West Side Mar­ket — 1979 West 25th St. Cleve­land.
With ori­gins of the land dat­ing back to 1840, the West Side Mar­ket is Cleve­land’s old­est pub­licly owned mar­ket. It be­gan as an open air mar­ket­place on a do­nated tract of land at the cor­ner of West 25th (Pearl) and Lo­rain. The cen­ter­piece of the mar­ket —  the yel­low brick mar­ket­house with an in­te­rior con­course — was de­signed by the ar­chi­tects Ben­jamin Hubbel and W. Do­minick Benes who also de­signed other fa­mous build­ings in Cleve­land. The mar­ket­house was ded­i­cated and opened to the pub­lic in 1912. Its 137-foot-clock tower has stood as a Cleve­land land­mark for over a cen­tury. The last ma­jor ren­o­va­tion was in 2004 when the ar­cade por­tion of the mar­ket was en­closed and heated and ma­jor in­te­rior and ar­chi­tec­tural ren­o­va­tions were com­pleted in the main build­ing.
To­day there are more than 100 ven­dors of eth­nic di­ver­sity. Visi­tors can find not only fine meats and fresh veg­eta­bles, but also fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheese prod­ucts, and even fresh flow­ers. Booths also sell ready-to-eat foods, herbs, candy and nuts. Tourists from all over the world visit the mar­ket ev­ery year; last year it is es­ti­mated that over a mil­lion peo­ple vis­ited the mar­ket.
The Mar­ket is open year round. Mon­day & Wed­nes­day: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Fri­day & Satur­day: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun­days: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Closed Tues­days and Thurs­days.
For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http:// west­side­mar­ket.org/ or call 216-664-3387.
In­for­ma­tion from http:// west­side­mar­ket.org/.

Vil­lage of Cha­grin Falls — N. Main St, Cha­grin Falls
Visi­tors to Cha­grin Falls will find a walk­a­ble and ar­chi­tec­turally in­trigu­ing his­toric vil­lage with a nat­u­ral wa­ter­fall and dam lo­cated in the cen­ter of town. The vil­lage life­style that de­fine Cha­grin Falls is a source of com­mu­nity pride and a draw to vis­i­tors from around the world.
Although a small town, Cha­grin Falls has abun­dant green space. The vil­lage’s  parks pro­vide res­i­dents and vis­i­tors a place to play with their chil­dren, pic­nic out­doors, view three wa­ter­falls along the Cha­grin River or en­joy a quiet walk in the woods.
Some places to visit while in Cha­grin Falls in­clude:
Bell Street Park — Lo­cated at Bell Street and Main, this small “pocket park” fea­tures pic­nic ta­bles, sev­eral memo­ri­als, an an­tique foun­tain and views of the up­per (man made) falls.
Falls View­ing Area — Seat­ing ar­eas and sev­eral stair­cases on both sides of the river pro­vide view­ing for the large wa­ter­fall lo­cated in the cen­ter of the vil­lage. Stair­cases are closed dur­ing times of in­clement weather for safety.
River­side Park — Lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the Cha­grin River, stretch­ing be­tween lo­cal ice cream shops and the Cha­grin Falls Li­brary, River­side Park houses a chil­dren’s play­ground, a cov­ered pic­nic shel­ter, and am­ple green space. Off-street park­ing is avail­able di­rectly be­side the park off of Orange Street. Each year, this park is the site of lo­cal fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing the Blos­som Time Car­ni­val and Art by the Falls. Ac­ces­si­ble by side­walk.
Tri­an­gle Park — Sum­mer con­certs and hol­i­day cer­e­monies are of­ten seen in Tri­an­gle Park – Cha­grin Falls’ ver­sion of the vil­lage square. This small cen­trally lo­cated park fea­tures a his­toric Band­stand at its cen­ter, with paved walk­ways and planted gar­dens.
Whites­burg Na­ture Pre­serve — Estab­lished in 1996 on for­mer Chase Bag Com­pany land, this na­ture pre­serve fea­tures a fast-flow­ing seg­ment of the Cha­grin river, a slow-flow­ing part with beavers, a swamp, a bog, for­est, and field, all in a few small acres. This en­trance to this park is lo­cated at the end of High Street.
For more in­for­ma­tion on vis­it­ing Cha­grin Falls, go to cha­grin-falls.org/.
In­for­ma­tion from cha­grin-falls.org/.

Lake Erie Na­ture and Science Cen­ter — 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Vil­lage. 440-871-2900
Lake Erie Na­ture & Science Cen­ter pro­vides free ad­mis­sion seven days a week and of­fers qual­ity na­ture, en­vi­ron­men­tal and sci­ence ex­pe­ri­ences through school field trips, preschool, fam­ily, Scout­ing and plan­e­tar­ium pro­grams, na­ture hikes and a va­ri­ety of wildlife ex­hibits, along with do­mes­tic and wildlife close en­coun­ters.
The num­ber of pro­grams of­fered per year has in­creased from 100 in 1987 to over 2,300 pro­grams, serv­ing more than 166,000 peo­ple each year.
Lake Erie Na­ture & Science Cen­ter teaches the won­ders of wildlife through its live an­i­mal ex­hibits, wildlife ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and free wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices.
In­door and out­door an­i­mal ex­hibits give chil­dren and fam­i­lies the chance to learn about na­tive wildlife­and see them up close. Visi­tors can get ac­quainted with a  Red Fox, Bald Ea­gle, Great Horned Owls and more crea­tures each day­be­tween 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. with free ad­mis­sion.
Lake Erie Na­ture & Science Cen­ter is also home a wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity, the only one in Cuya­hoga County. The Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram ad­mits more than 1,400 ill and in­jured wildlife each year.
Pro­fes­sional plan­e­tar­ium tech­nol­ogy and staff sup­port an at­mos­phere of learn­ing and ex­plor­ing — un­der the stars. Pro­grams and in­struc­tion can be adapted to meet the needs of any child. Pop­u­lar pro­grams for stu­dents and pri­vate groups in­clude the Rea­sons for the Sea­sons and The Na­ture of En­ergy.
Lit­tle ones will en­joy Twin­kle Tots, cu­ri­ous stu­dents will love vis­ing on a field trip or for rocket camp and life­long learn­ers can en­joy SkyQuest and peer­ing through a tele­scope at the night sky.
For more in­for­ma­tion on vis­it­ing the Lake Erie Na­ture and Science Cen­ter, call 440-871-2900 or visit www.lensc.org/.
In­for­ma­tion from www.lensc.org/.


Cleve­land Botan­i­cal Gar­dens — 11030 E. Blvd., Cleve­land.  216-721-1600
More than 10 in­di­vid­ual gar­dens can be found at the Cleve­land Botan­i­cal Gar­dens.
Young ex­plor­ers will en­joy the Her­shey Chil­dren’s Gar­den as they search for frogs and fish, ob­serve a hon­ey­bee hive or play within an imag­i­na­tive tree­house. Her­shey Chil­dren’s Gar­den was one of the first such gar­dens in the coun­try and the first in Ohio when it opened in 1999, and still serves as a model for chil­dren’s gar­dens around the world. With its mix of mini eco­log­i­cal ar­eas, in­clud­ing the pond, prairie and wood­land, as well as the man­i­cured flower gar­dens, it is a place for guests of all ages to ex­plore, learn and find ad­ven­ture.
The Ja­panese Gar­den can be a haven for re­flec­tion as vis­i­tors are drawn into a deeper con­tem­pla­tion of the nat­u­ral world and one’s place in it. Cross a bridge, stroll through a tea gar­den and pause be­neath a wis­te­ria-cov­ered trel­lis. The dry cas­cade has been achieved with a clas­sic com­po­si­tion of rocks, clipped ev­er­green aza­leas, and weath­ered beach stones. Or­na­men­tal grasses, Aus­trian pines, Ja­panese maples, hem­locks and Asi­atic lilies fill you with peace and seren­ity.
The Glasshouse of­fers a year-round es­cape to the spiny desert of Mada­gas­car and the but­ter­fly-filled rain­for­est of Costa Rica. The Glasshouse fea­tures some of the strangest plants you’ve ever seen, in­clud­ing “up­side down” baob­abs, bot­tle-shaped pachy­podi­ums, a colos­sal stran­gler fig and more. Fea­tured are  350 species of ex­otic plants and 50 dif­fer­ent types of but­ter­flies, birds, rep­tiles and am­phib­ians that flut­ter, climb and crawl through nat­u­ral­is­tic habi­tats. The Glasshouse is unique among con­ser­va­to­ries be­cause it shows how plants, an­i­mals, ge­ol­ogy and cli­mate in­ter­act in del­i­cate bal­ance.
For more in­for­ma­tion on vis­it­ing, call 216-721-1600 or visit www.cb­gar­den.org.
In­for­ma­tion from www.cb­gar­den.org.

Cleve­land Aquar­ium — 2000 Sy­camore St., Cleve­land.  216-862-8803
Hours: Mon­day – Sun­day, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed Christ­mas and Thanks­giv­ing)
Visi­tors to the Greater Cleve­land Aquar­ium will find eight gal­leries and more than 50 ex­hibits. One can “travel” to  Aus­tralia, South Amer­ica, Africa and the Indo-Pa­cific; dis­cover aquatic life na­tive to the lakes and rivers of Ohio, and ex­otic aquatic life na­tive to the Red Sea, Eastern Asia, In­done­sia, Fiji and Hawaii.
The real-time Shark Cam al­lows vis­i­tors to watch moray eels, stingrays, groupers, an­gelfish. a gi­ant bar­racuda, four species of shark and other amaz­ing ocean crea­tures from the 230,000-gal­lon shark ex­hibit.
The Ohio Lakes + Rivers gallery fo­cuses on fish na­tive to Ohio. Newly up­dated in May of 2014, the Ohio Lakes + Rivers gallery fea­tures many ex­hibits, in­clud­ing chan­nel cat­fish, shin­ers and bass. Guests can walk through a heav­ily wooded for­est and not only en­counter sev­eral na­tive species of fish, but also tur­tles and rep­tiles. The Dis­cov­ery Hut gives kids an op­por­tu­nity to re­search and ex­plore us­ing mi­cro­scopes and ob­ser­va­tion jour­nals.
The Ex­plo­ration Sta­tion is de­signed and set up as a re­search ves­sel; lo­cated on the sec­ond floor of the Pow­er­house, it is home to the elec­tric eel. Kids are also in­tro­duced to life on the sea where they can visit the Cap­tain’s quar­ters, act as a re­searcher, watch ed­u­ca­tional videos and par­take in hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties.
On dis­play in the Dis­cov­ery Zone is the moon jel­ly­fish ex­hibit, lo­cated in the base of one of the Pow­er­house’s orig­i­nal smoke­stacks. Guests are able to learn about their life stages, from polyps to fully grown jel­lies, and watch as they “glow” in the dark.
In ad­di­tion to street spots, there is a paid park­ing lot di­rectly in front of the Aquar­ium.
For more in­for­ma­tion on vis­it­ing the Cleve­land Aquar­ium, call 216-862-8803 or visit http:// greater­cleve­landaquar­ium.com.
In­for­ma­tion from http:// greater­cleve­landaquar­ium.com.