20 Socially Distant Things to Do When It's Hot AF in Cleveland

As another hot weekend scorches Cleveland, we put together a few activities to safely occupy your time, either in the water or air-conditioned spaces. Some require online reservations to enable social distancing, so make sure to look at the websites provided in the captions before heading out.

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 Go On The Brewboat
5300 Whiskey Island Dr., Cleveland
Drinking? Check. Boating? Yep. Getting a work out? You bet. Brewboat, Ohio’s first and only human-powered cycleboat is a wonderful way to get outside, see the city, and have some brewskis. This totally unique experience holds up to 14 people at a time and heads down the Cuyahoga River so check it out.
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Go On The Brewboat

5300 Whiskey Island Dr., Cleveland

Drinking? Check. Boating? Yep. Getting a work out? You bet. Brewboat, Ohio’s first and only human-powered cycleboat is a wonderful way to get outside, see the city, and have some brewskis. This totally unique experience holds up to 14 people at a time and heads down the Cuyahoga River so check it out.

Photo via @BrewCle/Instagram
 Visit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
From hiking the Towpath, to seeing and taking a ride on the historic railroad to biking, there are an infinite number of activities to partake in at the picturesque Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you haven’t been in a while (or, gasp, ever) now’s the time.
Photo via @CuyahogaValleyNationalPark/Instagram

Visit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

From hiking the Towpath, to seeing and taking a ride on the historic railroad to biking, there are an infinite number of activities to partake in at the picturesque Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you haven’t been in a while (or, gasp, ever) now’s the time.

Photo via @CuyahogaValleyNationalPark/Instagram
 Get Some Ice Cream 
What is there better to do on a hot summer day then cool down with some ice cream? With a plethora of local options, you’ll surely find something you love.
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Get Some Ice Cream


What is there better to do on a hot summer day then cool down with some ice cream? With a plethora of local options, you’ll surely find something you love.

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 Swim in Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
12001 State Rt. 282, Garretsville
About 40 miles East from Cleveland on 422, you’ll find Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, where you’ll find one of the best campgrounds and natural sights around. Whether you just went to go camping, jump off the quarry or see some live music, you should visit this place. In August alone, there are three music festivals at the park.
Photo via @NelsonLedgesQuarryPark/Instagram

Swim in Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

12001 State Rt. 282, Garretsville

About 40 miles East from Cleveland on 422, you’ll find Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, where you’ll find one of the best campgrounds and natural sights around. Whether you just went to go camping, jump off the quarry or see some live music, you should visit this place. In August alone, there are three music festivals at the park.

Photo via @NelsonLedgesQuarryPark/Instagram
 Surfing
Lake Erie
Catching waves on Lake Erie seems like an urban legend, but trust us, it does happen! While winter is the best (and most insane) time of year to get some big surf action, there's still plenty of water to ride around on in warmer months. Since all of our local waves are caused by wind, you'll have to wait for the proverbial perfect storm to get some serious action. Edgewater is the best place to go.
Photo via @OhioLakeSurf/Instagram

Surfing

Lake Erie

Catching waves on Lake Erie seems like an urban legend, but trust us, it does happen! While winter is the best (and most insane) time of year to get some big surf action, there's still plenty of water to ride around on in warmer months. Since all of our local waves are caused by wind, you'll have to wait for the proverbial perfect storm to get some serious action. Edgewater is the best place to go.

Photo via @OhioLakeSurf/Instagram
 Stand Up Paddling
Various Locations
It's just like surfing. Kind of. If you want the feeling of catching a wave without worrying too much about swallowing mouthfuls of Lake Erie water or coming into contact with whatever creatures lurk beneath its surface, stand up paddling may be more up your alley. Stand on something that closely resembles a surfboard and glide calmly through the water as you push off with a paddle: a sort of surfing and kayaking hybrid. Huntington Beach and Edgewater both have this activity.
Photo via @AlohaSUPOhio/Instagram

Stand Up Paddling

Various Locations

It's just like surfing. Kind of. If you want the feeling of catching a wave without worrying too much about swallowing mouthfuls of Lake Erie water or coming into contact with whatever creatures lurk beneath its surface, stand up paddling may be more up your alley. Stand on something that closely resembles a surfboard and glide calmly through the water as you push off with a paddle: a sort of surfing and kayaking hybrid. Huntington Beach and Edgewater both have this activity.

Photo via @AlohaSUPOhio/Instagram
 Go See a Drive-In Movie
Seeing a movie from the car sounds to us like a perfect activity for the hot weather. With five theaters around Northeast Ohio, you’re sure to find one close to you. Just make sure you crank the AC up.
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Go See a Drive-In Movie



Seeing a movie from the car sounds to us like a perfect activity for the hot weather. With five theaters around Northeast Ohio, you’re sure to find one close to you. Just make sure you crank the AC up.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Go Visit a Roadside Attraction Within driving distance of town there are a ton of cool things to see. A giant basket of apples? Check. A stack of Volkswagen Beetles? Yep. A tribute to Dave Grohl in Youngstown. That too. From the weird and strange to the interesting and educational, you’ll find a drive that’s right for you. 
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Go Visit a Roadside Attraction


Within driving distance of town there are a ton of cool things to see. A giant basket of apples? Check. A stack of Volkswagen Beetles? Yep. A tribute to Dave Grohl in Youngstown. That too. From the weird and strange to the interesting and educational, you’ll find a drive that’s right for you.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Get Lost at the Cleveland Museum of Art
One of the best art museums around sits on East Boulevard just waiting for you. The world-renowned collection spans continents and eras, from Italian Renaissance to modern, from ancient Greece to African, and more. Obviously, always more. Spend a day getting lost.
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Get Lost at the Cleveland Museum of Art



One of the best art museums around sits on East Boulevard just waiting for you. The world-renowned collection spans continents and eras, from Italian Renaissance to modern, from ancient Greece to African, and more. Obviously, always more. Spend a day getting lost.

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 Best Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Ave., Cleveland  
The competition for this particular award gets steeper every year with the absolute explosion of local breweries in Northeast Ohio. But Great Lakes, which opened in Ohio City in 1988, is still the archbishop of Cleveland's microbrewery diocese and it continues to innovate even as it pumps out its standbys. Whether you're trying something fresh and experimental at the pub or buying a six-pack from Dave's, Great Lakes is the city's beer — and that's not changing anytime soon.  
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Best Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company

2516 Market Ave., Cleveland

The competition for this particular award gets steeper every year with the absolute explosion of local breweries in Northeast Ohio. But Great Lakes, which opened in Ohio City in 1988, is still the archbishop of Cleveland's microbrewery diocese and it continues to innovate even as it pumps out its standbys. Whether you're trying something fresh and experimental at the pub or buying a six-pack from Dave's, Great Lakes is the city's beer — and that's not changing anytime soon.

Photo via Scene Archives