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Five best parks & nature attractions in Cleveland to visit in the summer

Terrence Jacobs

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Summer is here, so let's get out and explore nature! Whether you're a true Clevelander or just someone who happens to be in the city, Cleveland isn't all bricks and concrete so there's no need to look elsewhere. Here are our top five Cleveland parks and nature attractions to help you plan a fun summer day out!

1. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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Our first recommendation is to visit the diverse species from across the world in Cleveland Metroparks Zoo!

You will see a wide collection of animals divided into several themed areas: Rain Forest, African Savanna, Australian Adventure, Wilderness Trek, Primate, Cat & Aquatics, and Waterfowl Lake.

Don't worry about getting sunburnt since the zoo has got plenty of cool shades to get away from the heat. Plenty of visitors have also praised its family-friendly service and attractions, as well as its friendly staff. So, what's your reason to not visit the zoo this summer? Grab your ticket here: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo

Location: 3900 Wildlife, Cleveland OH 44109

2. Edgewater Park

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Looking for a place that's a little bit more peaceful than a zoo? We have just the right place for you: Edgewater Park.

The Edgewater Park is a 147-acre green area located in the western part of the Cleveland Metropark Lakefront Reservation. It features 9000 feet of shoreline, swims beaches, boat ramps, fishing pier, picnic areas and grills, and a rentable pavilion. You can enjoy refreshing and relaxing activities such as cycling, picnicking, boating, sailing,

Before visiting, consider planning your activities with this interactive map: https://maps.clevelandmetroparks.com

Location: Whiskey Island Drive Lake Erie, Cleveland, OH 44102

3. Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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This option does not offer an open space like the previous two, but the Greater Cleveland Aquarium will still connect you to nature.

You can meet seahorses, archerfish, giant Pacific octopuses, sharks, and many other aquatic animals. There are 55 exhibitions over 9 thematic concentrations inside the approximately 70,000 square feet of exhibition space. Though, our favorite one is the 11,000-gallon stingray touch pool and the 175-foot shark-filled sea tube!

If you don't have the time to visit them in person, you can still watch their 230,000-gallon shark exhibit via a real-time Shark-Cam at this link: https://www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com/see-do/see/shark-cam/. For an in-person visit, you can get your ticket here: https://www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com/plan-your-visit/

Location: 2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113

4. Cleveland Botanical Garden

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If Edgewater Park is still not peaceful and relaxing enough for you, then Cleveland Botanical Garden is the best alternative for you!

The garden is home to a wide variety of curated plant and tree species, complete with themed areas. So, whether you are looking to have fun, wanting to be enlightened about plants and trees, or just craving for some serene scenery, this place is for you.

Along with the Holden Arboretum , it is a part of Holden Forests & Gardens. The two environmental and cultural institutions recorded an annual combined number of over 350,000 visitors. Buy your ticket here: https://holdenfg.org/buy-tickets-for-cleveland-botanical-garden/

Location: 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

5. Rocky River Reservation

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The Rocky River Reservation is a part of Cleveland Metroparks that follows the stream of the Rocky River which stretches from Berea to Lake Erie. It features massive shale cliffs, sycamores, cottonwoods, trails winding through the valley's deep floodplain forests, meadows, and wetlands.

Expect to encounter the local wildlife, including many bird species and some mammals native to Ohio such as the white-tailed deer.

You can also find a nature center, a marina, stables, and three golf courses. The Rocky River is also one of the 150 best fishing spots in the US. Check out the full map of the reservation here: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/getmedia/06a130f1-17c2-460f-8c10-eda525e427be/RockyRiverMap.pdf

Location: 4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland OH 44144

So, have you made your decision on where to go this summer? Why not try all of them? We hope you're having a fun time connecting with nature!

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