4 Outdoor activities to enjoy in and around Cleveland this spring/early summerMichelle McQuade | May 24, 2022
One of the best things about living in Cleveland is the abundance of green open spaces and outdoor destinations just minutes from urban conveniences. In the spring/early summer, the metro is enveloped by a blanket of freshness, making it the perfect season to explore the many outdoor activities the area has to offer.
Here are some of the best things to do:
- Bask in the beauty and tranquility of Lake View Cemetery
To Clevelanders, Lake View Cemetery is more than just a cemetery. Designed after the Victorian cemeteries of Europe, this over 150-year-old resting place is also frequently visited by locals and tourists for its beauty and history. In the spring, the cemetery is decked with blooming magnolias, daffodils, and other flowering plants. The paved roads allow for a leisurely stroll or drive, and the surrounding hills and trails provide scenic hiking and biking opportunities. Two architecturally significant structures in the cemetery – the Wade Chapel and the James A. Garfield Memorial – reopen in the spring after being closed for the winter.
- Have an outdoor adventure in the heart of the city
Cleveland truly lives up to its nickname of “The Forest City” with the abundance of green open spaces in the area. The Cleveland Metroparks system maintains 18 reservations encompassing around 24,000 acres, perfect for outdoor activities in the spring. Some of the best things to do in these reservations include hiking, kayaking, biking, and bird and wildlife watching.
The top places to go include:
- Tour the metro on a bicycle
The cool spring weather is perfect for going around Cleveland on bike. There’s an abundance of biking trails that go through the most scenic spots in the city and the neighboring communities, including:
Ohio to Erie Trail
Encompassing 326 miles, the Ohio to Erie Trail goes through four cities, several small towns, and wide open countryside. From Cleveland, the trail traverses the picturesque Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the city of Akron, then links to the Sippo Valley Trail in Massillon and beyond.
The Black River Reservation Bridgeway and Steel Mill Trail
This scenic 9.3 mile trail is considered an easy path and is also popular among runners, hikers, and bird watchers. The Bridgeway Trail passes through forests, meadows, and bridges, including the 1,000-foot bridge over the Black River. The Steel Mill Trail is a continuation of the Bridgeway Trail and passes the old slag fields from the former US Steel Mill.
Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway
Stretching 17 miles, the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway runs along the shores of Lake Erie between Euclid and Lakewood. It traverses parks, nature preserves, cultural sites, residential neighborhoods, and city streets, making for a variety of sceneries and riding experiences.
- Visit the Holden Arboretum
The Holden Arboretum is a great place to visit any time of the year, but it is especially captivating in the spring. The arboretum features several hiking trails that meander through breathtaking gardens with colorful flowers in full bloom, as well as through leafy forests or around a lake. You and your family can also take the 500 foot long Murch Canopy Walk, and explore the forest canopy from 65 feet above the ground.
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