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During my 20 years living in Cleveland, I was one of its biggest unofficial ambassadors. From the time I arrived, I was blown away by what an amazing city it was and it’s grown so much in that time that it has become an even more incredible place with so much to do, see, and experience — especially for families.
While it’s a fairly big city, it is still small on some levels, which makes it a great place to visit for a weekend trip or getaway. It’s easy to navigate, you can drive, take an Uber, taxi, ride the bus, or even the Rapid (Cleveland’s version of an above-ground subway.) There are plenty of wonderful hotels to choose from, many in walking distance to world renowned dining and wonderful attractions.
There is so much to do and see in Cleveland for families, that these are just some of my favorite experiences.
See The City From A Kayak Or Jet Ski
A fantastic and fun way to see the city in a unique and memorable way is by kayaking or on a jet ski. Great Lakes Watersports is located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, which winds its way through Cleveland’s Flats and out to Lake Erie. You can rent by the hour and even rent a boat as well. This is a wonderful way to see the football stadium, Burke Lakefront Airport, the E. 55th Street Marina, and more, all from lakeside. If you are interested in a guided kayak tour, be sure to check out Kayak 41 North. They have a Cleveland Rocks Sunset tour where you paddle from Whiskey Island to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and then out to Lake Erie for a close-up view of Cleveland’s historic harbor lights. Other intriguing tours include a Burning River Sunset Tour with promises of views of the Cleveland skyline, city lights, and illuminated bridges; and there are Day Trips for those endurance and adventure- filled families.
Narrated Sightseeing Tours On The Goodtimes III
A memorable way to learn about Cleveland while gliding along the Cuyahoga River and into Lake Erie is on the Goodtimes III. This ship is the largest sightseeing vessel in Cleveland and is also the largest quadruple deck 1,000 passenger luxury ship on the Great Lakes. The top deck is a spacious sun deck, the second deck is semi-opened and the main deck is glass- enclosed and is air-conditioned as well as heated (the Cleveland weather does love to throw curve balls!). You can take a narrated sightseeing tour that lasts approximately two hours, and while riding you are not confined to your seat. You can move about for the best view and best angle for photographs. Along the way you’ll enjoy the panoramic Cleveland skyline, while learning about the many sights in the city as well as little known historical facts.
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