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Five ways to enjoy fall in Cleveland this year

Michelle McQuade | September 30, 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, USA downtown skyline on the Cuyahoga River at dusk.

Fall brings a lot of things. In addition to the cooler weather, there’s the colorful red-and-gold foliage, as well as items and events that have become symbolic of the season, such as pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, and Halloween, just to name a few.

As much as we want to enjoy the season to its fullest, we still need to observe restrictions that were imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy the season. Here are five quintessential fall activities in Northeast Ohio that you can still do without risking your health and safety.

  1. Visit the Arrowhead Orchard

    Paris is about an hour and a half’s drive away from Cleveland, but the trip is worth it. Arrowhead Orchard is a one-stop destination for every essential fall activity imaginable. They have a pumpkin patch as well as a sprawling apple orchard where you can pick different varieties of apples. For the children and the young-at-heart, they can go on hayrides or train rides at Arrowhead Orchard, or stage a competition at the on-site obstacle course. Check their website here for more information about their schedule.

  2. Go hiking at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    With the government slowly easing restrictions, now is the perfect time to go for a lengthy hike or even just a picnic at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Go on a weekday to enjoy the environment at its most pristine and quietest. And to maximize social distancing, opt to visit national park attractions that are less popular. That way, you’ll get to experience more of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Plan your trip ahead and check this page for news and guidelines.

  3. Experience the paranormal at the Ohio State Reformatory

    Looking for something different to do this upcoming Halloween? Invite your bravest friends or family to go on a ghost tour at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, located approximately an hour and a half outside of Cleveland. The Ohio State Reformatory is reported to be one of the most haunted locations in the country, but more than that, the place is rich in history. Be sure to bring face masks as you’ll be required to wear one as you embark on the ghost tour.

  4. Spot famous graves at the Lakeview Cemetery

    A stroll at Lakeview Cemetery might seem creepy at first, but it’s a nice place to enjoy the fall foliage. This expansive cemetery is great for long walks, and you can enjoy views of the foliage in all their glory without having to constantly worry about social distancing. As you walk, see if you can spot some of the famous graves here, including that of John D. Rockefeller and Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians.

  5. Go fishing at Edgewater Beach

    Enjoy the peace and stillness fall brings as you wait for fish to take your bait at Edgewater Beach. The waters of Lake Erie are teeming with marine life. All you need is a reliable pole and some bait to catch steelhead, walleye, and smallmouth bass. If you’re not a fan of fishing, sit down for a picnic and watch the autumn sunset.

Check my other blogs to find more things to do in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio this season. You can also get in touch with me, Michelle McQuade, your top Cleveland realtor, for more updates on Cleveland real estate. Contact me at 624.157.6323 or MichelleMcQuade(at)HowardHanna(dotted)com.

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