Summer is here! Are you ready to break out the pool and sprinkler, fire up the grill and enjoy all the fun that the sunshine and warm weather brings? If you're looking for family friendly places to go and things to do in Northeast Ohio this is the list for you!
100 Things to Do in Northeast Ohio this Summer
Featured Summer Fun
Clay's Park Resort
Clay's Park Resort just minutes from Akron/Canton offers over 500-acres of family fun including Adventure Water Park, Campground, Festivals and Group Outings!
Clay's Park Resort's Adventure Water Park has dual 150-foot, Wet Willie water chutes, dual zip lines, 18-hole miniature golf, white sand volleyball, Splash Pad, canoes, kayaks, kid's activities and more!
The full-service RV Resort/Campground offers every type of camping from cabin rentals, primitive tent camping to full-hookup/pull-thru sites. There is also fishing in the fishing lake, hiking/biking trails and heated indoor swimming pool. Clay's Park Campground is big-rig and pet-friendly, too.
Additional activities include themed weekends, The Country Fest, Warrior Dash, various Music Festivals, Yankee Peddler arts & crafts festival, and much more!
Pigskin's Pals Free Summer Fun
Join Visit Canton's kids club "Pigskin's Pals" for free admission to attractions, goodies, and unique experiences in and around Canton all summer long. Including these amazing locations:
- Pro Football Hall of Fame
- McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
- National First Ladies’ Library
- Beech Creek Gardens
- Center Ice Sports Complex
- Pav’s Creamery North Canton
- Skymax Trampoline Arena
- The Troll Hole Museum
- Funtimes Fun Park
- Laser Quest Canton
- Nom-Nom Cupcake Factory Belden Village
- Pegasus Farm Country Store and Gardens
- Pump It Up Hartville
- Akron/Canton Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
- Ninja Hub Gym
- Sapphire City Board Game Parlor
- Doughy Paws Pizzeria
- Eastbury Bowling & Entertainment
- Massillon Recreation Center
- Holiday Inn Canton
Membership to Pigskin's Pals is FREE and available to children ages 2-12 years of age. Sign-up here.
Camp Invention®, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, is where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations.
Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills, be empowered to have big ideas, and be inspired to question and brainstorm as they build invention prototypes.
Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure!
Visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register.
Everyday Heroes Activity Center
The Everyday Heroes Activity Center uses the Maltz Museum’s special exhibition space to offer children and families a way to explore the values of everyday heroes, celebrating everyday superpowers within each of us through books, crafts, and movement.
Make your own masks and capes, zoom around the good mood movement area, paint kindness rocks to give and share, build a better world with jumbo blocks, be the hero of your own story at our puppet theater, and more! Plus, you can explore the Museum’s core exhibition, An American Story, on a self-guided tour designed four younger audiences on the Everyday Heroes StoryWalk.
For ticket information or to bring a group call 216-593-0575 or visit www.maltzmuseum.org.
More Summer Fun Options
Spray parksoffer a fun interactive way for children to beat the heat during the summer. And what makes them even better is that they are often FREE or low cost.
Calling all City of Cleveland residents! Enjoy these FREE Swimming Pools in Cleveland. Be prepared to show your ID upon arrival.
Pack a picnic lunch, grab your towel and sunscreen and enjoy these fun Outdoor Water Parks.
Pick up some balloons the next time you are at the store and cool off at home with these Fun Water Balloon Games
Beat the heat, by enjoying a movie in the comfort of an air conditioned theater. Many local theaters offer Special Dollar Movies during the summer months.
Of course you can also enjoy a movie under the stars at one of the FREE Outdoor Movies. Remember your lawn chairs and blankets!
Take the family to enjoy a Drive In Movie.
Go see a live theatrical or musical performance at a local theater.
Whether you have a little engineer or you’re the train junkie, you'll want to check out the best train rides in Ohio.
Take your dog to one of the area Dog Parks
Get out your bikes and take a Family Bike Ride On the Towpath Trail
Don't have a bike or a way to get your bikes to the trail? Consider renting bicycles instead.
Go down the HUGE slide at Secrest Arboretum, tour Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens or visit one of the many other Outdoor Gardens & Arboretums across Northeast Ohio
Grab your smart phone, download the free geocaching app and head out on a Geocaching scavenger hunt
Try your hand at Orienteering
Go for an adventure to the Canopy Walk and Tower at the Holden Arboretum
Sign your kids up for one of the area outdoor adventure or sports themed Kids Clubs.
Did you know there are Castles in Ohio? Plan a trip to check out one of more this summer!
See Bald Eagles (and baby eaglets) in the Wild at Walborn Reservoir
Relax at the park on a warm summer evening and enjoy the music at a FREE Outdoor Summer Concerts
Watch the Goodyear Blimp take off from the hanger across the lake at Wingfoot Lake Park
Support local farmers and get some delicious food at a local Farmers Market
Head out to go strawberry picking
Take a Trip to the Farm and get up close with farm animals, meet the farmers and learn about what it takes to be a farmer.
Ride on a Canal Boat pulled by a Horse
Or go on a horseback riding adventure with trails rides or lessons. There are many places to go horseback riding.
Find a treasure at one of the top Flea Markets in Ohio
Make a stop at one (or two, or three) of the area Homemade Ice Cream Shops.
Challenge your family to mini golf, batting cages or bumper cars at one of the area Outdoor Play Centers.
Think Laser Tag, Inflatables, Trampoline Parks and more at one of the local Indoor Play Centers. Bonus: You can play in the comfort of air conditioning!
Take the kids skating at these local Roller Rinks.
Sign the kids up for the Kids Bowl FREE Program and let them bowl free all summer long and many local bowling alleys. Note: Shoe Rental Fees may apply
Or you can register for the Kids Skate FREE program offered at two roller rinks. Note: Skate Rental Fees may apply
Pack a frisbee and play a game of Frisbee / Disc Golf. There are lots of local courses to choose from.
Lace up some skates and go Ice Skating….it's not just for the winter months!
Rent a Canoe or Kayak and enjoy a ride down the river.
Book an overnight stay in a Tree House
Head to an Indian's Game and see the Kid's Clubhouse
Attend an area Summer Camp
Do Science Experiments at Home
Encourage your kids to read by singing them up for one of the FREE Summer Reading Programs
Sign your Kids up for Art Classes let them express their creativity this summer
Take Music Lessons and learn to play an instrument or sing
Sign your kids up for a Vacation Bible School held at many local churches
Star gaze and learn about Astronomy
Sit in the driver seat of trucks and tractors at a local Touch-a-Truck Events Bonus: Most are FREE
Find an area Playgroup to Join
Get some great deals on gently used children's clothing at an area Kid's Spring/Summer Consignment Sale
Treat dad to a special Father's Day Activity
Plan a staycation and take a day (or more) to explore the fun cities in Northeast Ohio. We've got you covered with the top Things to do in Cleveland, Things to do in Canton, Things to do in Akron and Things to do in Youngstown.
You could go a little further and check out the funn things to do in Lousiville, KY head to the Smoky Mountains and experience the amazing things to do in Gatlinburg, TN or take family trip and enjoy the things to do in Indianapolis
Of course, Paradise Ohio is also just outside your front door!
Does your child have a birthday party during the summer months? Use the Birthday Party Planning Guide to help make planning a breeze.
Enjoy a free kid's meal at one of the restaurants that offer Kid's Eat Free
Get a sitter for the kids and enjoy time away at one of these amazing romantic getaways in Ohio
Only interested in the free events? Check out the list of FREE Summer Fun in Northeast Ohio for ideas and inspiration
So how about you? Are there any locations on the list that you've been to before? Attractions you're hearing about for the first time? I'd love for you to leave a comment about the places on the list you'd recommend or if there are any places you know of that didn't make the list.
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