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7 Summer Attractions and Experiences for Cleveland Seniors and Their Families to Enjoy

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senior_events_clevelandAs the weather gets warmer, there’s plenty to do and see in Cleveland. From art festivals to sporting events, it’s the perfect time of year to spend outdoors with family and friends.

If you’ve reached retirement, the old summer tradition of visiting theme parks is probably no longer your cup of tea. However, enjoying the warm weather that summer brings doesn’t have to be a distant memory.

Make this summer one to remember with these senior friendly attractions and experiences that Cleveland has to offer.

Please note that these attractions are listed in order of appearance and highlight important information you need to know to attend.

1. Enjoy Live Music at the Elyria Summer Concert Series (Elyria)

The Elyria Summer Concert Series is a great way to kick off summer. The concert series lasts from June to August, with shows every Thursday at Ely Square Gazebo. Spend your afternoon listening to live music from local musicians, including Ed Klimczak, Mike Moore and Figure 8. 

Entry Price: Free.
Event Details: Every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ely Square Gazebo, 420 Broad Street, Elyria, OH 44035.

2. Shop Local at the Summer Fun Craft Fair (Parma)

Cool off from the hot sun at the Summer Fun Craft Fair. This indoor event features 40+ local artists, showcasing handmade arts and crafts. Additionally, there will be contests and raffles for you to participate in, as well as activities for the kids. A portion of all proceeds from the event will be donated to a local program, Greater Cleveland Young Marines.

Event Price: $2 for adults; free for children 12 and under.
Event Details: June 29 - 30 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ridge Road United Church of Christ, 6050 Ridge Road, Parma, OH 44129.

3. Explore Historical Vessels at the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival (Cleveland)

Immerse yourself in our region’s rich maritime history during the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival. In conjunction with the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series, this four-day waterfront festival gives you and your family the opportunity to tour historical sailing vessels from around the world, including Appledore IV and Pride of Baltimore II. In addition to boarding the ships, the public can enjoy live entertainment at Cleveland’s waterfront.

Entry Price: $15 admission fee; $13 for seniors, veterans and active military members; $10 for kids ages 5 - 14.
Event Details: July 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and July 12 – 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cleveland’s downtown waterfront, located between East Ninth Street Pier and Dock 32.

4. Grab a Bite to Eat at the Avon Lake Summer Market (Avon Lake)

Hosted by Girls Give Back, the Avon Lake Summer Market was created to raise money for those in need, while supporting local makers and bakers. Fun for all ages, the market features more than 100 vendors, selling art, furniture, jewelry, produce and more. Grab a bite to eat from several featured food trucks, all while listening to live music as the sun sets over Lake Erie.

Entry Price: Free.
Event Location: July 26 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and July 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 32756 Lake Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012.

5. Take a Stroll Around the Cleveland Botanical Garden (Cleveland)

The Cleveland Botanical Garden is a lush and peaceful sanctuary filled with ten acres of plants and flowers from around the globe. The garden offers daily drop-in activities for families to enjoy arts and crafts for young children. Activities are themed weekly, including Story Time in the Tree House. The garden also hosts educational programs for adults, including art classes, as well as health and wellness activities. For more information on adult programming at Cleveland Botanical Garden, click here.

The garden is wheelchair accessible.

Upcoming Event: Meet and greet the animals in the Madagascar Biome at Garden and Glasshouse Explorations every Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Entry Price: Free for garden members; $12 for adults; $8 for children between the ages of 3 and 12; free for children 2 and under.
Event Location: Event times and dates vary. Located at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106.

6. Cool Off with Ice Cream (Various Locations)

What’s better than cooling off with a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day? Lucky for you, Cleveland is home to several locally owned ice cream shops. Gather the grandkids for a fun evening out, or pick up your favorite flavor at one of these locations:

Entry Price: Prices vary by location.  
Location: Locations across Cleveland and surrounding areas.

7. Volunteer at a Local Nonprofit (Various Locations)

Retirement offers seniors plenty of free time to pursue passions. For many, this involves giving back to those in need. There are several organizations located in and around Cleveland, looking for volunteers to offer a helping hand. Whether it’s serving meals to the less fortunate at a food pantry or reading books to children at the local library, you’re sure to find a cause you’re passionate about. Bonus points if you can get your children or grandchildren involved!

Entry Price: Free.  
Location: Locations across Cleveland and surrounding areas.

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in 2016, and was updated for 2019 to be more current and comprehensive. 


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