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.
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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/.
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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/.
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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.
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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.
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Where to go in Cuyahoga County
West Side Market — 1979 West 25th St. Cleveland.