Activities & Attractions: Suburbs South

HIDDEN GEMS: Cleveland Area

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS: Cleveland,  Suburbs WestSuburbs East,  Suburbs South

MUSEUMS, THEATER, OPERA, DANCE


Brecksville Reservation
Photo: Cleveland Metroparks

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; clevelandmetroparks.com)


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 are inclusive, engaging and reflective of the community’s diversity. The seven-show 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; thebrecksvilletheatre.org)

 

Broadview Heights Splash Park
Photo: Broadview Heights Park & Rec Department

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.org/524/Splash-Park)


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; broadview-heights-spotlights.org)


Metroparks Canalway Center

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; clevelandmetroparks.com)


Go Ape
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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 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.ke it stick. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Perfect for birthday parties and corporate team building. (16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville 44136; goape.com)


Kids Playing Hockey

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; obmarena.com)


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