. after help automotive manufacturers achieve Hallmark Cards, has called Cleveland its aggressive new fuel-efficiency standards without compromising vehicle safety. home since 1906. Over the last century, American Greetings has expanded its AVERY DENNISON repertoire from paper cards to digital Mentor (Lake County) greetings, gift wrapping, party supplies and more, with nearly 100,000 retail Avery Dennison may be most famous stores world-wide. for its adhesive labels, but the company 30 30

is a global leader in materials science and manufacturing for a variety of industries. Its products include pressuresensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; and tags for apparel. AVIENT / Formerly PolyOne Avon Lake (Lorain County) Avient is a premier provider of specialized polymer, colorant and additive materials, increasingly focused on sustainability by developing bio-derived and renewable content, improving recyclability and reducing energy use. The company is headquartered in Avon Lake, with manufacturing and distribution facilities located around the world. BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS Elyria (Lorain County) Bendix is a pioneer in truck braking technology. Headquartered here, with state-of-the-art manufacturing centers throughout the U.S. and Mexico, Bendix develops leading-edge safety, energy management and brake control systems for trucks, trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles.



The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, headquartered in located in Akron, Ohio, produces a wide range of tires for consumers all over the world..

CLEVELAND-CLIFFS INC. Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest producer of iron ore in North America, supplying iron ore pellets to the steel industry from its mines and plants. The company prides itself on its commitment to corporate responsibility in safety and environmental impact. EATON Beachwood (Cuyahoga County) Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. They provide sustainable solutions that help their customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power—more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton sells products to customers in more than 175 countries and have approximately 93,000 employees. Their 2019 revenues were $21.4 billion. GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY Akron (Summit) Goodyear was founded in 1898, nearly 60 years after Charles Goodyear discovered, by mistake, that adding heat and sulphur

changes the consistency of rubber. The tire manufacturing company is now one of the world’s largest, employing about 2,800 people locally and 64,000 worldwide. J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY Orrville (Wayne County) Northeast Ohioans are proud to have Smucker’s call Orrville its home since its founding in 1897 by Jerome Monroe Smucker. The company has continued under family leadership since then and is most well-known for its fruit spreads, peanut butter, ice cream toppings, syrups and more. Smucker’s prides itself on giving back to the community through organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, Feeding America and the Cleveland Orchestra. LINCOLN ELECTRIC Euclid (Cuyahoga County) John C. Lincoln started Lincoln Electric in 1895 with just $200, producing his own electric motors. Now the company is present in 20 countries, manufacturing welding and cutting products and other power tools, and employs over 3,000 people in Northeast Ohio alone.

LUBRIZOL CORPORATION Wickliffe (Lake County) Lubrizol manufactures specialty chemicals for the transportation, industrial and consumer markets. The company began in Cleveland in 1929 as a maker of motor lubricant. Today, according to Lubrizol’s website, half of the vehicles on the planet rely on Lubrizol technology, and half the people in the world use at least one product containing Lubrizol technology. NESTLÉ USA Solon (Cuyahoga County) Nestlé is more than a household name; it’s one of Fortune’s “The World’s Most Admired Companies” and a world leader in food and beverage production and research. Nestlé USA's frozen and chilledfoods research and development center is based in Solon, along with a food production facility and the Stouffer’s brand headquarters. (Stouffer’s, founded in Cleveland in 1922, was bought by Nestlé in 1973.) Continued on next page


y Noteworthy Employers in Northeast Ohio (continued) TIMKENSTEEL CORP North Canton (Stark County) With a century-long history as an inn ov ative s te el manu f ac turer headquartered in Canton, TimkenSteel specializes in engineered bearings and mechanical power transmission parts. The company designs metal products for multiple applications—from wind farms to freight cars.


Parker Hannifin Corporation's headquarters in Mayfield Heights

NORDSON CORPORATION Westlake (Cuyahoga County) Nordson manufactures products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants and more while aiming to be a self-renewing, green organization. Its Westlake corporate headquarters, built in 2010, were the first corporate headquarters in the Cleveland area to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

RIDDELL North Ridgeville (Lorain County) In 2017, Riddell, the famous Indianabased sporting goods company, chose North Ridgeville as its new home for all football helmet production. The facility also assembles football shoulder pads, makes Riddell's full-size collectible football helmets for NFL and college teams, and serves as a distribution center for football gear and apparel.

PARKER HANNIFIN CORPORATION Mayfield Heights (Cuyahoga County) Parker Hannifin is a global leader in motion and control technologies. The company’s ingenuity in engineering spans the technologies of aerospace, climate control, hydraulics, fluid and gas handling and more. Parker works to create an environment of diversity, inclusion and employee empowerment.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS COMPANY Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) Headquartered in Downtown Cleveland, Sherwin-Williams has 4,900 stores and customers in 100-plus countries. The company provides paints, stains, automotive and aerospace finishes and other supplies. Sherwin-Williams offers careers in sales, research and development, manufacturing and distribution and more.

RIDGE TOOL COMPANY (RIGID) Elyria (Lorain County) RIDGID is known for inventing the modern pipe wrench in 1923, and has continued to develop industry-leading products recognized worldwide for their performance in commercial trades. The company is headquartered in Elyria, with global distribution centers around the world.

SWAGELOCK Solon (Cuyahoga County) A parts-manufacturer with more than 4,200 full-time employees, Swagelock is one of the largest manufacturing companies in Northeast Ohio. Swagelock develops fittings, valves, tubing and other fluid systems products primarily for the oil and gas, chemical and transportation industries.


AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Akron (Summit County) Ranked among the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, Akron Children’s Hospital is also one of the top employers in the region, with 6,350 employees. In 2019, the hospital received the Prism Diversity Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), while the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was awarded The Beacon Gold Award for Excellence by the American Association of CriticalCare Nurses (AACN). CLEVELAND CLINIC Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) With more than 45,000 full-time employees, Cleveland Clinic is not only Northeast Ohio’s largest employer but number two on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2020-2021. Its cardiac program has ranked number 1 since 1995. As a multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education, Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the world. METROHEALTH SYSTEM Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) The MetroHealth system provides care at four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional


ELITE Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) A London-based business development

firm that specializes in helping small and mid-size companies grow, ELITE recently chose Downtown Cleveland as its new American headquarters. ELITE is a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group; its move to Cleveland facilitates Northeast Ohio’s access to international investment capital. ERNST & YOUNG GLOBAL LIMITED Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) From its humble beginnings as Ernst & Ernst, a two-man accounting firm founded in Cleveland in 1903, EY has grown into a global juggernaut providing audit, tax, business and security risk services to the automotive, financial, government, entertainment, mining, real estate, technology and telecommunication industries. Continued on next page SHERWIN-WILLIAMS COMPANY

SUMMA HEALTH Akron (Summit County) The Summa Health System provides care to more than one million people across five counties, covers nearly 150,000 lives through its health plan and is the largest employer in Summit County. As a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™, Summa Health is in the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide.

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS CLEVELAND MEDICAL CENTER Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) University Hospitals is Northeast Ohio’s second-largest private-sector employer with 28,000+ employees. The system’s flagship academic medical center is ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top 50 for eight specialties including cancer, gastroenterology & GI surgery and neurology & neurosurgery—placing UH in the top 1% of hospitals nationally. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked among the top children’s hospitals.


sites throughout Northeast Ohio. MetroHealth’s Pride Network, a system of clinics dedicated to offering primary care and specialty services to the LGBTQ community, was the first of its kind in Cuyahoga County. MetroHealth is also home to one of only two adult and pediatric burn centers in Ohio.

Headquartered in Downtown Cleveland, Sherwin-Williams has 4,900 stores and customers in over 100 countries.


y Noteworthy Employers in Northeast Ohio (continued) FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) As the headquarters of the U.S. Federal Reserve System's Fourth District, the Cleveland Fed serves Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia; provides cash services to financial institutions; conducts research on inflation, unemployment, inequality, bank regulation and supervision; and supervises five of the nation’s largest bank and savings and loan holding companies. FIRSTENERGY CORPORATION Akron (Summit County) This electric utility serves six million customers, from the border of Ohio and Indiana to the shores of New Jersey. FirstEnergy’s 10 regulated distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems. KEYCORP Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) KeyCorp, which owns KeyBank, operates 1,100+ full-service banks in 15 states. KeyCorp is an eight-time winner of the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity and a nine-time winner of the Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. KeyCorp employs more than 5,300 Northeast Ohioans. JONES DAY LAW FIRM Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) Jones Day traces its beginnings to the firm of Blandin & Rice, formed in Cleveland in 1893. Since then, the company has grown into a multinational operation with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices around the world. The firm currently represents more than half the Fortune Global 500. MEDICAL MUTUAL OF OHIO Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) Medical Mutual of Ohio, formerly Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Ohio, is the oldest 34 34

and largest health insurance company in the state and serves more than 1.6 million customers. The company has received awards and recognition for their Preferred Provider Organization, as well as the National Business Group on Health Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award. PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION Mayfield Village (Cuyahoga County) Progressive is one of the largest auto insurance companies in the country, specializing in nonstandard, high-risk auto insurance. Cleveland attorneys Joseph M. Lewis and J. H. Green formed the company in 1937. Today Progressive has nearly 12,000 employees in Northeast Ohio alone. TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLC Westlake (Cuyahoga County) The TravelCenters chain of truck stops sells food and fuel and provides laundry facilities, showers and lodging for truckers. Now in business for more than 30 years, TravelCenters of America prides itself in offering career opportunities in corporate, retail, food service, truck service and more.

y TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION DIEBOLD NIXDORF INC. North Canton (Stark County) Diebold Nixdorf is known for its innovative software and hardware for the financial and retail industries, specializing in ATM terminals, pointof-sale solutions and self-checkout systems. The company was a pioneer in drive-through banking, as well as ATM voice- and eye-recognition software, and currently holds over 3,000 patents. FOUNDATION SOFTWARE Strongsville (Cuyahoga County)

Foundation Sof t ware develops accounting software for the construction industry. Foundation Software has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. four times. It has also landed on Ohio Business Magazine’s list of Best Workplaces in Ohio for the past three years and on the NorthCoast 99 list of Best Workplaces in Ohio for the past 10. HYLAND Westlake (Cuyahoga County) Hyland is an award-winning software company and content management systems provider whose flagship product, OnBase, debuted in the early 1990s and is still widely used throughout the healthcare, financial, insurance, government, higher education and manufacturing sectors. According to Hyland’s website, in fact, more than half of 2019 Fortune 100 companies leverage Hyland’s products and services. NASA GLENN RESEARCH CENTER Cleveland and Sandusky (Cuyahoga and Erie Counties) Named after Ohio’s former U.S. senator and the first American to orbit Earth, Glenn Research Center conducts critical research and testing for the U.S. space program at its two campuses—Lewis Field in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. RAKUTEN OVERDRIVE Garfield Heights (Cuyahoga County) A subsidiary of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, OverDrive supplies digital books to schools and libraries in 72 countries, making it the largest digital content catalog in the world. The company’s K-12 student reading app, Sora, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019.

Cuyahoga County is on the move There’s not a lot of places where you can go from playing a game of volleyball by the shores of a

beautiful lake to a show at the second-largest theater district in the country to dinner at a restaurant created by an “Iron Chef” winner all in one day. But you can in Cuyahoga County. A goal of mine is to help foster an environment where

everyone can live, work and play in

Cuyahoga County. This includes residents that have lived here for decades,

entrepreneurs looking to make their dream a reality and immigrants coming to start a new life. There is something here for everyone. We have a perfect mix of booming businesses, a thriving job market and lush greenspaces perfect for recreation, as well as our river and lake. But the best part about Cuyahoga County? Our residents. I hope you consider joining us. Sincerely,

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y Manufacturing Then & Now The history of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio is, in many ways, the history of Northeast Ohio itself. As far back as the 1860s, spurred by iron and steel manufacturing and then the growth of the petroleum-refining, chemical and automotive industries, the region’s economy and culture have developed over the last century-and-a-half around its industrial identity and roots. Tire production in 1899


Today, many of the companies that formed in the early days of industrialization are not only still in operation, but thriving— and driving the future of manufacturing worldwide with innovative new products and technologies. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, founded in Akron in 1898, recently announced the first tire intelligence solution for cargo van fleets, called Goodyear SightLine. The program utilizes proprietary predictive maintenance technologies and sensors with cloud-based algorithms to communicate with fleet operators in real-time via a mobile app. Think of it like a smartwatch that measures vital health metrics--but for highmileage vehicles. Initially available in Europe and North America, intelligence is expected to be incorporated into all new Goodyear products by 2027. Charles Goodyear himself could hardly have imagined such a high-tech version of where the rubber meets the road. Other manufacturers are forging new paths in environmental stewardship. Cleveland-Cliffs, founded in 1847, is the largest and oldest independent iron-ore mining company in the U.S. Today the company looks to the future, leading the charge in environmentally friendly steel manufacturing. Through sustainable mining practices, the production of iron ore pellets that enable clean steel making, and other efforts to be environmentally responsible, Cleveland-Cliffs is proving that being green can be profitable, too. The company, named the General Motor's Supplier of the Year for four straight years, recently opened a direct reduction plant in Toledo, the culmination of a $1 billion investment to build the world's most modern and environmentally friendly natural-gas-based iron reduction plant. As the manufacturing industry as a whole seeks new ways to reinvent itself in today’s global economy, the future looks bright for Northeast Ohio, where companies are carrying on the region’s tradition of entrepreneurship, ingenuity and a can-do mentality. Sources: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Cleveland-Cliffs

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Tire design and engineering at Goodyear today.

y Top 10 Northeast Ohio Manufacturers Based on Number of Local Full-time Employees*



1. Sherwin-Williams


2. Swagelock Co.


3. Ford Motor Co.


4. Lincoln Electric Holdings


5. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.


6. The Lubrizol Corp.


7. The JM Smucker Co


8. ArcelorMittal


9. Schaeffier Group USA


10. TimkenSteel Corp.


* As of December 28, 2020. Source: Crain’s Book of Lists


From the land, to the lake, to the low taxes, Lorain County has something for everyone, charming and bustling town centers, rural heritage and tradition, and suburban accessibility and affordability. We welcome you and your family or your business to join our growing and prospering community. visit to get started


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EDUCATION in Northeast Ohio

From preschool to PhD, some of the finest public and private institutions in the country are located in Northeast Ohio. That’s important no matter what stage of life you’re in—whether you’re raising a family or seeking to add to your own academic credentials. If early childhood education is a priority for you, you’ll find innovative programs and learning centers throughout the region. Visit the Ohio Department of Education website ( to search by county for Early Learning and Development Programs. For K-12 private school education, a range of independent day schools, boarding schools and religious schools offer both co-ed and single-sex options as well as programs geared toward special needs. When it comes to higher learning, Nor theast Ohio boasts world-renowned universities alongside private colleges, community colleges and technical institutes offering multiple degree programs. Vocational schools throughout the region enable people of all ages to learn and expand their skills.


Even if school isn’t a factor for you right now, consider this: proximity to high-performing schools and universities increases property values; provides access to cultural events, sports and other activities; and brings more diversity to communities. Keep that in mind as you look for your next place to call home.

The all-girl, culturally diverse learning environment at Beaumont School encourages every student to develop the qualities she needs to thrive in an evolving global society.

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y Soaring School Districts If you have or are thinking of having children, no doubt one of your first priorities is knowing which communities have the best school districts. This chart includes the top 15 public school districts in Northeast Ohio, based on 2018-2019 test scores. Ohio tests students in reading and math every year in grades 3-8 and science in grades 5-8. The Ohio Graduation Tests include reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. These tests are administered to all students in 10th grade. Students who do not pass can repeat the test in 11th and, if necessary, 12th grade.

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y Private Day Schools Private day schools offer students a high-quality education without boarding facilities, so students can return home to their families after daytime classes. They are known for excellence in both academic and personal development, and can be religious, secular, or specialty-focused.

CLEVELAND AREA CUYAHOGA COUNTY BEAUMONT SCHOOL Girls, Grades 9-12 3301 North Park Boulevard Cleveland Heights 44118 216.321.2954; BENEDICTINE HIGH SCHOOL Boys, Grades 9-12 2900 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Cleveland 44104 216.421.2080; CLEVELAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 9-12 6550 Baxter Avenue Cleveland 44105 216.441.4700;

FUCHS MIZRACHI SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 26600 Shaker Boulevard Beachwood 44122 216.932.0220;

HATHAWAY BROWN SCHOOL Girls, Grades PreK-12 19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights 44122 216.932.4214;

GESU ELEMENTARY Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 2450 Miramar Boulevard University Heights 44118 216.932.0620;

HAWKEN SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 Lower/Middle School: 440.423.4446 5000 Clubside Road Lyndhurst 44124

GILMOUR ACADEMY Independent, Catholic, Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 34001 Cedar Road Gates Mills 44040 440.473.8050;

Upper School: 440.423.4446 12465 County Line Road Gates Mills 44040

GROSS SCHECHTER DAY SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 27601 Fairmount Boulevard Pepper Pike 44124 216.763.1400;

HEBREW ACADEMY OF CLEVELAND Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 1860 South Taylor Road Cleveland Heights 44118 216.321.5838; hac1.o Continued on next page


y Private Day Schools - continued SAINT IGNATIUS HIGH SCHOOL

HOLY NAME HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 9-12 6000 Queens Highway Parma Heights 44130 440.886.0300; LAUREL SCHOOL Girls, Grades K-12 One Lyman Circle Shaker Heights 44122 216.464.1441; LAKEWOOD CATHOLIC ACADEMY Co-ed, Infant Care-Grade 8 14808 Lake Avenue Lakewood 44107 216.521.0559 ext. 3026 Saint Ignatius is a Catholic Jesuit high school for young men, grades 9-12.

MAGNIFICAT DAY SCHOOL Girls, Grades 9-12 20770 Hilliard Boulevard Rocky River 44116 440.331.1572; MANDEL JEWISH DAY SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 26500 Shaker Boulevard Beachwood 44122 216.464.4055; RUFFING MONTESSORI SCHOOL Co-ed, 18 Months-Grade 8 3380 Fairmount Boulevard Cleveland Heights 44118 216.321.7571; ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL Boys, Grades 9-12 13500 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 216.221.3776; SAINT IGNATIUS HIGH SCHOOL Boys, Grades 9-12 1911 West 30th Street Cleveland 44113 216.651.0222; SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY Girls, Grades 9-12 3470 Rocky River Drive Cleveland 44111 216.251.6788;

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ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 St. Basil Campus, Grades PreK-1: 8700 Brecksville Road Brecksville 44141 440.717.0398; St. Michael Campus, Grades 2-8: 6906 Chestnut Road Independence 44131 216.524.6405; UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Boys, Grades Jr. K-12 Shaker Heights Campus, Grades Jr.K-8 20701 Brantley Road Shaker Heights 44122 216.321.8260; Hunting Valley Campus, Grades 9-12 2785 S.O.M. Center Road Hunting Valley 44022 216.831.2200;

AKRON AREA MEDINA COUNTY MEDINA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 3646 Medina Road Medina 44256 330.725.3227;

SACRED HEART OF JESUS SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 110 Humbolt Avenue Wadsworth 44281 330.334.6272; SAINT AMBROSE CATHOLIC SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 933 Pearl Road Brunswick 44212 330.460.7301; ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 612 East Washington Street Medina 44256 330.725.3345;

PORTAGE COUNTY ST. PATRICK SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades K-8 127 Portage Street Kent 44240 330.673.7232; VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 1037 East Boulevard Aurora 44202 330.562.8191; Continued



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y Private Day Schools - continued SUMMIT COUNTY CUYAHOGA VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades 6-12 4687 Wyoga Lake Road Cuyahoga Falls 44224 330.929.0575; FAITH ISLAMIC ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 152 East Steel Corners Road Cuyahoga Falls 44224 330.926.9407; HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 3163 Kent Road Stow 44224 330.688.3816; THE LIPPMAN SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades K-8 750 White Pond Drive Akron 44320 330.836.0419; OLD TRAIL SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 2315 Ira Road Bath 44210 330.666.1118; OUR LADY OF THE ELMS Girls, Grades 1-12 1375 West Exchange Street Akron 44313 330.836.9384; SPRING GARDEN WALDORF SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 1791 South Jacoby Road Copley 44321 330.666.0574; ST. HILARY SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades K-8 645 Moorfield Road Fairlawn 44333 330.867.8720; ST. SEBASTIAN PARISH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 500 Mull Avenue Akron 44320 330.836.9107;

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ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades K-12 15 North Maple Street Akron 44303 330.253.9113;

NOTRE DAME ELEMENTARY Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 13000 Auburn Road Chardon 44024 440.279.1127;

WALSH JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 9-12 4550 Wyoga Lake Road Cuyahoga Falls 44224 330.929.4205;

ST. ANSELM SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 13013 Chillicothe Road Chesterland 44026 440.729.7806;

WESTERN RESERVE ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades 9-12 115 College Street Hudson 44236 330.650.4400;

SAINT MARY SCHOOL CHARDON Co-ed, Grades PreK-8 401 North Street Chardon 44024 ​4 40.286.3590​;

CANTON AREA STARK COUNTY CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 9-12 4824 Tuscarawas Street W Canton 44708 330.478.2131; HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-7 2107 6th Street SW Canton 44706 330.452.8271; LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 12893 Kaufman Avenue, NW Hartville 44632 330.877.2049;

SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES GEAUGA COUNTY NOTRE DAME - CATHEDRAL LATIN Co-ed, Grades 9-12 13000 Auburn Road Chardon 44024 440.286.6226;

LAKE COUNTY ANDREWS OSBORNE ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades PreK-12, PG 38588 Mentor Avenue Willoughby 44094 440.942.3600; HERSHEY MONTESSORI SCHOOL Co-ed, Birth-18 Years Concord Campus, Birth-12 Years 10229 Prouty Road Concord Township 44077 440.357.0918; Huntsburg Campus, 12-18 Years 11530 Madison Road Huntsburg Township 44046 440.636.6290; LAKE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 6733 Reynolds Road Mentor 44060 440.578.1020; MENTOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 9-12 8600 Lakeshore Boulevard Mentor 44060 440.257.3172; TELSHE YESHIVA Boys, Grades 9-12 28400 Euclid Avenue Wickliffe 44092 440.943.5300;


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LORAIN COUNTY ELYRIA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 9-12 725 Gulf Road Elyria 44035 440.365.1821; HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL Co-ed, PreK-8 2610 Nagel Road Avon 44011 440.937.6420; LAKE RIDGE ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades K-12 37501 Center Ridge Road North Ridgeville 44039 440.327.1175; OPEN DOOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS Co-ed, Grades PreK-12 8287 West Ridge Road Elyria 44035 440.322.6386; Continued on next page


y Private Boarding Schools Private boarding schools are similar to private day schools, except they offer a tight-knit community with on-campus residential facilities for students and staff. Many families find that boarding schools encourage self-discipline, independence and responsibility alongside academic benefits. PHOTO COURTESY OF GILMOUR ACADEMY

CLEVELAND AREA CUYAHOGA COUNTY GILMOUR ACADEMY Independent, Catholic, Coed, Grades PreK-12 34001 Cedar Road Gates Mills 44040 440.473.8050;

AKRON AREA SUMMIT COUNTY WESTERN RESERVE ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades 9-12 115 College Street Hudson 44236 330.650.4400;

SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES ASHTABULA COUNTY GRAND RIVER ACADEMY Boys, Grades 9-12, PG 3042 College Street Austinburg 44010 440.275.2811;

LAKE COUNTY ANDREWS OSBORNE ACADEMY Co-ed, Grades PreK- 12, PG 38588 Mentor Avenue Willoughby 44094 440.942.3600;

GEAUGA COUNTY HERSHEY MONTESSORY SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 7-12 11530 Madison Road Huntsburg Township 44046 440.636.6290;

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Gilmour Academy, located in Gates Mills, is a Catholic day school and boarding school for grades PreK-12.


y Alternative /Special Education Students thrive when their individual needs are met. Specialized education centers that are trained and accredited in teaching students with different learning, behavioral, physical or mental abilities can provide safe, nurturing educational spaces to help students flourish.

CLEVELAND AREA CUYAHOGA COUNTY THE GERSON SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 6-12 Behavioral/Special Needs 10427 Detroit Avenue Cleveland 44102 216.694.7200; JULIE BILLIART SCHOOLS Co-ed, Grades K-8 Learning Differences 4982 Clubside Road Lyndhurst 44124 216.381.1191

RISING STAR ACADEMY Co-ed, Ages 3-18 Cerebral Palsy/Physical Disabilities 140 Richmond Road Euclid 44143 440.454.2898; SUMMIT ACADEMY COMMUNITY SCHOOL Co-ed, K-12 Social/Learning Disorders 5868 Stumph Road Parma 44130 440.888.5407;


LAWRENCE LOWER SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades K-6 Learning Differences 1551 E. Wallings Road Broadview Heights 44147 440.526.0003;

JULIE BILLIART SCHOOLS Co-ed, Grades K-8 Learning Differences 380 Mineola Avenue Akron 44320 234.206.0941;

MONARCH CENTER FOR AUTISM Co-ed, PreK-Adult Autism 1 Pollack Circle 22001 Fairmount Boulevard Cleveland 44118 800.879.2522;

LAWRENCE UPPER SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades 7-12 Learning Differences 10036 Olde Eight Road Sagamore Hills 44067 330.908.6800;

CANTON AREA STARK COUNTY SUMMIT ACADEMY COMMUNITY SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades K-8 Learning Differences 1620 Market Avenue South Canton 44707 303.458.0393; canton-elementary

SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES LORAIN COUNTY SUMMIT ACADEMY COMMUNITY SCHOOL Co-ed, Grades K-5 Learning Differences 2140 E. 36th Street Lorain 44055 440.277.4110; lorain-elementary


y Colleges & Universities Northeast Ohio is home to 63 colleges and universities, with such prestigious institutions as Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University and Oberlin College among them. Ranging in size from six students (Miami Jacobs Career College, Independence) to 21,700 students (Kent State University), students with a wide variety of career aspirations can find their fit here. CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) 216.791.5000;

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY University Heights (Cuyahoga County) 216.397.1886;

AULTMAN COLLEGE Canton (Stark County) 330.363.6347;

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) 216.687.2000;

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY Kent (Portage County) 330-672-3000; kent.ed

BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY Berea (Cuyahoga County) 440.826.2900;

THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER Wooster (Wayne County) 330.263.2000;

LAKE ERIE COLLEGE Painesville (Lake County) 440.375.7050;

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) 216.368.2000;

CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) 216.687.6000;

LAKELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE Kirtland (Lake County) 440.525.7000;

CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) 216.421.7418;

HIRAM COLLEGE Hiram (Portage County) 330.569.3211;

LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Elyria (Lorain County) 800.995.5222;


ASHLAND UNIVERSITY Ashland (Ashland County) 419.289.4142;

Kent State University's College of Architecture & Environmental Design building, along with a new corridor, connects the university to the city of Kent.

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The University of Akron, located in Ohio’s 5th largest city, offers more than 200 in-demand degree programs.

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WOOSTER Wooster (Wayne County) 330.263.3700;

Canton (Stark County) 800.521.1146; NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY Rootstown (Portage County) 800.686.2511; NOTRE DAME COLLEGE South Euclid (Cuyahoga County) 877.632.6446; OBERLIN COLLEGE

OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) 800.322.7000;


UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION Alliance (Stark County) 800.992.6682; URSULINE COLLEGE Pepper Pike (Cuyahoga County) 440.449.4200; WALSH UNIVERSITY North Canton (Stark County) 330.490.7090;

STARK STATE COLLEGE AKRON Akron (Summit County) 330.494.6170;

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY Youngstown (Mahoning County) 330.941.3000;

STARK STATE COLLEGE NORTH CANTON North Canton (Stark County) 800.797.8275;

Oberlin (Lorain County)



THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MANSFIELD Mansfield (Richland County) 419.755.4300;

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON Akron (Summit County) 330.972.7111;

Rise to your full potential From world-class academics on our beautiful campus to real-world experiences in our vibrant city, The University of Akron has everything you need to reach your goals. • 200+ programs in engineering, business, computer technology, health care, education, and the arts and sciences • Hundreds of student organizations • 20,000+ employers recruiting UA students and alumni for internships, co-ops and careers


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HEALTH & WELLNESS in Northeast Ohio

Top-notch healthcare isn’t just about world-class surgeons, specialists and facilities for treating illness and injury; it’s about accessible preventative medicine, state-of-the-art wellness programs and innovative biomedical research and biotechnology. It’s about an array of options when it comes to dedicated support services for every stage of life, from infant to senior. Northeast Ohio boasts many of the most advanced research, private and public facilities in the country. That’s good news not only for residents but for the health of the region’s economy. According to a recent Quarterly Economic Review by Team NEO,* Northeast Ohio has more than 60 hospitals and is supported by a biomedical community of 700 businesses that have collectively generated more than $3 billion in growth capital in the past 20 years. The region’s two largest employers— Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals—will likely be two of your primary sources for healthcare. But throughout Northeast Ohio, choices abound for doctors, facilities and wellness programs that make it easy to get the type of care you and your family require, no matter where you live or what your individual needs are.

Cleveland Clinic, Main Campus

IN THIS SECTION • HOSPITALS & HEALTH SYSTEMS......................................................... 52 • SPECIAL NEEDS FACILITIES & SERVICES...........................................60 • ADULT & SENIOR LIVING......................................................................... 61 *Source: Coutré, Lydia. “Northeast Ohio’s Health Care GDP Grew Twice as Fast as Region’s Overall Economy,” December 16, 2019. Crain’s Cleveland Business. northeast-ohios-health-care-gdp-grew-twice-fast-regions-overall-economy


y Hospitals & Health Systems y CLEVELAND CLINIC With eleven hospitals in Northeast Ohio, five in Florida, one in Canada, one in Abu Dhabi and a Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, this internationally renowned, multispecialty medical institution integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education, supporting the advancement of medical care and serving patients all over the world. Nearly 1,400 beds at its main campus and more than 6,000 beds system-wide and an economic impact of $17.8 billion on the state of Ohio, makes Cleveland Clinic one of the largest hospitals in the country. It’s also one of the most innovative. Many major breakthroughs have occurred at the Cleveland Clinic, including the first coronary angiography (1958), the first successful larynx transplant (1998), and the first kidney surgery performed through a patient’s navel (2007) and the discovery that adult brain neurons can regenerate (2011). Cleveland Clinic has consistently ranked number one in the country by U.S News & World Report for cardiology and heart surgery, and it’s in the top 10 for ten other specialty areas. For information about services at each location, visit

Avon 44011 (Lorain County) 440.937.9909 CLEVELAND CLINIC REHABILITATION HOSPITAL, BEACHWOOD 3025 Science Park Beachwood 44122 (Cuyahoga County) 216.455.6400

LUTHERAN HOSPITAL 1730 West 25th Street Cleveland 44113 (Cuyahoga County) 216.696.4300 MARYMOUNT HOSPITAL 12300 McCracken Road Garfield Heights 44125 (Cuyahoga County) 216.581.0500

EUCLID HOSPITAL 18901 Lakeshore Boulevard Euclid 44119 (Cuyahoga County) 216.531.9000

MEDINA HOSPITAL 1000 East Washington Street Medina 44256 (Medina County) 330.725.1000

FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL 18101 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 (Cuyahoga County) 216.476.7000

SOUTH POINTE HOSPITAL 20000 Harvard Road Warrensville Heights 44128 (Cuyahoga County) 216.491.6000

HILLCREST HOSPITAL 6780 Mayfield Road Mayfield Heights 44124 (Cuyahoga County) 440.312.4500

UNION HOSPITAL 659 Boulevard Dover 44622 (Tuscarawas County) 330.343.3311

Cleveland Clinic’s 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report Rankings SPECIALTY AREA


Cardiology & Heart Surgery










Gastroenterology & GI Surgery




Pulmonology & Lung Surgery




CLEVELAND CLINIC MAIN CAMPUS 9500 Euclid Avenue Cleveland 44195 (Cuyahoga County) 216.444.2200

Neurology & Neurosurgery




Diabetes & Endocrinology





Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery


Pediatric Cancer


AVON HOSPITAL 33300 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard Avon 44011 (Lorain County) 440.695.5000 CLEVELAND CLINIC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOR REHABILITATION 2801 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Cleveland 44104 (Cuyahoga County) 216.636.5437

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The University Hospitals (UH) system includes 18 hospitals, 50+ health centers and outpatient facilities and 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Portage and Summit counties. University Hospitals’ main campus and flagship academic medical center, UH Cleveland Medical Center in University Circle, is also the site of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, MacDonald Women's Hospital (Ohio's only hospital for women), Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and Seidman Cancer Center— one of an elite group of cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH Cleveland Medical Center consistently lands on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Hospitals. In 20192020, UH ranked in the top 50 in eight specialty areas—Cancer; Cardiology & heart surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Nephrology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; and Urology—and ranked second in Ohio hospitals overall. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has been ranking among America’s Best Children’s Hospitals every year since 1991. For information about services at each location, visit

UH AHUJA MEDICAL CENTER 3999 Richmond Road Beachwood 44122 (Cuyahoga County) 216.593.5500 UH BEDFORD MEDICAL CENTER 44 Blaine Avenue Bedford 44146 (Cuyahoga County) 440.735.3701 UH CLEVELAND MEDICAL CENTER 11100 Euclid Avenue Cleveland 44106 (Cuyahoga County) 216.868.8792 UH ELYRIA MEDICAL CENTER 630 East River Street Elyria 44035 (Lorain County) 440.329.7500

UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report Rankings SPECIALTY AREA


Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery


Pediatric Orthopedics


Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology


Pediatric Cancer


Cardiology & Heart Surgery


Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery






UH GEAUGA MEDICAL CENTER 13207 Ravenna Road Chardon 44024 (Geauga County) 440.285.6000 UH MACDONALD WOMEN’S HOSPITAL 2101 Adelbert Road Cleveland 44106 (Cuyahoga County) 866.844.2273 UH PARMA MEDICAL CENTER 7007 Powers Boulevard Parma 44129 (Cuyahoga County) 440.743.3000 UH PORTAGE MEDICAL CENTER 6847 North Chestnut Ravenna 44266 (Portage County) 330.297.0811 UH RAINBOW BABIES & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 2101 Adelbert Road Cleveland 44106 (Cuyahoga County) 866.844.2273

UH RICHMOND MEDICAL CENTER 27100 Chardon Road Richmond Heights 44143 (Cuyahoga County) 440.295.5333 UH SEIDMAN CANCER CENTER 11100 Euclid Avenue Cleveland 44106 (Cuyahoga County) 440.703.8922 UH ST. JOHN MEDICAL CENTER 29000 Center Ridge Road Westlake 44145 (Cuyahoga County) 440.835.8000 SOUTHWEST GENERAL HOSPITAL 18697 Bagley Road Middleburg Heights 44130 (Cuyahoga County) 440.816.8000 Continued on next page


y Hospitals & Health Systems (continued) y CLEVELAND CLINIC AKRON GENERAL HEALTH SYSTEM In 2015, the Akron General Health System joined the Cleveland Clinic, creating a network of top-notch healthcare options for residents throughout Northeast Ohio. In addition to a 532-registered-bed, teaching and research medical center in downtown Akron, the Cleveland Clinic Akron General system includes Partners Physician Group as well as Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Center, which helps patients suffering from strokes, head traumas, spinal cord injuries, amputations, neuromuscular conditions or substance addiction; Visiting Nurse Service, which provides home healthcare, infusion services, rehabilitation therapies, hospice and palliative care; and three Health and Wellness Centers offering a variety of integrated outpatient services, including 24-hour Emergency Departments, primary and specialty care practices, and a medically supervised exercise program.

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For information about services at each location, visit

AKRON GENERAL 1 Akron General Avenue Akron 44307 (Summit County) 330.344.6000 AKRON GENERAL LODI HOSPITAL 225 Elyria Street Lodi 44254 (Medina County) 330.948.1222 EDWIN SHAW REHABILITATION HOSPITAL 4389 Medina Road Copley 44321 (Summit County) 234.815.5100

HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER, BATH 4125 Medina Road Akron 44333 (Summit County) 330.665.8000 HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER, GREEN 1940 Town Park Boulevard Uniontown 44685 (Stark County) 330.896.5010 HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER, STOW 4300 Allen Road Stow 44224 (Summit County) 330.945.9300


MetroHealth Medical Center, Main Campus in Cleveland

y METROHEALTH SYSTEM MetroHealth is greater Cleveland’s oldest healthcare system. Founded in 1837, it is a nationally ranked healthcare system operated by Cuyahoga County, with a main campus located on the near-west side of Cleveland. MetroHealth’s staff of 7,700 focuses on community-centric healthcare and preventative medicine at its four hospitals, more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. MetroHealth has earned acclaim for its Comprehensive Burn Care Center, one of only two adult and pediatric burn centers in Ohio; its Level I Adult Trauma Center; and its Pride Network and KidzPride, a groundbreaking system of clinics devoted to serving the health needs of the LGBT community. As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

For information about services at each location, visit

METROHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS 10 Severance Circle Cleveland Heights 44118 (Cuyahoga County) 216.524.7377 METROHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER, MAIN CAMPUS 2500 MetroHealth Drive Cleveland 44109 (Cuyahoga County) 216.778.7800 METROHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER, OLD BROOKLYN 4229 Pearl Road Cleveland 44109 (Cuyahoga County) 216.957.2000 METROHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER, PARMA 12301 Snow Road Parma 44130 (Cuyahoga County) 216.524.7377

BEACHWOOD HEALTH CENTER 3609 Park East Drive Beachwood 44122 (Cuyahoga County) 216.957.9959 BRECKSVILLE HEALTH AND SURGERY CENTER 9200 Treeworth Boulevard Brecksville 44141 (Cuyahoga County) 216.957.9000 LYNDHURST HEALTH CENTER Brainard Place Medical Center 29001 Cedar Road, Suite 518 Lyndhurst 44124 (Cuyahoga County) 216.696.3876 PRIDE CLINIC AT LBGT COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER CLEVELAND 6705 Detroit Avenue Cleveland 44102 (Cuyahoga County) 216.957.4905 WEST 150TH HEALTH AND SURGERY CENTER 4330 W. 150th Street Cleveland 44135 (Cuyahoga County) 216.251.6990 Continued on next page


y Hospitals & Health Systems (continued) y SUMMA HEALTH

For more information about services at each location, visit

SUMMA HEALTH AKRON CAMPUS 141 N. Forge Street Akron 44304 (Summit County) 330.375.3000 SUMMA HEALTH BARBERTON CAMPUS 155 5th Street NE Barberton 44203 (Summit County) 330.615.3000 SUMMA HEALTH EQUITY CENTER 1493 S. Hawkins Avenue Akron 44320 (Summit County) 330.865.5333 SUMMA HEALTH PRIDE CLINIC at Summa Health Chapel Hill Medical Center 1260 Independence Avenue Akron 44310 (Summit County) 234.867.7740 SUMMA HEALTH ST. THOMAS CAMPUS 444 Main Street Akron 44310 (Summit County) 330.375.3000 56 56


Summa Health, headquartered in Akron, is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Summa Health serves more than one million patients each year in comprehensive acute, critical, emergency, outpatient and long-term/home-care settings throughout Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark and Wayne counties. Specialty areas include everything from dermatology to dental care to sleep medicine. Summa also offers health insurance through SummaCare, one of the region’s only provider-owned health insurance companies. Summa Health System – Akron Campus, Dr. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Tower

SUMMA REHAB HOSPITAL 29 N. Adams Street Akron 44304 (Summit County) 330.578.7037

SPINE AND NEUROSCIENCE CENTER 3378 W. Market Street, Suite B Fairlawn 44333 (Summit County) 330.576.3500

CUYAHOGA FALLS MEDICAL CENTER 1860 State Road Cuyahoga Falls 44223 (Summit County) 330.922.4648

STOW-KENT MEDICAL CENTER 3825 Fishcreek Road Stow, OH 44224 (Summit County) 234.867.7106

GREEN MEDICAL CENTER 1835 Franks Parkway Uniontown, OH 44685 (Summit County) 800.237.8662

TALLMADGE MEDICAL CENTER 60 North Ave Tallmadge, OH 44278 (Summit County) 330.375.3000

HUDSON MEDICAL CENTER 5655 Hudson Drive Hudson 44236 (Summit County) 330.650.6710

WADSWORTH-RITTMAN MEDICAL CENTER 195 Wadsworth Road Wadsworth 44281 (Medina County) 844.984.4084

MEDINA MEDICAL CENTER 3780 Medina Road Medina 44256 (Medina County) 330.764.4253

WELLNESS CENTER 5625 Hudson Dr. Hudson, OH 44236 (Summit County) 888.863.2394

ROOTSTOWN MEDICAL CENTER 4211 State Route 44 Rootstown, OH 44272 (Summit County) 330.375.3000

WHITE POND MEDICAL CENTER One Park West Blvd. Akron, OH 44320 (Summit County) 855.345.4677




AKRON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL Akron Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the U.S. and is ranked among the best children's hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Its staff handles nearly 800,000 patient visits each year through its two hospital campuses in Akron and Canton and more than 60 urgent, primary and specialty care locations. As a teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and other universities, Akron Children’s Hospital trains new generations of pediatricians, specialists and nurses every year. For more information, visit

Akron Campus 214 West Bowery Street, Akron 44308 (Summit County) 330.543.1000 Canton Campus at Aultman Hospital 2600 6th Street SW, Canton 44710 (Stark County) 330.452.9911

Akron Children's Considine Professional Building

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y OTHER HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS (CONTINUED) AULTMAN HOSPITAL With 1,032 beds and 700 active physicians, Aultman is Stark County’s largest and oldest hospital system. Its main campus in downtown Canton includes Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Aultman Center for Pain Management and Aultman Specialty Hospital are located at the Massillon Campus. In addition to the centers below, Aultman extends its reach into Wayne and Carroll counties with locations in Orrville and Carrollton. For information about services at each location, visit Aultman Main Campus 2600 6th Street SW Canton 44710 (Stark County) 330.452.9911 Aultman Massillon 2051 Wales Avenue NW Massillon 44646 (Stark County) 330.834.4154

Aultman North 6100 Whipple Avenue NW North Canton 44720 (Stark County) 330.305.6999

Beachwood Medical Center 25501 Chagrin Boulevard Beachwood 44122 (Cuyahoga County) 216.545.4800

Aultman Alliance Community Hospital 200 East State Street Alliance 44601 (Stark County) 330.596.6000

TriPoint Medical Center 7590 Auburn Road Concord Township 44077 (Lake County) 440.375.8100

LAKE HEALTH A comprehensive network of physicians and healthcare professionals at three acute-care hospitals and multiple smaller campuses throughout Lake County and beyond, Lake Health offers state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technologies in cardiac services, including openheart surgery in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic; a progressive orthopedics and sports medicine program; and advanced surgical services. For information about services at each location, visit

West Medical Center 36000 Euclid Avenue Willoughby 44094 (Lake County) 440.953.9600

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

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SISTERS OF CHARITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns two Catholic hospitals in Northeast Ohio: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland and Mercy Medical Center in Canton. St. Vincent was founded in 1865, and is home to

Mercy Medical Center 1320 Mercy Drive NW Canton 44708 (Stark County) 330.489.1000;


the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Mercy is a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas counties. It is also part of NewHealth Collaborative (NHC), Summa Health System’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a group of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated, high-quality care to their patients.

VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System For more than 80 years, VA has taken care of Northeast Ohio Veterans, growing and adapting to meet the changing needs of America’s heroes. Focusing on treating the whole Veteran through health promotion and disease prevention, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System delivers highquality, timely, compassionate, Veteran-centric care. Veterans who choose VA can expect the very best as VANEOHS consistently surpasses VA and private sector quality and satisfaction standards. VA Northeast Ohio offers a full range of primary, mental health, social services, specialty and emergent care with state-of-the-art technology, medical education, and research across 21 counties and 18 locations, including a 617-bed tertiary hospital and community living center, 13 VA clinics, two community resource and referral centers, a psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery center, a chronic dialysis center, and an outpatient surgery center. The healthcare system’s hub, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, is a national and regional referral center with several programs of excellence and is home to two VA research centers, the Cleveland FES Center and the APT Center. For more information about services at each location, visit

Locations: Akron Community Resource + Referral Center 330-761-7054

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center 2351 East 22nd Street Cleveland 44115 (Cuyahoga County) 216.861.6200; VA NORTHEAST OHIO HEALTHCARE SYSTEM With 18 locations of care, including 13 outpatient clinics, two community resource and referral centers, a psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery center, a chronic dialysis center and an outpatient surgery center, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System provides healthcare and social services for more than 111,500 veterans. Its regional hub, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, is located at University Circle in Cleveland. (10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106; 216.791.3800;

Lorain County VA Clinic 440-934-9158

Akron VA Clinic 330-724-7715

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center 216-791-3800

Canton VA Clinic 330-489-4600

Midtown Dialysis Center 216-391-0274

Carl Nunziato VA Clinic (Youngstown) 330-740-9200

New Philadelphia VA Clinic 330-602-5339

Cleveland Community Resource + Referral Center 216-391-0264 Ext. 7772 or 2001

Outpatient Surgery Center 216-421-3133 Parma VA Clinic 216-739-7000

David F. Winder VA Clinic (Mansfield) 419-529-4602

Ravenna VA Clinic 330-296-3641

East Liverpool VA Clinic 330-386-4303

Sandusky VA Clinic 419-609-1460

Lake County VA Clinic 440-269-4600

Warren VA Clinic 330-392-0311

Veterans interested in exploring their eligibility for health care can contact VANEOHS’s outreach coordinators at 216-707-7914. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System

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Located on the campus of Cleveland Clinic’s Hospital for Rehabilitation with a satellite campus in Rocky River, the Center for Autism is the only one in Ohio offering diagnostic services and treatment based on applied behavioral analysis in an educational setting. Its state-of-theart facilities are dedicated to treatment, education, and research for children, adolescents, young adults and families dealing with autism spectrum disorders. Within the center, the Lerner School for Autism is a chartered, non-public school serving students ages 5 to 22. Services include home-based program development, school consultations, training for community providers and outreach services. For more information, visit departments/autism. Main Campus 2801 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Cleveland 44104 (Cuyahoga County) 216.448.6440 Rocky River Campus 21016 Hilliard Boulevard Rocky River 44116 (Cuyahoga County) 216.448.6440


Cleveland Sight Center provides developmental, rehabilitation and vocational services for individuals of all ages who are blind or have low vision. The team of optometrists, therapists, employment specialists and other staff help clients achieve independence through education, recreation, training and assistive technology. CSC’s Highbrook Lodge offers an immersive summer camp experience accredited by the American Camp Association. For more information, visit Cleveland Sight Center 1909 East 101st Street Cleveland 44106 (Cuyahoga County) 216.791.8118 60 60

Highbrook Lodge 12944 Aquilla Road Chardon 44024 (Geauga County) 216.791.8118

Akron Autism Therapy Center 490 White Pond Drive Akron 44320 (Summit County) 330.777.3284


Middleburg Heights Autism Therapy Center 18151 Jefferson Park Road Middleburg Heights 44130 (Cuyahoga County) 330.967.0325


Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical, residential, recreational and work training services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, located in Portage County, is the organization’s single residential facility and is home to 130 children. (9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua 44255; 330.274.2272;


Hopebridge specializes in early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI), working with kids as young as 15 months up to 12 years of age. Focused on reducing diagnostic evaluation wait times and providing personalized therapy for children with behavioral, physical, social, communication and sensory challenges, Hopebridge also offers applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, speech and language, feeding and swallowing therapy. For more information, visit

Westlake Autism Therapy Center 29077 Clemens Road Westlake 44145 (Cuyahoga County) 440.871.6568

y MAGNOLIA CLUBHOUSE Located in Cleveland’s vibrant and historic University Circle neighborhood, Magnolia Clubhouse is a unique community-based center and health clinic providing psychosocial rehabilitation as well as primary and psychiatric care to anyone over the age of 18 with mental illness. Magnolia Clubhouse is the successor to Hill House, the first agency of its kind in Ohio and among the first in the country when it opened in 1961. Members pay $1 a day and, with support from a small staff, run the club, doing everything from data entry and managing the reception desk to operating a high-end resale shop and working in the Media Lab. (11101 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland 44106; 216.721.3030;


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PLUM CREEK 891 Marks Road Brunswick 44212 330.220.4900;

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ANNA MARIA AURORA 889 North Aurora Road Aurora 44202 330.562.6171;

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THE KENTRIDGE SENIOR LIVING 5241 Sunnybrook Road Kent 44240 330.677.4040;

Seniors everywhere are thinking creatively about their living arrangements post-retirement. Springwood Luxury Adult Living, an after-55 community in Hudson, offers independent apartments on 16 acres, that overlook Lake Forest Country Club.


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BROOKDALE CANTON 1119 Perry Drive NW Canton 44708 330.227.8629; DANBURY IN MASSILLON 2550 University Drive SE Massillon 44646 330.833.7229; DANBURY IN NORTH CANTON 181 Applegrove Street NE North Canton 44720 330.497.8718; THE INN AT BELDEN VILLAGE 3927 38th Street NW Canton 44718 330.493.0096; THE INN AT WHITEWOOD VILLAGE 3146 Whitewood Street NW North Canton 44720 330.499.1399; SANCTUARY GRANDE IN NORTH CANTON 850 Applegrove Street NE North Canton 44720 330.470.4411; ST. LUKE - NORTH CANTON 220 Applegrove Street NE North Canton 44720 330.499.8341;

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JENNINGS NOTRE DAME VILLAGE 10950 Pine Grove Trail Chardon 44024 440.279.9400; LANTERN OF CHAGRIN VALLEY 5277 Chillicothe Road South Russell 44022 440.996.5084; MAPLEWOOD SENIOR LIVING 12350 Bass Lake Road Chardon 44024 440.606.0808; OHMAN FAMILY LIVING AT BLOSSOM 12496 Princeton Road Huntsburg 44046 440.635.5567; OHMAN FAMILY LIVING AT HOLLY 10190 Fairmount Road Newbury 44065 440.214.2259;

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y Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging



Since 1908, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has been making a profound difference in the lives of seniors throughout Ohio and beyond. This Cleveland-based nonprofit organization is at the forefront of developing strategies that promote health and wellness for older adults and caregivers, through national and local partnerships with healthcare institutions, community-based organizations, government agencies, universities and research institutes. Benjamin Rose provides a unique array of services to more than 10,000 older adults and caregivers annually in their homes, at community locations and by phone and email, in addition to conducting innovative research and driving public policy around key issues related to aging. For more information, visit or call 216.791.8000.


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ENTERTAINMENT in Northeast Ohio The Northeast Ohio region is teeming with attractions and activities that span the cultural spectrum, from The Cleveland Orchestra to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton; from art museums with free admission to an amusement park with 18 roller coasters; from historic theaters to conservation-minded zoos. And of course, there’s the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In Cleveland, at University Circle alone, you’ll find seven museums, four concert halls, three performing arts centers and an alternative film house. Further downtown, Playhouse Square is home to ten different theaters. Show-goers on their way to a Broadway play often mingle with die-hard sports fans heading to a Cleveland Guardians, Cavs or Browns game. While Cleveland may be the region’s cultural epicenter, Akron takes pride in its growing arts community and thriving alternative music scene. (Rocker Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, the hard-driving Black Keys, and alt-rock bands Devo and the Waitresses all hail from Akron.) And the college towns of Oberlin and Kent extend access to acclaimed museums and performing arts centers to residents throughout the region.

The Akron Civic Theatre is a local landmark and the greater Akron area’s premier performance venue.

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What city can claim to be home to a world-famous orchestra and the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, plus the second-largest theater district in the nation? The answer is Cleveland, but the story doesn’t end there. Throughout Northeast Ohio, lovers of every type of live performance have endless opportunities to enjoy their favorite genres of music, theater and dance, in settings that range from intimate clubs to grand concert halls. The region attracts a steady stream of big-name acts and acclaimed performers from around the world, while the local talent pool offers some of the best entertainment at wallet-friendly prices.

y ENTERTAINMENT VENUES Across the region, large multipurpose facilities with state-of-the-art amenities and seating options provide residents with easy access to shows of all kinds. AKRON CIVIC THEATRE (Summit County) A local cultural landmark and the greater Akron area’s premier performance venue, the Civic is where, on any given night, you might find a Tony Award-winning play, a pop music icon, your favorite stand-up comedian or a classical ballet troupe. The historic building, constructed in 1929 and renovated in 2002, is one of only a handful of remaining “atmospheric” theaters in the country (the Canton Palace Theatre is another, designed by the same architect), with its twinkling stars and clouds moving across the ceiling. (182 S. Main Street, Akron 44308; 330.253.2488; BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER (Summit County) Summertime means Blossom time to anyone who lives in Northeast Ohio and likes music of any kind. Situated on 800 acres of rolling hills surrounded by Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blossom is the region’s premier outdoor concert venue and the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra. Each season offers a jam-packed lineup of the biggest names in rock, pop, country, jazz and other genres, as well as the Orchestra’s start-studded classical music programs. Concert goers can sit in the Pavilion, a 5,700-seat covered 72 72

Located in Cleveland Heights, Cain Park is the site of two outdoor covered theaters.

amphitheater, or spread out on the expansive hillside lawn with blankets and picnic baskets. Lawn tickets, in fact, are free to ages 17 and under for all Cleveland Orchestra programs (limit two per group). (1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44223. For Cleveland Orchestra tickets and information, visit or call 216.231.1111; for non-orchestra tickets and information, visit or call 330.920.8040.) CAIN PARK (Cuyahoga County) Owned and operated by the city of Cleveland Heights, this gem on the east side is the site of two covered outdoor theaters where, each summer, residents can enjoy every form of entertainment under the sun (or moon). Programming includes professional theatrical productions, a cabaret series, professional dance companies, children's programs and pop, folk, jazz, klezmer, blues, bluegrass, Latin and other music concerts. Cain Park also hosts a nationally recognized juried Arts Festival every summer, featuring the works of artists from across the country. (14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights 44118; 216.371.3000; CANTON PALACE THEATRE (Stark County) The cornerstone of the Downtown Canton Arts District, this multipurpose entertainment facility retains its ornate,

vaudeville-era charm and architecture while providing a classic venue for live theater, music, dance and speaker presentations as well as movies on its giant screen. Built in 1926, the Palace was designed by architect John Eberson, who also designed the Akron Civic Theatre and was famous for his “atmospheric” theater ceilings. The Palace still has the original cloud machine that makes clouds march continuously across a twinkling night “sky.” (605 Market Avenue N, Canton 44702; 330.454.8172; E.J. THOMAS PERFORMING ARTS HALL (Summit County) The University of Akron’s premier performing arts center, E.J. Thomas Hall is a state-of-the-art, three-level auditorium with a seating capacity of nearly 3,000. Home to the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Concert Society and Akron Youth Symphony, the hall is also a theater venue, hosting student and faculty productions as well as a Broadway series presented by Playhouse Square in partnership with the university. (198 Hill Street, Akron 44325; 330.972.7570; THE KENT STAGE (Portage County) The Kent Stage brings some of the top singer-songwriter, folk, indie, blues and rock legends to the region, presenting around 150 concerts a year. The venue

WOLSTEIN CENTER (Cuyahoga County) The Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University’s 15,000-seat Division I basketball arena, also plays host to big-name music concerts and comedy acts, nationally touring family shows, motorsports spectaculars, rodeos, professional and amateur sporting contests, and a vast array of community and civic events. (2000 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland 44115; 888.324.4859;

The beautifully restored lobby of KeyBank State Theatre boasts four murals by artist James Daugherty. PHOTO COURTESY OF PLAYHOUSE SQUARE

PLAYHOUSE SQUARE (Cuyahoga County) Why travel to New York—and pay Big-Apple prices—when you can see a Broadway production in your own backyard? Historic Playhouse Square brings all the excitement and production value of Broadway’s biggest shows to downtown Cleveland. The theater district, which includes five large performance venues and five smaller ones, is also a major stop for nationally touring pop music and stand-up comedy acts and is the home of several resident companies, including Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Ballet and Great Lakes Theater. A giant crystal chandelier (the largest outdoor chandelier in the world) hangs above the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 14th Street, welcoming visitors to Playhouse Square. (1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115; 216.771.4444;


LOCK 3 (Summit County) In 2003, the canal towpath along Lock 3 of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal was opened to the public for the first time in a century, reincarnated as Akron’s hub of year-round entertainment. From May through September, Lock 3 hosts weekend concerts under the open skies, Akron's biggest festivals and a large number of community events. During winter, residents flock to Lock 3 to skate on Ohio's largest seasonal outdoor rink, play Polar Putt-Putt and enjoy seasonal festivities of all kinds. (200 S. Main Street, Akron 44308; 330.375.2877;


also hosts film festivals and plays, as well as the annual Kent Folk Festival, Kent Blues Fest, Kent Reggae Fest and Kent State Around Town Music Festival. (175 E. Main Street, Kent 44240; 330.677.5005;


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Connor Palace's ornate lobby features curved marble staircases leading to the balcony.

The 550-seat Hanna Theatre is one of the original venues built in 1921.

The five flagship theaters of Playhouse Square—known originally as the Allen, Hanna, Ohio, State and Palace—were built in the 1920s, but by the late ’60s, all except the Hanna had fallen out of use and into disrepair. A grass-roots effort in 1972 saved the once-stately structures from demolition and resulted in a massive renovation and re-opening of the historic stretch of buildings over the next three decades. Today, the following venues comprise Playhouse Square: KEYBANK STATE THEATRE: The largest of the theaters; 3,200 seats CONNOR PALACE: 2,800 seats MIMI OHIO THEATRE: 1,000 seats HANNA THEATRE: Home to the Great Lakes Theater company; 550 seats ALLEN THEATRE & UPPER ALLEN: Home to the Cleveland Play House theater company; 1,200 seats combined OUTCALT THEATRE: 150-250 seats WESTFIELD STUDIO THEATRE: Black-box theater; 150 seats THE HELEN LAB THEATRE: Black-box theater; 150 seats KENNEDY’S CABARET: 100 seats 73


y Music Northeast Ohio’s music scene is legendary, with deep roots, diverse styles and a reputation for pushing the boundaries of creativity. From Mahler to metal, you’ll find fans and artists of every genre celebrating music across the region.

y CLASSICAL The Cleveland Orchestra, hailed as one of the best symphony orchestras on the planet, has been wowing classical music lovers since 1912. The Grammy-winning orchestra performs both standard repertoire and lesser known works, championing new composers and commissioning new compositions while delighting audiences with the classics. Concerts take place at the historic and architecturally stunning Severance Hall in University Circle (11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106) during the school year and, during the summer, under the stars at Blossom Music Center (1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44223). Conducted by internationally acclaimed Franz WelzerMöst since 2002, The Cleveland Orchestra demonstrates its musical prowess in a variety of formats, including casual Friday night concerts, film scores performed live alongside movie blockbusters, collaborations with pop and jazz vocalists, ballet and opera presentations, and music education programs. With its new “Under 18s Free” program, the orchestra has significantly increased attendance of concertgoers ages 25 and under. (216.231.7300; In addition to The Cleveland Orchestra, exceptional ensembles of all sizes and varieties bring classical music to residents throughout Northeast Ohio. Here are some of the biggest names: AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Summit County) Akron Symphony Orchestra plays at E.J. Thomas Hall on the University of Akron campus, bringing symphonic favorites and special programming to its patrons with its Classic Series, Akron Youth Orchestras, Summer Parks Concerts and Concerts for Kids. (92 N. Main Street, Akron 44308; 330.535.8131; APOLLO’S FIRE: THE CLEVELAND BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (Cuyahoga County) This internationally acclaimed period-in74 74

Cleveland Orchestra concerts take place at the historic and architecturally stunning Severance Hall during the school year.

strument orchestra may just be the hottest ticket in town. Apollo’s Fire has performed sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Royal Theatre of Madrid, Tanglewood Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress and many other distinguished venues around the world, but they shine brightest here in Northeast Ohio. If you can’t get a ticket to their show, you can always listen to one of their 26 commercial CDs, which includes their 2019 Grammy Award-winning album Songs of Orpheus. (216.320.0012; CANTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Stark County) Led by nationally-recognized conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann for almost 40 years, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is one of the most highly respected small-budget symphony orchestras in the United States. The orchestra performs both classical and pops programs at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall in Canton. (2331 17th Street NW, Canton 44708; 330.452.2094; CLEVELAND CHAMBER SYMPHONY (Cuyahoga County) Dedicated to commissioning, performing and recording musical works exclusively by contemporary composers, this unique Grammy-winning ensemble has premiered over 170 new works since its inception in 1980. The group also holds an annual music festival, NEOSonicFest, to promote new compositions and emerging artists in Northeast Ohio. (11125 Magnolia

Drive, Cleveland 44106; 216.202.4227; CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC (CIM) (Cuyahoga County) One of only three independent music conservatories in the U.S. devoted exclusively to classical music performance, the Cleveland Institute of Music in University Circle offers nearly 600 concerts and events annually. Most are free and open to the public and are presented by students, faculty and alumni. Considering that about half the current members of the renowned Cleveland Orchestra are either CIM alumni or faculty or both, a concert at CIM may be the best deal in town. (11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106; 216.795.3211; CITYMUSIC CLEVELAND (Cuyahoga County) This professional chamber orchestra distinguishes itself as an ensemble dedicated to performing free concerts throughout Northeast Ohio, including neighborhoods where audiences might otherwise not have access to classical music. CityMusic’s performances are lauded not only for their technical proficiency but for their programs themed around social issues past and present, often accompanied by exhibits of local artwork. (216.632.3572; OBERLIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (Lorain County) Established in 1865 and awarded the

y CHORAL CLEVELAND CHAMBER CHOIR (Cuyahoga County) This world-class ensemble based in Cleveland blends music by living composers with six centuries of choral repertoire, addressing relevant issues and universal themes through music and poetry. The choir performs at churches and performing arts centers throughout the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area. ( CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHORUS (Cuyahoga County) The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is one of the few professionally trained, all-volunteer choruses sponsored by a major American orchestra. In addition to performing with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall each season, the chorus has toured in Boston, Brussels, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London, Lucerne, Luxembourg, Miami, Paris and New York, as well as performed on television and made numerous recordings. (216-231-7372; NORTH COAST MEN’S CHORUS (Cuyahoga County) With over 100 members, North Coast Men’s Chorus (NCMC) is one of the largest choirs in the region and the largest LGBT arts organization in Northeast Ohio. The chorus entertains audiences at sold-out shows at elite venues including Playhouse Square, Cleveland State University, Severance Hall and many smaller venues. It also performs at GALA chorus festivals nationally and internationally. NCMC has appeared with numerous Broadway legends, from Bernadette Peters to Michael Feinstein, as well as with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. (216.556.0590;

SUMMIT CHORAL SOCIETY (Summit County) Based in Akron, Summit Choral Society has been a staple of Northeast Ohio's choral community for nearly 30 years, consisting of the Metropolitan Chorus, Children's Choir Program and recently-launched Akron City Gospel Singers. The Children’s Performance Choir is nationally recognized and has represented Ohio at the 2017 National Memorial Day Choral Festival in Washington, DC, performed as the featured choir at the 2018 National Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall, and performed at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival and the Grand Ole Opry in 2019. (140 E. Market Street, Akron 44308; 330.434.7464;


National Medal of Arts in 2009, this prestigious institution within Oberlin College hosts around 500 vocal and instrumental concerts a year performed by students, faculty and visiting artists from around the world. Solo performers and ensembles offer music across the spectrum, from baroque to contemporary guitar, classical to popular, computer-generated to acoustic. Performances take place primarily at Warner Concert Hall on the Oberlin campus. (77 W. College Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.775.8200;

y JAZZ BLU JAZZ+ (Summit County) With a uniquely metropolitan vibe and “retro” mid-century feel, this cozy modern-day speakeasy in the heart of downtown Akron captures the intimacy of the famous New York City jazz clubs while offering the style and sophistication of an upscale venue. In addition to quality live music, the club features an impressive jazz photography and memorabilia gallery. (47 E. Market Street, Akron 44308; 330.252.1190) BOP STOP AT THE MUSIC SETTLEMENT (Cuyahoga County) Voted the #1 Jazz Venue in the Nation in the All About Jazz 2019 Readers’ Poll, Continued on next page

The Akron Symphony Orchestra performs at E.J. Thomas Hall on the University of Akron campus.

Blu Jazz+ is a stunning live music venue and photography gallery in downtown Akron which has been designed and crafted from the ground up with the presentation of live jazz in mind.


y Music (continued) Bop Stop on Cleveland’s near-west side is a nonprofit performance venue that presents up-and-coming and well-established acts in an impeccably designed, acoustically pristine listening room. For those more interested in playing than listening, monthly freestyle jazz jam sessions welcome anyone with an instrument onto the stage. Proceeds from all ticket, food and beverage sales support the Music Settlement, Cleveland’s century-old community school dedicated to music education for all. (2920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland 44113; 216.771.6551; CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA (CJO) (Cuyahoga County) Entering its 35th season, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts featuring gifted musicians, arrangers, composers and educators at multiple locations throughout Northeast Ohio. The 2020 season marks the launch of the orchestra’s new “Women in Jazz” series. (33333 Station Street, Solon 44139; 855.301.5299; PASSION BLUES (Stark County) Passion Blues Restaurant & Club is Canton’s premier place to hear blues and jazz music by local musicians. Performances take place on Friday and Saturday nights, but the restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday. (1212 Walnut Avenue NE, Canton 44714; 234.214.0396; RUBBER CITY JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL (Summit County) A relative newcomer, arriving onto the scene in 2016, Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival is a free three-day event taking place at diverse venues all around the Akron area. The festival celebrates Akron’s rich and vibrant history in jazz and blues and showcases today’s stars. The festival is run by Open Tone Music, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing music and arts programming to youth in underserved communities throughout Summit, Lorain, Erie and Cuyahoga counties. (330.752.2324;

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TRI-C JAZZFEST CLEVELAND (Cuyahoga County) Cuyahoga Community College’s threeday summer music festival, which takes place in the theaters and on the streets of historic Playhouse Square in Cleveland, has been described by DownBeat magazine as offering "the type of diverse, top-tier talent typically found at a much larger festival.” The festival began in 1980 as a workshop for high-school jazz students and has since grown into a world-class regional event with a year-round component that connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists. (216-987-4444;

y ROCK/CONTEMPORARY Long before there was the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a Cleveland radio DJ back in the 1950s made waves by introducing his mostly-white, teenage audience to a style of music being marketed mainly to the African American community. The DJ, Alan Freed, started calling this upbeat rhythm-and-blues music “rock and roll,” and on March 21, 1952, he hosted what many consider to be the world’s first rock concert, The Moondog Coronation Ball. It lasted only a short time before authorities had to shut it down due to near-rioting ticketholders who couldn’t get into the overcrowded arena. But Freed’s legacy lives on in the many clubs and lounges all over Northeast Ohio, where fans of

all ages and backgrounds get together to hear rock, blues, R & B, heavy metal, Americana, punk, country, hip-hop and every other musical relative of rock & roll. For starters, here’s a list of the area’s bestknown venues: THE AGORA (Cuyahoga County) A direct descendent of the first Cleveland Agora, the venue that helped launch the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Pat Benatar and many others back in the day, the Agora still hosts cutting-edge artists and bands of every kind. Fans of progressive rock, heavy metal, punk, psychfunk, hip-hop, electronic, indie and more catch their favorite acts in the Agora’s 2,000-capacity theater and 500-capacity ballroom several nights a week. (5000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115; 216.881.2221; BEACHLAND BALLROOM & TAVERN (Cuyahoga County) Housed in a former Croatian meeting hall on Cleveland’s northeast side, this eclectic, unpretentious venue features local and national bands in its spacious barebones ballroom (500 capacity) and intimate tavern (140-capacity). Most nights the Beachland operates two separate shows featuring rock, blues, Americana, reggae and other genres, plus a full kitchen, an extensive and affordable beer

The Agora helped launch the career of Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Pat Benatar and many others back in the day.

BUZZBIN ART & MUSIC SHOP (Stark County) Originally a record store, Buzzbin in downtown Canton describes itself as “a neighborhood bar that just happens to have really, really good bands and lots of beer.” Anywhere from 15 to 20 bands, a large number of them national touring acts, grace the venue’s small stage with rock, metal, blues, punk, hillbilly, doom and other music genres you may, or may not, have heard of. (331 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton 44702; 330.754.6770; HOUSE OF BLUES CLEVELAND (Cuyahoga County) This iconic venue, the only House of Blues in the Midwest outside of Chicago, brings the nation’s top blues, R & B, gospel, jazz and roots-based rock & roll acts to the North Coast. The restaurant and bar’s world-famous gospel brunch on the third Sunday of every month will feed your soul with an all-you-can-eat buffet and local talent performing both traditional and contemporary gospel songs. (308 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115; 216.523.2583;

JILLY’S MUSIC ROOM (Summit County) How many places can you find live blues, alternative, roots, reggae, jazz, country and hip-hop music with no cover charge and a 100% gluten-free American tapas menu? Located in downtown Akron's historic Northside District, Jilly’s offers live music four nights a week, showcasing local talent and national touring acts in a stylish, contemporary atmosphere. (111 N. Main Street, Akron 44308; 330.576.3757; MUSIC BOX (Cuyahoga County) Located on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland’s industrial-chic Flats District, Music Box was voted Best Live Music Venue by Cleveland Magazine readers in 2017 and 2018 for a good reason: This unique two-story concert venue offers waterfront views, two stages with restaurant-style seating and live music nearly every night of the week. National touring acts and local talent play every genre, including blues, folk, rock, jazz and country, allowing audiences to connect with their favorite performers in an intimate setting. The club’s full-service restaurant serves classic comfort food with a Cleveland twist. (1148 Main Avenue, Cleveland 44113; 877.246.8206;


selection and a vintage shop in the basement called This Way Out. (15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland 44110; 216.383.1124;

y Fifth-Best Nightlife in America According to a 2019 study by, Cleveland's nightlife ranks number five in the nation based on the number of bars, clubs, breweries and live entertainment businesses per capita. The study determined a ratio of one nightlife business for every 1,281 people in Cleveland, with 219 bars, 13 breweries, 67 clubs and two dedicated live music venues. When you add in the live music at countless settings across the city (including art galleries, libraries and festivals), the count goes even higher. Cleveland's nightlife is punctuated with themed environments (speakeasies, jazz lounges, dance clubs, sports bars) as well as creative craft cocktails and brews. No matter your mood, you can find sophisticated elegance or dive-bar chill to suit your taste. View the complete list of cities at


Music Box is a unique two-story concert venue, offering waterfront views, two stages with restaurant-style seating and live music nearly every night of the week.



Locals love to brag about Playhouse Square, the largest theater district in the country outside of New York’s Lincoln Center (see "Performing Arts" at the beginning of this section) but that’s just the beginning. From nationally touring Broadway productions to local repertory theaters to opera’s biggest rising stars, Northeast Ohio’s theater scene steals the show.


CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE (CPH) (Cuyahoga County) Cleveland Play House, founded in 1915 and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is America's first professional regional theater. Over its long history, more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 Cleveland Play House productions, whose notable alumni include Paul Newman, Alan Alda, Margaret Hamilton and Joel Grey. (Alda and Grey still serve on the Board of Directors.) Numerous high-profile plays have premiered at Cleveland Play House, including Tennessee Williams’ You Touched Me, Arthur Miller’s The Archbishop’s Ceiling and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. In 1989, CPH became the first company to produce The Glass Menagerie with an African-American cast. The company has performed at Playhouse Square since 2009, and the future of CPH looks just as bright. Its Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House Master of Fine Arts program earned a spot on the Hollywood Reporter International list of top 25 graduate acting programs in 2018 and 2019. (1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115; 216.241.6000; CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE (Cuyahoga County) Since its founding in 1981, Cleveland Public Theater (CPT) has grown from a volunteer-artist-driven organization to a staff of 34 with an annual operating budget of $2.5 million. In the last ten years, the theater has produced more than 55 world premieres, 45 of which were by local artists, and has earned a national reputation for developing new plays and producing innovative interpretations of classic works. It has also played a major role in the economic redevelopment of Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, co-founding the Gordon Square Arts District in the 1990s and bringing not 78 78

Cleveland Play House crowd at the Allen Theatre on Playhouse Square.

only the theater but restaurants, galleries and other small businesses to the area. CPT’s commitment to the community goes even further: Each year it engages nearly 1,000 youth and at-risk adults who are given the chance to perform for underserved audiences in parks, shelters, prisons, treatment centers and other public locations. (6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland 44102; 216.631.2727; GREAT LAKES THEATER (Cuyahoga County) Formed in 1962 as the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, this professional classic theater has been bringing the world’s greatest plays to life ever since. Its first artistic director was Arthur Lithgow, father of John Lithgow. Since then, the likes of Piper Laurie, Jean Stapleton, Hal Holbrook, Olympia Dukakis and other famous thespians have crossed its stage. In 1982, Great Lakes Theater moved from its original venue in Lakewood to Playhouse Square, where it now performs each season, from September to May, at the Hanna Theatre. Great Lakes Theater also has a unique producing partnership with the Idaho and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals. Over the past eight seasons, the companies have shared thirty productions with a single resident artistic company. (2067 E. 14th Street, Cleveland 44115; 216.241.6000; KARAMU HOUSE (Cuyahoga County) Karamu House is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit arts center dedicated to African American culture, interracial theater and arts education for all. Founded in

1915 and the country’s oldest African American theater, Karamu House served as a common ground for Clevelanders of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds. The influential 20th-century poet and playwright Langston Hughes, a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, was a student at Karamu House; in the mid-1930s, he premiered several of his plays there. Today, Karamu House remains an inclusive community-based performing arts center, where audiences of all ages enjoy groundbreaking theater and musical productions. (2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland 44106; 216.795.7077; OBERLIN THEATER (Lorain County) Each year, the prestigious Oberlin College Department of Theater presents a season of theatrical offerings including three faculty- or guest-directed mainstage productions and several student-directed projects. The productions take place at Oberlin’s first-rate theatrical, cultural and musical facilities on the Oberlin campus: Hall Auditorium, a 500-seat theater used for large-scale dramatic, opera and dance productions; Wurtzel Theater, a 300-seat venue; and Kander Theater, a 75-seat black box performance space for student projects. (67 N. Main Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.775.8169; OHIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (Summit County) Ohio Shakespeare Festival in Akron is a professional theater company dedicated primarily to the works of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the





Ohio Shakespeare Festival's outdoor production of "The Comedy of Errors" at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

audience members spanning several generations, while offering professional and amateur acting opportunities for members of the community. (1001 Market Avenue N., Canton 44702; 330.453.7619;

OBERLIN OPERA THEATER (Lorain County) Staging two major productions each year, the critically acclaimed Oberlin Conservatory of Music opera program is known to challenge the operatic norm while developing some of today’s brightest stars. Alumni include Rhiannon Giddens, Denyce Graves, Alyson Cambridge and Daniel Okulitch. Performances take place at Warner Concert Hall on the Oberlin College campus. (77 W. College Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.775.8198;

PORTHOUSE THEATRE (Summit County) Porthouse Theatre, located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, is Kent State University's summer professional theater. Every season, more than 20,000 patrons enjoy professional theater productions in the comfortable, 500-seat covered outdoor theater. Picnicking beforehand on the 130-acre grounds or in one of two pavilions is not only encouraged but considered an integral part of the experience. (3143 O'Neil Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44223; 330.672.3884;

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON OPERA LYRIC THEATRE (Summit County) Each year the Opera Lyric Theater Workshop, a department of the University of Akron’s School of Music, produces a selection of opera scenes and a fully staged opera or operetta starring graduate and undergraduate students. Performances take place at Guzzetta Hall on the UA campus. The students also take their talents into the community, performing with the Children’s Concert Society at area elementary schools. (157 University Avenue, Akron 44325; 330.972.7590;

Cleveland Opera Theater presents fully staged, world-class productions at Playhouse Square.

ages. The company performs six plays a year—four at Greystone Hall (103 S. High Street, Akron 44308) and two outdoors at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (714 N. Portage Path, Akron 44303). Don’t miss their popular ShakesBEER events, which take place in the lobby bar at Greystone Hall and include everything from drunk readings of Shakespeare's funniest scripts to bawdy Greenshow songs performed open-mic style. (888.718.4253; PLAYERS GUILD THEATRE (Stark County) Founded in 1932, and housed at Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts since 1971, the Players Guild Theatre is recognized as one of the oldest continually operating theaters in the nation. Throughout its history, the Players Guild has produced over 600 productions for

CLEVELAND OPERA THEATER (Cuyahoga County) As the region’s premier opera company, Cleveland Opera Theater presents fully staged, world-class productions featuring traditional repertoire at Playhouse Square. The company also collaborates with other arts, community and educational organizations to bring the art form to diverse audiences. Its Opera UpClose program provides immersive experiences in alternative settings, partnering with venues like Music Box Supper Club, Nighttown and The BopStop; its free Opera For All Summer Concert Series brings opera into the community and schools; and its annual {NOW} Festival, presented in-residence at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and in collaboration with Oberlin Conservatory, The Music Box Super Club, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The National Opera Association, is a unique blend of process and performance dedicated to creating, developing and presenting new opera. (216.512.0268;



internationally acclaimed choreographers. This small but mighty ensemble tours regionally and nationally, performing at both major venues and unconventional settings, from Playhouse Square to the Akron Public Library. (216.751.0088;

Dancer-illusionists, MOMIX, is just one of the many performances presented by DANCECleveland.

The thriving ballet and contemporary dance scene in Northeast Ohio may be one of the region’s best kept secrets. That may be changing, however. In 2019, Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, chose to host its annual conference at Playhouse Square, affirming the region’s relevance in the dance world. Here are just a few ways to experience performances in the area: AKRON DANCE FESTIVAL (Summit County) Sponsored by the city of Akron, in collaboration with the University of Akron Dance Institute, this annual festival continues the city’s longstanding tradition of offering free ballet in the parks by professional dance companies from around the state. The festival features 16-18 ballets as well as an interactive children’s program that invites young members of the audience to join dancers on the stage. (330.990.5263; CANTON BALLET (Stark County) The School of Canton Ballet, a dance institute offering training for toddlers through adults, includes a pre-professional ballet company of approximately 47 teens. The company gives several performances at the Canton Palace Theatre, including an annual production of The Nutcracker. (1001 Market Avenue N., Canton 44702; 330.455.7220; CLEVELAND BALLET (Cuyahoga County) As the resident ballet company at Playhouse Square, the recently reincar80 80

nated Cleveland Ballet is in its seventh season, bringing professional classical and contemporary ballet programs to the North Coast under the direction of Gladisa Guadalupe. Guadalupe is an alumna of the School of American Ballet in New York, where she studied under George Balanchine. Twenty-nine dancers from eleven different countries perform under her artistic direction. (1511 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115 216.320.9000; DANCECleveland (Cuyahoga County) As one of just a handful of stand-alone, dance-only presenting organizations in the United States, DANCECleveland has a six-decade-long history of curating distinguished, boundary-pushing annual series of modern and contemporary dance performances. DANCECleveland, which calls Playhouse Square its home, has brought some of the world’s leading professional dance companies to the stages of Northeast Ohio, including Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Beijing Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Parsons Dance, Compagnie Herve Koubi of France and Rubberband of Canada. (216.991.9000; GROUNDWORKS DANCE THEATER (Cuyahoga County) GroundWorks DanceTheater, based in Cleveland, is a groundbreaking contemporary dance company that explores the human experience through unique and adventurous choreography. GroundWorks’ repertory includes 34 commissioned premieres from nationally and

KENT DANCE ENSEMBLE (Stark County) Since its inception in 1990, the Kent Dance Ensemble, Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance pre-professional dance company, has been introducing its repertory of modern and jazz dance to audiences of all ages throughout Northeast Ohio. The ensemble has performed at such prestigious venues as Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the KeyBank State Theatre in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Its annual dance concert at E. Turner Stump Theatre on the Kent State campus features choreography from Kent State School of Theatre and Dance faculty members. (1325 Theatre Drive, Kent 44242; 330.672.2787.1325; OHIO CONSERVATORY OF BALLET (Summit County) Specializing in classical ballet, pointe, men's classes, partnering, baroque and character dance, the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet is one of the most prestigious ballet schools in Ohio. Students from counties all throughout Northeast Ohio come to study under the direction of Inna Stabrova and Dmitriy Tuboltsev, graduates of the renowned State Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. (4858 S. Main Street, Akron 44319; 330.497.3288; VERB BALLETS (Cuyahoga County) One of Northeast Ohio’s oldest and most respected contemporary dance companies, internationally acclaimed Verb Ballets has gained a reputation for artistic excellence since 1987. The contemporary ballet company performs at the Verb Ballets Center for Dance as well as at major venues throughout the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area, Cuba and Taiwan. Most recently, it established a cultural exchange program with Havanna, Cuba, partnering with the Cuban dance company ProDanza to form the Cleveland Havana Ballet Project. (3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights 44120; 216.397.3757;


y Museums If you’re into museum-hopping, get ready to hop until you drop! From world-famous museums to small-town exhibits, you’ll find a curated collection covering just about every topic and time period throughout Northeast Ohio. To get you started, here are some of the most popular and eclectic collections in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area and beyond.


A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE AND MUSEUM (West Side) Fans of the 1983 movie classic A Christmas Story, much of which was filmed in Cleveland, can tour the actual 19th-century Victorian that served as

the set of Ralphie’s house, as well as the Bumpus House next door. You can even stay overnight for a truly memorable experience. Across the street, the Christmas Story Museum features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the movie, as well as rare behind-the-scenes photos. (3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland 44109; 216.298.4919; CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART (University Circle) The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is one of the nation's leading independent colleges of art and design, and its Reinberger Gallery offers visitors the chance to view unique creative works by professional artists, students, alumni Continued on next page


BASEBALL HERITAGE MUSEUM (East Side) Located at historic League Park, where the Cleveland Indians played from 1891 to 1946, the Baseball Heritage Museum celebrates some of the lesser-known but culturally important stories of baseball through photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other memorabilia detailing the diverse contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. (6601 Lexington Avenue, Cleveland 44103; 216.789.1083;

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF CLEVELAND (East Side) Seven unique exhibits keep kids active and engaged as they play, learn and explore a variety of spaces. Here they can climb a two-story construction site, play with water in the Wonder Lab, design a theater set and express themselves with musical instruments. There’s even a “Meadow,” a bright, sensory-rich environment designed specifically for infants, crawlers and early walkers. (3813 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115; 216.791.7114;

The iconic glass-walled, 160,000-square-foot Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


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CLEVELAND HISTORY CENTER (University Circle) There’s something for everyone at this Western Reserve Historical Society museum, where a wide collection of fun and unusual artifacts celebrate the area’s past. Have your photo taken next to a pair of size-15 sneakers worn by LeBron James, ride back in time on the Grand Carousel from Cleveland’s famed Euclid Beach Park, tour two historic mansions and discover one of the most comprehensive textile collections in the nation at the Chisolme-Halle Costume Wing. Also located at the Cleveland History Center is the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, a must-see for anyone interested in cars, airplanes, motorcycles or just about any other mode of transportation. (10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106; 216.721.5722;

containing more than five million specimens and artifacts, CMNH is where you’ll find massive dinosaur skeletons, a hall of sparkling gemstones, a planetarium and observatory, and the famous “Lucy” (Australopithecus afarensis), a 3.2-million year old human ancestor. If you’re more into living things, the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center and Woods Garden features an elevated walkway that winds you past coyotes, foxes, river otters, bald eagles, owls and dozens of other animals native to Ohio. The museum’s monthly “Think & Drink with the Extinct” events provide a unique way to experience the museum after hours while enjoying fun, interactive activities. (1 Wade Oval, Cleveland 44106; 216.231.4600;

CRAWFORD AUTO-AVIATION MUSEUM (University Circle) This museum, located within the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center at University Circle, celebrates Northeast Ohio’s role in the transportation industry. But you don’t have to be a car buff or even a history geek to enjoy this massive collection of classic and antique automobiles, airplanes, motorcycles, bicycles, boats, carriages and sleighs. Highlights include the “Setting the World in Motion” exhibit, which features the gondola from the Spirit of Goodyear blimp, and the “REVolution” exhibit, highlighting the history of the automobile in America. (10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106; 216.721.5722; JOHN LEMIRE

and educators. The gallery is free and open to the public. CIA is also where you’ll find Cinematheque, an alternative film theater showing classic, foreign and independent films often not shown anywhere else. The New York Times called Cinematheque one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters. (11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106; 216.421.7000;

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART (University Circle) The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most acclaimed art museums in the country, with a collection of over 30,000 works, including originals by artists ranging from Rembrandt to Renoir to Picasso to Dali to Warhol. The museum is also home to one of the most distinguished collections of Japanese art outside of Japan. Admission into the museum is free, making it easy for art lovers to come back again and again, and for anyone to enjoy the museum’s store and café— both worth a trip themselves. (11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106; 216.421.7350; CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (CMNH) (University Circle) Recognized as a global leader in scientific research, with vast collections 82 82

You will find the Money Museum inside the opulent interior of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER (Downtown) Science, technology, engineering and math come alive at the Great Lakes Science Center, with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, daily science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. Tinker and build in the Cleveland Creates Zone. Enjoy an unforgettable cinematic experience in the six-story-high Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater. Introduce a budding young scientist to the Polymer Funhouse. The Science Center is also where you’ll find the historic William G. Mather steamship, open for tours May-October, and the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. (601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland 44114; 216.694.2000; INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM (Downtown) Located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center, this admission-free gem filled with memorabilia and historical artifacts proves there’s much more to the story of women in aviation and aerospace than Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride. (Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 North Marginal Road, #165, Cleveland 44114; 216.623.1111; MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE (East Side) The stories of individuals and families past and present come to life through stateof-the-art exhibits, interactive displays, films, oral histories, photographs and artifacts intended to build understanding between people of all faiths, races

and cultures. The museum also includes the Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery collection of Judaica and a charming gift shop. (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood 44122; 216.593.0575; THE MONEY MUSEUM AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND (Downtown) Experience more than 25 hands-on exhibits, all focused on the topic of money and its impact on our lives. Make your own currency, try to identify counterfeit bills, learn about the history of money and find out the answers to questions like, “Why is a dollar worth a dollar?” There’s even a 23-foot tall money tree! (No picking the “leaves,” though.) The museum is located in the lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, headquarters of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Fourth District. Admission is free, but visitors need a valid photo ID to enter. (1455 E. Sixth Street, Cleveland 44114; 216.579.3188; MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CLEVELAND (University Circle) Cleveland’s admission-free Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Cleveland) is Northeast Ohio’s only contemporary art museum. Since its opening in 1968, the museum has presented the works of more than 2,000 artists, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichenstein, and the building itself is a modern work of art. The four-story structure sheathed in panels of reflective black stainless steel rises from a six-sided base to a four-sided top, producing a combination of triangles and trapezoids. (11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106; 216.421.8671; NASA GLENN VISITOR CENTER (Downtown) Located in the Great Lakes Science Center, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center provides opportunities to explore the past, present and future of human space exploration. Learn about day-to-day living on the International Space Station, view the 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module and artifacts from John Glenn’s


DITTRICK MEDICAL HISTORY CENTER (University Circle) The Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University offers a fascinating look at the history of modern medicine. The museum is a treasure trove of unique artifacts, including a bloodletting set from 1810, a Civil War amputating set, an 1890 convertible examining chair/ table and a 1927 x-ray table. (11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106; 216.368.3648;

1962 Friendship 7 mission, take your photo in a spacesuit and touch a real moon rock! (601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland 44114; 216.694.2000; NATIONAL CLEVELAND-STYLE POLKA HALL OF FAME (Downtown) The history of Cleveland’s homegrown sound—from its roots in the old Slovenian neighborhoods to nationwide popularity—comes alive here with audio exhibits, photographs and original instruments. The archive preserves 6,000 vintage recordings dating back to 1913. (605 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland 44123; 216.261.3263; ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME (Downtown) This iconic glass-walled, 160,000-squarefoot shrine to the birthplace of rock & roll is probably Cleveland’s biggest claim to fame. Here you can connect with your favorite artists through exhibits and programs showcasing the history and everchanging sounds of rock music— from Elvis to Aretha to Led Zeppelin to Run DMC to Radiohead. Experience the thrill of being a rock star at the all-new Garage, an interactive space that lets you pick up a real instrument, jam with friends and play songs from a curated selection of classic rock, soul, grunge, hip hop and more. And if you’re a Cleveland resident, you’ll enjoy free admission. (1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland 44114; 216.781.7625; Continued on next page

y CircleLink Shuttle CircleLink is a free shuttle service that operates throughout the University Circle area, including Wade Oval, the University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University campuses and nearby Little Italy. Park once and enjoy the rest of the day exploring, hassle-free! For the latest routes, stops and real-time arrival info, visit



y Museums (continued) AKRON AREA AKRON ART MUSEUM (Summit County) Enjoy inspiring art and thought-provoking architecture at the Akron Art Museum, redesigned in 2007 by renowned Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. The building itself is noteworthy, integrating a soaring glass and steel structure with the museum’s previous 19th-century Renaissance revival building, originally constructed as the city’s post office. The seven galleries showcase the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art, which includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper dating back to 1850, as well as special traveling exhibitions. (1 South High Street, Akron 44308; 330.376.9185; AKRON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM (Summit County) From the Little Monsters Maker Space to the Canal Corner water table, plus jumbo blocks, model trains, a special Baby Zone and much more, the hands-on exhibits and play areas at this museum are ideal for children ages 10 and under. (216 S. Main Street, Akron 44308; 330.396.6103; KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM (Portage County) Discover the fascinating intersection between history, culture, fashion and art at Kent State University Museum. Here you’ll find eight galleries featuring a world-class collection of historical and contemporary garments and textiles and an extensive collection of American glass, fine furniture, paintings and other decorative arts. The popular “Fashion Timeline” exhibit in the Palmer and Mull Galleries showcases the evolution of styles and silhouettes from the late 1700s to present day, while contextualizing the pieces with relevant political, technological and cultural developments. (515 Hilltop Drive, Kent 44240; 330.672.3450; NORTHERN OHIO RAILWAY MUSEUM (Medina County) Take a streetcar ride and learn about the electric railway system that once served a vital role in northern Ohio. This museum has over 40 historic pieces, including streetcars, interurbans, freight 84 84

The Akron Art Museum is free on "Free Thursdays" thanks to the generous support of The J.M. Smucker Company.

cars, Rapid Transit cars, electric locomotives and related parts and equipment from the trolley era. Over a mile of track has been laid, with more to come. (5515 Buffham Road, Seville 44215; 330.769.5501;

CANTON AREA STARK COUNTY CANTON MUSEUM OF ART As Stark County’s home for fine art, the museum boasts a nationally recognized and permanent collection focused primarily on American watercolors and works on paper from the 19th century forward, as well as an outstanding collection of contemporary ceramics. CMA also offers innovative education outreach programs, including local, regional, and statewide collaborative projects that bring together schools, companies and various community groups. (1001 Market Avenue, North Canton 44702; 330.453.7666; MCKINLEY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Visit the burial site of President William McKinley and his family at this national memorial honoring our country’s 25th President. In addition to the largest collection of McKinley artifacts in the world, the museum features a miniature 1800s town, a science center and a planetarium. (800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton 44708; 330.455.7043;

MILITARY AVIATION PRESERVATION SOCIETY (MAPS) This internationally known attraction pays tribute to the history of military aviation. It features 47 types of aircraft, ranging from a Sopwith Triplane to the one-of-a-kind 1908 Martin Glider to an F-16 Fighting Falcon. In addition to the more than 60 displays of acquired historical artifacts and interactive exhibits, MAPS also hosts special events and educational programs. (2260 International Parkway, North Canton 44720; 330.896.6332; NATIONAL FIRST LADIES HISTORIC SITE As the only institution in the country dedicated to the lives of America’s First Ladies, this museum is yet another reason Canton is often acclaimed for its historical attractions. Tour the beautiful Saxton-McKinley House, where the McKinleys lived before the White House, and check out the adjacent Education and Research Center, which includes a vast photo archive and artifacts featuring 150 First Ladies’ dresses and accessories. (205 Market Avenue S, Canton 44720; 330.452.0876; PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Canton’s crown jewel, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is an 118,000-square-foot world-class space dedicated to the history and modern era of the uniquely American game of football. Learn about the legends of the game in the historic Bronzed Bust Gallery. Make the call in the interactive replay booth. Take a family photo next to the iconic Lombardi



Trophy. See the full collection of all 52 Super Bowl rings and check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection— the largest, most valuable football card collection in the world. (2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton 44708; 330.465.8207;

SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES ALLEN MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM (Lorain County) The Allen Memorial Art Museum on the campus of Oberlin College consistently ranks among the top academic art museums in the U.S. The collection of nearly 15,000 works of art— including 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings; Japanese woodblock prints; 20th-century works by such artists as Cézanne, Picasso and Monet; and African, Pre-Columbian and ancient art—is housed in an Italian Renaissance-style building. (87 North Main Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.775.8665; CENTURY VILLAGE MUSEUM (Geauga County) Take a step back in time with the Geauga County Historical Society and explore an authentic 1800s settlement as you learn about the history of the county’s first official settlement, Burton, established in 1789. The village features a schoolhouse, church, library, apothecary, dressmaker shop, train caboose and period homes.

The light-filled King Sculpture Court, inside the Allen Memorial Art Museum, was named for the museum's first curator, Hazel B. King.

It’s also just around the corner from the Burton Chamber of Commerce Log Cabin and Sugar Camp, where you can buy locally produced maple syrup, candy and other products year-round. (14653 E. Park Street, Burton 44021; 440.834.1492; ERNEST WARTHER MUSEUM AND GARDENS (Tuscarawas County) You don’t have to be a train buff to be fascinated by Ernest “Mooney” Warther’s wooden carvings. Warther, a 20th-century sculptor, hand-carved 64 detailed, scaled representations of steam engines over the course of his lifetime. His wife, Frieda, was an avid gardener and a jewelry designer. She also collected buttons—over 73,000 of them—which she mounted into mesmerizing patterns. The museum’s 6,000-square-foot exhibit space also houses an extensive collection of Native American artifacts and arrowheads, as well as railroad relics including a 1926 B&O Caboose and a narrow-gauge steam engine. (331 Karl Avenue, Dover 44622; 330.505.6003; FIRELANDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM (Huron County) The oldest museum in Ohio houses amazing pieces of local history, including an extraordinary collection of Native American artifacts, a superb gun collection and more. Located in a beautiful two-story home, the museum is across

the street from the Laning-Young Research Center, which has a 4,000volume library of historical and genealogical material, plus a new interactive American Indian Research Center and other exhibits. (4 Case Avenue, Norwalk 44857; 419.663.0392; JAMES A. GARFIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE (LAWNFIELD) (Lake County) Take a guided tour of the home that America’s 20th President lived in from 1876 to 1881. See the front porch that he used as a platform to greet thousands of well-wishers during his presidential campaign, and explore exhibits at the Visitor Center to learn about his life and family. (8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor 44060; 440.255.8722; OBERLIN HERITAGE CENTER MONROE HOUSE (Lorain County) Tour the Monroe House, the longtime home of James Monroe—a voting-rights advocate, friend of Frederick Douglass and five-term U.S. Congressman. The home was originally owned by Civil War hero Giles Shurtleff, commander of the first black regiment in Ohio. Tours focus on Oberlin’s historic role in the Underground Railroad, abolition, coeducation, integration and women's rights. (73 S. Professor Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.774.1700; 85


Added by James A. Garfield's widow four years after his assassination, the Memorial Library at Lawnfield is the first formal presidential library in the U.S.

y Pro & Semi-Pro Sports


It’s no secret that Northeast Ohioans take their sports seriously. Pride in our trifecta of franchises—the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Guardians and Cleveland Cavaliers—is unrivaled, and our loyalty unwavering, no matter how often it’s tested. (And yes, it’s tested a lot, but that just makes us more persistent.) Fans from all over the region flock to three state-of-the-art venues in the heart of downtown Cleveland— FirstEnergy Stadium, Progressive Field and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse—to experience the excitement of a NFL, Major League or NBA game. Additionally, several minor-league and semi-pro teams around the region give Northeast Ohioans a family-friendly, affordable way to enjoy their favorite sports, up close and personal.

Follow the sea of orange and brown to FirstEnergy Stadium on the shore of Lake Erie to experience a Cleveland Brown's football game.

y BASEBALL CLEVELAND GUARDIANS They may not have won the World Series since 1948, but, due in part to the 1989 classic Major League and the team’s underdog status, the Guardians have won the hearts of baseball fans everywhere. Their American League Pennant Championship in 2016 and their recent appearances in the playoffs over the last few years keep fans perennially hopeful. The Guardians are in the American League’s Central Division and play at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland. (2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland 44115; 216.420.4487; AKRON RUBBERDUCKS The AA affiliate of the Guardians, the RubberDucks play at Canal Park in the heart of downtown. Enjoy the intimacy of a minor league game while watching future major league stars hone their craft—Guardians All-Star Jose Ramirez, among others, played 86 86

at Canal Park on their way to the pros. (300 South Main Street, Akron 44308; 330.253.5151;


LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS With their home field at Classic Park in Eastlake, the Captains are the Cleveland Guardians’ Class A minor league affiliate. There’s not a bad seat in the house in this cozy stadium. For younger fans, the Kids Zone features inflatables and other games. (35300 Vine Street, Eastlake 44095; 440.975.8085;

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS LeBron James may have moved on, but the impact of this Akron native is still palpable throughout Northeast Ohio. Fans continue to fill the seats at Rocket Mortgage Field House in downtown Cleveland to root for the Cavaliers, fueled by eternal optimism and fresh memories of the 2016 NBA Championship. (1 Center Court, Cleveland 44115; 800.820.2287;

LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS The Crushers, a professional baseball team in the independent Frontier League, play at Sprenger Stadium in the city of Avon. Families can enjoy a big-league experience without a big-league price. The stadium holds 5,000, including 3,000 box seats and 11 private suites. It also offers picnic and patio areas for group outings. (2009 Baseball Boulevard, Avon 44011; 440.934.3636;

THE CANTON CHARGE The Canton Charge, a member of the NBA G League, is a professional basketball team owned and operated by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team plays their games at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and offers an affordable, family-friendly professional basketball experience close to home. (1101 Market Avenue N, Canton 44702; 866.444.1944;

CLEVELAND FUSION The Cleveland Fusion is a women’s pro football team that competes against teams across the country in the Women’s Football Alliance. The Fusion’s home games take places in the spring at Mustang Stadium, a 5,000-seat high school stadium in Cleveland’s eastern suburb of Maple Heights. The team also runs a nonprofit organization, Cleveland Women’s Football, to support women’s health and empowerment and


CLEVELAND BROWNS The Browns may have had their share of frustrations over the years, but nowhere will you find more loyal football fans than in the legendary Dawg Pound. Follow the sea of orange and brown to FirstEnergy Stadium on the shore of Lake Erie, and plan to bark your head off when the AFC North division team takes the field. Football season in Cleveland may call for an extra layer or two (or three), but locals just consider the cold weather a home-field advantage. (100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland 44114; 440.824.3434;


increase young girls’ access to athletics. (1 Mustang Way, Maple Heights 44137; 216.302.1253;


Fridays and Family Days, when concessions are offered at a discount and various giveaways and promotions occur. (1 Center Court, Cleveland 44115; 216.420.0000;


CLEVELAND SOCCER CLUB Cleveland SC, a semi-professional soccer team in the National Premier Soccer League, calls George Finnie Stadium on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University home. Founded in 2018, the young team took home the Midwest Region title in 2019. (275 Eastland Road, Berea 44017; Monsters forward Trey Fix-Wolansky celebrates with fans after a goal.

CLEVELAND MONSTERS An American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the Monsters are an Eastern Conference North Division team that takes to the ice at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. In 2016, the Monsters won their first Calder Cup in a four-game sweep over the Hershey Bears. Check the schedule for 1-2-3

AKRON VULCANS One of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. is futsal, FIFA’s official form of indoor soccer, and the city of Akron just landed its own semi-pro futsal team. The Vulcans were launched in 2020 as members of the National Futsal Premier League (NFPL). They play in the historic Goodyear Hall during the winter and spring months. (1201 E Market St., Akron 44305;

y Collegiate Sports


Highly ranked college teams throughout Northeast Ohio offer residents plenty of action-packed competition. There is no shortage of teams to follow, games to attend and collegiate athletic programs for local families to cheer on.

frequently among the best in the country. The Zips often rank in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, and the Zips last appeared in the National Championship game in 2018. CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY The Vikings field 18 varsity teams, which primarily compete in the Horizon League. March Madness means a lot more when the Vikings’ men’s basketball team makes the NCAA tournament, as it did in 2021, in addition to winning the conference title and tournament.

Akron Zips Men’s Soccer, NCAA National Champions

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON The Zips participate in the Mid-American Conference in 17 varsity sports. Akron’s men’s soccer team, which won the national championship in 2010, is

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY JCU’s Blue Streaks compete in 21 varsity sports in the Ohio Athletic Conference, plus club hockey and cheerleading. JCU’s women’s swimming and diving teams have made a splash recently, earn-

ing their fifth consecutive OAC championship in 2021. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY A Mid-American Conference member, the KSU Golden Flashes field 19 varsity teams. The success of the women’s golf team, which has been around since 1998, is hard to top. Through 2021, Kent has won all 22 titles in the MAC Women’s Golf Championships, a conference record for consecutive titles in any sport. UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION No college football fan can ignore the excitement of the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders, who frequently go undefeated and have won 13 NCAA Division III Football Championships and 31 OAC conference titles. That’s a record for any football program in any division. 87

The striking rock cliffs of the Ledges are a primary feature of Virginia Kendall Park, part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo: Joe Prekop Jr.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION in Northeast Ohio With more and more of us discovering the importance of vitamin “N” (as in Nature) to our physical and mental well-being, we Northeast Ohioans know how lucky we are to have access to one of the world’s most geographically diverse regions. The glaciers that gave us the Great Lakes also carved lush river valleys, sculpted rolling hills, exposed million-year-old rock formations, deposited fertile soil and left behind a landscape capable of supporting abundant wildlife. Today, even in urban and suburban communities, waterfront access and green spaces are plentiful. Local parks and preserves offer places to play, exercise and explore nature. The vast Cleveland Metroparks “Emerald Necklace,” along with other regional park systems and state recreation areas, provide a network of trails, waterways and facilities where you can hike, bike, kayak, row, sail, ski, ride a horse, swing a golf club, catch a fish or just catch your breath after a busy workday. And then there’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park, our 30,000-acre crown jewel and the only national park in Ohio. So, even if you’ve never been the outdoorsy type yourself, you may just find that having endless ways to enjoy all four seasons right out your back door is all the motivation you need to get out there and play!

IN THIS SECTION • LAKE ERIE....................................................................................................90 • WESTERN SHORES & ISLANDS........................................................... 91 • CUYAHOGA RIVER................................................................................... 92 • OHIO & ERIE CANAL TOWPATH TRAIL............................................ 93 • CLEVELAND METROPARKS.................................................................94 • CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK............................................94 • COUNTY PARKS........................................................................................96 • STATE PARKS............................................................................................. 97 • OTHER SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES......................................................98 89



y Lake Erie Cleveland is one of a handful of major U.S. metropolitan areas that can claim lakefront status along one of the five largest freshwater bodies in the country. Also known as “the North Coast,” the city and its neighboring communities to the east and west offer access to world-class boating, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and other water sports, plus miles of scenic shorelines and sandy beaches.


Expansive public beaches all along the North Coast make you feel like you’re at the ocean, or at least able to see all the way to Canada. (You occasionally can, when certain atmospheric conditions cause sunlight to “bend” and refract images of things beyond the horizon.) Here are just a few of our favorite places to play in the waves, take long walks, enjoy a picnic and watch the sunset. EDGEWATER BEACH (Cuyahoga County) Operated by the Cleveland Metroparks, this urban gem features great views of Downtown Cleveland, as well as a 2,400-foot beach, 1,000 feet of swimming access, a dog-friendly portion, a fishing pier and picnic areas with grills. (6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland 44102; 216.635.3200; HEADLANDS BEACH STATE PARK (Lake County) This stunning, mile-long stretch of shoreline 40 minutes east of Cleveland is the largest natural sand beach in the state. It attracts not only swimmers, beachcombers, picnickers and anglers, but also many migrating songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, gulls and Monarch butterflies. (9601 Headlands Road, Mentor 44060; 440.466.8400; HUNTINGTON BEACH (Cuyahoga County) This Cleveland Metroparks beach, located 30 minutes west of downtown in the Huntington Reservation, was the first in Ohio and on Lake Erie to be certified as a Blue Wave Beach by the Clean Beaches Coalition in Washington, D.C. Picnic and recreation areas high above the sand offer visitors striking lake views. Cabana and beach chair rentals are available. (28649 Lake Road, Bay Village 44140; 216.635.3200; 90 90

LAKEVIEW PARK AND BEACH (Lorain County) Farther west along the North Coast, locals head to this beach to swim, play beach volleyball, catch spectacular sunsets and enjoy views of the historic Lorain Lighthouse. (1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain 44052; 440.245.1193;


Dozens of marinas, yacht clubs and transient docks dot the shores from Erie to

Ashtabula counties, providing water access for motorboats, sailboats, kayaks and other recreational crafts. Here’s a small selection of what you’ll find in or near Downtown Cleveland. 41° NORTH COASTAL KAYAK ADVENTURES (Cuyahoga County) This unique outfitter, located in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, classes for all levels and guided tours of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. (1500 Scenic Park Drive, Lakewood 44107; 866.529.2541; CLEVELAND YACHTING CLUB (CYC) (Cuyahoga County) CYC is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the country and is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. CYC hosts regional, national and world championship yachting events, junior regattas and weekly sailboat races. Membership is by invitation only. (200 Yacht Club Drive, Rocky River 44116; 440.333.1155; EAST 55TH STREET MARINA (Cuyahoga County) This Cleveland Metroparks public marina on Cleveland’s near-east side boasts some of the newest, state-of-the art facilities, including a 1,200-foot fishing platform, live music on the patio of e55 on the Lake Restaurant and Bar, 352 wet slips and eight overnight transient docks. (5555 North Marginal Road, Cleveland 44114; 216.431.3280; EDGEWATER PARK BOAT LAUNCH AND MARINA (Cuyahoga County) Managed by Cleveland Metroparks, the marina has public dock space for vessels

24-40+ feet long and 100 vehicle/trailer parking spaces. The nearby boat launch has eight lanes for launching and retrieving watercraft. (6500 Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland 44102; 216-961-5007; OASIS MARINAS (Cuyahoga County) Located directly behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor Marina, this lively 53-slip transient marina also offers kayak, paddleboard, paddle boat and jet ski rentals. (1020 E. 9th Street, Cleveland 44114; 216.485.2030; SHOREBY CLUB OF BRATENHAL (Cuyahoga County) Housed in a century-old lakeside mansion, the upscale Shoreby Club is a traditional full-service club that, in addition to its 116-slip private boat basin, offers dining, swimming, a fitness center, meeting space and overnight accommodations. Membership is by invitation only. (40 Shoreby Drive, Bratenhal 44108; 216.851.2582;


In one of the all-time greatest environmental comeback stories in U.S. history, the lake teems with fish like yellow perch, small-mouth bass, steelhead trout and walleye. In fact, the Western Basin — the shallow, western third of the lake — has become the official Walleye Capital of the World. Dozens of charter companies with knowledgeable guides offer sportfishing trips for beginners and “afish-ionados” alike. For those who plan to head out on their own, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife ( is an excellent resource, offering up-todate information on fishing hotspots, forecasts, regulations, maps and more. When the lake freezes over in winter, die-hards head out to their shanties, drill holes and drop lines. Licensed ice-fishing guides who are skilled in reading ice conditions are available—and highly recommended for your safety—if you want to try this adventurous sport for yourself.


y Western Shores & Islands Just two hours west of Cleveland, the Bass Islands off the tip of Ottawa County are a popular destination for boaters and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Put-In-Bay, Kelly’s Island, Middle Bass Island, Catawba Island and Marblehead attract visitors from all over the Midwest with an eclectic mix of family-friendly attractions, recreational activities like scuba diving, wine- and beer-tasting, birding, historical points of interest, stunning scenery and lively waterfront restaurants and bars. Ferry service provides access to the islands for non-boaters, and cruises and golf-cart rentals offer another fun, relaxing way to explore the area. For more information, visit Lake Erie’s Shores & Islands at PUT-IN-BAY ON SOUTH BASS ISLAND Opportunities abound for adventure here. Explore a cave, tour a winery, parasail, jet ski or visit the Perry’s International Peace Memorial where, on a clear day, you can see Detroit, Toledo and the Cleveland skyline from the observation deck. (888.742.7829; KELLEYS ISLAND On the National Register of Historical Places, Kelleys island is more than a boater’s paradise. Points of interest include Glacial Grooves State Memorial, where you can view a 400-by-35-foot wide gash of prehistoric glacial grooves (the largest in the world) scoured into native limestone bedrock. At Indian Rock State Memorial, you can learn about the island’s history as an Indian hunting ground. (419.746.2360; MARBLEHEAD This quaint village on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula offers specialty shops, casual restaurants, beaches, wineries, art galleries, museums and the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the American side of the Great Lakes. The village gets its name from its limestone shoreline, which was originally mistaken for marble by early settlers. (

The iconic Round House Bar, a Put-In-Bay favorite, is known for its buckets of beer and live entertainment.

Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. During the summer season, visitors can climb to the top for incredible views of the lake and its islands.


y Cuyahoga River

The Cuyahoga is one of 14 national American Heritage Rivers and has been designated as a State of Ohio Water Trail—a recreational waterway with official access points, signage, amenities, maps and other resources. While stories of the river’s polluted surface catching fire in the 1960s made national headlines, those days are long gone, thanks to grassroots organizations, government agencies, communities and businesses that worked together to transform the river into the vital recreational, environmental and economic success story it is today.


The iconic Cuyahoga River, which begins in Geauga County and meanders for 100 miles through three more counties, twisting and turning and doubling back on itself before finally emptying into Lake Erie, gets its name, not surprisingly, from the Mowhawk word for “crooked.”

A sailboat enters the mouth of the Cuyahoga River from Lake Erie.

CUYAHOGA RIVER WATER TRAIL The Cuyahoga River Water Trail is a paradise for anyone into kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, swimming, birding or just exploring diverse habitats. Managed by Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit Metro Parks and other entities and municipalities, the water trail has five segments offering different experiences, from calm, flat waters to rushing rapids. To learn more about The Cuyahoga River Water Trail and view a map of each segment, visit


There’s nothing more quintessentially “Cleveland” than the Flats—the iconic hub of shipping and industry where the Cuyahoga River meets the Port of Cleveland—and no better way to experience it than from the water. Crew teams, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and sailors navigate this iconic channel alongside giant freighters, barges and other large vessels for a truly unique view of the city. 92 92

Kayakers navigate the Cuyahoga River.

CLEVELAND ROWING FOUNDATION The Cleveland Rowing Foundation, comprised of eight member organizations, serves more than 1,500 high school, collegiate and adult rowers and is a great resource for anyone interested in crewing. The CRF also hosts the annual Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta, a 5,000-meter race and currently the sixth largest Regatta in the country. (1003 British Street, Cleveland 44113; 216.308.4183;

THE FOUNDRY This community rowing and sailing center’s primary mission is to serve youth of all income levels with opportunities to learn how to crew, sail and be environmental stewards of the water. The Foundry also has an adult fitness center that includes a state-of-the-art gym and the largest indoor rowing tanks in the country. (1831 Columbus Road, Cleveland 44113; 440.596.7069;


y Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Past and present come together in one of the most unique recreational assets of Northeast Ohio—the Towpath Trail along the Ohio & Erie Canal. A designated National Heritage Area, this mixed-use trail extends for more than 87 miles, from Tuscarawas County to the city of Cleveland, passing through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, bordering the Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation along the way. The trail includes parts of the towpath used by mules to pull boats through the canal, the historic waterway that operated from 1827 to 1913, transporting cargo to and from Lake Erie. Today, the trail is used by more than 2.5 million residents and visitors to Northeast Ohio. The trail is open year-round for hiking, biking, running, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and can be accessed from numerous points throughout Tuscarawas, Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga Counties. Visitor centers and trailheads along the way offer an opportunity to learn about the cultural and natural history of the Ohio & Erie Canal and its impact on the region’s industrial heritage. For maps and more information, stop by the Canal Exploration Center (7104 Canal Road, Valley View 44125; 330.657.2752 or visit CORY HARTMAN

Runners on the Towpath Trail

The Towpath Trail is open year-round for hiking, biking, running and wildlife viewing.


As stunning as its name suggests, this ring of parks encircling the greater Cleveland area is the pride and joy of locals. The Cleveland Metroparks include 18 reservations, 300 miles of hiking, running and biking trails, five nature centers, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks, an archery practice range, a nationally-acclaimed zoo and dozens of other attractions and activities throughout Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. A multi-year winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management and the 2021 recipient of the "Best in Nation" Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management, Cleveland Metroparks has also made headlines for its efforts to enhance recreational opportunities in Cleveland’s urban core by revitalizing riverfront properties and connecting the Towpath Trail to Downtown Cleveland. (216.635.3200;


y Cleveland Metroparks - "The Emerald Necklace"

y Cuyahoga Valley National Park JOE PREKOP JR.

The heart and soul of the Cuyahoga River Valley is this 33,000-acre national park offering more than 125 miles of trails through forests, wetlands, meadows and other habitats. Spectacular rock formations and waterfalls, expansive valley views, diverse flora and fauna and easy access to the Towpath Trail draw outdoor enthusiasts at all levels, from avid hikers and mountain bikers to families looking for a short stroll or an easy bike ride. And best of all, there's no fee to get in. According to the National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) was the seventh most-visited national park in the National Park System in 2020. Discover why, starting at the Boston Mill Visitor Center in Summit County (6947 Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264; 440.717.3890), where you can pick up maps and brochures, explore exhibits about the area's past and present, find out where to rent bikes, buy park-themed merchandise, and learn about the wide range of activities and educational programs offered through CVNP. For more information, visit The Ledges in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a favorite hike for many.

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Over 300 miles of trails 8 scenic golf courses Nationally acclaimed Zoo More than 5,000 free programs Hinckley Reservation

Sleepy Hollow Golf Course

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

North Chagrin Reservation

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y County Parks

The Cascade Park Bridge spans the Black River inside this Lorain County Metro Park's 145-acres.

Northeast Ohio’s extensive network of county-managed parks, preserves and recreational areas provides thousands of acres of public green space as well as lake and river access. Check each park system’s website for a complete list of parks, activities and amenities throughout each county. GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT (Geauga County) Twenty-five parks and 70+ miles of trails make up the Geauga Park District, providing multiple options for outdoor adventure, exploration and learning throughout Geauga County. Activities include hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. (440.286.9516; LAKE METROPARKS (Lake County) Lake County’s park system offers more than 60 miles of trails and 35+ parks, including six parks on Lake Erie's shoreline alone, as well as an agriculturally themed family park, a state-of-the-art wildlife rehabilitation center, two golf courses and a cross-country ski center. (440.358.7275; 96 96

LORAIN COUNTY METRO PARKS (Lorain County) Lorain County residents enjoy over 9,000 acres of parkland, as well as educational programs about the cultural and natural resources of Lorain County. At several parks, visitors can borrow free Park Explorer Paks containing scavenger hunts and other hands-on activities, plus binoculars, nature guides and other materials perfect for taking a self-guided hike. (440.458.5121; MEDINA COUNTY PARK DISTRICT (Medina County) Residents of Medina County enjoy access to 7,200 acres of open space, including 10 parks, six nature preserves, four multipurpose trails and a wildlife sanctuary. The parks offer a range of guided hikes, school and scout programs and other educational activities. And the Photographer of the Parks club welcomes nature photographers of all levels. (330.722.9364; PORTAGE PARK DISTRICT (Portage County) While not a county-run entity, the Portage Park District is supported by

Portage County and manages nine parks and 14 miles of hike and bike trails across the county. The parks offer a range of amenities and activities, from fishing to geocaching to sledding. (330.297.7728; STARK PARKS (Stark County) Stark Parks manages one of the longest sections of the Towpath Trail, along with more than 7,000 acres of land, 14 parks and 70-plus miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails in Stark County. Stark Parks’ wildlife rehabilitation center at Sippo Lake Park is the only licensed Category 2 wildlife rehabilitation facility in the county. (330.477.3552; SUMMIT METRO PARKS (Summit County) Summit Metro Parks manages 10,500 acres in Summit County, including 14 parks and more than 125 miles of trails— including the 34-mile Hike & Bike Trail and 21.5 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. With an average annual attendance of 4.5 million visitors, Summit County’s parks are some of the most popular in Northeast Ohio. (330.867.5511;


y State Parks Some of the most unique places to explore in Northeast Ohio are run by The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) State Parks and Watercraft Division. For a complete list, visit Here are a few of our favorites. NELSON-KENNEDY LEDGES STATE PARK (Portage County) The rugged sandstone cliffs and exposed rock formations of this popular 176-acre park are the main attraction for most visitors, but diverse plant life—wildflowers, ferns and other species—attract nature enthusiasts of all kinds, especially in spring. The park is also located near one of the highest points in Ohio. (State Route 282, Nelson Township 44231; 330.654.4989) PORTAGE LAKES STATE PARK (Portage County) With eight lakes offering over 2,000 acres of outdoor recreation, Portage Lakes more than lives up to its name. In addition to boating, fishing, waterfowl hunting and a 900-foot swimming beach, the park also features nine hiking trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, a dog park with a designated dog swimming area, three rentable shelterhouses, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. (5031 Manchester Road, New Franklin 44319; 330.644.2220)


The massive sandstone cliffs are the main attraction at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park.

Nestled in the woods at Punderson State Park, these two-bedroom cabins offer family-friendly accomodations with modern amenities—including WiFi.

PUNDERSON STATE PARK (Geauga County) Punderson is a popular 174-acre recreational area with a natural lake for nonmotorized and electric-motor boating, fishing and swimming, plus a golf course, campground and one of the best disc golf courses in the state. The park is also home to Punderson Manor, a charming lodge and conference center that offers locals a favorite place for staycations, weddings and other events. (11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury 44065; 440.564.2279) TINKERS CREEK STATE NATURE PRESERVE (Portage County) This nearly 786-acre preserve teems with diverse plant and animal life, and migrating songbirds. Beaver ponds dot the preserve and provide habitat for other species. While much of the preserve is inaccessible to pedestrians due to wet conditions, a half-mile trail around the Seven Ponds area provides visitors with exceptional wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. (1230 Old Mill Road, Aurora 44202; 614.265.6565) 97

y Other Sports & Activities y BIKING

In addition to the 85-mile-long Towpath Trail, Northeast Ohioans have numerous options for exploring the region on two wheels—from a gentle ride along Lake Erie to a vigorous mountain-bike climb on rugged terrain to the latest winter craze: fat-tire biking through the snow. Biking clubs of every kind offer group rides, trail information and other helpful resources for newcomers. POPULAR TRAILS • Bike & Hike Trail (Summit County) A 34-mile trail following the tracks of two old railroads. • Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway (Cuyahoga County) 17 miles along Lake Erie through Downtown Cleveland, with a mix of on- and off-road sections that travel through some of Cleveland’s most interesting neighborhoods. • Emerald Necklace Trail (Cuyahoga County) More than 70 miles of connected asphalt trails that weave through the Cleveland Metroparks. • Hampton Hills Metro Park Mountain Bike Area (Summit County) A 7-mile circuit of trails dedicated to mountain biking only, offering beginner-level to advanced riding. • West Branch State Park (Portage County) 11 miles of dedicated mountain-biking trails and the oldest public mountainbiking area in Northeast Ohio. BIKE CLUBS • Bike Cleveland ( • Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association ( • Bike Medina County ( • Summit Cycling Center ( • Akron Bicycle Club ( • Stark County Bicycle Club (


From bald eagle nests along the Cuyahoga River to migrating songbird hotspots to the annual Return of the Buzzards, Northeast Ohio attracts birders from all over the country. ( 98 98

CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT IMPORTANT BIRD AREA (Cuyahoga County) Designated as a State Important Bird Area, this span of Lake Erie near-shore waters and shoreline from Avon Lake to the west and Euclid to the east includes several bird hotspots, including Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. This 88-acre preserve attracts migrating waterfowl, songbirds and owls. (Lakeshore Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Cleveland 44103; 216.241.8804; Cuyahoga/clevelandlakefront) HINCKLEY RESERVATION (Medina County) The only Cleveland Metroparks located outside Cuyahoga County, Hinckley is where you’ll find Buzzard Roost, the site of the famous Return of the Buzzards annual celebration. Every year on March 15, thousands of people come to the park to welcome back its population of turkey vultures (a.k.a. buzzards), who return from the south to spend another summer here. (432 Bellus Road, Hinckley 44233; 330.278.2160; LAKE ERIE BIRDING TRAIL CLEVELAND LOOP (Cuyahoga County) More than 28 sites on this popular loop are among the most famous birding hotspots in the Midwest. More than 356 species have been recorded, including 18 species of gulls, making the Cleveland region one of North America's best gull-watching locations. For migratory songbirds as well as woodpeckers, raptors and great blue herons, check out Stop 23-Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 South Park, Cleveland 44120; 216.321.5935; This small but mighty preserve attracts a huge diversity of species within its 20 acres of marsh and woodland habitat. For more information about Lake Erie Birding Trail, visit


The Northeast Ohio region boasts a number of highly-rated public courses that let residents hit the links without breaking the bank. Here are just a few places we think are, well, above par.

BIG MET GOLF COURSE AT ROCKY RIVER RESERVATION (Cuyahoga County) A favorite among Cuyahoga County residents, this Cleveland Metroparks 18-hole course is said to have hosted 6 million rounds of golf since its opening in 1927. Gentle rolling hills, moderate length, nine sand bunkers and neatly trimmed rough offer an ideal blend of scenic beauty and playability. (4811 Valley Parkway, Fairview Park 44126; 440.331.1070; CHARDON LAKES GOLF COURSE (Geauga County) With a four-star rating from Golf Digest, this picturesque 18-hole course offers the perfect balance of challenge and relaxation. Tee box options at each hole accommodate players of all levels, including the pros—Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer famously played here in the early 1970s. (470 South Street, Chardon 44024; 440.285.4653; CLEARVIEW GOLF CLUB (Stark County) The Canton area boasts more than 20 public golf courses, earning itself the title “Ohio’s Golf Capital,” and Clearview Golf Club is one of the area’s most renowned. Also known as “America’s Course,” Clearview is one of a handful of golf courses on the National Register of Historic Places. It was founded in 1946 by William J. Powell, a Black veteran of World War II, and remains the only one designed, built, owned and operated by a Black person. His children, Larry and Renee, continue to run the course today. (8410 Lincoln Street SE, East Canton 44730; 330.488.0404; FIRESTONE COUNTRY CLUB (Summit County) If you're the type of golfer who wants to swing where the legends have played in a breathtaking setting, Firestone is your club. The 54-hole country club nestled in the outskirts of Akron embraces its legendary golf history that consists of more than 65 years of PGA and SPGA relationships, and fairways where champions like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus solidified their status as golf icons. (452 E. Earner Road, Akron 44319; 330.644.8441;


Akron, Ohio

y SKIING & WINTER SPORTS When the flakes start flying, Northeast Ohioans know there’s no better time to get outside and play. The region’s mix of flat and hilly terrain means an endless variety of options for skiing, sledding, sliding, gliding and stomping your way through the winter months. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING Hit the trails and get your heart rate up while exploring the wintry landscape. The Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and many Metroparks offer plenty of room to roam. Rental equipment is also available at many locations, including the following: • Cleveland Metroparks Big Met Golf Course (Cuyahoga County) 4811 Valley Parkway, Fairview Park 44126 440.331.1070; • Cuyahoga Valley National Park Winter Sports Center at M.D. Garage (Summit County)

1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44264 440.717.3890; • Geauga Metroparks The West Woods (Geauga County) 9465 Route 87, Novelty 44072 440.286.9516; • Lake Metroparks Pine Lodge Ski Center (Lake County) 10381 Hobart Road, Kirtland 44095 440.256.3810; DOWNHILL SKIING Dare to conquer the mountains of Northeast Ohio! Okay, maybe they’re not mountains, but we do have three conveniently located resorts with wellgroomed slopes to satisfy the need for snowy speed. Rental equipment, food, beverages and cozy fires at each lodge round out the experience. Alpine Valley and Brandywine also have a Polar Blast Tubing Park. • Alpine Valley Ski Resort (Geauga County)

10620 Mayfield Road, Chesterland 44026 440.285.2211; • Boston Mills Ski Resort (Summit County) 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264 800.875.1241; • Brandywine Ski Resort (Summit County) 1146 W. Highland Rd., Sagamore Hills 44067 800.875.1241; TOBOGGANING The Chalet at Mill Street Run Reservation (Cuyahoga County) 16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville 44136; 440.572.9990; Everyone should have the opportunity to race down a 700-foot ice chute at speeds of up to 50 miles an hour! Two chutes keep things moving at this Cleveland Metroparks reservation, and the lift carries your toboggan back up for you. But you will have to climb the stairs yourself. 99



RESOURCES For Northeast Ohio

This section includes contacts for the little, but important, things you need to help make your move to our great area as easy as possible! We've provided listings for setting up utilities, securing plates for your vehicle, obtaining an Ohio drivers license or a license for your furry friends.


We want to help you discover Northeast Ohio’s outstanding library system, or its abundance of golf courses that suit any level of play. Consider this a (non-comprehensive) sampling of resources in the area for you to reference when settling into your new home.

A list of golf courses and country clubs in Northeast Ohio can be found on page 106.

IN THIS SECTION • DRIVERS LICENSE AND LICENSE PLATES.....................................102 • FAITH ORGANIZATIONS.....................................................................108 • GOLF COURSES & COUNTRY CLUBS..............................................106 • INTERNET, CABLE & SATELLITE........................................................102 • LIBRARIES.................................................................................................108 • PET LICENSING.......................................................................................109 • TAXES IN NORTHEAST OHIO............................................................109 • UTILITIES...................................................................................................102 • VOTER REGISTRATION.........................................................................109 101

y Northeast Ohio Resources

Please note that these lists are not comprehensive, but merely a selection of resources available in the area.


UTILITIES Northeast Ohio offers electric, gas and water to keep your home operating at its best.


AEP Ohio (Electric) 800.672.2231; FirstEnergy (Electric) 800.633.4766;

Cleveland Public Power (Electric) 216.664.4600;

Columbia Gas of Ohio (Gas) 800.344.4077;

Illuminating Company (Electric) 800.633.4766;

Dominion Energy Ohio (Gas) 800.362.7557

Dominion Energy Ohio (Gas) 800.362.7557; Cleveland Water Department 216.664.3130; Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (Servicing most of the greater Cleveland area) 216.881.8247;

AKRON AREA Ohio Edison/FirstEnergy (Electric) 800.633.4766; Dominion Energy Ohio (Gas) 800.362.7557; Akron Water Department (Even if you do not live in Akron proper, the city will likely be your water provider ) 330.375.2554; index.html Summit County Department of Sanitary Sewer Services 330.926.2400; departments/environmentalservices


Aqua Ohio (Water) (Serves areas in western Stark County and east of Akron Canton Airport.) 877.987.2782 ohio.aspx Canton Water Department (Water) (Serves Canton, North Canton, Navarre, Louisville and Alliance and some township areas adjacent to these cities.) 330.489.3315; Canton Sanitation Division (Sewer) (Serves Canton, North Canton, Navarre, Massillon, Louisville and Alliance.) 330.451.2303; starkcountyohio. gov/sanitary-engineers/ departments/billingdepartment/sewer-billing Stark County Sanitary Engineering Department (Sewer) 330.451.2303; sanitary-engineers/ departmentsbillingdepartment/water-billing

INTERNET, CABLE & SATELLITE FOR ALL OF NORTHEAST OHIO Stay connected to work, education and life in the digital sphere with these Northeast Ohio providers. AT&T – Includes DirecTV 855.293.7676; Cox Communications 844.515.2401; Dish Network 877.324.1988; Frontier Communications 844.248.0279; MCTV (Canton area only); 330.833.4134 Spectrum 877.382.7851; Windstream 888.926.9931; WOW! (Wide Open West) 800.343.2076; Xfinity 800.934.6489;

DRIVER LICENSE & VEHICLE REGISTRATION Keep your vehicle (and yourself) street legal with the proper testing and documentation by utilizing any of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations. Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles 844.644.6268; Continued on page 104




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y Northeast Ohio Resources (continued) Please note that these lists are not comprehensive, but merely a selection of resources available in the area.

GOLF COURSES & COUNTRY CLUBS When it’s time to hit the links, Northeast Ohio have courses to suit any style and level of play. CLEVELAND AREA Briardale Greens Golf Course 24131 Briardale Avenue Euclid 44123 216.289.8574; Chagrin Valley Country Club 4700 S.O.M. Center Road Chagrin Falls 44022 440.248.4310; The Country Club 2825 Lander Road Pepper Pike 44124 216.831.9200; Manakiki Golf Course 35501 Eddy Road Willoughby 44094 440.942.2500; courses/manakiki-golf-course Mastick Woods Golf Course 19900 Puritas Road Cleveland 44135 216.267.5626; golf/courses/mastick-woodsgolf-course Shaker Heights Country Club 3300 Courtland Boulevard Shaker Heights 44122 216.991.3660;


Springvale Golf Course 5871 Canterbury Road North Olmsted 44070 440.777.0678; springvalegolfcourse The Tanglewood Club 8745 Tanglewood Trail Chagrin Falls 44023 440.252.3724; Westwood Country Club 22625 Detroit Road Rocky River 44116 440.331.2120; AKRON/MEDINA COUNTY Fox Meadow Country Club 4260 Fox Meadow Drive Medina 44256 330.723.5536; Medina Country Club 5588 Wedgewood Road Medina 44256 330.725.6621; Pine Hills Golf Club 433 W 130th Street Hinckley 44233 330.225.4477; AKRON/PORTAGE COUNTY Barrington Golf Club 350 North Aurora Road Aurora 44202 330.995.0600; Boulder Creek Golf Club 9700 Page Road Streetsboro 44241 330.626.2828; AKRON /SUMMIT COUNTY Brookledge Golf Club 1621 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls 44221 330.971.8416;

Fairlawn Country Club 200 North Wheaton Road Akron 44313 330.836.5541; Firestone Country Club 452 East Warner Road Akron 44319 330.644.8441; firestone-country-club J. E Good Park Golf Course 530 Nome Avenue Akron 44320 330.375.2092; Portage Country Club 240 North Portage Path Akron 44303 330.836.4994; Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links 294 West Turkeyfoot Lake Road Akron 44319 330.644.5971;

CANTON AREA Arrowhead Golf & Event Center 1500 Rogwin Circle SW North Canton 44720 330.433.1880; Clearview Golf Club 8410 Lincoln Street SE East Canton 44730 330.488.0404; The Legends of Massillon 2700 Augusta Drive SE Massillon 44646 330.830.4653; Continued on next page

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y Northeast Ohio Resources (continued) Please note that these lists are not comprehensive, but merely a selection of resources available in the area.

Oakwood Country Club 6875 Firestone Avenue NE Canton 44721 330.499.7211; The Quarry Golf Club 5650 Quarry Lake Drive Canton 44730 330.488.3178; Sanctuary Golf Club 2017 Applegrove Street NW North Canton 44720 330.499.7721; Shady Hollow Country Club 4865 Wales Avenue NW Massillon 44646 330.832.1804; Skyland Pines Golf Club 3550 Columbus Road NE Canton 44705 330.454.5131;

LIBRARIES Libraries are a quiet space to ponder in solitude, and a place where community activities thrive. Northeast Ohio takes pride in our library systems throughout the region. CLEVELAND AREA LIBRARIES Cleveland Public Library Various locations Cuyahoga County Public Library Various locations AKRON AREA LIBRARIES Medina County District Library Various locations


Summit County Public Library Various locations The University of Akron Libraries 302 Buchtel Common Akron 44325

CANTON AREA LIBRARIES Stark County District Library Various locations

Catholic Diocese of Youngstown 144 West Wood Street Youngstown 44503 330.744.8451; EPISCOPAL Episcopal Diocese of Ohio 2230 Euclid Avenue Cleveland 44115 216.771.4815; ISLAMIC Islamic Society of Northeast Ohio 6976 Promway Avenue NW North Canton 44720 330.494.0073; Islamic Center of Cleveland 6055 West 130th Street Parma 44130 216.362.0786,

FAITH ORGANIZATIONS FOR ALL OF NORTHEAST OHIO No matter how you prefer to worship, Northeast Ohio has a variety of organizations ready to welcome you. BAPTIST Cleveland Baptist Association 12200 Fairhill Road, Suite C440 Cleveland 44120 216.325.7730; Summit Baptist Association 2876 S. Arlington Road Akron 44312 330.644.5721; CATHOLIC Catholic Diocese of Cleveland 1404 East 9th Street Cleveland, 44114 216.696.6525;

JEWISH Access Jewish Cleveland 25701 Science Park Drive Beachwood 44122 216.292.4636; Jewish Community Board of Akron 750 White Pond Drive Akron 44320 330.869.2424; Canton Jewish Community Federation 432 30th Street NW Canton 44709 330.452.6444; LUTHERAN Northeast Ohio Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 1890 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, 44221 330.929.9022; The Ohio District Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 6451 Columbia Road Olmsted Falls 44138 440.235.2297;

ORTHODOX Orthodox Cleveland 3352 Mayfield Road Cleveland Heights 44118 216.932.3300; Orthodox Diocese of the Midwest 5037 W 83rd St Burbank, IL 60459 312.202.0420; PENTECOSTAL Pentecostal Churches of Christ Headquarters 10515 Chester Avenue Cleveland 44106 216.721.5934; PRESBYTERIAN Presbytery of the Western Reserve 2800 Euclid Ave, Suite 314 Cleveland 44115 216.241.3966; Eastminster Presbytery P.O. Box 14439 Poland 44514 330.505.2167; Muskingum Valley Presbytery PO Box 946 New Philadelphia 44663 855.603.0604; UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Heartland Conference UCC 6161 Busch Boulevard, Suite 100 Columbus 43229 800.282.0740;


METHODIST East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church 8800 Cleveland Avenue NW North Canton 44720 800.831.3972;

Lake County Auditor 440.350.2534

TAXES IN NORTHEAST OHIO Filing taxes can be confusing. But thankfully, there are resources available to help you through the process as you settle into your new home. Ohio Department of Taxation 855.567.8292; Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) 800.860.7482; Central Collection Agency (CCA) of Cleveland 800.223.6317 City of Akron Income Tax Division 330.375.2290 INCOMETAX City of Canton Treasury Department 330.430.7900

PET LICENSING Ohio law requires dogs to have a valid dog license, which must be renewed annually. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 844.820.2234 Ashtabula County Auditor 440.576.3794 dnn/Licensing/Dog-Licenses

Lorain County Auditor 440.329.5207 dog-licenses Mahoning County Auditor 330.740.2010 Dog-License Medina County Auditor 330.725.9760 licenses-dog.htm Portage County Dog Warden 330.297.6924 portage-county-dogwardens-office-shelter/ pages/dog-tags Stark County Auditor 330.451.7354 government/offices/auditor/ services/dog_licenses.php Summit County Fiscal Office 888.388.5613 index.php/dog-licensing Wayne County Auditor 330.287.5444


Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer 216.443.3513 fiscalofficer.cuyahogacounty. us/en-US/Dog-License.aspx

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Geauga County Auditor 440.279.1600

Ohio Secretary of State 614.466.2655;


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Cleveland Area Cleveland and its ring of more than 40 suburbs make up Cuyahoga County, home to nearly 1.25 million people. It is the second-largest county in the state, population-wise, and the largest in Northeast Ohio. Welcome to the North Coast of America!


The Hope Memorial bridge, with its iconic Guardians of Traffic, spans the Cuyahoga River. ©Wil Lindsay

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LIVING HERE Cleveland Area Communities

Locals love to call themselves “East Siders” and “West Siders;" it’s a rivalry dating back to the 1830s, when merchants on the east and west banks of the Cuyahoga River competed for business and fought over access to the only bridge that crossed it. Today, while geography and demographics continue to give communities on both sides of the river their own unique personalities, most residents would say that greater Cleveland’s two halves mirror each other more than they differ.


A sophisticated network of highways and bridges provides easy access across the Cuyahoga River, as well as to the freeway along Lake Erie (locally known as "The Shoreway") and to the south along the thriving I-77 business and residential corridor. From urban apartments and lakefront condos to charming bungalows, historic estates, and newer suburban developments, Cuyahoga County provides options for every lifestyle and budget, no matter what “side” you’re on.

People flock to the Cuyahoga County Fair each year to ride the midway rides, eat funnel cakes and see the farm animals.

IN THIS SECTION • URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS.................................................................. 114 • FIRST RING SUBURBS............................................................................. 116 • WESTERN SUBURBS................................................................................ 117 • EASTERN SUBURBS.................................................................................120 • SOUTHERN SUBURBS.............................................................................126 SOURCES: All information in this section is from,,,,,,,,,, Downtown Cleveland Alliance Q3 2021 Report:



y Urban Neighborhoods

Ohio City is home to many restaurants, cafés and microbreweries.

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND • Population: Over 20,000 Downtown Residents (as of Q3 2021) • Median Household Income: $54,834 • Median Home Value: $196,623 Economic revitalization and an influx of young professionals have made Downtown Cleveland the place to be. Loft-style apartments and condos offer the best of urban living in trendy neighborhoods like East 4th Street/Gateway District, the Warehouse District on West 6th Street, and the East Bank of the Flats along the Cuyahoga River. For more information, contact Downtown Cleveland Alliance at 216.736.7799, DETROIT-SHOREWAY • Population: 11,221 • Median Household Income: $33,139 • Median Home Value: $209,608 The Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, which includes Gordon Square Arts District and Edgewater Park, runs east-west along Detroit Avenue 114

about two miles from downtown. Mid-19th century single-family homes and duplexes as well as recently constructed townhouses and condominiums offer a range of pricing options, great city views and direct access to the Lake Erie waterfront. For more information, contact the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization at 216.961.4242; LITTLE ITALY • Population: 1,035 • Median Household Income: $22,162 • Median Home Value: $194,245 Just up the hill from University Circle on Cleveland’s East Side is Little Italy. Old World meets New World in this eclectic neighborhood, where artists and college students mingle with multi-generational families on streets lined with traditional Italian restaurants and bakeries, upscale cafés, contemporary shops and fine-art galleries. About three-quarters of the houses—well-maintained

mid-19th century homes—are rentals, mixed with higher-end condo developments including Villa Carabelli, Random Road Lofts and Quattro. For more information, contact Little Italy Cleveland at 216.421.2995; OHIO CITY • Population: 8,389 • Median Household Income: $40,170 • Median Home Value: $105,808 Centered around the intersection of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue on Cleveland’s near-west side, Ohio City is one of the oldest yet trendiest Cleveland neighborhoods. Ohio City owes its renaissance largely to a recent influx of lively restaurants, cafés and microbreweries, but this is also where you’ll find the historic West Side Market, the highly regarded St. Ignatius High School, moderately priced houses and newer townhomes with river and city views. For more information, contact Ohio City Incorporated at 216.781.3222;


TREMONT • Population: 7,731 • Median Household Income: $46,987 • Median Home Value: $237,057 Tremont, just south of Ohio City, is one of the city’s most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. Tremont offers a range of rentals, including loft-style apartments, as well as modern townhomes and renovated houses for sale. Charming cafés, shops, galleries and other small businesses make this walkable neighborhood appealing to anyone who seeks urban living along with a strong sense of community. For more information, contact Tremont West Development Corporation at 216.575.0920; UNIVERSITY CIRCLE • Population: 7,661 • Median Household Income: $17,194 • Median Home Value: $168,731 Five miles east of Public Square, University Circle is where arts, culture and

higher learning institutions intersect with two nationally renowned healthcare centers, historic architecture, public gardens, luxury apartments and condos, student-friendly eateries and eclectic entertainment venues. University Circle is perfect for anyone interested

in establishing roots within walking distance of world-famous museums while having easy access to public transportation and Downtown Cleveland. For more information, contact University Circle Inc. at 216.791.3900;

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Bratenahl is a mix of historic mansions, contemporary homes and a luxury high-rise condominium complex, most having magnificent views of Lake Erie.

BRATENAHL • Population: 1,379 • Median Household Income: $104,318 • Median Home Value: $289,300 Bratenahl’s stately lakefront estates, built more than a century ago along the tree-lined Lake Shore Boulevard, tell the history of Cleveland’s early millionaires. Wealthy families summered here, six miles east of downtown, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today, Bratenahl is a mix of historic mansions, contemporary homes and a luxury highrise condominium complex, all with magnificent views of Lake Erie. The prestigious Newport Harbor Marina and Shoreby Club cater to the boating community as well as families and business professionals seeking the amenities of a traditional country club. More modest homes on charming side streets offer additional housing options. For more information, contact Village of Bratenahl at 216.681.4266; 116

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS • Population: 1,615 • Median Household Income: $72,708 • Median Home Value: $165,800 Just minutes from Downtown Cleveland, offering immediate access to Interstates 77, 480 and 90 and the Jennings Freeway (State Route 176), Brooklyn Heights refers to itself as a “Small Village, Big Community.” The suburb features both century homes and newer construction, offering great options for young families, empty nesters and everyone in between. Brooklyn Heights is part of the excellent Cuyahoga Heights School District and enjoys a thriving business sector and abundant recreational opportunities for all ages. For more information, contact City of Brooklyn Heights at 216.749.4300;

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS • Population: 677 • Median Household Income: $63,542 • Median Home Value: $144,100 Residents of Cuyahoga Heights enjoy excellent schools, low taxes, sewer bills paid by the city, free grass cutting and snow plowing for ages 60 and up, and many other complimentary services and amenities. The city’s crown-jewel is the portion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that lies within Cuyahoga Heights, allowing residents to walk, run, bike and cross-country ski for 85 miles along the historic route. The Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center serves as a visitor center for the trail. The city also has easy access to I-77 and I-480 and is just minutes from Downtown Cleveland. For more information, contact Village of Cuyahoga Heights at 216.641.7020;



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Opening in 2022, Rocky River's newest lakefront development, 700 Lake by Brickhaus Partners, includes 25 condos and 8 townhomes; and is designed to deliver luxury with seamless integration into the Lake Erie landscape.

BAY VILLAGE • Population: 15,194 • Median Household Income: $103,582 • Median Home Value: $247,900 Twelve miles west of downtown is the picturesque lakeside suburb of Bay Village. This affluent bedroom community stretching along five miles of Lake Erie’s shoreline consists primarily of large single-family homes, making it a favorite among business executives, medical professionals and even professional athletes. Commercial development has been kept to a minimum, while public parks are plentiful. The Cleveland Metroparks' expansive Huntington Reservation, which includes Huntington Beach, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and BAYarts (a lakeside arts education center) gives residents easy access to outdoor activities. For more information, contact City of Bay Village at 440.871.2200;

BEREA • Population: 18,609 • Median Household Income: $59,511 • Median Home Value: $138,200 Welcome to the land of the Cleveland Browns! The team’s year-round training facility is located in Berea. So is the campus of Baldwin Wallace University, a nationally ranked liberal arts college with acclaimed programs in Music Theater, Sustainability and National Security. Berea is a historic community 12 miles south of Cleveland and two miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Homes in Berea range from modest, cozy bungalows to recently custom-built executive-style houses. For more information, contact City of Berea, 440.826.5800, BROOK PARK • Population: 18,382 • Median Household Income: $53,390 • Median Home Value: $118,400

Home to the NASA Glenn Research Center, the International Exposition Center and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Brook Park offers the convenience of a business-friendly city just 14 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Yet it also comes with the affordability and livability of a community-centered, family-friendly suburb. Brook Park is part of the Berea City School District. For more information, contact City of Brook Park at 216.433.1300; FAIRVIEW PARK • Population: 16,161 • Median Household Income: $61,020 • Median Home Value: $161,100 With its small-town vibe, strong sense of community and large number of long-time residents who welcome newcomers, Fairview Park is an ideal place to put down roots, especially Continued on next page



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Kids Cove Playground is just one portion of the local 31-acre Lakewood Park enjoyed by many Lakewood families.

if you’re also looking for proximity to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, I-71, I-90 and I-480. Fairview Park features well-maintained homes and abundant recreational facilities, including two public golf courses and a 93,000-squarefoot community center. Housing options range from starter bungalows to Cape Cods to colonials to apartment communities. For more information, contact City of Fairview Park at 440.333.2200; LAKEWOOD • Population: 49,678 • Median Household Income: $53,290 • Median Home Value: $158,100 Cleveland’s second-largest suburb offers everything from high-rise apartments and condos on Cleveland’s “Gold Coast” to single-family homes and duplexes, making it a popular landing spot for transplants, young professionals and 118

families. As one of the most diverse suburbs on Cleveland’s West Side, Lakewood is down-to-earth and eclectic, with a thriving commercial district full of trendy yet affordable restaurants, shops and nightlife. The Lakewood Public Library consistently ranks among the best in the nation. For more information, contact City of Lakewood at 216.521.7580; NORTH OLMSTED • Population: 31,341 • Median Household Income: $64,236 • Median Home Value: $156,400 North Olmsted is known for its familyfriendliness, highly rated schools, access to the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, several golf courses, Great Northern Mall and thriving economy. Founded nearly 200 years ago, North Olmsted also has a rich history. Three sites listed on the National Register of

Historic Places include the Old Town Hall, the First Universalist Church, and Fort Hill, where 1,000-year-old Native American earthworks can be viewed. For more information, contact City of North Olmsted at 440.777.8000; OLMSTED FALLS • Population: 8,828 • Median Household Income: $69,839 • Median Home Value: $158,600 Olmsted Falls is where small town meets big city, where past meets present. Its scenic city parks, and historic Grand Pacific Junction—a fully restored Victorian shopping village with over 30 shops, restaurants and services— offer both Main Street charm and modern amenities, just a half-hour from Cleveland. For more information, contact City of Olmsted Falls at 440.235.5550;

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WESTLAKE • Population: 32,032 • Median Household Income: $86,008 • Median Home Value: $258,600 Homebuyers in Westlake have their pick of architectural styles: modern condos, historic cottages, classic colonials and craftsman-style homes are plentiful in this affluent bedroom community 15 miles west of Cleveland. gives the schools an A+ rating and, at the same time, calls the city one of the best places to retire in Ohio. Crocker Park, a mixeduse retail complex featuring namebrand stores, a variety of restaurants, an I-Max theater, community events, luxury apartments and office space, offers big-city amenities in one convenient location. Westlake is also the corporate headquarters of American Greetings. For more information, contact City of Westlake at 440.871.3300;


ROCKY RIVER • Population: 19,986 • Median Household Income: $74,950 • Median Home Value: $245,800 Bordered by Lake Erie to the north and the Rocky River to the east, this suburb 20 minutes from downtown was ranked number one by Cleveland Magazine in 2018. The city earns high

marks for its school district—Niche. com gives it an A+ for academics and college prep. Robust home sales, shopping and dining options and numerous parks and outdoor recreation areas also put Rocky River at the top of the list of best places to live. For more information, contact City of Rocky River at 440.331.0600;


PARMA • Population: 78,103 • Median Household Income: $57,120 • Median Home Value: $115,500 Parma earned its claim to fame in the mid-90s thanks to "Moon Over Parma" serving as The Drew Carey Show's original theme song. About 10 miles from downtown, Parma is also Cuyahoga County’s largest suburb and is identified with its significant Polish, German and Italian populations. The city is named for Parma, Italy, and its residents are, literally, Parmesans. Locals shop at family-operated bakeries, delis and butcher shops in the Ukrainian Village and Polish Village. The Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation runs through Parma, providing an easy escape from city life. Parma is an attractive market for buyers interested in bungalow, Cape Cod or ranch-style homes. For more information, contact City of Parma at 440.885.8000;

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The Beachwood Family Aquatic Center offers residents eight 25-meter lap lanes, 5 waterslides, diving boards, ADA-accessible zero-depth entry and many other desirable water features.

BEACHWOOD • Population: 14,040 • Median Household Income: $89,190 • Median Home Value: $302,500 Known for its contemporary homes, state-of-the-art recreation center, outstanding schools, nationally recognized senior living facilities, public transit lines and easy access to I-90, I-271 and I-480, Beachwood is ideal for families, retirees and commuters alike. The school district was rated #3 in Ohio and #44 in the nation by in 2020. Beachwood is also home to several major corporations, medical centers, hotels and the Beachwood Place retail complex, making it a major business and shopping destination. For more information, contact City of Beachwood at 216.292.1901; CHAGRIN FALLS • Population: 4,032 • Median Household Income: $101,691 • Median Home Value: $346,300 About 20 miles east of Cleveland, nestled 120

on a bluff above the Chagrin River Valley, the picturesque Village of Chagrin Falls is known for its country-meets-city vibe. This former mill town features a vibrant Main Street with New England-influenced architecture, charming boutiques, eateries, parks and a spectacular waterfall. The school district is top-rated, and homes offer a variety of architectural styles, from Greek Revival and Italianate to late 19th-century Queen Anne to 20th-century bungalows. Several newer housing developments further out of town provide large lots and contemporary construction. For more information, contact Village of Chagrin Falls at 440.247.5050; CLEVELAND HEIGHTS • Population: 44,992 • Median Household Income: $57,768 • Median Home Value: $128,700 Just up the hill from University Circle and Little Italy, Cleveland Heights is known for its diversity; a melting pot of ages, ethnicities, lifestyles and ways of

thinking. Residents love its proximity to downtown and its independently owned shops, ethnic restaurants and small businesses. Much of the action centers around three walkable districts—Coventry Village, Cedar Lee and Cedar Fairmount—each with its own character and surrounded by charming, tree-lined residential neighborhoods. From mid-century bungalows to historic mansions to newer condos and townhouses, homes here come at an affordable price, as do a wide variety of rental options. For more information, contact City of Cleveland Heights at 216.291.4444; GATES MILLS • Population: 2,189 • Median Household Income: $165,167 • Median Home Value: $505,100 The beautiful Village of Gates Mills, located in the heart of the Chagrin River Valley, blends Western Reserve architecture, rural living, equestrian farms and stunning river views with


Cleveland Heights' residents love its independently owned shops, ethnic restaurants and small businesses.

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS • Population: 8,373 • Median Household Income: $109,818 • Median Home Value: $280,700 Highland Heights, “The City with Pride and Promise,” is a close-knit community offering a balance of residential neighborhoods, businesses and green space, all conveniently located near I-271 and I-90. The police department has been nationally recognized since 2010 by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Highland Heights Residents of Gates Mills gather 'round a winter bonfire on December 24th at the Gates Mills Polo Field—a community tradition for 80-plus years.

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the convenience of being located just 25 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. Gates Mills is steeped in tradition, history and community spirit, which makes it an ideal place to raise families. Gates Mills is part of the highly rated Mayfield City Schools District and is home to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club. The village has its own post office, three churches, Marston Park and a branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Its award-winning Land Conservancy preserves woodlands and meadows, and it is home to the Cleveland Metroparks’ North Chagrin Reservation. For more information, contact Village of Gates Mills at 440.423.4405;

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is part of the highly rated Mayfield City School District, which includes one of America’s Best High Schools according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, contact City of Highland Heights at 440.461.2440; HUNTING VALLEY • Population: 763 • Median Household Income: $250,001 • Median Home Value: $1,529,200 Picturesque Hunting Valley, situated along the Chagrin River, is eight square miles of tranquil forests, rolling hills and country estates. Hiking trails and bridal paths weave throughout the woods, meadows and polo fields, managed by the Cleveland Metroparks. Hunting Valley is an upscale rural community, nestled between Gates Mill and Moreland Hills, and is served by the highly rated Orange City School 122

District. For more information, contact Village of Hunting Valley at 440.247.6106; MAYFIELD HEIGHTS • Population: 18,487 • Median Household Income: $53,450 • Median Home Value: $145,400 Mayfield Heights is a thriving business and residential community, conveniently located along the Interstate 271 corridor between I-90 to the north and I-480 to the south. Two major shopping complexes offer a wide selection of national-brand retailers, restaurants, supermarkets and services, plus a stateof-the-art ten-screen movie theater with fully reclining, reservable luxury seats. Mayfield Heights is part of the top-ranked Mayfield City School District, which includes one of America’s Best High Schools to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, contact City

of Mayfield Heights at 440.442.2626; MAYFIELD VILLAGE • Population: 3,372 • Median Household Income: $77,784 • Median Home Value: $230,400 Mayfield Village, the proud home to the corporate headquarters of Progressive Insurance, is also an affordable, family-friendly community on the rise. U.S. News & World Report lists its high school as one of the Best High Schools in America, and the city recently introduced an innovative new Greenway Trail to connect the village’s many services and amenities. The 2.5-mile corridor allows residents to bike or walk between a variety of community buildings, recreational facilities, ball fields, the library, a 25-acre wetland, the Grove Amphitheater and the Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation. For more

MORELAND HILLS • Population: 3,306 • Median Household Income: $173,209 • Median Home Value: $435,000 The Village of Moreland Hills is an affluent community featuring large homes, both older and newer, nestled among the forested hillsides of the Chagrin River Valley. Moreland Hills is served by Chagrin Falls and Orange City schools, two of the highest-rated school districts in the Cleveland area, and was named the second-best Cleveland suburb in which to raise a family by Niche. com. The Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation borders Moreland Hills to the south. The award-winning Pinecrest retail complex in Orange Village is located just west of Moreland Hills. For more information, contact Village of Moreland Hills at 440.248.1188, ORANGE VILLAGE • Population: 3,276 • Median Household Income: $116,823 • Median Home Value: $334,200 Orange Village, which lies just east of the I-271/I-480 interchange about 15 miles from Cleveland, is an affluent community with a mix of newer construction and older homes on larger parcels. Orange’s high-performing schools and commuter-friendly location have made this a popular location for families and business executives. The suburb’s award-winning new retail, dining and entertainment complex, Pinecrest, draws visitors from all over the region. For more information, contact Orange Village, 440.498.4400, PEPPER PIKE • Population: 6,330 • Median Household Income: $190,682 • Median Home Value: $440,600 Pepper Pike is a largely residential suburb just east of the I-271 corridor,


information, contact Mayfield Village at 440.461.2210;

with easy access to upscale shopping and newer office developments. Pepper Pike’s gently winding side streets, quiet cul-de-sacs and large landscaped lots feature residences ranging from elegant townhouses to traditional homes with generous acreage. Nearby Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere offers highend boutique shopping and dining as well as national-brand retail stores and family-friendly eateries. For more information, contact City of Pepper Pike at 216.831.8500; SHAKER HEIGHTS • Population: 27,027 • Median Household Income: $87,232 • Median Home Value: $229,500 Shaker Heights, one of Cleveland’s oldest suburbs, is also one of its grandest. ranks Shaker Heights as the 12th-Best Suburb in America and the 2nd-Best Place to Live in Ohio. Residents love its cultural, racial and socioeconomic diversity; beautiful lakes and park lands; excellent schools; and historic architecture. Characterized by stately boulevards lined with beautifully landscaped lawns and large Tudor, Victorian, French Chateau and Colonial homes, Shaker Heights also prides itself on its many modestly priced single-family homes and duplexes on friendly, well-kept side streets. Two Rapid Transit lines to downtown Cleveland and a short drive “down the hill” to University Circle make Shaker Heights an ideal location for professionals. And the new Van Aken District Market Hall is a lively hub of activity for all ages. For more information, contact City of Shaker Heights at 216.491.1400; SOLON • Population: 24,779 • Median Household Income: $107,286 • Median Home Value: $286,200 Located in the southeastern corner of Cuyahoga County, this once-rural outer suburb is now one of the fastest growing Continued on next page


y Eastern Suburbs (continued) bedroom communities in the greater Cleveland area. In 2013, Solon was named the Best Place to Raise Kids by Businessweek. It was on Money Magazine’s Top Ten Places to Live in 2015. Its school system is top-notch and has been named the #1 Public School District in Ohio and #7 School District in America by Solon is also home to large companies such as Nestle and Swagelok, which have played a major role in the city’s economic success story. Plenty of new residential developments and large lots offer families a great place to put down roots. For more information, contact City of Solon at 440.248.1155; SOUTH EUCLID • Population: 21,297 • Median Household Income: $61,078 • Median Home Value: $100,200 South Euclid is a vibrant, walkable, and diverse community, born from quarries

that built Cleveland's first sidewalks. South Euclid offers attractive housing options ranging from century farmhouses and cozy bungalows to new homes for families and empty-nesters. The city’s community development corporation provides home repair grants and programs to bolster neighborhood revitalization. With over 60 acres of public parks, ten community gardens and access to Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation, South Euclid appeals to people looking for a sustainable lifestyle just minutes from University Circle's arts, culture, and medical centers. South Euclid is also home to its own cultural gems, including the Museum of American Porcelain Art and House of Swing Jazz and Blues Club, as well as burgeoning Notre Dame College. For more information, contact City of South Euclid at 216.381.0400;

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS • Population: 12,797 • Median Household Income: $77,256 • Median Home Value: $164,300 University Heights prides itself on its walkability, convenient location and affordable starter- and midsize homes. The heart of this suburb is John Carroll University, consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top Ten Midwestern Regional Universities. Steps from the campus, at Fairmount Circle, a cluster of eateries, markets and garden-style apartments attract students and professionals alike. A few blocks away, Bialy’s Bagels is not only a local institution but considered one of the only places in the country with bagels as good as, or better than, New York’s. For more information, contact University Heights at 216.932.7800 at

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WALTON HILLS • Population: 2,246 • Median Household Income: $73,269 • Median Home Value: $217,500 At the southern edge of Cuyahoga County, just north of the Summit County line is Walton Hills, a semi-rural planned community offering a mix of well-kept older and newer homes. Residents enjoy the community’s close proximity to Interstate 271 and the Route 8 corridor, as well as the serene rural surroundings. A large portion of Cleveland Metroparks’ Bedford Reservation lies within Walton Hills, as does part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, giving residents endless opportunities to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation close to home. For more information, contact Village of Walton Hills at 440.232.7800; WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS • Population: 13,108 • Median Household Income: $38,433 • Median Home Value: $81,000 Just south of Shaker Heights and located minutes from I-271 and I-480, Warrensville Heights offers affordable homes in well-kept neighborhoods while also hosting major corporations, retail giants and educational and medical institutions. Warrensville Heights is the home of Cuyahoga Community College Corporate College, I.T.T. Technical Institute, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic-affiliated South Pointe Hospital. For more information, contact City of Warrensville Heights at 216.587.6500;

S H A K E R I S T H E P L AC E TO C A L L H O M E Those who call Shaker Heights home enjoy the abundance of parks and nature, miles of sidewalks, a diverse mix of local businesses and the direct connection to downtown Cleveland with two light rail lines running through the City.

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All in one central location, Brecksville residents enjoy the Community Center, Aquatics Center and Human Services Department, which offer fitness & aquatic classes, weight & exercise machines, a walking/running track overlooking basketball courts and four pools—the newest with slides, a splash area, zipline, rock wall, and lazy river.

BRECKSVILLE • Population: 13,469 • Median Household Income: $108,606 • Median Home Value: $283,000 Located halfway between Cleveland and Akron, this suburb along the Interstate 77 corridor offers both convenience and country living. While the town is over 200 years old, homebuyers will find a large stock of newer ranch, colonial and craftsman-style houses on spacious lots. Sherwin Williams recently announced that Brecksville will be the home of a new research and development center. The city’s biggest draw, however, is the 3,000-acre Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation and the adjacent Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Approximately one-third of Brecksville’s 20 square miles, in fact, is parkland featuring rocky gorges, waterfalls and woodlands teeming with native wildlife. For more information, contact City of Brecksville, 440.526.4351, 126

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS • Population: 19,102 • Median Household Income: $89,224 • Median Home Value: $228,500 This growing suburb 15 miles south of Cleveland gets an A+ overall grade from for its highly rated schools, family-friendly amenities and ample options for homebuyers. Residents have a strong sense of community here, taking pride in local programs and attractions like the Greene Acres Community Garden, Spotlights Community Theater and the city's 3,000-square-foot Splash Park. Broadview Heights is also conveniently located near Interstate 77 and the Ohio Turnpike, making it an easy commute to both Cleveland and Akron as well as points east and west. For more information, contact City of Broadview Heights at 440.526.4357;

INDEPENDENCE • Population: 7,175 • Median Household Income: $106,413 • Median Home Value: $238,100 Upscale residential housing, low realestate taxes, one of the most robust business corridors in the region and the character and charm of a small community attract homebuyers as well as business owners to this centrally located suburb. Independence extends south from the I-77/I-480 interchange, 12 minutes from Downtown Cleveland and just over 30 minutes from Akron. The city’s civic and recreation facilities offer a variety of community activities and programming year-round. Many services, from transportation and weekly hot lunches for seniors, to afterschool programs and summertime child care, are offered at little or no cost to residents. Independence also boasts the 50,000-square-foot Cleveland Cavaliers practice facility, 14 hotels and

STRONGSVILLE • Population: 44,660 • Median Household Income: $88,176 • Median Home Value: $206,300 Twenty miles southwest of Downtown Cleveland, Strongsville is vibrant suburb that blends a bustling business community with small-town charm. Here you’ll find distinctive neighborhoods, abundant shopping (including Southpark Mall), 2,400 acres of of green space, excellent services, top-notch schools and active civic groups. The

Mill Stream Run Reservation, part of the Cleveland Metroparks, offers lake and river fishing along with trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. But its most unique attraction may be the Chalet, which features twin toboggan chutes that provide wintertime thrills and chills. For more information, contact City of Strongsville at 440.580.3100; VALLEY VIEW • Population: 2,024 • Median Household Income: $94,479 • Median Home Value: $256,000 Known as “The Small Community Under the Big Bridge,” the Village of Valley View is a lively and historic community that extends south from the famous Valley View Bridge, an impressive structure 212 feet above the Cuyahoga River and 4,150 feet long. Valley View is proud to work in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park, whose northern end lies within the village, as well as Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Residents enjoy access to miles of hiking, biking and outdoor recreation along the Towpath Trail. Valley View is part of the award-winning Cuyahoga Heights School District. For more information, contact Village of Valley View at 216.524.6511;


MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS • Population: 15,432 • Median Household Income: $63,619 • Median Home Value: $162,000 Middleburg Heights is a landing place for people of all stages of life, with a strong business community and quality housing options that offer a wide range of prices and styles. Just three miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, with easy access to Interstates 71, 480 and 80 (the Ohio Turnpike), Middleburg Heights is proud to have once played a role in the Underground Railroad. Pearl Road (Route 42) was the area’s first route on which runaway slaves could travel to Cleveland and then escape by boat to Canada. Today, the city takes pride in its designation as a “Tree City USA,” which it has earned from the National Arbor Day Foundation every year since 1996. And in 2020, the Middleburg Heights Recreation Department received the First Place Award of Excellence from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association for the third time in four years. For more information, contact City of Middleburg Heights at 440.234.8811;

NORTH ROYALTON • Population: 30,068 • Median Household Income: $70,665 • Median Home Value: $208,600 Nineteen miles south of downtown Cleveland, North Royalton is a vibrant community in which to live and work. It is close to several major highways including I-77, three miles east, and I-71, three miles west. Nine percent of North Royalton is made up of parkland, which consists of the Cleveland Metroparks, a skate park, two basketball courts, six tennis courts, five soccer fields and nine baseball fields. North Royalton also features a newer YMCA and a contemporary, lightfilled branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. For more information, contact City of North Royalton at 440.237.5686;


a portion of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For more information, contact City of Independence at 216.524.4131;

North Royalton's new elementary school opened in fall 2021, bringing all of the city's Pre-K to 4th grade students together under one roof.


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THINGS TO SEE & DO in the Cleveland Area

World-famous attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square, University Circle museums and Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace get most of the attention in Cleveland, but they’re just the beginning. Every community is full of hidden— and not-so-hidden—gems. No matter where you find yourself, you’ll find things you love to do.


We’ve compiled a list of our favorite local attractions and activities, from indie film houses to community theaters, from cultural points of interest to nature centers. And this is in addition to all the museums, parks, entertainment venues and other attractions highlighted in the Northeast Ohio section.

Challenge yourself on Adrenaline Monkey's aerial ropes course, ninja warrior courses and rock climbing walls

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Explore the Lake Erie waterfront and the Cuyahoga River aboard the Goodtime III Cruise Ship.

CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN (University Circle) In addition to ten acres of exquisite, award-winning outdoor gardens, the Cleveland Botanical Garden draws thousands of visitors year-round to its 18,000-square-foot Glasshouse. The structure includes a Costa Rican rainforest and a Madagascar desert habitat housing more than 400 species of exotic plants, butterflies, birds and other animals. The Botanical Garden also hosts an annual Orchid Mania show, not to be missed if you’re into these exotic plants. (11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106; 216.721.1600; CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO (West) There are so many “paw”ssible ways to have fun here, making the zoo a truly “grrrrreat attraction”! Feed the giraffes at the African Savanna, enjoy the inhabitants at the Elephant Crossing and Tiger Passage and take a trip down-under for an Australian Adventure. The zoo’s indoor rainforest is teeming with jungle 130

species from around the world. The Circle of Life Carousel, with 64 different carved animal seats to choose from, is a hit with guests of all ages. (3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland 44109; 216.661.6500; GOODTIME III CRUISE SHIP (Downtown) Take a cruise on the Cuyahoga River and the Lake Erie waterfront aboard the Goodtime III, the largest quadrupledeck, 1000-passenger luxury ship on the Great Lakes. Open-top sun decks, semi-enclosed second deck and a glassenclosed, air-conditioned lower deck give you options for enjoying views of drawbridges, the Flats district and the ever-changing Cleveland skyline. The ship sails rain or shine, Memorial Day through September, offering daytime, special Happy Hour and Dinner and Dance cruises. (825 East Ninth Street Pier, Cleveland 44114; 877.721.9115;

JACK CLEVELAND CASINO (Downtown) Whether you crave the simple thrill of the slots or a high-rolling drama, the 300,000-square-foot Jack Casino offers a winning combination of games, entertainment and eats. Open 24/7, enjoy all your favorite games—slots, blackjack, craps, roulette—and imbibe at your choice of four restaurants and three bars. Synergy Table Games offers extra excitement, blending electronic and live dealer games along with interconnected play. (100 Public Square, Cleveland 44113; 216.297.4777; NAUTICA QUEEN CRUISE SHIP (Downtown) Jump aboard the Nautica Queen for an adventure that combines the best of dining and sightseeing. The Nautica Queen sails from the west bank of the Flats in Cleveland, offering lunch, brunch and dinner cruises April through December. Take in stunning views of

LAKE VIEW CEMETERY (Cleveland / East Side) This historic landmark and final resting place of such notables as President James A. Garfield, business mogul John D. Rockefeller, the Untouchables’ Eliot Ness, inventor Garrett Morgan, philanthropist and opera singer Zelma George and comic book artist Harvey Pekar is more than just a beautiful burial ground. It’s a meandering network of landscaped walking paths, botanical gardens, architecturally significant monuments and interesting headstones. Nature lovers, history buffs, dog walkers and joggers take advantage of the peaceful grounds, which are free and open to the public daily all year round. The cemetery also offers educational programs, tours and trolley rides. (12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106; 216.421.2665; SOLDIERS’ AND SAILORS’ MONUMENT (Downtown Cleveland) Built in 1894, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is the focal point of Public Square, commemorating the American Civil War and the role Northeast Ohioans played in it. You can’t miss the 125-foot-high statue, which features the Goddess of Freedom defended by the Shield of Liberty, and the four battle scenes depicted in bronze around its base. But the Memorial Room inside the monument is just as impressive. Here you can view four bronze relief sculptures and 30 marble tablets listing the names of over 9,000 Cuyahoga County residents who fought in the war. You can also learn about the Women's Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid Society, the beginning of the war in Ohio, the emancipation of the slaves and the architect who sculpted the monument. (3 Public Square, Cleveland 44114; 216.621.3710;


Marvel at the inhabitants of Tiger Passage inside the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Cleveland Botanical Garden hosts Orchid Mania each year, with exhibits featuring these exotic plants.



Cleveland’s dynamic waterfront and skyline as you enjoy an unlimited buffet, musical entertainment by a disc jockey or live band, and complimentary coffee and tea. (1153 Main Avenue, Cleveland 44113; 216.696.8888;


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The Lithuanian Garden, one of Clveland's Cultural Gardens, features the Fountain of Biruta on its upper level.

ALEX THEATER (Downtown Cleveland) Located inside the luxurious Metropolitan at the 9 Hotel in the Gateway district, Alex Theater is an intimate entertainment venue featuring unique live performances, burlesque shows, independent film screenings and more. Reclining leather seats with attached drink trays allow guests to kick back, relax and enjoy the show. (2017 East 9th Street, Cleveland 44115; 216.331.6309; alextheatercleveland. com)

CAPITOL THEATRE (West Side) Built in 1921, this recently renovated theater in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District shows a mix of mainstream Hollywood movies and independent films on three screens. Detailed wall murals, classical architecture and a restored vaudeville stage recreate the atmosphere of a vintage movie palace with modern amenities, such as a lounge area serving beer and wine. (1390 W. 65th Street, Cleveland 44102; 216.651.7295;

THE ARCADE CLEVELAND (Downtown Cleveland) This stunning architectural gem connecting Euclid and Superior Avenues opened in 1890 as the nation’s first indoor shopping center. Financed by John D. Rockefeller and other industrialists, it was inspired by European shopping malls built during the same period and was nicknamed Cleveland’s Crystal Palace. The Arcade features a five-story glass atrium with ornate metalwork and is home to shops, eateries and a Hyatt Regency hotel. (401 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44114; 216.696.1408;

CINEMATHEQUE (East Side) The Cleveland Institute of Art’s alternative film theater, located in the Uptown neighborhood of University Circle, Cinematheque presents classic, foreign and independent films 50 weekends a year. The New York Times called Cinematheque one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters, noted for its exclusive screenings and local premieres. Screenings take place in a state-of-the-art theater featuring a 36-foot-wide screen. (11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106; 216.421.7450;


CLEVELAND CULTURAL GARDENS (East Side) More than 30 gardens designed and cultivated by different cultural groups and nationalities line the scenic drive along Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Boulevard in Rockefeller Park. The gardens showcase Cleveland’s diversity and multiculturalism through symbolic sculptures, replicas of sacred monuments and tributes to poets, philosophers, peacemakers, composers, scientists and others who have contributed to world culture. The gardens are free and open to the public. Guided walking tours are offered June through September. (216.220.3075; DUNHAM TAVERN MUSEUM (East Side) Once a stagecoach stop on the Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, Dunham Tavern Museum is Cleveland’s oldest building still standing on its original site. Built in 1824 as the home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham, it is a designated Cleveland Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44103; 216.431.1060;



NEAR WEST THEATRE (West Side) This community-based performing arts theatre located in the Gordon Square Arts District describes itself as a “grassroots, intergenerational theatre with an emphasis on serving youth.” What began as a summer theater program for kids in the late 1970s has grown into five professionally directed and designed productions a year. (6702 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland 44102; 216.961.6391;


For a beach-front view of of Downtown Cleveland, check out Edgewater Park.

The USS Cod Submarine Memorial offers visitors a unique opportunity to “go below” on a self-guided tour, April through October.

EAST 4TH STREET (Downtown Cleveland) In the heart of the Gateway District, walking distance from the home field of the Cleveland Guardians and the home court of the Cleveland Cavaliers, East 4th Street is a hub of lively restaurants, pubs, shops, a bowling alley, comedy club and more. Several of Cleveland’s most popular establishments, including Butcher and the Brewer (2043 E. 4th Street) and Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Mabel's BBQ (2050 E. 4th Street), draw crowds on a regular basis, but game days are especially popular. (East 4th Street between Prospect & Euclid Avenues; Cleveland 44115; 216.589.1111;

EDGEWATER PARK (West Side) Want a beach-front view? Check out Edgewater Park, the perfect place to take in the views of Downtown Cleveland, join a pickup game of beach volleyball, enjoy breathtaking sunsets and some Honey Hut ice cream from the Eats and Treats concession stand. In the summer, stick around for Edgewater LIVE on Thursday nights, featuring local bands, food trucks, alcoholic beverages and more. Open 6am-11pm. (6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland 44102; 216.635.3200; parks/visit/parks/lakefront-reservation/ edgewater-park)

ROCKEFELLER PARK GREENHOUSE (East Side) Cleveland’s 115-year-old greenhouse, built on land donated by John D. Rockefeller, houses both indoor and outdoor exhibits featuring specialty plant collections, themed gardens and seasonal flower displays. Permanent displays inside the greenhouse include palms, ferns, a desert cacti collection, exotic orchids and bromeliads. Outside, the Betty Ott Talking Garden for the Blind offers a unique experience for sight-impaired visitors. Audio descriptions and Braille signage guide visitors through the exhibit, and a raised bed allows them to touch and smell each plant specifically chosen for its sensory appeal. (750 East 88th Street, Cleveland 44108; 216.664.3103; USS COD SUBMARINE MEMORIAL (Downtown Cleveland) This World War II-era submarine, docked at North Coast Harbor next to Burke Lakefront Airport, offers visitors a unique opportunity to “go below” on a selfguided tour, April through October. That includes entering and exiting through the original hatchways, climbing up and down ladders and experiencing the entire vessel as it existed when survival depended on silence, deep-water and well-aimed torpedoes. (1201 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland 44114; 440.832.9722; 133


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Lakewood Park's Solstice Steps are tiered stone steps, nearly 500-feet-long, that curve dramatically along an embankment above Lake Erie.

BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS Beck Center is a performing arts venue for both professional and youth theatre productions, as well as an innovative arts education center. The center offers programs and classes in theater, dance, music, visual arts, early childhood and creative arts therapies, serving over 60,000 Northeast Ohioans of all ages annually. (17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood 44107; 216.521.2540; beckcenter .org) BOSS PRO-KARTING & EVENTS Got a need for speed? Boss Pro-Karting is open daily for driving and racing with state-of-the-art tracks and karts. Up to 10 drivers at a time, ages 14 and up, can take part in open racing sessions. New X1 Junior Karts allow kids ages 8 to 13 to race against each other in their own heats. (18301 Brookpark Road, Brook Park 44142; 216.938.6335; 134

LAKEWOOD PARK This 31-acre lakefront park features all the amenities of a top-notch community recreation area—a pool, a skatepark, softball fields, tennis courts, sandvolleyball courts and a bandstand. But what sets it apart from others is the nearly 500-foot-long set of tiered stone steps that curve dramatically along an embankment above the Lake Erie shoreline. The Solstice Steps, which face north/northwest, offer spectacular views of sunsets and the Cleveland skyline. They’re perfectly aligned to the northernmost spot on the horizon where the setting sun sinks on the Summer Solstice. (14532 Lake Avenue, Lakewood 44107; NASA GLENN RESEARCH CENTER TOURS Not everyone can be a rocket scientist, but one Saturday a month, anyone over

the age of nine can see an actual rocket scientist in action. From April through October, NASA Glenn Research Center offers behind-the-scenes public tours of some of its most fascinating research facilities, including the Electric Propulsion Power Lab, the 8 x 6 Wind Tunnel and the Simulated Lunar Operations Lab. Advance reservations are required; tours fill up fast. (21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland 44135; 216.433.4000; ROCKY RIVER NATURE CENTER This Cleveland Metroparks nature center, located in the heart of the Rocky River Reservation, takes visitors back in time with exhibits on early inhabitants of Ohio—both human and animal. Learn about the extinct species Dunkleosteus, the giant fish of the Devonian sea. Explore displays about prehistoric and pioneer cultures. Climb inside


Experience the rush of high-speed performance racing at Boss Pro-Karting.

Visit the Rocky River Nature Center to learn about the extinct giant fish of the Devonian sea. SWINGS-N-THINGS FUN PARK

SERPENTINI WINTERHURST ARENA Hit the ice any time of year at Serpentini Arena, home of the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club, Winterhurst Speedskating Club, Winterhurst Hockey Association and Team Ohio Hockey. Open skates and lessons for all ages and levels are available, whether you’re looking for a fun way to exercise or preparing for competition. Many Olympians have trained or taught here, including figure skating gold medalist Carol Heiss Jenkins, who resides in the area and continues to coach Olympic hopefuls from around the country. (14740 Lakewood Heights Boulevard, Lakewood 44107; 216.529.4400; SWINGS-N-THINGS FUN PARK “How much FUN can you stand?” That’s the motto at Swings-n-Things, where you’ll find two Go-Kart tracks, bumper boats, miniature golf, mini-bowling lanes, paintball, batting cages and more. The café serves homemade ice cream, and the new Inside the Park TapRoom and WineBar lets grownups have their fun, too. Perfect for birthday parties, group outings and corporate events any time of year. (8501 Stearns Road, Olmsted Township 44138; 440.235.4420;

Whether you’re trying to soak your friends or just enjoying the cool water, the bumper boats at Swings-N-Things are always buckets of fun for the whole family!



HideAway Hollow, a giant oak tree playand-discovery area. View the layers of a 360-million-year-old shale cliff from the center’s deck overhanging the river. There are also over five miles of hiking trails leading from the Nature Center to the river’s edge, a wetland forest, ponds, hilltops and ancient American Indian earthworks. (24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted 44070; 440.734.6660; parks/rocky-river-reservation/rocky-rivernature-center)


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The Rose Foundation Gazebo, built by local carpenter and artist Matt Parker, is part of the All People's Trail at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

ADRENALINE MONKEY This indoor adventure center and arcade has endless ways for kids and adults alike to have fun while challenging themselves physically and mentally. Adrenaline Monkey features rock walls, parkour, ninja courses and aerial ropes with options for all ages and fitness levels. Monthly subscriptions are available as well as drop-in tickets and special group rates. (26800 Renaissance Parkway, Orange Village 44128; 216.282.3100; CEDAR LEE THEATRE For decades, the Cedar Lee Theatre has been synonymous with “artsy,” Cleveland’s premier place for viewing independently produced specialty and foreign films. Over the years, the movie house has grown from one screen to six, reflecting the increasing popularity of indie films produced by Hollywood actors and directors breaking out on their own. The theater’s unique conces136

sion stand—the first in the area to offer baked goods, sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks and imported beer and wine—is another big draw for movie goers. (2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118; 216.321.5411; CHAGRIN VALLEY LITTLE THEATRE One of the nation’s oldest community theaters, the all-volunteer Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (CVLT) has been delighting locals with plays and musicals since 1930. The Main Stage at CVLT is the primary venue for most of the theater's productions and special events. The River Street Playhouse, located just down the street, presents more unusual, “edgier” plays, often containing mature themes. (40 River Street, Chagrin Falls 44022; 440.246.8955; DOBAMA THEATRE For 60 years, Dobama Theatre has delivered professional productions of groundbreaking new plays to the

Cleveland area. Each year, the critically acclaimed theater produces six mainstage plays, all either local, regional, Midwest, American or world premieres. In 2014, Dobama became a full-time Equity Theater, one of only three in the region, further enabling it to offer top-notch productions performed and directed by award-winning professionals. (2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118; 216.932.3396; JACK THISTLEDOWN RACINO Awarded a 2019 Best of Racinos designation by Strictly Slots, Jack Thistledown offers all the excitement of live thoroughbred racing May through October, including the Ohio Derby, along with simulcast races from around the country all year long. If gaming is more your thing, the 24/7 racino has over 1,400 state-of-the-art VLT machines for you to test your luck on, plus four restaurants offering both quick bites

PINSTRIPES If you’re looking for an evening of fun with a casually elegant twist, Pinstripes is a great place to get the ball rolling— literally. Bowling, bocce and a bistro serving fine Italian and American cuisine come together at Pinstripes, offering a sophisticated entertainment alternative to the usual night out. Pinstripes is also open daily for lunch and on Sundays for brunch. (Located in Pinecrest, 111 Park Avenue, Orange Village 44122; 216.415.8010; SHAKER ROCKS The area’s newest climbing gym, located in the popular Van Aken District in Shaker Heights, is a gleaming, state-ofthe-art facility featuring 14,000 feet of climbing surfaces, top ropes, auto-belays and bouldering, plus a yoga studio, fitness and training space, gear shop, private party room, outdoor patio and locker rooms with showers. The gym attracts serious climbers, first-timers,

SOUTH CHAGRIN RESERVATION Hike along hemlock-lined streams and sandstone ridges, explore the banks of a state-designated Scenic River, and picnic at one of seven picnic areas at this Cleveland Metroparks reservation on the eastern rim of the Emerald Necklace. The park’s most well-known feature, Henry

Church Rock, was carved by artist and blacksmith Henry Church in 1885 on a boulder jutting into the Chagrin River. The detailed work depicts a woman with a shell behind her, a quiver of arrows, a serpent, an eagle, a dog, a skeleton and a baby in a papoose. Challenge yourself to find them all! Or visit Look About Lodge, a log cabin built in 1938 by the Cleveland Natural Science Club and used today as a year-round outdoor education center. (440.473.3370; parks/visit/parks/south-chagrin-reservation)

The 24/7 Jack Thistledown Racino has over 1,400 state-of-the-art VLT machines for you to test your luck on. PINSTRIPES

NATURE CENTER AT SHAKER LAKES This nonprofit preserve, a 20-acre marsh and woodland habitat in the heart of the Shaker Parklands, is a small urban oasis with a legendary backstory. The Nature Center was formed in the 1960s as a way to stop a proposed freeway system that would have cut through Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights, irrevocably changing the character of these suburbs. Residents still celebrate that victory, cherishing the park’s admission-free visitor center and walking trails, including the new All People’s Trail—an artfully designed, wheelchair-friendly boardwalk through the marsh. The Nature Center’s educational programs, summer camps and naturalist-led “B’earthday” parties are also popular among residents and non-residents alike. (2600 South Park Boulevard, Cleveland 44120; 216.321.593;

families and anyone who’s ready to “rock on”! (3377 Warrensville Center Road, Shaker Heights 44122; 216.848.0460;


and fine dining. (21501 Emery Road, North Randall 44128; 216.662.8600;

Pinstripes' upstairs patio is a unique spot to get together for your next night on the town.



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Chippewa Creek, in the northern section of Brecksville Reservation, flows through a remarkable gorge that was left behind by the glaciers that once covered this area.

BRECKSVILLE RESERVATION The largest of the 18 Cleveland Metroparks reservations, Brecksville boasts scenic overlooks, historical landmarks, waterfalls, an archery range, the Brecksville Historical Society’s Squire Rich Home & Museum, two golf courses, a nature center and borders the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The park is deeply cut by seven gorges with different soil and sunlight conditions, fostering the growth of unusual and endangered plants. Chippewa Creek, flowing through the northern section of the reservation, is an excellent example of the work left behind by the glaciers that once covered this area. (9000 Chippewa Road, Brecksville 44141; 440.526.1012; THE BRECKSVILLE THEATRE Formed from two founding theaters that merged in 2017, the Brecksville Theatre prides itself on engaging the community through arts education and offering performances and programs that 138

are inclusive, engaging and reflective of the community’s diversity. The sevenshow season is a mix of classics and newer works, including comedies, musicals and children’s plays. The theater also offers spring-break and summer camps for aspiring young thespians. (49 Public Square, Brecksville 44141; 440.736.7749; BROADVIEW HEIGHTS SPLASH PARK During the summertime, this 3,000-square-foot community splash pad offers a free, fun and safe way for the little ones to cool down with a variety of spray features and fountains. The Splash Park, funded in part through a NatureWorks Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, is also conveniently located right next to the Broadview Heights Community Playground, which includes a skate park, concession stand, pavilion and restrooms. (9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights 44147;

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS SPOTLIGHTS The Broadview Heights Spotlights is a local theater group offering a variety of performance-related activities for all ages. Musicals, comedies, dramas and concerts grace the stage of its performance studio in the Cultural Arts Building on the Broadview Center Campus. The Broadview Heights Spotlights also offers theater camps, music classes and voice lessons. (9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights 44147; 440.526.4404; CLEVELAND METROPARKS CANALWAY CENTER Discover the connection between nature and cultural history at this visitor center located in the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. CanalWay Center features a canal boat play area, a bird viewing room, examples of native and invasive wildlife species, educational programs and, of course, information about the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. (4524 E. 49th Street, Cuyahoga Heights 44125; 216.206.1000;



7 and older for Forest EscAPE. Perfect for birthday parties, family trips, scout groups, school outings, and corporate team building. This is a seasonal business, running April-November. (16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville 44136; OBM ARENA With two NHL-sized sheets of ice, OBM Arena is not your usual city "skating rink." They offer public skating (with reasonably priced skate rentals) as well as Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play Hockey classes. In addition to classes and open skate, the Arena is home to local schools for hockey games and tournaments, and adult hockey leagues. There's also space for private parties, a full-service bar and better-than-average food. If you're ready to hit the ice, you can get your fill year-round at this facility. (15381 Royalton Road, Strongsville, 44136; 440.268.2800;


GO APE! ZIPLINE & ADVENTURE PARK Get in touch with your wild side while exploring the wilds of Northeast Ohio. Located within the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation, this unique outdoor adventure park offers numerous gravity-conquering experiences: The Treetop Adventure, a two-to-three-hour aerial course including suspended obstacles, rope ladders, Tarzan swings, and five epic ziplines; the Treetop Discovery, an abridged (90-minute) version of our Treetop Adventure course; Axe Throwing, a one-hour session in which you’ll learn how to hurl an axe at a wooden target with enough accuracy and force to make it stick; and Forest EscAPE, a one-hour outdoor escape room activity that challenges participants to work together using your best problem-solving skills in a fun and immersive natural environment. Participants must be 10 years of age or older for the Adventure, Discovery, and Axe Throwing; and age

Go Ape! is a unique outdoor adventure park offering numerous gravity-conquering experiences.

Cleveland Metroparks Canalway Center provides activities and educational programs.



During the summertime, the 3,000-square-foot Broadview Heights Splash Park offers a free, fun and safe way for little ones to cool down.

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Akron Area Discover a place where the wheels of innovation have been turning, literally, since Charles Goodyear patented the vulcanization process that led to rubber automobile tires. With the city of Akron at its hub, the tri-county region of Summit, Portage and Medina counties welcomes you home.


The Ohio & Erie Canalway in Downtown Akron Photo: Andre Carrotflower



LIVING HERE Akron Area Communities

About 30 miles south of Cleveland, midway along the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway, lies one of the best-kept secrets of the Great Lakes region. In its heyday, Akron was the undisputed Rubber Capital of the World, with manufacturing giants B.F. Goodrich, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Firestone and General Tire dominating the landscape and economy. Today, Akron remains known as the City of Invention, a world-renowned center of polymer research and development and a trucking industry hub with easy access to a network of superhighways. Yet the city is also surrounded by lakes and rivers teeming with wildlife, 10,500 acres of Summit County Metro Parks and the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


Akron is the county seat of Summit County, the fourth largest county in Ohio population-wise. Along with Portage County to the east and Medina County to the west, the region offers a wide range of urban, suburban and rural living options, a growing economy, highly regarded educational and cultural institutions and a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities, all in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley.

The Goodyear blimp flies over the company headquarters in Downtown Akron.

IN THIS SECTION • AKRON NEIGHBORHOODS..................................................................144 • SUMMIT COUNTY COMMUNITIES....................................................146 • PORTAGE COUNTY COMMUNITIES.................................................150 • MEDINA COUNTY COMMUNITIES....................................................152 SOURCES: All information is from 2021, 2020, 2021,,, 2021, 2021, 2019, or 2021, unless otherwise noted.



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Downtown Akron is home to The University of Akron, which enrolls approximately 20,000 students.

DOWNTOWN AKRON • Population: 4,392 • Median Household Income: $22,885 • Median Home Value: $85,087 The city’s oldest commercial district has transformed into a vibrant neighborhood ideal for today’s young professionals and those craving a taste of urban living. By combining hip restaurants, coffee houses and clubs with new and recently restored offices, apartments, townhouses, lofts and condominiums, Akron has established a modern-day community committed to revitalizing the downtown culture. Easy access to museums, the library, concert halls, galleries and more adds to its appeal. It is also home to The University of Akron, with approximately 20,000 enrolled students. U of A’s many programs offer additional benefits of downtown living. For more information, contact Downtown Akron Partnership at 330.374.7676; ELLET • Population: 16,174 • Median Household Income: $48,251 • Median Home Value: $101,191 144

Ellet residents take pride in the suburban feel of this large neighborhood situated southeast of the city center. Ellet not only offers stable housing prices and abundant newer single-family homes but some of the best schools within the Akron Public Schools system. Ellet is also the home of Derby Downs, where the All-American Soap Box Derby takes place every summer, drawing visitors from around the world. For more information, contact City of Akron at 330.375.2311; FAIRLAWN HEIGHTS • Population: 3,817 • Median Household Income: $74,272 • Median Home Value: $267,789 This small, affluent neighborhood nestled on a hillside northwest of downtown Akron is known for its elegant, early-to-mid-century houses on large, wooded lots. Once home to the Quaker Oats heiress, today Fairlawn Heights offers easy access to I-77 and attractive retail, office and apartment

developments. For more information, contact Fairlawn Heights Neighborhood Association at FIRESTONE PARK • Population: 15,255 • Median Household Income: $42,403 • Median Home Value: $84,313 Firestone Park is the legacy of Harvey Firestone, who, back in the 1930s, planned this neighborhood of tree-lined boulevards, diverse architectural styles and a central park to provide housing for his tire and rubber factory workers. Today, Firestone Park remains one of Akron’s most stable neighborhoods, with well-maintained homes and a growing commercial district along Aster Avenue. The park itself, shaped like the original Firestone shield emblem, remains the heart of the community. With easy access to I-77 and I-277, Firestone Park is as convenient as it is livable. For more information, contact g r e a t s t r e e t s a k r o n . c o m /d i s t r i c t / firestone-park.

HIGHLAND SQUARE • Population: 10,600 • Median Household Income: $62,685 • Median Home Value: $114,872 Located 12 minutes northwest of Akron, this hip urban neighborhood is favored by locals for its artsy atmosphere and walkability. Antique shops, affordable eateries, an organic grocery store, the historic art-deco Highland Theater movie house and a mix of single-family homes and modern apartment complexes make Highland Square especially popular among artists and young professionals. The annual PorchRokr Music & Arts Festival draws visitors from all over Northeast Ohio. For more information, contact Highland Square Neighborhood Association at MERRIMAN VALLEY • Population: 7,568 • Median Household Income: $58,718 • Median Home Value: $104,572 This affluent neighborhood northwest of downtown, situated along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, mingles memories of Ohio's past with upscale retail businesses, restaurants and bars.


A canopy of trees shades a portion of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park towpath that runs through the Merriman Valley.

The Merriman Valley prides itself as the Gateway to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Houses represent a wide range of range of architectural styles, from large Colonial and Georgian to Spanish and Renaissance Revival, many with wooded lots. For more information, contact NORTH HILL • Population: 26,422 • Median Household Income: $40,186 • Median Home Value: $131,607 First settled by Italian immigrants, this primarily single-family residential neighborhood is now a diverse community blending many different cultures. Plenty of Italian restaurants and markets maintain North Hill’s original flavor and tradition. The community is bordered on the west by Cascade Valley Metro Park, on the east by Gorge Metro Park and on the north by Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, contact City of Akron at 330.375.2311; NORTHWEST AKRON • Population: 11,697 • Median Household Income: $75,005 • Median Home Value: $194,690 Bordered by Sand Run Metro Park to the north, Fairlawn Country Club to the west and Portage Country Club to the south, Northwest Akron offers stately, well-kept homes on large lots, with

apartment buildings along Portage Path, in the Valley, and in the North Hawkins area. Many of the homes were originally built at the turn of the 20th century for Akron’s “Rubber Barons”; in fact, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens—the former estate of F.A. Seiberling, one of the co-founders of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.—is located here and is a popular tourist attraction. For more information, contact City of Akron at 330.375.2311; WALLHAVEN • Population: 3,118 • Median Household Income: $70,301 • Median Home Value: $161,175 Northwest of downtown Akron, situated at the intersections of Market Avenue, Exchange Street and Hawkins Avenue, Wallhaven is a commercial and residential district that offers a diverse mix of people, businesses and home options. Modest, well-maintained single-family homes dominate the area east of Hawkins, with a more varied mix west of it. Hardesty Park, Forest Lodge Park and the Northwest Community Center nearby offer recreational opportunities. For more information, contact 145


GOODYEAR HEIGHTS • Population: 21,088 • Median Household Income: $49,850 • Median Home Value: $80,632 Akron’s most historic neighborhood serves as a local landmark and reminder of Akron’s heyday as the Rubber Capital of the World. Goodyear founder Frank Seiberling built Goodyear Heights in the early 1900s to improve living conditions for his workers. Today the neighborhood retains most of its original, small-town atmosphere, with mature trees, winding streets and small parks that provide a restful green oasis within the city. Goodyear Heights, in fact, has more open and public parkland than any other neighborhood in Akron, including Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Homes range from English Cottages to Colonials to Craftsman Bungalows to Tudor Revivals, perfect for young families and empty nesters alike. For more information, contact Historic Goodyear Heights at


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Beau's on the River in the Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls serves up amazing food and unforgettable scenery.

BARBERTON • Population: 25,953 • Median Household Income: $42,831 • Median Home Value: $86,800 Situated southwest of Akron, around a beautiful natural lake left behind by the last glacial retreat, Barberton is a mix of older homes on quiet streets and a burgeoning downtown arts district. Barberton was founded at a time when Ohio was bustling with growth from the Industrial Revolution. Today’s Barberton, still nicknamed the Magic City, is undergoing rebirth and rejuvenation, with new jobs in the education, health care and technology sectors and a large investment in schools, infrastructure and recreational facilities. For more information, contact City of Barberton at 330.753.6611; BATH TOWNSHIP • Population: 9,657 • Median Household Income: $109,544 • Median Home Value: $329,100 This affluent rural community just north of Akron proudly retains its rich history, on display along the Heritage Corridors 146

of Bath, an Ohio Scenic Byway. The byway connects three charming hamlets—Hammonds Corners, Bath Center and Ghent—featuring numerous sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Most homes are built on lots of an acre or more. Part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies within Bath Township, including the Old Trail School, an independent day school for grades preK-8, centered around environmental education and the philosophies of John Dewey and Maria Montessori. Also located in Bath is Hale Farm and Village, a renowned living-history museum operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society. For more information, contact Bath Township at 330.666.4007; BOSTON HEIGHTS • Population: 1,071 • Median Household Income: $120,250 • Median Home Value: $397,500 With over one third of the village located within Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Boston Heights is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail runs the length of the village,

and Boston Mills & Brandywine Ski Resorts are just three miles down the road. Boston Heights also offers easy access to the Ohio Turnpike and State Route 8 and has a strong commercial base. It’s the corporate headquarters for national home furnishings brand Arhaus and boasts a brand-new retail center anchored by Costco and Bass Pro. For more information, contact Village of Boston Heights at 330.650.4111; COPLEY • Population: 17,282 • Median Household Income: $92,705 • Median Home Value: $219,900 Situated near the Summit-Medina County border west of Akron, Copley is a mix of quiet residential neighborhoods, old-time farms and boutique businesses. Most of Copley Township falls within the highly rated Copley-Fairlawn City School District, which is rated #2 in Summit County by and received a 2019 Beacon’s Best Award from readers of the Akron Beacon Journal. For more information, contact Copley Township at 330.666.1853;

FAIRLAWN • Population: 7,514 • Median Household Income: $67,598 • Median Home Value: $171,700 With homes ranging from two-bedroom bungalows to spacious, traditional Colonials across a wide price range, this community northeast of Akron offers quick access to Interstates 76 and 77. The school district, which Fairlawn shares with Copley Township, is rated #2 in Summit County by and received a 2019 Beacon’s Best Award from readers of the Akron Beacon Journal. For more information, contact City of Fairlawn at 330.668.9500;


Located in Bath Township, Hale Farm and Village is a renowned living-history museum operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society. CITY OF HUDSON

CUYAHOGA FALLS • Population: 49,106 • Median Household Income: $57,101 • Median Home Value: $127,600 The second-largest city in Summit County, located on the southern elbow of the Cuyahoga River where it bends north toward Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls offers not only spectacular natural beauty but some of the best municipal services in the region, outstanding public schools and an award-winning downtown riverfront district. Part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is within Cuyahoga Falls. The city is proud of its “Tree City USA” status and culture of environmental awareness, as well as its 25 neighborhood parks and Blossom Music Center, summer home to the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. New homeowners even receive a welcome packet containing over $2,800 worth of free and discounted goods from local businesses. For more information, contact City of Cuyahoga Falls at 330.971.8000;

The historic buildings lining downtown Hudson’s North Main Street reflect a distinct East Coast influence.

GREEN • Population: 25,752 • Median Household Income: $75,566 • Median Home Value: $201,200 Affluent and rural in feel, Green is situated halfway between Akron and Canton, offering a diverse housing market and the convenience of being home to Akron-Canton Airport. Green also features five golf courses, two full-service hospitals and numerous public parks, including Ariss Dog Park, the southern portion of Portage Lakes State Park and world-class soccer and lacrosse fields at Springhill Sports Complex. For more information, contact City of Green at 333.896.5500; HUDSON • Population: 22,237 • Median Household Income: $134,963 • Median Home Value: $345,500 Historic buildings line downtown

Hudson’s North Main Street, reflecting a distinctly East Coast influence, while the city’s economic sector thrives due to a strong tech- and business-friendly environment. Large companies headquartered in Hudson include Little Tikes and JOANN Fabric & Crafts. Families are drawn to the city’s top-notch schools: Hudson City Schools are ranked #1 in Summit County by, and students from all over the country attend Western Reserve Academy, an independent boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Ranked #4 on the 2019 Best Cities to Live in Ohio, Hudson is conveniently located near Interstate 80, State Route 8 and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For more information, contact City of Hudson at 330.650.1799; Continued on next page



COVENTRY TOWNSHIP • Population: 10,934 • Median Household Income: $56,765 • Median Home Value: $129,400 Surrounded by the numerous lakes of Portage Lakes State Park, Coventry Township is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The excellent school system and the natural beauty of the area make it an ideal residential community year-round, as well as a popular place for a summer home For more information, contact Coventry Township at 330.644.0785;

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MOGADORE • Population: 3,536 • Median Household Income: $65,852 • Median Home Value: $126,300 Small, historic and family-oriented, Mogadore lies to the east of Akron. The Little Cuyahoga River flows through this former mill town, which features modest, older homes, quiet streets and some light industry on main thoroughfares. Mogadore is proud of its unique heritage; the town once served as a station on the Underground Railroad and was also a major center of fine pottery production, after vast clay beds were discovered in the late 1820s. Today, any pottery with a Mogadore stamp is highly coveted on the antiques market. For more information, contact Village of Mogadore at 330.628.4896; MUNROE FALLS • Population: 5,063 • Median Household Income: $66,333 • Median Home Value: $160,800 The Cuyahoga River and the Summit County Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail run through Munroe Falls, a charming, family-friendly bedroom community comprising less than three square miles on the Summit-Portage County line. Munroe Falls is part of the Stow-Monroe Falls City School District and offers affordable, upscale housing just five miles from Kent State University. For more information, contact City of Munroe Falls at 330.688.7491; 148


MACEDONIA • Population: 12,000 • Median Household Income: $97,440 • Median Home Value: $223,400 Macedonia prides itself on being “The Crossroads of Northeast Ohio,” with easy access to I-480, I-271, I-80 and State Route 8, midway between Akron and Cleveland. According to, Macedonia is one of the top ten safest communities in Ohio. It also has one of the largest city-owned park systems in Ohio, at over 325 acres, as well as a 55,000-square-foot Family Recreation Center. Macedonia is part of the Nordonia Hills City School District. For more information, contact City of Macedonia at 330.468.8300;

The Macedonia Family Recreation Center offers a lap pool and an activity pool for its members.

NEW FRANKLIN • Population: 14,133 • Median Household Income: $72,866 • Median Home Value: $149,200 New Franklin is one of Ohio’s newest municipalities, located at the southern edge of Summit County. Although New Franklin has a rural feel, three major state routes traverse the city, allowing easy access to nearby attractions. A portion of Portage Lakes State Park also lies in New Franklin, as does the Franklin Trailhead of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail, providing residents with access to the 85-mile-long multipurpose recreational trail. For more information, contact City of New Franklin at 330.882.4324, PENINSULA • Population: 643 • Median Household Income: $106,250 • Median Home Value: $304,200 Small and close-knit, the village of Peninsula retains much of its nineteenth-cen-

tury charm, with lovingly preserved historic homes, interesting shops full of art and collectibles, and the Peninsula Train Depot, where you can hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad along the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Peninsula serves as the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, drawing thousands of visitors a year to the Boston Mill Visitor Center, several hiking trailheads and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail. For more information, contact Village of Peninsula at 330.657.2151; RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP • Population: 3,650 • Median Household Income: $92,243 • Median Home Value: $240,300 Richfield Township is located in the northwest corner of Summit County, bounded by Medina County to the west and Cuyahoga County to the north. Just sixteen miles from Cleveland and fifteen northeast of Akron, Richfield Township enjoys

SAGAMORE HILLS TOWNSHIP • Population: 10,920 • Median Household Income: $86,025 • Median Home Value: $215,600 Considered the northern gateway to Summit County, bordering Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the west, Sagamore Hills is a bucolic bedroom community with a predominance of newer homes and condominiums. The township is 95% residential and prides itself on sound fiscal management, income-tax-free living and access to stunning natural beauty. Winding roads, scenic streams and the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail wind their

way through Sagamore Hills, which is part of the Nordonia Hills City School District. For more information, contact Sagamore Hills Township at 330.467.0900; SILVER LAKE • Population: 2,532 • Median Household Income: $108,958 • Median Home Value: $227,600 Silver Lake is a quaint village developed around two scenic lakes that offer ample recreational opportunities. Home to the Silver Lake Country Club, this quiet community has upscale homes as well as more moderately priced offerings and is part of the Cuyahoga Falls School District. For more information, contact Village of Silver Lake at 330.923.5233; SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP • Population: 14,510 • Median Household Income: $56,616 • Median Home Value: $112,200 Nestled between the Little Cuyahoga


easy access to both metropolitan areas; several major highways, including Interstates 77, 271 and 80 (the Ohio Turnpike), cross through it. Homes are built on large lots, and neighborhoods retain a rural feel that reflects the township’s history as a farming community. For more information, contact Village of Richfield at 330.659.9201;

River and the Tuscarawas River in the gently rolling hills immediately southeast of Akron, Springfield Township is conveniently located five miles from AkronCanton Airport. Springfield Lake, in the center of the township, is one of the largest glacial lakes found in Northeast Ohio and offers ample recreational opportunities for boaters and anglers. For more information, contact Springfield Township at 330.794.1739; STOW • Population: 35,785 • Median Household Income: $73,201 • Median Home Value: $181,400 Stow is Summit County’s third-largest city, with a very competitive housing market. It is part of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District. Family-friendly activities and recreational facilities abound, including the 7.5-acre Bow Wow Beach Dog Park, Fox Den Golf Course and Silver Spring Campground, one of only Continued on next page

Macedonia…A Great Place To Live and a Thriving Place to Conduct Business Macedonia is a unique edge City in the heart of Northeast Oho where development and lifestyle opportunities abound. Officially registered and recognized by the State of Ohio and the Ohio Historical Society as “The Crossroads of Northeast Ohio”. The community is comprised of 12,000 residents, has a substantial tax base centrally located within the region, comprised of nearly 700 service-related and light industrial companies. The interchange of I-271, I-480 and I-77 are readily accessible to every major residential suburb and market in Northeast Ohio. • Fire Safety Force boasting an ISO Fire Rating of ‘2’ • City’s three parks offer 350 acres of ballfields, picnic areas playgrounds and hiking trails • Longwood Park - one of the largest city-owned parks in the State of Ohio • Longwood Manor House – an Historical landmark • Close proximity to Cuyahoga Valley National Park • Nordonia Hills School System – excellent educational technology and vocational-technical options via the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center • Macedonia Family Recreation Center – swimming pool, fitness equipment, meetings rooms, youth sports, aquatics, yoga and other program offerings

Mission Statement…

The City is committed to protect, service and enhance the standard of living for all residents together with providing a positive and healthy working environment for its businesses. ~Mayor Nicholas Molnar City of Macedonia • 9691 Valley View Road • Macedonia, OH 44056 • 330.468.8322 •


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a few municipally-operated campgrounds in Ohio. Stow is located on the Summit-Portage County line, just west of the vibrant collegetown of Kent. For more information, contact City of Stow at 330.689.2700;

AURORA • Population: 16,338 • Median Household Income: $97,848 • Median Home Value: $272,300 Located in the northwest corner of Portage County, this affluent rural community is favored for its easy commute to both Akron and Cleveland, its top-rated school district, beautifully maintained properties and newer housing developments. Walden, a luxury community within Aurora, offers upscale, custom-tailored homes, an award-winning spa, an elegant inn and a prestigious golf club. Residents of Aurora also enjoy proximity to Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, one of Northeast Ohio’s two outlet malls. For more information, contact City of Aurora at 330.562.6131;

TALLMADGE • Population: 17,622 • Median Household Income: $75,864 • Median Home Value: $172,900 Directly adjacent to the city of Akron, on the Summit-Portage County border, Tallmadge offers a wide variety of housing opportunities, convenient shopping areas and numerous recreational facilities, including a 100,000 square-foot health, fitness and recreation center and the Summit Metro Parks Freedom Trail. These, coupled with an excellent school system and large tracts of desirable residential, commercial and industrial lands set aside for development, make Tallmadge attractive to families and professionals alike. A small part of the city falls in Portage County. For more information, contact City of Tallmadge at 330.633.0857; TWINSBURG • Population: 18,856 • Median Household Income: $76,674 • Median Home Value: $218,200 Located halfway between Akron and Cleveland, Twinsburg has evolved from its rural roots into a vibrant suburban community with an expanding commercial center, a variety of housing options and acres of peaceful parkland connected by a 4.4-mile Center Valley Loop Trail. Twinsburg has been listed as one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. by both CNN Money Magazine and Founded by a set of dentical twins from Connecticut in 1819, the town is famous for its annual Twins Day Festival, the world’s largest annual gathering of twins and multiples. For more information, contact City of Twinsburg at 330.425.7161; 150

GARRETTSVILLE • Population: 2,406 • Median Household Income: $53,068 • Median Home Value: $169,300 Founded as a mill town in the mid-1800s, this village in northeastern Portage County retains its rural character in the midst of Northeast Ohio’s rapid growth. Garrettsville features many Victorian and colonial homes, as well as shops and businesses that date back to the town’s early days. Garrettsville is served by the James A. Garfield Local Schools, one of the best in Portage County according to Residents also enjoy hiking and biking on the 8.5-mile Portage Park District Headwaters Trail. For more information, contact Village of Garrettsville at 330.687.9637; HIRAM • Population: 1,294 • Median Household Income: $69,853 • Median Home Value: $200,000 This charming college town in northern Portage County is surrounded by rolling farmland, just west of the upper portion of the Cuyahoga River. Residents of Hiram enjoy low property taxes, plentiful outdoor recreation and highly regarded public schools. At the heart of the community, both literally and figuratively, is Hiram College, a nationally ranked liberal arts college offering undergraduate, graduate, adult-undergraduate and other educational programs. For more information, contact Village of Hiram at 330.569.7677; KENT • Population: 29,646 • Median Household Income: $32,993 • Median Home Value: $146,700 As the largest city in Portage County and the home of Kent State University, Kent enjoys all the culture and vibrancy of a progressive college town while retaining the low cost of living and accessibility of Northeast Ohio. Colorful murals and public art adorn the city streets; festivals and live music keep people hopping. The university adds around 30,000 seasonal students to the city’s population and is also home to Kent State University Museum, one of the world’s largest collections of historic and contemporary garments and textiles, and the May 4 Visitor Center, commemorating the fatal shootings of four student protestors more than 50 years ago. For more information, contact City of Kent at 330.678.8007; MANTUA VILLAGE • Population: 1,150 • Median Household Income: $49,141 • Median Home Value: $147,700 Mantua (pronounced "MAN-a-way") is located 20 miles northeast of Akron, along one of the most scenic stretches of the Upper Cuyahoga River, yet with easy access to

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP • Population: 5,280 • Median Household Income: $72,718 • Median Home Value: $166,600 Randolph Township is a medium-size community in southern Portage County and part of the Waterloo Local School District. Randolph Township is best known for hosting the annual Portage County Fair, which includes a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls and all your other favorite features of a classic county fair. For more information, contact Randolph Township at 330.325.3101; ROOTSTOWN • Population: 8,188 • Median Household Income: $71,440 • Median Home Value: $178,000 This rural, family-oriented community 17 miles east of Akron is conveniently located at the Interstate 76/State Route 44 interchange. Rootstown is home to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), a fully accredited university offering degrees in medicine, pharmacy

and health sciences. Residents of Rootstown also enjoy boating, picnicking and camping at West Branch State Park, which encompasses 5,352 acres of land and 2,650 acres of water. For more information, contact Rootstown Township at 330.325.9560; STREETSBORO • Population: 16,478 • Median Household Income: $65,742 • Median Home Value: $148,000 Streetsboro offers residents a close-knit community, affordable housing and proximity to Interstate 480 and the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). Streetsboro's popular theatre program, THRIVE, encourages students and community members to create and stage live performances. Boulder Creek Golf Club is located in Streetsboro, as is the Tinker’s Creek Area of Liberty Park, which features archery, boating and fishing. For those who enjoy overnighting in the great outdoors, there is the Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA campground. Residents also enjoy all the amenities and cultural attractions of nearby Kent to the south and Hudson to the west. For more information, contact City of Streetsboro at 330.626.4942;


RAVENNA • Population: 11,361 • Median Household Income: $42,382 • Median Home Value: $98,600 This centrally located seat of Portage County has experienced rapid growth and a downtown revival in recent years. Founded over two centuries ago, today the community boasts a tasteful mix of contemporary and historic buildings, a wide selection of housing options and a diverse economy. Many Ravenna residents commute to Akron and Cleveland, while others are employed by local manufacturers, county government or University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. Ravenna is also known for its annual Balloon-a-Fair hot air balloon festival, which attracts thou-

sands of visitors each year. For more information, contact City of Ravenna at 330.296.6326,


the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). A popular destination for paddlers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts, Mantua also boasts highly rated schools, the annual Art on the Hill festival, the western terminus of the Portage Park District Headwaters Trail, and a growth plan managed carefully by the village’s downtown revitalization committee. For more information, contact Village of Mantua at 330.274.8776;

Kent enjoys all of the vibrancy of a college town; colorful murals and public art adorn the city streets; and festivals and live music keep people engaged — like this summer concert at Hometown Bank Plaza.



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Medina's Candlelight Walk draws thousands of visitors each year eager to kick off their holiday season with a parade, fireworks, Christmas lights, shopping for gifts, and more.

BRUNSWICK • Population: 34,604 • Median Household Income: $69,764 • Median Home Value: $180,491 Brunswick is the largest city in Medina County, just south of Cleveland on Interstate 71 and convenient to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Still, it retains its small-town, community-oriented vibe, having been listed as one of the top ten towns in the U.S for families by Family Circle Magazine (2008) and among the top ten safest cities in Ohio according to (2019). Cuyahoga Community College and The University of Akron have campuses in Brunswick, and University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth all have medical facilities here. With strong commercial and industrial sectors, attracted by highway access and workforce training opportunities, Brunswick is experiencing 152

growth in the business sector. Yet it also has over 335 acres of green space and a highly rated school system—including a new, state-of-the-art middle school. For more information, contact City of Brunswick at 330.225.9144; CHIPPEWA LAKE • Population: 755 • Median Household Income: $69,125 • Median Home Value: $136,700 This neighborly community in southern Medina County is located on one of the largest natural inland lakes in Ohio. Chippewa Lake Park, originally developed in the late 1800s as a prosperous vacation resort, offers residents ample recreational amenities and even boasts its own waterski show team. The village of Chippewa Lake is surrounded by Lafayette Township (see entry for Lafayette Township) and is served by the Cloverleaf Local School

District. For more information, contact Village of Chippewa Lake at 330.769.3895; GRANGER TOWNSHIP • Population: 4,639 • Median Household Income: $91,675 • Median Home Value: $283,900 With 2020 marking the 200th anniversary of Granger Township, this community on the eastern edge of the county retains its rural charm while boasting easy access to Interstates 71 and 271. Upscale homes make Granger an attractive location for executives from the Akron and Cleveland areas, while families appreciate the excellent schools. Granger is served by the Highland Local School District, ranked #1 in Medina County by Overall, Granger Township receives an A from for its family-friendliness and housing options. For more information, contact Granger Township at 330.239.3611;

LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP • Population: 5,825 • Median Household Income: $74,798 • Median Home Value: $185,500 Situated immediately southwest of the city of Medina, Lafayette Township features excellent roads and ready access to a wide array of shopping venues and conveniences while retaining a relaxed and rural flavor. The Township boasts the largest natural lake in Ohio, the historic and scenic Chippewa Lake, which is preserved as part of the Medina County Park District. Lafayette Township has recently developed a Technology Park, featuring the Medina County University Center affiliated with The University of Akron. The University Center brings together a unique blend of traditional college coursework and workforce development programs. For more information, contact Lafayette Township at 330.725.6515; LITCHFIELD TOWNSHIP • Population: 3,388 • Median Household Income: $84,598 • Median Home Value: $205,300 Residents of this small, unincorporated

community nine miles northwest of Medina enjoy a rural, family-oriented lifestyle. Litchfield is served by the Buckeye School District and offers many programs and activities for youth. The heart of Litchfield is Circle Park, where residents gather for ice cream socials, holiday celebrations and band concerts. The Litchfield Town Band, founded in 1901, was recently honored by the Ohio History Center with a historical marker next to the park’s gazebo. For more information, contact Litchfield Township at 330.723.6966; LODI • Population: 2,857 • Median Household Income: $39,453 • Median Home Value: $129,000 With small-town charm, wonderful parks and many retailers, dining establishments and service providers for residents to choose from, Lodi offers affordability with easy access to Interstates 71 and 76. Lodi also boasts a hospital that is part of the Cleveland Clinic Akron General health system, a state-of-the-art branch of Medina County Library, land available for new development and a commitment to commercial and residential growth while preserving the town’s heritage. For more information, contact Village of Lodi at 330.948.2040; MEDINA • Population: 26,523 • Median Household Income: $66,041 • Median Home Value: $187,782 Located 25 miles west of Akron, the city of Medina is also the county seat. Medina was recently recognized as one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine in the categories of Education, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Business Environment and Culture and Heritage, making it an exceptional place to work, raise a family and retire. The city is surrounded by numerous county parks and preserves. It’s also home to acclaimed public, parochial and career-tech schools, an array of respected healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Historic Medina Public Square, which draws thousands of visitors to activities such as the Medina Ice Festival, Candlelight Walk,

Farmers Market and free summer concerts, features picturesque Victorian architecture, charming boutiques and trendy eateries. For more information, contact City of Medina at 330.722.9020;


HINCKLEY TOWNSHIP • Population: 7,967 • Median Household Income: $96,823 • Median Home Value: $318,400 Hinckley, in the northwest corner of Medina County, is known throughout Ohio—and nationally—as the “Home of the Buzzards.” Each spring, the town marks the return of migrating vultures with a celebration that draws as many as 50,000 visitors. However, residents of Hinckley know there is much more to their community than that. With the slogan “Small Town, Big Hearts,” the town takes pride in its community garden, free snowplow removal for seniors and other neighbor-oriented amenities. Nature lovers are also drawn to the area. The stunning Hinckley Reservation, part of the Cleveland Metroparks, is a popular birding spot and features a large lake enjoyed by anglers and paddlesport enthusiasts. For more information, contact Hinckley Township at 330.278.4181;

SEVILLE • Population: 2,673 • Median Household Income: $56,930 • Median Home Value: $140,900 In the gently rolling farmland of southern Medina County, the residents of Seville enjoy all the advantages of rural-suburban living, within minutes from the intersection of Interstates 71 and 76. Settled in 1816, Seville has many century homes and historical sites reflecting its heritage, while residents also enjoy a property tax abatement of up to 50% for new construction (15 years) and renovations (12 years). The center of town is filled with antique shops, boutiques and eateries, and four city parks provide bike trails, ball fields, nature trails and ADA-accessible picnic areas. For more information, contact Village of Seville at 330.769.4146; WADSWORTH • Population: 21,893 • Median Household Income: $71,355 • Median Home Value: $182,625 Wadsworth is located in the southwestern corner of the county, along I-76 between I-77 and I-71, offering an easy commute to Akron. According to the city’s website, Wadsworth is the third-fastest-growing city in Northeast Ohio and the fourth-fastest in the state, with a unique mix of families who have lived here for generations and families who have recently discovered this blossoming city. Wadsworth combines big-city amenities with a charming downtown Main Street. A vibrant business community, a municipal airport, highly rated schools, municipally-owned electric, internet and cable services and a dedicated plan for economic revitalization and historic preservation make Wadsworth is a livable city on the rise. For more information, contact City of Wadsworth at 330.335.1521; 153

Showcasing the classic geology of the region , Brandywine Falls is a picturesque 65-foot waterfall in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. / Photo: Erik Drost



THINGS TO SEE & DO in the Akron Area

Akron and the surrounding tri-county area are full of beautiful parks, fascinating landmarks, trendy nightlife and affordable, accessible entertainment for all ages. Whether you’re artsy or outdoorsy, a night owl or an early riser, seeking solitude or looking for a family adventure, the area offers endless ways to have fun, stay active and meet new people without having to spend all day—or all your money—getting there. Here’s a list of some of our favorite gems, from community theaters to Go-Kart tracks to historic mansions to wildlife preserves. See the Northeast Ohio section of this guide for additional things to do.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House, and its 70 acres of landscaped grounds is open year-round for self-guided tours. (714 North Portage Path, Akron 44303)

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Castle Noel in Downtown Medina is America’s largest indoor, year-round Christmas entertainment center featuring a huge collection of Christmas movie props and costumes.

AKRON GLASS WORKS (Summit County) Located in a beautiful old church near the University of Akron campus, Akron Glass Works is a studio and gallery that offers the opportunity to experience the exciting art of hot glass firsthand. Here you can watch glassblowing demonstrations, attend glassblowing and glass fusing workshops (for ages 15 and up) and shop for specialty gift items in the retail area. Items include original glass jewelry, ornaments, home decor and other art made on-site by local artists. (421 Spicer Street, Akron 44311; 330.253.5888; akronglassworks. com) AKRON ZOO (Summit County) Meet endangered Humboldt penguins, a snow leopard cub and over 700 other animals from around the world at this nonprofit conservation-focused zoo. Its eight exhibit areas include Legends of the Wild, where you can see jaguars, lemurs, flamingos and other colorful species; Pride of Africa, featuring the beauty and wildlife of the savannas of Kenya; Grizzly 156

Ridge, which is home to North American grizzlies, bald eagles, wolves and otters; and Komodo Kingdom, where you can get nose-to-nose with the world’s largest lizard species. (505 Euclid Avenue, Akron 44307; 330.375.2550; ALL-AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY (Summit County) Each July, hundreds of boys and girls from nearly every state and several countries converge on Akron’s Derby Downs Track for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. Derby Downs, managed by the city of Akron, has been the world headquarters for the international event since the early 1930s. You’ll also find the Soapbox Derby Hall of Fame and Museum there. (789 Derby Downs Drive, Akron 44306; 330.733.8723; BRANDYWINE FALLS (Summit County) One of the most popular attractions in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Brandywine Falls, a picturesque 65-foot waterfall showcasing the classic geology of the region. A stairway and obser-

vation deck offer spectacular views of layers of the hard sandstone cap at the top and softer shale layers below it. The observation area is accessible via several hiking trails through the gorge, as well from the parking lot on Brandywine Road. The parking lot also serves as a parking area for the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail. (8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills 44067; 330.657.2752; CASTLE NOEL (Medina County) If you just can’t get enough Christmas (and who can?), Castle Noel in downtown Medina is a must-see. America’s largest indoor, year-round Christmas entertainment center features a huge collection of Christmas movie props and costumes, a dazzling display of animated New York City department-store windows, the nostalgia-inducing “I Had That!” toyland experience and much more. You can even slide down a giant red slide like the one featured in the 1980s film classic A Christmas Story. (260 S. Court Street, Medina 44256; 330.331.6635;


Ride the rails on a scenic excursion through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park alongside the historic Ohio & Erie Canal and the Cuyahoga River.

STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS (Summit County) Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and his family. This nationally recognized American Country Estate celebrates the Seiberling family legacy with unique and engaging opportunities to explore the 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House, 70 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens and grounds; the Gothic Revival Conservatory and Gate Lodge—birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous. (714 North Portage Path, Akron 44303; 330.836.5533;


HALE FARM AND VILLAGE (Summit County) Located halfway between Cleveland and Akron, this working museum helps recreate everyday life as it was in the early 1800s. Connecticut businessman Jonathan Hale built the red brick farmhouse that is still standing. Today, the attraction is managed by the Western Reserve Historical Society and features the farmhouse and over 30 other historic structures, as well as farm animals, heritage gardens and artisan demonstrations including candle-making, glassblowing, pot throwing, weaving, blacksmithing and even broom making. Artists and musicians appear in period costumes, adding to the experience. (2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath 44210; 330.666.3711;

Each July, hundreds of boys and girls from nearly every state and several countries converge on Akron’s Derby Downs Track for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.



CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD (Summit and Cuyahoga Counties) Ride the rails on a scenic excursion through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, alongside the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. Stops are made for shopping, eating and sightseeing. You can even bring your bike aboard so you can take the train one way and pedal back the other (or vice-versa) on the Towpath Trail. Special kid-friendly and holidaythemed excursions, such as the Polar Express, are also offered, and for the 21+ crowd, check out Ales on Rails TM for beer-tasting, Grape Escape for wine-tasting and Dinner on the Train for a four-course chef-prepared meal. (330.439.5708;

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The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm is a 104-acre oasis in Summit County featuring hiking trails, ponds, gardens, a prairie and 300 species of shrubs and trees.

AKRON POLICE MUSEUM Fans of police memorabilia—and pop-cultural artifacts in general—will enjoy the Akron Police Museum, located within the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center. Here you can view photographs and uniforms spanning the department’s history, along with eclectic exhibits including a pair of poker machines and other gambling paraphernalia seized in a raid, photos and newspaper clippings chronicling the capture of bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd in Akron in 1930, old-fashioned lie-detector machines and a vintage Harley Davidson patrol vehicle from the 1970s. (217 S. High Street, Mezzanine Level, Akron 44308; 330.375.2390; F.A. SEIBERLING NATURE REALM Stroll along peaceful trails, explore exhibits at the Visitor Center, chat with a naturalist and meet native wild animals at this 400-acre Summit Metro Parks property. You can even experience the joy of hand-feeding a chickadee! The grounds include a suspension bridge over a 45-foot-deep ravine, several gardens, observation decks, two ponds, wetlands and a tall-grass prairie. Dogs are not permitted. (1828 Smith Road, Akron 44313; 330.865.8065; 158 158

DR. SHIRLA R. MCCLAIN GALLERY OF AKRON’S BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE Get an in-depth look at the history and experiences of African Americans in the greater Akron area and the important role the African-American community played in developing and shaping the region. The gallery, inspired by the work of acclaimed Akron educator and historian Dr. Shirla R. McClain, serves as a showplace for the research activities of The University of Akron Pan African Center for Community Studies. (University of Akron, 22 N. Wolf Ledges Parkway, Akron 44325; 330.972.7030; uak THE GREAT ESCAPE ROOM An escape room is the perfect activity for group bonding. Locked in a room, searching for clues and piecing together the puzzle provides an opportunity for challenge, thrill, camaraderie and teamwork. Various themes include The President’s Bunker, Sherlock Holmes’ Library and more. (323 S. Main Street, Akron 44308; 234.281.2877;

HIGHLAND SQUARE THEATRE This historic art-deco movie house is the centerpiece of Akron’s eclectic Highland Square neighborhood. Built in 1938, the renovated theater features a single oversized screen, a seating capacity of around 600 and showings of first-run movies for just $5. The concession stand is a favorite among locals for offering reasonably priced snacks as well as beer, wine and mixed drinks. (826 W. Market Street, Akron 44303; 330.253.0100; HOWER HOUSE MUSEUM Located on the University of Akron campus, this Second Empire Italianate structure is on the National Historic Landmark registry and is one of the best-preserved examples of its style in the country. The elegant 28-room Victorian mansion features three floors, including a ballroom, and was built in 1871 by Akron industrialist John Henry Hower and his wife, Susan. The home, which is open for public, private and group tours, is filled with unique treasures and furnishings collected by the Hower family during their travels around the world. (60 Fir Hill, Akron 44325; 330.972.6909;


Test your ninja skills on the Warrior Obstacle Course at Akron's Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park, the ultimate indoor family playground!

NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA This independent, nonprofit movie theater was formed in 2014 with the goal of advancing cinema and community together. Open nightly, the cinema provides a classy nightspot to enjoy art-house films, sip a delectable drink and socialize with friends new and old. Films are often introduced by theater employees and may include a discussion before or after the showing. The box office, bar and concessions open 30 minutes prior to the first show. (30 N. High Street, Akron 44308; 330.252.5782;

SUMMIT METRO PARKS FREEDOM TRAIL This paved multipurpose trail follows an unused railroad corridor extending from Eastwood Avenue in Akron to the beginning of the Portage Hike & Bike Trail in Kent. The corridor not only provides a six-mile hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trail, but a linear connection between green spaces for wildlife such as bald eagles, coyote and white-tailed deer. (Middlebury Trailhead: 1765 Northeast Avenue, Tallmadge 44278; Lion’s Park Trailhead: 245 Northeast Avenue, Tallmadge 44278;

URBAN AIR TRAMPOLINE & ADVENTURE PARK For year-round amusement, bounce on over to Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family. In addition to trampolining, you can test your ninja skills on the Warrior Obstacle Course, ride bumper cars, tackle ropes courses and climbing walls, explore the Tubes Playground, fly through the air on the Sky Rider coaster and so much more. (160 Rothrock Loop, Akron 44321; 330.532.7116;

SHAW JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER The “J,” as it’s called, is much more than a fitness facility. It’s a community resource open to people of all backgrounds and walks of life, offering a full aquatics program in its indoor and outdoor pools; early childhood and K-12 classes and camps; basketball, racquetball and tennis courts; Jewish programming and adult education; and social outings. Workplace membership discounts are available. (750 White Pond Drive, Akron 44320; 330.867.7850;

SUMMIT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Summit County Historical Society owns and manages two buildings open for tours: the Perkins Stone Mansion, home of Akron's founding family, and the John Brown House, home of the internationally recognized abolitionist. Tour tickets are sold in the Mutton Hill Gift Shop and include entry to both the Perkins Stone Mansion and the John Brown House. Guests may choose between a guided or self-guided tour. (550 Copley Road, Akron 44320; 330.535.1120;

WEATHERVANE PLAYHOUSE For over 85 years, Weathervane Playhouse has been providing audiences with high-quality, often sold-out productions in an intimate setting. Volunteer performers, designers and technicians have worked under professional direction to produce more than 800 shows during Weathervane’s history. The theater also offers spring and summer Theatre Academies and other educational programming for youth and adults. (1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron 44313; 330.836.2626; 159


The Hower House Museum is one of the best-preserved examples of Second Empire Italianate style in the country.


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Enjoy a unique and casually elegant dining experience amidst Bernie Kosar's favorite (and personal) memorabilia. at Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill inside MGM Northfield Park.

AKRON FOSSILS AND SCIENCE CENTER Got a budding young scientist in your family? Children of all ages can explore our world—past, present and future— on three different tours at this interactive, hands-on learning center. For one price, visitors can hold and touch real fossils on the Fossil Fun Tour, make and take home a replica of a trilobite on the Fossil Replica Making Tour and interact with a live animal collection on the Animal Adventures Tour. The center also offers special programming and events, such as monthly Super Science Saturdays and week-long themed day camps. (2080 S. Massillon Road, Copley 44321; 330.665.3466; BATH EQUESTRIAN CENTER Bath Equestrian Center is a full-care horse facility that offers lessons, boarding and training for dressage, cross-country and show-jumping events for all ages. The Center’s stateof-the-art facility includes top-notch indoor and outdoor arenas and a heated viewing area. Special clinics are also 160

offered several times a year, featuring well-known, accomplished riders. (3315 Shade Road, Bath 44333; 330.715.3400; CUYAHOGA FALLS NATATORIUM This 116,000-square-foot facility is more than just a state-of-the-art aquatics center. In addition to four pools, including a warm-water therapy pool and a 21-person spa, there are two gymnasiums, two racquetball courts, a weight floor, the Fit Kid Circuit and Kids' Castle babysitting area—and that’s just on the main floor. The upper level is equipped with over 200 cardio and fitness machines, a walking track and a fitness circuit. In addition to swim lessons and fitness classes, you can also take Karate and Tai Chi. (2345 Fourth Street, Cuyahoga Falls 44221; 330.971.8080; LIBERTY PARK AND NATURE CENTER Located at the northern end of Liberty Park, a 3,000-acre Summit Metro Park, you’ll find four hiking trails passing picturesque sandstone ledges, a cave, and the Liberty Park Nature Center.

The walkway from the parking lot to the nature center features several interpretive stations that tell the story of the park’s past. Inside, visitors can discover through displays, seasonal exhibits and activities what’s living on the nearby Twinsburg Ledges. The nature center is universally accessible and specially designed for those with low vision and/or sensory impairments. (9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg; 330.487.0493; summitmetroparks; liberty-park.aspx) MAGICAL THEATRE COMPANY This award-wining company is Northeast Ohio's only professional resident and touring theatre for young audiences. The company creates memorable experiences for kids, families and schools through its productions, camps and educational programming. The company employs professional actors, designers and directors whose credentials include work from Broadway to Hollywood. (565 W. Tuscarawas Avenue, Barberton 44203; 330.848.3708;


MGM NORTHFIELD PARK MGM Resorts is an undisputed, worldwide leader in entertainment, and MGM Northfield Park is Northeast Ohio’s award-winning location for gaming, dining and live entertainment. Laugh along with the biggest names in comedy, rock out with music legends up-close-and-personal and enjoy free concerts from local bands. Try your luck at the casino, which has consistently received “Best of Gaming” awards from Casino Player Magazine. Dine at four different restaurants, including the award-winning Kosar’s Wood-fired Grill, featuring authentic memorabilia from legendary quarterback Bernie Kosar. MGM Northfield Park is open 24/7, 365 days a year (Must be 21 years of age to enter). (10777 Northfield Road, Northfield 44067; 330.908.7625; PORTAGE LAKES CRUISES Take in the views of the Portage Lakes on a first-class pontoon boat excursion. Portage Lakes Cruises is a pontoon charter service offering public cruises, private group excursions and themed events, including Afternoon Teas and Sunset Dinners. You can also rent your own pontoon. (530 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319; 330.760.0270; PORTAGE LAKES STATE PARK The many waters and wetlands of Portage Lakes State Park offer visitors a variety of outdoor recreational experiences, including boating, fishing, swimming and hunting. The eight lakes encompass 2,034 acres and consist of both human-made reservoirs and natural bodies of water called “kettle” lakes (formed when ice broke off from retreating glaciers and melted into the depressions). Eight launch ramps provide access to the lakes; all lakes have a 400-horsepower limit, except Nimisila Reservoir, which allows only electric motors, making it ideal for sailing and canoeing. The beach at Turkeyfoot Lake Beach is a favorite spot among swimmers and sunbathers. (530 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319; 330.760.0270;

You'll find four hiking trails at Liberty Park that pass by, and through, towering sandstone ledges.

SPRINGFIELD LAKE ROLLER RINK For good old-fashioned fun on wheels, lace ’em up and get moving! This traditional roller rink is open year-round on the shores of Springfield Lake, offering public sessions, party rentals and themed events throughout each season. Skate rentals are available. (1220 Main Street, Lakemore 44250; 330.733.9026; WATER WORKS FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER Managed by the City of Cuyahoga Falls, this water park is a great place to cool off in summer. The park boasts three pools, five slides, plenty of geysers and water spray features, cabana rentals, concessions and more. It’s a half-million gallons of fun, where you can float on

a lazy river, shoot down slides, swim laps or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful zero-depth pool and landscaping. Open each summer, May through August. (2025 Munroe Falls Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls 44221; 330.971.8433; WESTERN RESERVE PLAYHOUSE Located in a 163-year-old former dairy barn on the Bath-Richfield Township line, this nonprofit theater group performs theatrical productions ranging from mysteries, musicals and comedies to new works and children’s productions. Western Reserve Playhouse boasts a ten-production season in addition to its reoccurring summer education camps for children. (3326 Everett Road, Bath 44286; 330.620.7314; 161


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The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, part of the Portage Park District, is 13 miles of paved trail and serves as a link between several neighborhoods and towns along the Ravenna-Kent-Akron corridor.

DUSTY ARMADILLO Kick up your heels at one of Ohio’s largest country nightspots! Originally built in the 1920's, the 5,000-square-foot, solid maple dance floor offers a great space for line-dancing, two-stepping, east and west coast swing or just grabbing a partner for a slow dance. Dance lessons are offered several nights a week. The Dusty is also where you’ll hear the best local and regional country bands, as well as national acts, performing throughout the week on the Armadillo stage. (3147 State Route 44, Rootstown 44272; 330.325.0647; MIDWAY TWIN DRIVE-IN THEATRE One of only 330 remaining drive-in movie theaters in the U.S., Midway was designed by famed architect Jack K. Vogel and opened in 1945. Pack up your car, bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and catch a high-definition flick under the stars with a side of nostalgia. Midway offers two screens that show double features from May-November. 162

Outside food and drink is allowed for a small fee, and full concessions are onsite. Don't forget a working radio (or use your vehicle's) -- all movie audio is broadcast over FM. One price per carload, and spaces may be reserved ahead of time online. (12100 Kent-Ravenna Rd./State Route 59, Ravenna 44266; 330.296.9829; THE KIRALY FENCING ACADEMY En garde! The Kiraly Fencing Academy offers classes in both Japanese and European swordsmanship. Private and group lessons, demonstrations and seminars are also available. They even offer fencing parties, for an unusual twist on a birthday, corporate outing, or other celebration. (304 North Howard Street, Akron; 330.762.4866; MAY 4 VISITORS CENTER The events of May 4, 1970 placed Kent State University in an international spotlight after a student protest against the Vietnam War ended in tragedy, with

four students losing their lives and nine others being wounded at the hands of the Ohio National Guard. Fifty years later, the May 4 Visitors Center on the university’s campus commemorates the event. Displays include four exhibits honoring each of the students killed. You can also take a walking tour of the site of the shootings, while listening to a documentary narrated by notable civil rights leader Julian Bond. The chapters of the documentary are keyed to the seven Walking Tour trail markers. Listening devices are available for check-out at the Visitor Center and the Kent State University Library. (147 Taylor Hall, 300 Midway Drive, Kent 44242; 330.672.4660; PORTAGE HIKE & BIKE TRAIL The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, part of the Portage Park District, is 13 miles of paved trail and serves as a link between several neighborhoods and towns along the Ravenna-Kent-Akron corridor. The main trail starts east of Downtown Ravenna,



on Peck Road, and connects to Downtown Kent. Another segment begins near Dix Stadium on the Kent State campus and extends to Middlebury Road on the Summit-Portage county line, where you can pick up the Freedom Trail into Tallmadge and Akron. A third short section northwest of Downtown Kent, the Franklin Connector, takes you west from Hudson Road to the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail. (330.297.7728;


The seventh Walking Tour trail marker or the May 4 Visitor Center overlooks Kent State University's commons and the Victory Bell.


Trinity Farm offers riding lessons for children and adults with and without special needs.

West Branch State Park’s 2,650-acre lake is extremely popular with anglers, boaters and swimmers.

TRINITY FARM THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRIAN CENTER Trinity Farm provides a combination of therapeutic, recreational and agricultural programs in an inclusive environment. At this nonprofit facility, people with and without special needs benefit from the physical and emotional rewards of working with horses. Lessons, competitions, group volunteer events, educational events and veterans’ programs are all offered at the facility. Rolling pastures, an outdoor dressage arena, a jump field, walking paths and one of the largest indoor arenas in Northeast Ohio make Trinity Farm a truly special equine center. (7821 Ferguson Road, Streetsboro 44241; 330.618.0654; WEST BRANCH STATE PARK West Branch State Park’s 2,650-acre lake, with its many forks and coves, is extremely popular with anglers, boaters and swimmers, while the park's 5,379-acres of meadows and woodlands provide an excellent backdrop for camping, hiking and horseback riding. The lake is designated for unlimited horsepower; you can rent boats and other watersports equipment at the West Branch Marina (5678 Marina Drive, Ravenna 44266; 330.296.9209). There’s also an 18-hole disc golf course, a nine-hole golf course and a dog park. (5570 Esworthy Road, Ravenna 44266; 330.296.3239; 163

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Race with friends, or the whole family at High Voltage in Medina.

9/11 MEMORIAL Located next to Fire Station No. 1 in Medina, a sculpture featuring a piece of steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers stands in memory of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. There’s a small park surrounding the memorial, including a picnic pavilion and benches, as well as forty boxwood shrubs symbolizing the 40 people who died on United Airlines Flight 93. The plane passed over Medina County at exactly 10:03 a.m. on 9/11, before crashing into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (300 W. Reagan Parkway, Medina 44256) ALIEN VACATION MINI GOLF & SCI-FI MUSEUM Experience the coolest, freakiest, 3D blacklight miniature golf course in the universe! Your journey will take you through 18 holes of Freaky 3D landscapes filled with interactive, animated features an authentic Hollywood movie 164

props from your favorite sci-fi flicks. Halfway through the course, take a break at the Mars Bar, featuring kid-friendly refreshments and alcoholic beverages for grown-ups. (260 S. Court Street, Medina 44256; 330.721.1224; BRUNSWICK LAKE NATURE PRESERVE This park, which includes the Susan Hambley Nature Center, is operated by the Medina County Park District in partnership with the City of Brunswick. The park comprises nearly 80 acres, including the 13.2-acre lake, and features trees that are over 200 years old. Visitors can explore the wooded area on a short nature trail created with the help of the Brunswick High School track and cross-country teams. The trail winds through the forest, passing wetlands inhabited by turtles, frogs, wood ducks and mink. Park naturalists operate the Nature Center, where you can see a

variety of live native Ohio animals, relax and read a book in the library, make a craft in the kids area; or just sit and watch the birds that regularly visit the feeders. (1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick 44212; 330.722.9364; BUCKIN’ OHIO PRO BULL RIDING RODEOS Yee-haw! Once a month, from May to September, Creek Bend Ranch in southwestern Medina County hosts the Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding Rodeo series. Each show features all the adrenaline-inducing excitement of competitive bull riding, barrel racing, bronco busting and “mutton bustin’” for the little ones. Interested in trying your own hand at hanging on for dear life? Sign up for the ranch’s yearly weekend-long Bull-Riding School for ages 18 and over. There’s also Mutton Bustin’ School for ages 5–9. (8154 Garman Road, Burbank 44214; 330.624.7205;



Brunswick Lake is 13.2 acres and is part of the nearly 80-acre Brunswick Lake Nature Preserve.

MEDINA COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER With 110,000 square feet of recreational space, the Medina Rec Center offers everything residents need to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The facility features not only a fitness center but a jogging/walking track, two pools, a field house with four full-size courts, the Rascal Room Child Activity Center and a host of classes, programs and sports leagues for all ages. Whether you’re looking for an early-morning workout, a latenight pickup game or after-school swim lessons for your kids, the Rec Center is where you’ll find just what you need. (855 Weymouth Road, Medina 44256; 330.721.6900; OENSLAGER NATURE CENTER AT ALDERFER-CHATFIELD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Managed by the Medina County Park District, this outdoor learning center offers nature programs for school groups and the general public. The grounds of the center include the Wolf Creek Educational Wetlands area, which has a boardwalk permitting visitors to travel "into" the wetland for study and wildlife viewing. An accessible path makes the wetlands, deep-water pond and prairie areas easy to visit for people of all abilities. Since Wolf Creek is a wildlife sanctuary, pets, fishing, biking and picnicking are not permitted. (6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center 44281; 330.722.9364; parks/oenslager)

Once a month, from May-September, Creek Bend Ranch in Medina County hosts the Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding Rodeo series.

HIGH VOLTAGE INDOOR KARTING A change in weather never has to stop the fun—enjoy indoor entertainment and a rush of adrenaline on an indoor go-kart track complete with monitors throughout that allow racers to check their standings against the competition. Race solo, with friends or with the whole family! (333 Foundry Street, Medina 44256; 330.333.9000;

nestled between Route 18 to the south

LAKE MEDINA Managed by the Medina County Park District, Lake Medina is a hidden oasis

paved trail along Reagan Parkway. (3725

and Granger Road to the north, just west of Interstate 71. Hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing and cross-country skiing are just a few of the activities visitors enjoy here. The 1.2-mile Lake Medina Trail is an asphalt path that follows the west branch of the Rocky River and connects to the city of Medina’s Medina Road, Medina 44256; 330.722.9364;

SCENE75 ENTERTAINMENT CENTER Looking for an action-packed family outing or a place to let loose with your friends? Scene75, the largest indoor entertainment centers in the country, offers incredible indoor attractions including: Go-Karts, laser tag, 150+ arcade games, mini-bowling, blacklight mini-golf, bumper cars, bouncing inflatables, virtual reality, a 4D Motion Theater and more. Best of all, there’s no admission charge, so you can customize your fun and spend as much or as little time as you have, doing just what you want to do. (3688 Center Road, Brunswick 44212; 234.803.1100; 165

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Canton Area Convenience, affordability, a hometown vibe and a downtown district on the rise—that’s what you’ll find in the heart of Stark County, an hour south of Lake Erie.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame is Canton's crown jewel.



LIVING HERE Canton Area Communities

If the Canton area isn’t on your radar, we recommend you take a closer look. Football fans have been flocking here for nearly six decades to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but locals know there’s so much more to Stark County—Northeast Ohio’s thirdlargest population center—than a building full of bronze busts and Super Bowl memorabilia.


Friendly communities with abundant housing options, access to major highways and airports, over 9,000 acres of parkland, fascinating cultural and historical attractions, and the Stark County Arts Council (a.k.a. “Arts in Stark”) make Canton and the surrounding communities one of the best-kept secrets of the region.

Aerial view of Downtown Canton, and the “Trumpeters of Justice” atop the Stark County Courthouse.

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This large domed mausoleum is the final resting place of William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States. McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio but he called Canton home throughout his adult life.

CITY OF CANTON • Population: 70,447 • Median Household Income: $32,287 • Median Home Value: $71,100 In addition to being the birthplace of American professional football, a hub of industry and the county seat of Stark County, Canton is a city on the rise. The downtown area has been experiencing a wave of development, attracting more and more residents interested in urban living. According to a December 2019 article in Crain’s Cleveland Business, “…there's a definite air of optimism, with people moving into new luxury apartments, a major new hotel and events center slated for [2020], and potentially more residential development to follow in the years ahead.” Canton residents are proud 170

of their city and take an active role in it. In fact, more than 50 neighborhood organizations cover all areas of the city and a wide variety of socioeconomic groups. Representatives from the organizations participate monthly in a Neighborhood Leadership Council to share experiences, offer solutions to problems and learn about opportunities for neighborhood development. Citizens can even take advantage of free leadership classes provided by the Stark Community Foundation. Canton also is home to a vibrant arts community. The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Ballet and Canton Museum of Art give residents a place to experience art and culture from around the world, and a growing local artists' community is quickly becoming a

dynamic presence in the region. Historic attractions like the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and the First Ladies National Historic Site add to the region’s cultural appeal. With the cost of real estate estimated at less than half of the national average, Canton is as affordable as it is enjoyable. For more information, contact City of Canton at 330.438.4307; Shingler, Dan. “Canton Comeback.” Crain’s Cleveland Business, December 1, 2019, canton-comeback-city-scoring-big-points-downtowndevelopment-luxury-apartments-new. 1

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y Stark County Communities - North ALLIANCE • Population: 21,446 • Median Household Income: $35,718 • Median Home Value: $81,400 Alliance, approximately 18 miles northeast of Canton, is a city rich with social and industrial history, as well as an up-and-coming downtown district. Alliance was formed in 1850 when three small settlements—Freedom, Liberty and Williamsport—merged and soon became a major railroad junction. Today, Alliance is served by Amtrak’s Capitol Limited line, with daily westbound service to Chicago and eastbound service to Washington, D.C. Alliance has a dense-suburban feel, yet stays true to its small-town roots. The “Carnation City” hosts an annual weeklong Carnation Festival with games, food and parades. Alliance also is home to the University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, a four-year, liberal arts college with an outstanding football tradition, winning 13 Division III national titles. For more information, contact City of Alliance at 330.821.3110;

HARTVILLE • Population: 3,039 • Median Household Income: $45,978 • Median Home Value: $157,100 Surrounded by farms and rural beauty, Hartville is a thriving community with outstanding schools, excellent services and a variety of recreational opportunities. Ask Hartville residents what they love about living here, and they’ll likely cite the small-town atmosphere, strong sense of community, friendly people, low crime rate and low-key lifestyle. The downtown retail district offers all the charm you'd expect from a place with Amish and Mennonite roots—including two local handmade chocolate producers, a professional violin shop, a retailer of locally produced goats' milk body products and a huge hardware and building supply store. And then there's

the famous Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market. Covering three acres indoors and 12 outdoors, it’s been named one of the Top 20 Flea Markets in the United States. For more information, contact Village of Hartville at 330.877.9222; NORTH CANTON • Population: 17,176 • Median Household Income: $62,128 • Median Home Value: $155,300 Rated the #1 place to live in Stark County by, North Canton boasts affordability, top-rated public schools, excellent law enforcement and safety personnel, an impressive public library, outstanding parks and recreational spaces, and proximity to the Akron-Canton Airport. Canton also is home to the internationally known MAPS (Military Aviation Preservation Society) Air Museum, as well as Walsh University, a Catholic university offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. With the highly rated Akron Children’s Hospital’s affiliated health center located in North Canton, it’s also a great place for families. For more information, contact City of North Canton at 330.499.8223; PEARL PULLMAN

GREENTOWN • Population: 3,815 • Median Household Income: $98,021 • Median Home Value: $205,500 Rated one of the best places to live in Stark County by, Greentown

in Lake Township offers strong schools, a healthy housing market and a convenient location. Greentown is just east of Interstate 77 and the Akron-Canton Airport, about 20 miles north of Canton. Fun fact: Thomas Edison’s in-laws lived in Greentown, and he is said to have worked on his gramophone there! For more information, contact Lake Township at 330.877.9479;

The University of Mount Union's picturesque campus in Alliance is "home" to about 2,000 undergraduate students during the school year.




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Built in 1834, the Werner Inn in East Canton was once a tavern serving stagecoach riders. It is now home to the Osnaburg Historical Society.

EAST CANTON • Population: 1,464 • Median Household Income: $48,277 • Median Home Value: $109,200 East Canton is a tight-knit community in the heart of Osnaburg Township, just 10 miles east of Canton. It was the original county seat of Stark County, when the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad brought many passengers through the village in the late 1800s. Some buildings in the Nassau Street business district were built as early as 1834 and are still in use today. For example, the Werner Inn, which served as a tavern, still stands across from the Stagecoach Inn, which offered weary travelers a place to stay. For more information, contact Village of East Canton at 330.488.0220; LOUISVILLE • Population: 9,340 • Median Household Income: $60,180 • Median Home Value: $151,100 Louisville has a population that has steadily increased over the last century. Certified by the state of Ohio as a Community Reinvestment Area, the city takes pride in being able to offer both business incentives for projects that

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lead to job creation and investment, and homeowner incentives that improve residential properties. For five consecutive years, the Louisville City School District has been rated "Excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education, and the high school has earned national recognition as well. The Louisville Art & History Gallery, a non-profit organization managed by the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, educates the public about local history while also representing local artists through monthly art classes and public programs. For more information, contact City of Louisville at 330.875.3434; MINERVA • Population: 3,504 • Median Household Income: $48,199 • Median Home Value: $89,300

Minerva is a mid-size town steeped in history. The town sits along the historic Lincoln Highway (US Route 30), which was part of the first transcontinental highway for automobiles. Minerva is also the birthplace of Charles E. Wilson, Secretary of Defense under President Eisenhower. President William McKinley frequented the Minerva area while visiting his summer home, located a few miles east. Today, Minerva has the rare distinction of lying within three different counties: Stark, Columbiana and Carroll. The town boasts many parks and recreation areas while being conveniently close to nearby cities, transportation, shopping and entertainment. For more information, contact Village of Minerva at 330.868.7705; 173

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CANAL FULTON • Population: 5,408 • Median Household Income: $60,292 • Median Home Value: $154,300 Located along the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Canal Fulton is a historic town in the northwest corner of Stark County, serving the surrounding rural areas as an educational, retail and transportation center. Residents enjoy easy access to the 87-mile-long Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, a multipurpose recreational trail that also has made Canal Fulton a popular destination for cyclists, hikers, equestrians and bird watchers. Tourism, in fact, is a major contributor to the city’s economy; many quaint shops and businesses along Canal Street cater to visitors who have come to take a ride on the canal aboard the St. Helena III, one of only four working canal boats in Ohio. For more information, contact City of Canal Fulton at 330.854.2225; HILLS AND DALES • Population: 310 • Median Household Income: $145,625 • Median Home Value: $395,700 Hills and Dales is an affluent suburban area about five miles west of Canton. Its well-maintained homes on large lots offer a rural feel and an ideal location for commuters seeking the luxury of a high-end bedroom community. For more information, contact Stark County at 174

MASSILLON • Population: 32,584 • Median Household Income: $45,809 • Median Home Value: $102,100 Canton isn't the only city in Stark County with a claim to football fame. Massillon, the “City of Champions,” hosted the first high school football game ever played in the country, and the city still boasts one of the top teams in the nation. The Massillon Tigers have won nine national and 24 state championships; the school has produced 37 professional players, five NFL coaches and 19 collegiate all-Americans. But there’s more to Massillon than football. The city, which was an important port on the Tuscarawas River during the Ohio and Erie Canal era, has a rich history of commerce. It was a major wheat-shipping center, and was later celebrated for steelmaking and fabricating. Today, food processing is among the growing sectors. If you want to go green, the city has a good public transit system, including service to Canton, the Akron-Canton Airport and Amtrak’s Alliance Station. Bicyclists love having access to the Towpath Trail, which crosses through Massillon, while golfers enjoy the Legends of Massillon municipal golf course, rated one of the best in Ohio by Great Lakes Golf and Golf Advisor. For more information, contact City of Massillon at 330.830.1700;

NAVARRE • Population: 1,648 • Median Household Income: $45,240 • Median Home Value: $100,100 On the banks of the Tuscarawas River, about 11 miles west of Canton, is the Village of Navarre. Residents consider Navarre the perfect blend of past and present. Broad, treelined streets feature quaint, historic homes and buildings, with signs noting points of historic interest erected throughout the village. Navarre is served by the Fairless Local School District. For more information, contact Village of Navarre at 330.879.5508; UNIONTOWN • Population: 3,241 • Median Household Income: $66,842 • Median Home Value: $161,800 ranks Uniontown, located in Lake Township, as the # 1 place to buy a house in Stark County and the second-best place to live in the county overall. Residents enjoy Uniontown’s excellent public schools and rural suburban feel. The town is about 17 miles northwest of Canton. For more information, contact Lake Township at 330.877.9479; OHIO AMISH COUNTRY

BREWSTER • Population: 2,161 • Median Household Income: $44,353 • Median Home Value: $100,600 Nestled in a valley approximately 15 miles southwest of Canton, bordered by Sugar Creek, Brewster is considered to be the best of both worlds—a rural community in a suburban area, surrounded by farms but within 15 minutes of shopping malls, entertainment, golf courses, restaurants and Amish Country. One of Brewster’s most interesting claims to fame is Brewster Cheese, the largest Swiss cheese producer in the nation. Brewster also is home to the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company, among the largest regional railroads in the country. For more information, contact Village of Brewster at 330.767.4214;

Brewster and Navarre are located in the southwest corner of Stark County, which is known as the "Gateway to Amish Countyr."

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In addition to golf, members of Glenmoor County Club in Canton enjoy many other amenities: the fitness center, restaurant, spa and tennis. (4065 Brunnerdale Avenue NW, Canton 44718; 330.966.3600; Photo courtesy of Glenmoor County Club



THINGS TO SEE & DO in the Canton Area

When you live just an hour or so south of places like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square, First Energy Stadium and Severance Hall, it’s tempting to invest all your leisure time exploring these and other world-famous attractions on the shores of Lake Erie. But then you’d miss all the adventures to be had and memories to be made closer to home.


The Canton area boasts some of the best classical music, theater and performing arts for a region of its size, as well as highly acclaimed museums, fascinating historical sites, action-packed entertainment centers, and expansive parks and multipurpose trails. You’ll find many of these listed in the Northeast Ohio section of this guide, under Arts & Entertainment and Parks & Outdoor Recreation. Here are a few more of our favorite places to play in Stark County.

Umbrella Alley, the newest outdoor art attraction in Stark County, is open to the public 24/7 and is free to enjoy. (218 E Main St, Louisville 44641)



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The weather is always 73 degrees and sunny at 1899 Indoor Golf, an entertainment center with state-of-the-art virtual golf courses, driving range and target games.

1899 INDOOR GOLF As the owners of 1899 like to say, “The golf season just got longer!” The weather is always 73 degrees and sunny at this indoor golf entertainment center. State-of-the-art virtual courses include Muirfield Village, St. Andrews, a driving range and a number of target games. There’s also a twist on the traditional clubhouse, with a stylish bar featuring craft cocktails, beer, wine and artisanal snacks. And in case you’re wondering about the name “1899,” that’s the year that an avid golfer and an employee of the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron received a patent for the first rubber golf ball! (4700 Everhard Road N.W., Canton 44718; 330.639.4928; BAYLOR BEACH PARK Discover the joys of summertime at this well-maintained, family-friendly water park and RV campground. The two-acre sand-bottom swimming lake features a 90-foot tube slide, three kiddie slides, 178

water fountains, log rolls and more. Another one-acre lake is available for leisurely rides on a paddleboat or funyak. And when you’re ready to return to dry land, there are basketball and beach volleyball courts and an 18hole mini-golf course where you can keep the fun going. (8777 Manchester Avenue S.W., Navarre 44662; 330.767.3031; BUZZBIN ART & MUSIC SHOP Buzzbin Art & Music Shop — an eclectic music venue, beer joint and art gallery — also features an adjacent record store and recording studio. Stop by for the latest local sounds, grab a drink and a bite to eat, and peruse the curated selection for an addition to your home music library. (339 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton 44702; CANAL FULTON CANOE LIVERY Take a paddle on the scenic Tuscarawas River and learn about Ohio history along

this former trade-route waterway. The Tuscarawas is still largely undeveloped, and a guided canoe or kayak tour offers the possibility of seeing great blue herons, bald eagles and many other native species along the way. The canoe livery also offers bicycle rentals and a combined six-mile Paddle and Peddle trip. Located between the Olde Muskingum Trail and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, both popular biking trails, the Canal Fulton Canoe Livery provides a perfect blend of recreation for land and water lovers. (219 W. Cherry Street, Canal Fulton 44614; 330.347.4412; CANTON ARTS DISTRICT This lively four-square-block district in the heart of downtown Canton features more than 25 galleries and studios, dozens of pieces of public art, a theater, restaurants, cafés and nightspots featuring live music and dancing. Even garbage cans are decorated with

ESCAPE ROOM DOWNTOWN Come have a heart-pounding adventure where history meets mystery! Escape Room Downtown offers four different scenarios for teams of 4-12 people— Black Hand Society, Moonlight Gallery, Bootlegger’s Lair and Edison’s Lost Invention. You and your group will work together to find clues, work puzzles, complete your assignment and exit the room before time expires.

Some games may require guests under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. (203 Market Avenue S., #200; Canton 44702; 330.844.1492; FACTORY OF TERROR Warning: this extreme haunted-house experience is not for the faint of heart! More than a mile long, Factory of Terror is a three-time Guinness World Record holder for the World’s Longest Haunted House and consists of five spine-chilling scenes. Participants become part of the show and interact with the actors and special effects. There are air blasts, water effects, strobes, smoke, loud noises, claustrophobic conditions, confusion, moving walls, sudden movement and plenty of strange and demented characters! Be sure to check out the website for information on how to prepare for the experience. Not intended for children under 12. (4125 Mahoning Road N.E., Canton 44705; 330.455.3327; Continued on next page



CANTON FOOD TOURS Calling all foodies! Eat and drink your way through Downtown Canton during a three-hour guided experience through the Canton Arts District. The tour includes visits to four restaurants to taste chef-selected small plates, adding up to a full meal, with numerous stops at points of interest along the way. The signature Hall of Fame City Tour focuses on Canton’s history as the Birthplace of the NFL and other fun trivia. (555 Market Avenue N., Canton 44702; 330.495.0929;

CENTER ICE SPORTS COMPLEX This year-round skating facility is a premier recreational destination, with an NHL-size rink, a full-service hockey pro shop and a large video arcade. The complex is open to the public, providing open skate sessions, lessons, hockey leagues and a broad range of special programming for all ages. You can even learn how to play broomball, a winter sport that combines elements of hockey and soccer while wearing spongy-soled shoes instead of skates. (8319 Port Jackson Avenue N.W., North Canton 44720; 330.966.0169;


original art! Once a month, the district holds its popular First Friday party, featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events—and always a few surprises for adults and children. Be sure to stop at the Canton Museum of Art (1001 Market Avenue N., Canton 44702; 330.453.7666;, which offers free admission on First Fridays. (330.453.1075; directory/canton-arts-district-nightlife)

Discover Baylor Beach Park this summer with its two-acre, sand-bottom swimming lake featuring a 90-foot tube slide, three kiddie slides, diving boards, log rolls and more.

One of four themed escape rooms at the Escape Room Downtown, "Edison's Lost Adventure" has guests exploring 6 crates, to uncover and assemble the greatest invention of the last century.



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The Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, within Hall of Fame Village, is the site of the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game.

GLAMORGAN CASTLE Built as a private residence in the early 1900s, Glamorgan Castle is situated on a 58-acre property. The original owner, Colonel William Henry Morgan, was the inventor of the overhead steel crane. Today, the building is owned by the Alliance City School District and serves as the district's central administration building, but there also are guided tours. The grounds serve a variety of purposes for the community throughout the year, from car shows to Shakespeare plays to ball games to the annual Fire Truck Pump-In. (200 Glamorgan Street, Alliance 44601; 330.238.8787; HALL OF FAME VILLAGE Canton is known for the Football Hall of Fame, the hallowed grounds for football lovers where legends are commemorated and visitors are starstruck by immersive experiences. The Hall of Fame Village is a world-class sports and entertainment destination that is currently in Phase 2 of an enormous three-phase expansion. As of now, the campus includes the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Hall of Fame Village Sports 180

Complex, NFL Alumni Academy, and an onsite Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Additional attractions that are being added include a Hall of Fame Indoor Waterpark, a retail promenade, Play-Action Plaza, and more. (2626 Fulton Drive NW, Canton 44718; 330.458.9176; HAINES HOUSE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM Managed by the Alliance Area Preservation Society, the Haines House was built between 1828 and 1842 by John and Nancy Grant, whose daughter and son-in-law operated a station on the Underground Railroad in the house. Today, visitors can view the restored mid-Victorian parlor, early 19th-century kitchen, children's room, Grant bedroom and attic where fugitive slaves were hidden. The museum also features displays and exhibits including the Timeline of Slavery and Abolitionism in the U.S. (186 West Market Street, Alliance; 44601; 330.823.5353; HAUNTED HEARTLAND TOURS Rated one of the top five best ghost tours in America by US City Traveler, Haunted Heartland Tours will take you

to all the best locations for exploring dark history, folklore, science and alleged paranormal activity in the Canton area— including the infamous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Owner Sherri Brake, author of "Haunted Stark County: A Ghoulish History," has been featured on several television shows, including ABC’s Scariest Places on Earth and the Travel Channel’s Destination Fear. (330.412.6114; FANNIE MAY / HARRY LONDON CHOCOLATE FACTORY Experience the exquisite aroma of fresh chocolate and get a mouthwatering behind-the-scenes look at the process used to carefully craft gourmet chocolate confections. Harry and Gilbert London first began making chocolate in the basement of their Canton home in 1922. Today, the company, which joined forces with Fannie May® in 2003, is a subsidiary of Ferrero International and operates out of a state-of-the-art plant near the Akron-Canton Airport. Tours are free and depart hourly. (5353 Lauby Road, North Canton 44720; 800.321.0444;

QUAIL HOLLOW PARK Quail Hollow Park, managed by Stark


MASSILLON MUSEUM & PAUL BROWN MUSEUM MassMu, as locals call this admission-free cultural gem, is an art and history museum featuring impressive collec-

tions of costumes and textiles; china, glass and pottery, domestic appliances, and circus memorabilia. It’s also where you’ll find the Paul Brown Museum, honoring the career of the Massillon native and legendary football coach who co-founded the Cleveland Browns and led them to four AAFC championships and three NFL championships. He then co-founded and coached the Cincinnati Bengals. The museum’s exhibits also pay homage to Brown’s tenure as head coach of the Massillon Washington High School Tigers, during which he lost only 10 games in nine years. He then went on to lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to their first NCAA national championship before eventually heading to the pros. (121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon 44646; 330.833.4061;


Sluggers & Putters Amusment Park is a nostalgic theme park featuring all your favorite classic rides, mini golf courses, go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats and laser tag.

Admission is free to The Wilderness Center, a non-profit nature center with over 10 miles of hiking trails, an Interpretive Building with a nature store, interactive display room, and an animal observation area.


MAIZE VALLEY WINERY AND CRAFT BREWERY The rustic setting of Maize Valley provides an idyllic backdrop for more than just tasting award-winning wines and home-brewed beers from Stark County’s first craft brewery. The 750-acre farm is also a year-round destination for family fun, including weekend concerts, wagon rides, craft dinners, corn mazes, classic car events, holiday-themed celebrations, an annual hot-air balloon liftoff and Oktoberfest. There’s also a market and café featuring local produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods. (6193 Edison Street N.E., Hartville 44632; 330.877.8344;

County Park District, features over 700 acres of rolling meadows, marshes, pine and deciduous woods and gardens. The centerpiece of the park is the former manor house of the H.B. Stewart family, a 40-room building now used for educational and community programs and events. The manor is where you’ll find the Carriage House Nature Center and Quail’s Nest Gift Shop. A small campground at the park offers primitive camping, and trails include a 3.25-mile mountain biking trail and a section of the Buckeye Trail. (13480 Congress Lake Avenue N.E., Hartville 44632; 330.477.3552; SLUGGERS & PUTTERS AMUSEMENT PARK This nostalgic theme park in Canal Fulton features all your favorite classic rides, including Stark County’s only roller coaster, The Lil’ Dipper. But there also are two mini-golf courses—including one featuring props from the original Mother Gooseland in Canton—plus go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats and Ohio’s largest outdoor laser tag field. A covered pavilion provides a popular spot for birthday parties, company picnics, field trips and other special occasions. (333 Lafayette Drive N.W., Canal Fulton 44614; 330.854.6999; THE WILDERNESS CENTER This nonprofit nature center and land conservancy on the southwestern tip of Stark County offers a wide variety of educational programming to help people of all ages reconnect with nature. The 620-acre site, which is free and open to the public year-round, features 10 miles of hiking trails through old growth forest, meadows, prairie, wetlands, and creek and pond habitat. Near the main building, a Nature Playscape area provides children with boulders, logs, streams, plants, earth mounds and other natural features to ignite imagination and heighten the outdoor play experience. There’s also a Nature Store, a native plant nursery, a viewing tower and an Astronomy Education Building featuring a digital planetarium and observatory. (9877 Alabama Avenue S.W., Wilmot 44689; 330.359.5235; 181

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Surrounding Communities Geauga, Lake & Lorain Counties


Tare Creek Bridge in Geauga County is open to pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians and horse-drawn carriages. / Photo: Matin Pesek

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LIVING HERE Geauga, Lake & Lorain Counties From lakeside living to rural landscapes, the counties surrounding the greater Cleveland/Akron/Canton areas allow you to settle into a community that fits your lifestyle — without losing access to all the amenities that come with proximity to a major city. Geauga County is known for its rural vibe, quaint communities and thriving Amish population. Locally owned shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and seasonal festivals lure visitors seeking an escape to the countryside, while commuters enjoy living off the beaten path with easy access to Cleveland to the west and Akron to the south. Lake County, along the southern shore of Lake Erie and just east of Cuyahoga County, boasts 30 miles of shoreline and numerous parks and preserves. With its affordability and direct freeway access to Downtown Cleveland, Lake County attracts everyone from young professionals and first-time homeowners to families and retirees.


Lorain County extends 50 miles inland from Lake Erie, west of Cuyahoga County. As Ohio’s fourth-largest county by area, it offers a diverse mix of urban, suburban and rural options, from industry and business-oriented communities to farmland to the hip college town of Oberlin.

A large freighter from Norway passes the Lorain lighthouse on a Sunday afternoon.

IN THIS SECTION • GEAUGA COUNTY COMMUNITIES...................................................186 • LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITIES...........................................................187 • LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITIES.....................................................188 SOURCES: All information in this section is from, and city, county, state or U.S. government websites unless otherwise noted.


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For more information, contact the county at 440.285.2222, or

CHARDON • Population: 5,171 • Median Household Income: $67,944 • Median Home Value: $177,000 The city of Chardon’s quaint, shop-filled public square, numerous events and activities for all ages, highly rated schools and proximity to the shores of Lake Erie make it a safe, desirable location for many families. Chardon is also known for its maple syrup, celebrated annually at the Geauga County Maple Festival. For more information, contact City of Chardon at 440.286.2600;

BURTON • Population: 1,266 • Median Household Income: $50,625 • Median Home Value: $197,658 Burton, with its rolling farm fields, open pastures and surrounding Amish communities, is rich in history and culture. The village of Burton hosts the oldest fair in Ohio, the Great Geauga County Fair, and also attracts thousands of visitors each year to its Apple Butter Festival. For more information, contact Burton Township at 440.834.1500;

CHESTER TOWNSHIP • Population: 10,317 • Median Household Income: $77,863 • Median Home Value: $222,100 Referred to by locals as Chesterland, this township has the second largest population in Geauga County and yet maintains its rural, country-living vibe. Older professionals and retirees make up the majority of Chesterland’s population, according to, and the highly rated schools attract many families. For more information, contact Chester Township at 440.729.7058;

MIDDLEFIELD • Population: 2,707 • Median Household Income: $47,319 • Median Home Value: $155,200 Middlefield, whose motto is “Where Families Grow Strong,” is the center of the fourth largest Amish settlement in the world, as well as one of the most thriving communities of its size in the region. Local businesses and industries are growing, which is contributing to an increasing corporate tax base plus low unemployment, utility rates and real estate taxes, all of which is a winning combination. For more information, contact Village of Middlefield at 440.632.5248; RUSSELL TOWNSHIP • Population: 5,222 • Median Household Income: $106,522 • Median Home Value: $276,500 South Russell is a residential community that maintains both a suburban and rural feel. Located on the western edge of the county, residents enjoy its proximity to the charming village of Chagrin Falls and an easy commute to greater Cleveland’s eastern communities. Families are drawn to its excellent public schools. For more information, contact Village of South Russell at 440.338.6700; PHOTO COURTESY OF DESTINATION GEAUGA


BAINBRIDGE • Population: 11,464 • Median Household Income: $115,357 • Median Home Value: $147,200 Bainbridge offers convenient access to the highways that connect Cleveland to its eastern and southern suburbs, while also allowing residents to enjoy a peaceful, rural lifestyle. Bainbridge has excellent public schools and is a top-rated community for families. For more information, contact Bainbridge Township at 440.543.9871;

Chardon’s public square is filled with quaint shops and historic buildings.

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The center of the fourth largest Amish settlement in the world, a horse-drawn cart is a common sight in Middlefield.

For more information, contact the county at 800.899.5253, or

FAIRPORT HARBOR • Population: 3,091 • Median Household Income: $53,950 • Median Home Value: $108,200 This picturesque harbor town perched on the bluffs above the mouth of the Grand River has long drawn visitors and residents seeking a home in the heart of Lake Erie’s boating and fishing culture. The town’s history as a working port, its beautiful lakefront recreational areas and its welcoming European feel make this community ideal for anyone seeking laid-back coastal living. For more information, contact Village of Fairport Harbor at 440.352.3620; KIRTLAND • Population: 6,827 • Median Household Income: $88,537 • Median Home Value: $276,500 Kirtland evokes a quiet, small-town feel while offerings easy access to larger metropolitan areas. The natural beauty of the land, once dotted with dairies, orchards and potato farms, is preserved and celebrated at several parks and reservations, including the renowned Holden Arboretum. Kirtland is also the site of the first temple of the Latter-Day Saints, founded in 1836 by Joseph Smith. For more information, contact City of Kirtland at 440.256.3332; MENTOR • Population: 47,062 • Median Household Income: $69,069 • Median Home Value: $171,600 Lake County’s largest metropolitan


EASTLAKE • Population: 18,229 • Median Household Income: $52,255 • Median Home Value: $125,200 Less than 20 miles northeast of Downtown Cleveland, along the shore of Lake Erie, residents enjoy the advantages of living in, “The Crown Jewel of Lake County”. From lakefront parks and marinas to strong schools and a low crime rate, the appeal of Eastlake draws people of all ages and stages of life. For more information, contact City of Eastlake at 440.951.1400;

Painesville Square is the site of some of the most unique historic architecture in the entire state. The square and downtown area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

area by far, the city of Mentor boasts more than 300 retailers and 170 restaurants, a large percentage of which are independently owned. Mentor is known for its lower crime rates, strong public schools, affordable housing and attractive neighborhood. It was also the home of James Garfield, 20th President of the United States. For more information, contact City of Mentor at 440.255.1100; PAINESVILLE • Population: 20,312 • Median Household Income: $49,448 • Median Home Value: $103,300 Approximately 30 miles east of Cleveland, Painesville is the county seat of Lake County and the site of many historic homes, churches and other buildings. This business- and industry-friendly city is also situated on the Grand River and is known as one of the best places east of the Mississippi to catch steelhead trout! For more information, contact City of Painesville at 440.352.9301, WICKLIFFE • Population: 12,736 • Median Household Income: $53,183 • Median Home Value: $142,861 First settled in the early 1800s, Wickliffe

is now a city of more than 12,000 people on the western end of the county. It prides itself on being the “Gateway to Lake County.” For more information, contact City of Wickliffe at 440.943.7100; WILLOUGHBY • Population: 22,860 • Median Household Income: $53,045 • Median Home Value: $156,065 Willoughby boasts lively restaurants and nightlife, as well as many parks and a yearround municipal golf course. It also holds the distinction of being the only town in America that has belonged, at one time or other, to six different counties, according to the city’s website. For more information, contact City of Willoughby at 440.951.2800; WILLOWICK • Population: 14,148 • Median Household Income: $53,926 • Median Home Value: $138,082 Living in Willowick offers residents a dense suburban feel, with ample bars, restaurants and shopping centers as well as plenty of parks and recreational facilities for families and seniors. For more information, contact City of Willowick at 440.585.3700; 187


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For more information, contact the county at 440.329.5111, or

The city of Lorain is located on the shore of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Black River, about 30 miles west of Cleveland.

AMHERST TOWNSHIP • Population: 6,894 • Median Household Income: $55,881 • Median Home Value: $148,100 Amherst is an alternative to both urban and suburban living. Known for its small-town friendliness, single-family dwellings and many new home developments, this community is often selected by people looking for the best place to raise a family. For more information, contact City of Amherst at 440.988.4380; AVON • Population: 22,786 • Median Household Income: $104,125 • Median Home Value: $282,100 This growing suburb has many new housing developments and is ideal for growing families. In addition to access to shopping and recreation, the city is home to the Lake Erie Crushers, a professional baseball team with the Frontier League. For more information, contact City of Avon at 440.937.7800; 188 188

AVON LAKE • Population: 23,777 • Median Household Income: $87,525 • Median Home Value: $243,600 Avon Lake is a professional, family-friendly community perched at the northeastern tip of Lorain County, along Lake Erie. Residents enjoy public beaches, 20 miles of bike trails and more. While there are many new housing developments, the city also hosts a thriving business environment. For more information, contact City of Avon Lake at 440.933.6141, ELYRIA • Population: 53,883 • Median Household Income: $46,534 • Median Home Value: $117,101 The second-largest city in Lorain County, Elyria is about 30 miles west of Cleveland and recently celebrated its 200th anniversary. Elyria is enjoying a period of revitalization and growth; the downtown area boasts a variety of new businesses

and restaurants as part of its restoration, and the large number of parks and recreational centers offer outdoor enthusiasts a place to play. For more information, contact City of Elyria at 440.326.1402, LORAIN • Population: 64,028 • Median Household Income: $37,014 • Median Home Value: $85,400 Lorain is the county’s largest city and the home of the Lorain U.S. Steel mill, an industrial icon and a lasting testament to the region’s rich manufacturing heritage. The city is located on the shore of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Black River, about 30 miles west of Cleveland, offering the best of urban living, waterfront recreation and employment opportunities. For more information, contact City of Lorain at 440.204.2002;


Located in North Ridgeville, Sandy Ridge Reservation is a 526-acre wildlife preserve, enjoyed by residents for its hiking trails, playgrounds and bird watching.

Experience small-town living in Oberlin.


Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon Lake offers outstanding views and access to Lake Erie.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE • Population: 32,954 • Median Household Income: $74,309 • Median Home Value: $170,500 This business- and visitor-friendly city offers the infrastructure and advantages of a mature suburban community with a warm, relaxed lifestyle: transportation, workforce education, technology, healthcare, low cost of living, low crime rate and low tax rates. North Ridgeville is also conveniently located, with easy access to several major interstate and state highways. For more information, contact City of North Ridgeville at 440.353.0819; OBERLIN • Population: 8,010 • Median Household Income: $51,087 • Median Home Value: $147,300 You don’t have to be a college student to appreciate the benefits of living in a college town like Oberlin. While the heart of the city is its renowned liberal arts school, Oberlin College and Conservatory, its population is a diverse mix of permanent residents, students, and visitors who enjoy small-town living with a rich variety of educational and cultural opportunities. For more information, contact City of Oberlin at 440.775.1531; SHEFFIELD LAKE • Population: 8,976 • Median Household Income: $59,740 • Median Home Value: $127,448 This quaint, family-friendly lakefront community 25 miles west of Cleveland boasts numerous parks, beaches and multi-use paths that enable its residents to take full advantage of life on Lake Erie. For more information, contact City of Sheffield Lake at 440.949.7141; 189

The Girdled Road Suspension Bridge links more than eight miles of continuous trails through this 942-acre park in Lake County. Photo: Jane Steger

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Geauga, Lake & Lorain Counties From rushing rivers to lush vineyards to the sandy shores of Lake Erie, the counties just beyond the greater Cleveland/Akron/Canton areas offer a host of unique adventures, attractions and experiences that reflect the varied terrain and history of Northeast Ohio.


If you’re into antiquing and Amish country, head to Geauga County. Lake County offers beaches and boating along the coast and award-winning wineries inland. Lorain County is a little bit of everything, from historical sites to an artsy college town. No matter which county you’re in, you’re never far from a park, nature preserve or outdoor recreation area. Fascinating museums and interesting landmarks in every community provide endless opportunities to be surprised. Fun for all ages is just around the bend.

The Fairport Harbor Creamery resides in a restored turn-of-the-century building in charming Fairport Harbor. Stop in and enjoy a sweet or savory treat, and some great views.

IN THIS SECTION • GEAUGA COUNTY ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS.......................192 • LAKE COUNTY ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS...............................194 • LORAIN COUNTY ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS..........................196 191


y Geauga County Activities & Attractions

Located in Newbury, Punderson State Park's 741-acres feature a natural lake, resort manor house, family cabins, golf course, and scenic family campground.

ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE It’s the ultimate experience for antique lovers — three full floors of antiques and collectibles, located in a renovated 152-year-old building in historic Chardon Square. The shop features more than 20 dealers offering glassware, clothing, military and sports memorabilia, furniture, linens, prints, jewelry and more. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 12-5pm. (101 Main Street, Chardon 44024; 440.286.1912; BURTON LOG CABIN & SUGAR CAMP The Burton Log Cabin is a working sugar house that produces maple syrup every spring and makes and sells maple candy year-round. It is owned and operated by the Burton Chamber of Commerce and also serves as the resource center for historic Burton and surrounding areas. Open daily 10:30am-4pm. (14590 E. Park Street, Burton 44021; 440.834.4206; CENTURY VILLAGE MUSEUM Take a step back in time as you explore an 192

authentic 1800s settlement featuring a schoolhouse, church, library, apothecary, dressmaker shop, train caboose and period homes. Learn about the history of Geauga County’s first official settlement, Burton, established in 1789. Open April-December; call the museum for hours. (14653 E. Park Street, Burton 44021; 440.834.1492; CHARDON LAKES GOLF COURSE With a four-star rating from Golf Digest, this picturesque, classically designed 18-hole course offers the perfect balance of challenge and relaxation. Several tee options at each hole provide playability for all levels, including pros — Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer played here in the early ’70, and Nicklaus’s score of 67 still stands as the course record. (470 South Street, Chardon 44024; 440.285.4653; CORNER FIELD MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM AND HOBBY You don’t have to be a model train buff to enjoy a visit to this unique attraction.

The display, the largest family-owned three-rail layout in the United States, features over 4,500 feet of track, hundreds of freight cars and thousands of lights, automobiles and trees. Open Wed.-Sat. 11am-5pm, Sun. 12-4pm and Mon.-Tues. by appointment. (16720 Pioneer Ro ad, Middlefield 4 4 0 62; 440.636.5162; cornerfieldmodelrailroad GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT Twenty-seven parks make up the Geauga Park District, providing options for outdoor adventure and exploration all year long. Hike, bike, camp, fish, stargaze, geocache, kayak, canoe, ride your horse, watch the birds, climb the high ropes or just “be” in nature in Geauga County’s scenic public parks. In winter, try snowshoes at The West Woods Nature Center, take cross country skis to several groomed trails, or hit a sled hill. Lodges and shelters here are also reservable for special events. (440.286.9516;

butter, maple syrup and more at its yearround Farm Market. Visit the bakery for fresh-baked fruit pies, fritters and other desserts, and take time to have a donut and cider by the huge stone fireplace located in the gift shop. Open daily 9am-6pm. (11414 Caves Road, Chesterland 44026; 440.729.1964;

PATTERSON FRUIT FARM A longtime local favorite for apple picking in the fall, Patterson Fruit Farm sells a variety of fruits fresh from its orchard, plus house-pressed cider, apple

PUNDERSON STATE PARK Punderson State Park is a popular 174-acre recreational area with a natural lake for boating, fishing and swimming, plus a golf course, resort manor house

and family campgrounds. The park also features one of the best disc golf courses in the state. (11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury 44065; 440.564.2279; destination/punderson-state-park/) SALTY Relax and recharge in the area’s only “salt cave” and halotherapy center. Halotherapy is the use of salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations and mental lethargy. Guests lounge in orbital chairs nestled under weighted blankets in the cave’s unique, healing microclimate while ambient music fosters a meditative state. Open daily 10am-5pm, with later hours on Wed., Fri. and Sat. (102 E. Park Street, Chardon 44024; 440.286.7258; SHARON JAMES CELLARS Enjoy handcrafted wines in a relaxing environment. The winery includes a newly renovated tasting room, wine bar, production facility, outdoor pavilion, small vineyard, crush house and patio. Open Wed.-Fri. 1-9pm and Sat. 1-10pm. (11303 Kinsman Road, Newbury 44065; 440.739.4065; SALTY


HERSHBERGERS HOUSEWARES Find all of your household needs and wants at Hershbergers, an Amish-owned business that provides a wide selection of handcrafted products including candles, toys, baby items, kitchen items and much more. Open Mon.-Sat. 8:30am5pm. (15419 Madison Road, Middlefield 44062; 440.632.9065; destinationgeauga. com/members/hershbergershousewares/)

PIONEER WATERLAND & DRY FUN PARK A waterpark, kids’ fun zone and sports arena all in one, there’s something for everyone at this high-energy complex, including slides that are six stories high, a spring-fed swimming area and obstacle course, paddle boats, golf driving range cages, batting cages, mini-golf, a bankshot basketball course, an arcade, archery and a Grand Prix Go-Kart supertrack. Open May-September; hours vary by season. (10661 Kile Road, Chardon 44024; 440.285.5200;


HERITAGE ANTIQUE MALL If you’re into antiquing, the Heritage Antique Mall & Gift Shop is a must-stop on the Ohio Antique Trail. You’ll find 4500 square feet of space and 45 different dealers showcasing furniture and collectibles from around the region. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm. (18548 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield 44062; 440.632.1712; members/heritage-antique-mall-llc/)

Geauga Park District's Orchard Hills Park, formerly a golf course, has six trails (most of them paved) offering beautiful scenery of orchards, meadows, wetland and views of Lake Erie. Dogs are welcome!

Relax and recharge at Salty, the area’s only “salt cave” and halotherapy center.


y Lake County Activities & Attractions

ERIE SHORES GOLF COURSE This 190-acre, 18-hole public golf course was voted 2019 Best Golf Course by readers of Northeast Ohio’s NewsHerald. It’s also a designated National Wildlife Federation backyard wildlife habitat and a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. (7298 Lake Road, East Madison 44057; 440.428.3164; lakemetroparks. com/parks-trails/erie-shores-golf-course)


CHAPIN FOREST RESERVATION This beautiful, forested park offers nearly six miles of trails surrounded by mature beech, maple, and oak woodlands. The Lucky Stone Loop Trail leads to one of the most scenic overlooks in Lake County, where Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline are visible on a clear day. (9938 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland 44094; 440.639.7275; parks-trails/chapin-forest-reservation)

People come to Headlands Beach State Park to play in the waves, walk, fish, picnic and marvel at the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.

FAIRPORT HARBOR MARINE MUSEUM AND LIGHTHOUSE Situated at the mouth of the Grand River on Lake Erie, this museum features exhibits and artifacts honoring the maritime tradition of the Great Lakes. The historic lighthouse, which operated from 1825 to 1925, stands at 60 feet high with a 69-step spiral staircase. Open Memorial Day Weekend through September; Wed., Sat. and Sun. 1-6pm. (129 Second Street, Fairport Harbor 44077; 440.354.4825; HEADLANDS BEACH STATE PARK This mile-long stretch of white sand along the shore of Lake Erie is the largest natural sand beach in the state. People come here to play in the waves, walk, fish, picnic and marvel at breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. (9601 Headlands Road, Mentor 44060; 440.466.8400; park_in_ohio.html) HOLDEN ARBORETUM This 3,600-acre preserve is among the largest arboreta in the U.S. and designated as an “Important Bird Area” by the Audubon Society. Enjoy 20+ miles of trails and more than 120,000 documented plantings including 194

Take a guided tour of Lawnfield, President Garfield’s home, where he greeted thousands of well-wishers during his presidential campaign.

rhododendron, magnolia, conifers, nut trees and viburnum. Venture across the Murch Canopy Walk 65 feet above the forest or climb the 120-foot Kalberer Emergent Tower for even more breathtaking views. Open daily 9am- 5pm. (9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland 44094; 440.946.4400; INDIAN MUSEUM OF LAKE COUNTY Explore the history of the earliest people to live in this area before the Europeans, and learn about Native American cultures throughout North America. The Indian Museum has a

collection of over 26,000 prehistoric artifacts, plus Native America crafts from 1800 to 2008 and an extensive library. Open Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm and Sat.-Sun. 1-4pm. (7519 Mentor Avenue, Suite A112, Mentor 44060; 440.951.3813; JAMES A. GARFIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE (LAWNFIELD) America’s 20th President lived in Mentor from 1876 to 1881. Take a guided tour of Garfield’s home, see the front porch that he used as a platform to greet thousands of well-wishers during his



LAKE METROPARKS FARMPARK Farmpark is a family-centered science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. Visitors can milk cows, meet livestock, learn how cheese and maple sugar are made and explore the Plant Science Center to see a greenhouse and hydroponic display. Open Tues.Sun 9am-5pm. (8800 Euclid Chardon Road (Rt 6), Kirtland 44094; 440.256.2122; l a k e m e t ro p a r k s . co m /p a r k s- t ra i ls / farmpark) MENTOR ICE ARENA The Mentor Ice Arena offers figure skating instruction, youth and adult hockey programs and open skate sessions year-round. It’s also the home of the Mentor Ice Diamonds Synchronized Skating team and the Mentor Ice Breakers FPHL hockey team. (8600 Munson Road, Mentor 44060; 440.974.5730;

Climb the 120 foot high Kalberer Family Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum, where you might catch a glimpse of Lake Erie at the top.

presidential campaign, and explore exhibits at the Visitor Center to learn about his life. Open November-April, Fri.-Sun. 10am-5pm, and May-October daily 10am-5pm. (8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor 44060; 440.255.8722; jaga/index.htm) KIRTLAND TEMPLE AND VISITOR CENTER The Kirtland Temple, founded in 1836 by Joseph Smith, Jr., was the first temple of the Latter-Day Saints and is now a National Historic Landmark. Visitors are welcome to tour the temple

and learn about the Mormon community that built it before moving westward. Open Wed.-Sat. 10am-4pm and Sun. 1-4pm. (7809 Joseph Street, Kirtland 44094; 440.256.1830; LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS Root, root, root for the Lake County Captains — the Class A minor-league affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians! The Captains play at Classic Park, a state-of-the-art stadium with a seating capacity of over 10,000. (35300 Vine Street, Eastlake 44095; 440.975.8085;

PENITENTIARY GLEN RESERVATION Divided in two by a deep gorge with steep walls that inspired the park’s name, Penitentiary Glen offers miles of trails through forests and wetlands, a Nature Center, monthly train rides to the edge of the gorge, and a unique, one-acre Nature Play area with interactive sites for kids. Visit the park’s Wildlife Center, which treats and rehabilitates nearly 2,000 injured or orphaned animals each year. (8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland 44094; 440.256.1404; parks-trails/penitentiary-glen-reservation) WILLOUGHBY GHOST WALK Experience the haunted history of Lake County with a guided Ghost Walk through Willoughby’s historic district. You’ll travel along dark paths and tour the cemetery while hearing tales of grave robbers, mysterious murders and tragic deaths. (3872 Erie Street, Willoughby 44094; 440.710.4140; 195

y Lorain County Activities & Attractions PHOTO COUTESY OF COMMON GROUND CANOPY TOURS

ALLEN MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM Located on the campus of Oberlin College, this museum consistently ranks among the top academic art museums in the U.S. for its collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, Japanese woodblock prints and paintings by such 20th-century artists as Cézanne, Picasso and Monet. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm (87 N. Main Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.775.8665; amam/) ALTITUDE TRAMPOLINE PARK With over 25,000 square feet of indoor trampolines, a rock wall, foam pits, dodgeball courts, gymnastics tumble tracks and more, Altitude is the perfect place for family fun, birthday parties and just plain bouncing off the walls. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10am-8pm, Fri. 10am-10pm, Sat. 9am-10pm and Sun. 11am-8pm. (110 Market Drive, Elyria 44035; 440.281.9999; AMHERST HISTORICAL SOCIETY & SANDSTONE VILLAGE Learn about the town’s history of almost two centuries of sandstone quarrying and visit 17 different buildings and structures depicting life in the 1800s through early 1900s. The Village includes a working blacksmith shop, fire station museum, octagonal barn, chapel, school house, train caboose and even a threeseat outhouse. Call for museum hours. (113 South Lake Street, Amherst 44001; 440.988.7255; BLACK RIVER LANDING The Lorain Port Authority offers a number of recreational amenities at this popular dog-friendly waterfront park, including walking paths, picnic tables and pavilions, and a summer concert series. It’s also the site of the Lorain Station 100 Historical Marker and Reflective Garden, commemorating one of the final stops along the Underground Railroad. Many enslaved people escaped and passed through Lorain on their way to freedom in Canada. (319 Black River Lane, Lorain 44052; 440.204.2269; lorainportauthority. com/facility-rentals/black-river-landing/) BLACK RIVER RESERVATION With almost a half-million visitors each year, this is one of Lorain County’s most popular parks. The Bridgeway Trail, featuring a 1,000-foot bridge across 196

Common Grround Canopy Tours take visitors into the treetops of the Vermilion River Valley.

the Black River, and the Steel Mill Trail together offer 5.5 miles of a paved all-purpose path following the Black River as it meanders from Elyria to Lorain. The reservation also features three separate picnic areas. Open 8am to sunset daily. (1750 Ford Road, Elyria 44035; 440.458.5121; loraincount ymetropark black-river-reservation) CASCADE PARK Inside this 135-acre park, just minutes from Downtown Elyria, the east and west branches of the Black River converge and cascade over Berea Sandstone. A paved trail leads to views of two scenic waterfalls and connects the park’s two inclusive playgrounds. In winter, the park is a popular sledding spot. Open 8am-sunset daily. (387 Furnace Street, Elyria 44035; 440.323.9238; COMMON GROUND CANOPY TOURS At the Common Ground Cindy Nord Center for Renewal, adrenaline-inducing zipline tours take visitors (ages 10 and up)

into the treetops of the Vermilion River Valley with seven ziplines, two spiral staircases, two aerial bridges, one unique floating staircase, and a final rappel at the end. (14240 Baird Road, Oberlin 44074; 440.707.2044; HICKORIES MUSEUM Take a tour of The Hickories, a late-1800s mansion built by Elyria entrepreneur Arthur Garford, the inventor of the first padded bicycle seat. The home’s interior features Tiffany-style windows, six fireplaces, carved faces and a private chapel. Contact the Lorain County Historical Society for tour hours. (509 Washington Avenue, Elyria 44035; 440.322.3341; LAKEVIEW PARK AND BEACH This lakeside recreational park is known for its Historical Rose Garden, spectacular sunsets and views of the Lorain Lighthouse and a variety of recreational opportunities—from swimming to lawn bowling to beach volleyball. Open sunrise-11pm daily. (1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain 44052; 440.245.1193;



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Lorain's Lakeview Park is known for its spectacular sunsets.

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LORAIN HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE Voted six times as Best Lighthouse on Lake Erie by Lake Erie Living magazine, Lorain’s “Jewel of the Port” is open for tours and sunset wine dinners during the summer months as well as special occasions throughout the year. The lighthouse is reachable only by boat. (440.326.1968; LORAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Lorain Historical Society, housed at the Carnegie Center (named for Andrew Carnegie, whose Building Foundation helped fund its construction in 1903) offers tours at the Center as well as at the Moore House Museum down the street. At the Carnegie Center, you’ll also find the Children’s History Room featuring interactive replicas of Lorain landmarks including the historic Bascule Bridge and a lake freighter. (329 W. 10th Street, Lorain 44052; 440.245.2563; OBERLIN HERITAGE CENTER MONROE HOUSE Tour the Monroe House, originally owned by Civil War hero Giles Shurtleff,

commander of the first Black regiment in Ohio, and then longtime home of James Monroe — a voting-rights advocate, friend of Frederick Douglass and fiveterm U.S. Congressman. Tours focus on Oberlin’s historic role in the Underground Railroad, abolition, coeducation, integration and women’s rights. Tours given Tues., Thurs. and Sat. 10:30am and 1:30pm. (73 S. Professor Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.774.1700;

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD & ABOLITIONIST HISTORY WALK The famed Underground Railroad blazed several paths through Lorain County, and the town of Oberlin was a major stop. The Oberlin Heritage Center offers guided walks highlighting the historic buildings and landmarks, including the Westwood Cemetery, that tell the story of Oberlin’s involvement in the anti-slavery movement. (20 West Vine Street, Oberlin 44074; 440.774.1700;

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