Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The summer is just about upon us, and whether you've got vacation time or an unplanned work furlough on the horizon, there's a good chance many of us will be spending it close to home this year to save money. So, what's to do in Northeast Ohio? Tuesday morning at 9, we'll hear about hidden treasures that may not be on your radar screen and the cheap day trips. We look forward to hearing your picks, too, for the best "staycation" options. *photo courtesy Ohio Division of Travel & Tourism
ideastream® Staff Picks for Favorite "Staycation" Spots:
My favorite place is my backyard! But for local favorites, I'd have to say any of our wonderful lakefront spaces. I like going to Bradstreet's Landing in Rocky River. It's fun to watch the fisherman on the pier and my dog, Luna, play in the lake. Then my husband and I grab an ice cream cone before heading home. Good times!
Bridget De Chagas, Producer, The Sound of Ideas
Hocking Hills, Southeast Ohio
East Harbor State Park, Northwest Ohio
Mohican State Park, Loudenville Ohio
Nelson Ledges State Park, Northeast Ohio
All excellent low cost staycation get away sites.
Jeff Carlton, Technical Producer, The Sound of Ideas.
Sauder Farm and Craft Village in Archbold, Ohio is a restored village that shows what life in Western Ohio was like for the early settlers.
Hale Farm and Village, shows life for the Western Reserve settlers.
The Cleveland Botanical Glass House and Garden. Visit Madagascar and Costa Rica for less than the price of a couple gallons of gas.
The West Side Market. Our very own version of European market places.
Nancy Tatulinski, Senior Engineer
Going to Stan Hywet and then to a concert at Blossom.
Dan Bobkoff, Reporter
Schoepfle Garden, Birmingham, Ohio, little-known idyllic park
Whipp’s Ledges, Hinckley Reservation
North Coast Inland Trail, rail trail Elyria to Kipton, 27-mile round trip
Kokosing Gap Trail, Knox County, from Danville to Mt. Vernon, 28-mile round trip with stop midway in charming Gambier
Richland B&O Rail Trail, challenging 37-mile round trip, Mansfield to Butler
Cascade Park, Elyria, one of NE Ohio’s more impressive water falls
Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, Cleveland, one of the town’s greenest and loveliest spots
Black River Reservation, Lorain-Elyria, excellent bicycle & walking trail, 7-mile round trip
Paul Cox, Producer, The Sound of Ideas
I have three favorites:
--Amish Country…around Millersburg and Kidron
--taking my bike to South Bass Island
--the Lake Erie beach at Mentor Headlands
David Kanzeg, Director of Programming
--Taking the kids for a ride on the Rapid. It doesn't matter where. The trip itself is exciting for them.
--The Towpath Trail.
--The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, or if we don't want to drive: The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.
--The beach at Linwood in Vermillion
--The Memphis Kiddie Park (never been but hope to this summer)
Dan Moulthrop, host.
Cedar Point is so cool. I never get tired of rollercoasters. I also really like hiking at different parks in Ohio, especially Yellow Springs (they have a GREAT Ice Cream spot as well). The pool in my backyard is also a summer favorite.
Megan Smith, intern, The Sound of Ideas
Neil Zurcher’s Picks
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Vermilion Wooly Bear Festival
Ashtabula County Covered Bridges
State and County Parks
Mentor Nature Preserve
Musical Performances at Baldwin-Wallace College
Thomas Mulready’s Picks
Edgewater Park Biking
Greek and Church Festivals
Parade The Circle
Walk N Roll Cleveland
Cool Cats Festival
Michael Gill’s Picks
Blossom Music Center
Ohio Light Opera
Area Farmer’s Markets
Tamara Brown’s Picks
Hale Farm & Village
Akron Art Museum
The Southern Ohio Music Jamboree
Arts In August – The Cleveland Public Theater
Feast of the Assumption
The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
Archwood Avenue Street Fair
Merry-Go-Round Museum, Sandusky
Fastpitch Softball at Firestone Park
Inland Seas Maritime Museum
Duct Tape Festival
NASA Glenn Visitors Center
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
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