Inspired Things to do in Northeast Ohio
August 3, 2017
Inspired Things to do in Northeast Ohio | Duende by Madam ZoZo

I’m going to tell you a secret: As an expat having lived an inner-city lifestyle in cosmopolitan metropolises around Asia-Pacific, I wasn’t pleased with relocating to the quiet and comparatively rural setting of Northeast Ohio. Over two years later, including three long snowy winters, this tropical butterfly is not sure she’s changed her mind. However, while I’m here I’m doing what an avid traveller and curious creative does – explore! Here are my top five things to do in Northeast Ohio that will charm even your most well-travelled self or visitor to the Midwest. Most of these are mere day trips from Cleveland and cover the arts, architecture, nature and culture.

Explore Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

The Tudor-revival mansion designed and built for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder Frank Seiberling is an impressive living museum. For more on the country manor, see the post Not For Us Alone – A Tudor Revival Mansion in Northeast Ohio.

Stan Hywet Hall - an amazing Northeast Ohio secret
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Birch Lane, Stan Hywet
Birch Lane on the Stan Hywet grounds
English Garden, Stan Hywet, Akron, Ohio
Stan Hywet's English Garden

Journey the Cuyahoga Valley Rail

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Rail journey is a relaxed way to observe the local countryside and seasonal changes throughout Northeast Ohio. If you’re feeling energetic, cycle the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and make use of the Bike Aboard! train for your return journey.

Drive the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Trails

Chasing the romantic covered bridges of Ashtabula County makes for a lovely Sunday drive. Two trails link bridges across the county which include the world’s longest and shortest covered bridges. Autumn’s coloured foliage creates a particularly beautiful backdrop to the bridges. Hop on over to The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County for a pictorial of my autumnal drive and links to helpful resources.

Mechanicsville Road Covered Bridge | Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
Harpersfield Covered Bridge
Harpersfield Bridge spanning the Grand River

Visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive history of rock that no music fan should miss. The Museum is housed in a glass double-pyramid with an abstract tower, designed by architect, I.M. Pei who also designed the Louvre. It contains everything from Beyonce’s stage costumes to large-scale props from U2’s Zoo TV tour.  Music fans are likely to spend an entire day soaking in the exhibits.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

Go Goodyear Blimp spotting around Wingfoot Lake State Park

This is one for all you aviation enthusiasts! There is a viewing area at Goodyear Airship Operations however the nearby Wingfoot Lake State Park provides picnic facilities and a children’s playground where you can enjoy the entire day, blimp or no blimp. Check the Blimp schedule for details.

Important Note: If you put “Goodyear Blimp Hangar” into Google Maps, it’s going to take you to the formerly Goodyear owned and operated hangar, now a Lockheed Martin facility. The correct address for the current hangar is 841 Wingfoot Lake Rd, Mogadore, OH 44260.

Inspired Things to do in Northeast Ohio | Duende by Madam ZoZo

Peruse the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art houses a world-class collection including Asian, European, African, Islamic and North American art. The gallery spans drawing, print, photography, textiles, painting and sculpture, along with decorative art and design. Due to the great generosity of its donors, general admission to the Museum’s permanent collections is FREE! There may be a charge for entry to temporary exhibitions.

Cleveland Museum of Art | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Inside the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Inside the Cleveland Museum of Art

Hike the Metroparks

Cuyahoga County alone possesses more than 23,000 acres of reservations that include 300 miles of walking trails, golf courses, lakefront parks and a zoo. Not to mention Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which lies mostly within Summit County and the other 14 counties that make up Northeast Ohio. You can’t go too far without finding a great place to hike, canoe, snowshoe, cross-country ski, horseback ride, picnic and swim.

Experience Amish culture

Ohio probably isn’t the place you think of when you’re looking for a new cultural experience. However, did you know the Amish community in the northeast of the State is the largest in the world (sorry Pennsylvania). I for one am fascinated by the unique lifestyle of the Amish and appreciate their slow lifestyle, fresh food, beautiful quilts and hand-crafted furniture. Yoder’s Amish Home is a great place to start getting acquainted with Anabaptist beliefs and way of life. Tour the traditional Amish home and barn, and take a buggy ride to get as close as possible to true Amish life.

Additionally, Amish Country offers the world’s biggest Cuckoo Clock in the “Little Switzerland” of Ohio – Sugarcreek, great antique shopping, and for all you turophiles (cheese lovers), there are several cheeseries offering generous tastings and a look into the cheese making process.

Amish Country, Ohio | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cheese cabinet at Heini's Cheese Chalet, Millersburg, Ohio
Cheese tasting at Heini's Cheese Chalet
World's Largest Cuckoo Clock, Sugarcreek, Ohio
World's Largest Cuckoo Clock, Sugarcreek

Be entertained at Playhouse Square

Did you know Cleveland is home to America’s largest performing arts centre outside New York? Playhouse Square is the place to enjoy Broadway shows, concerts, dance, comedy and theatre.

Have you tried any of these things to do in Northeast Ohio? Let us know in the comments, and no matter where you are in the world or how far you travel, don’t forget to explore locally.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Inspired Things to do in Northeast Ohio | Duende by Madam ZoZo

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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There are 2 comments

  • Joe says:

    I think Ohio actually has some hidden wonders. I’ve had quite a few nice outdoor experiences there. I also really enjoyed Columbus when I was there for a few days. I think too many people pass over the midwest without taking some time to see whats there! Great post!

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