40 Bucket List Things to Do in Cleveland This Summer

Nice weather in Northeast Ohio only lasts a few months, and there's just oh so much summer goodness to pack into those sweet days. Here's a checklist of some of the best summery — and often cheap — things to do in Cleveland before those leaves start to fall. 
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 Kayaking the River
There are few better ways to enjoy the sights of Cleveland than traveling through its main waterway in a kayak. The mighty Cuyahoga winds through Northeast Ohio carrying gigantic ore ships and weekend travelers, but it also affords you, the novice outdoorsman, the chance to kayak alongside them. Whether you're looking for a quick two-mile jaunt or a five-mile marathon down the river (which is very much clean these days, thank you very much), there's an option for you. Check out 41 Degrees North, River Cruiser Kayaking or Great Lakes Watersports for an awesome adventure.

Kayaking the River



There are few better ways to enjoy the sights of Cleveland than traveling through its main waterway in a kayak. The mighty Cuyahoga winds through Northeast Ohio carrying gigantic ore ships and weekend travelers, but it also affords you, the novice outdoorsman, the chance to kayak alongside them. Whether you're looking for a quick two-mile jaunt or a five-mile marathon down the river (which is very much clean these days, thank you very much), there's an option for you. Check out 41 Degrees North, River Cruiser Kayaking or Great Lakes Watersports for an awesome adventure.
 Disc Golfing
With courses all over Northeast Ohio, and most of them free of charge, disc golfing is a fun outdoor activity for dates or buddies or (with no promises of success) children. You throw specialty discs — you'll have to buy them or locate a cousin who's weirdly into it already — at "holes:" metal posts with chandelier-esque chains attached. It's that simple, and it's less time-consuming than a full round of 18 holes. Find courses in Hudson, at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, at Tri-C's Parma campus (actually on campus), and the region's premiere course at Euclid's Sims Park.

Disc Golfing



With courses all over Northeast Ohio, and most of them free of charge, disc golfing is a fun outdoor activity for dates or buddies or (with no promises of success) children. You throw specialty discs — you'll have to buy them or locate a cousin who's weirdly into it already — at "holes:" metal posts with chandelier-esque chains attached. It's that simple, and it's less time-consuming than a full round of 18 holes. Find courses in Hudson, at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, at Tri-C's Parma campus (actually on campus), and the region's premiere course at Euclid's Sims Park.
Visit the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is free every single Sunday to residents of Cleveland and East Cleveland thanks to a gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation (bring proof of residence in the form of a state ID, utility bill, paystub or W2) and tickets are discounted to $1 every day with a SNAP EBT card. (Tickets in all cases need to be reserved in advance via the museum’s website.) Explore current exhibits on biodiversity and extinction, gaze in wonder at the universe at the planetarium, roam the outdoor wildlife center filled with foxes, coyotes, bald eagles, otters and cranes, and generally bask in the glorious beauty that is the natural world.
Visit the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is free every single Sunday to residents of Cleveland and East Cleveland thanks to a gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation (bring proof of residence in the form of a state ID, utility bill, paystub or W2) and tickets are discounted to $1 every day with a SNAP EBT card. (Tickets in all cases need to be reserved in advance via the museum’s website.) Explore current exhibits on biodiversity and extinction, gaze in wonder at the universe at the planetarium, roam the outdoor wildlife center filled with foxes, coyotes, bald eagles, otters and cranes, and generally bask in the glorious beauty that is the natural world.
 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.

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.
Go To The Beach
Hit the beach and better than that, hit all of them. Edgewater is a gem, Euclid Beach is beckoning, Huntington Beach is pristine, and Mentor Headlands is just a short drive out east with gorgeous views and the added bonus of putting you close to Scooter’s Dog House and all the glorious footlong dogs and pounds of golden fries you could dream of and the best tacos in Northeast Ohio at La Casita in Painesville. Looking for something outside of the usual rotation? Refer to Scene’s handy guide to 19 low-key beaches within driving distance of Cleveland at clevescene.com/beaches.
Go To The Beach

Hit the beach and better than that, hit all of them. Edgewater is a gem, Euclid Beach is beckoning, Huntington Beach is pristine, and Mentor Headlands is just a short drive out east with gorgeous views and the added bonus of putting you close to Scooter’s Dog House and all the glorious footlong dogs and pounds of golden fries you could dream of and the best tacos in Northeast Ohio at La Casita in Painesville. Looking for something outside of the usual rotation? Refer to Scene’s handy guide to 19 low-key beaches within driving distance of Cleveland at clevescene.com/beaches.
Bicycling
Grab your bicycle and join hundreds of your closest pals for Slow Roll Cleveland’s free, leisurely paced, 10-mile rides through neighborhoods east and west every Monday during the summer. Find the schedule and meeting points at slowrollcleveland.com. Or grab that bike and hit any of the Metroparks' many, many trails, or the city of Cleveland's like, one bike path.
Bicycling

Grab your bicycle and join hundreds of your closest pals for Slow Roll Cleveland’s free, leisurely paced, 10-mile rides through neighborhoods east and west every Monday during the summer. Find the schedule and meeting points at slowrollcleveland.com. Or grab that bike and hit any of the Metroparks' many, many trails, or the city of Cleveland's like, one bike path.
Go Camping
So maybe you did know that you can go camping in Northeast Ohio, but maybe you need a reminder that whether you're in the back of an RV, roughing it with nothing but a tent, or looking for a cabin to rent in the remote wilderness, the Buckeye State is blessed with more Mother Nature than you could cover in a lifetime. Pack up a cooler with the requisite supplies, and enjoy a weekend (or week) outdoors doing whatever people do. 
Photo via @C.Dietrich/Instagram

Go Camping



So maybe you did know that you can go camping in Northeast Ohio, but maybe you need a reminder that whether you're in the back of an RV, roughing it with nothing but a tent, or looking for a cabin to rent in the remote wilderness, the Buckeye State is blessed with more Mother Nature than you could cover in a lifetime. Pack up a cooler with the requisite supplies, and enjoy a weekend (or week) outdoors doing whatever people do.

Photo via @C.Dietrich/Instagram
Classical Revolution Cleveland
Classical Revolution Cleveland, featuring violinists Victor Beyens and Ariel Clayton Karas, bassist Henry Samuels and pianist Chris Neiner, has for years been providing free concerts to the community, mostly at the squad’s home base of Happy Dog in Detroit Shoreway, but also outdoors through the pandemic and at offbeat locations like senior centers. They return in June to their free monthly shows after taking May off with more unique programs and special guests. The Cleveland Orchestra may be a world treasure, but Classical Revolution brings intimate and affordable classical performances to the masses. Keep up with their schedule at facebook.com/classicalrevolutioncle
Classical Revolution Cleveland

Classical Revolution Cleveland, featuring violinists Victor Beyens and Ariel Clayton Karas, bassist Henry Samuels and pianist Chris Neiner, has for years been providing free concerts to the community, mostly at the squad’s home base of Happy Dog in Detroit Shoreway, but also outdoors through the pandemic and at offbeat locations like senior centers. They return in June to their free monthly shows after taking May off with more unique programs and special guests. The Cleveland Orchestra may be a world treasure, but Classical Revolution brings intimate and affordable classical performances to the masses. Keep up with their schedule at facebook.com/classicalrevolutioncle
Cleveland Public Theatre
If shows at Playhouse Square are out of your reach, you can still catch dynamite theater whatever your budget at Cleveland Public Theatre, which last year expanded its pay-what-you-want policy to include all tickets to all shows. The city’s home for original and experimental works did so in the belief that art is essential and it thus must be economically accessible. Find CPT’s full schedule cptonline.org and buy your tickets there or by calling the box office.
Cleveland Public Theatre

If shows at Playhouse Square are out of your reach, you can still catch dynamite theater whatever your budget at Cleveland Public Theatre, which last year expanded its pay-what-you-want policy to include all tickets to all shows. The city’s home for original and experimental works did so in the belief that art is essential and it thus must be economically accessible. Find CPT’s full schedule cptonline.org and buy your tickets there or by calling the box office.
Hit Up A Dance Party
In addition to all the concert series, also be sure to check out a whole bunch of no-cover themed series and monthly dance parties at clubs around town: Dollar Country is usually spinning dustbin country at the Little Rose Tavern every month, Emo Night Cleveland brings all the tunes and emotions, and Black Mass Cleveland’s punk-rock drag showcase shouldn’t be missed.
Hit Up A Dance Party

In addition to all the concert series, also be sure to check out a whole bunch of no-cover themed series and monthly dance parties at clubs around town: Dollar Country is usually spinning dustbin country at the Little Rose Tavern every month, Emo Night Cleveland brings all the tunes and emotions, and Black Mass Cleveland’s punk-rock drag showcase shouldn’t be missed.