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Tips to make the most of your Boo at the Zoo experience!
Posted: 9/27/2015
Tips to make the most of your Boo at the Zoo experience! Halloween is approaching fast! It’s time to figure out a costume and pick a date to head out to the 26 th annual Boo at the Zoo presented by Giant Eagle. This year Boo at the Zoo runs from October 15-18 and 22-25, and is open an extra hour each night, from 5-9 p.m.! With so many different family friendly activities, Boo at the Zoo can be a whirlwind for first-time visitors. So we’ve got a few handy tips to make your visit easy, so you can concentr...


The Urban Bird Gets the Worm
Posted: 7/31/2015
When I first started birding several years ago, I used to get confused or bewildered responses from people when I would tell them about how much I enjoyed it. But I’ve noticed that happening less and less frequently over the last two years or so. Now when I mention birding, I tend to get pressed for more information or asked questions about when the person can join me on a bird hike. Having witnessed this sort of subtle shift in my own personal experiences meant I was not surprised to find out recently ...


Rockin’ at the Docks at e55
Posted: 5/22/2015
Did you catch Saturday’s summer season debut of Cleveland Metroparks new live music series at "e55 on the lake?" Don’t worry if you missed it, Cleveland Metroparks has lined up a whole summer’s worth of live music at e55 on the lake, the restaurant at the East 55 th Street Marina, from 8-11 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on Saturdays through September 5, with a bonus band on Sunday, September 6 for Labor Day weekend. Enjoy sunsets over the lake, great food and refreshments at e55 and the sounds of some o...


Big Met Golf Course is the place to try out new activities this winter
Posted: 11/21/2014
Northeast Ohio may have gotten an advance this year on snowy weather, but if you look on the bright side it just means more opportunities for outdoor winter fun. One activity I’m really looking forward to doing again this year is cross-country skiing. I tried this classic winter sport for the first time last year and had much more fun than I anticipated. Never having been particularly coordinated, I expected cross-country skiing to be more difficult to get the hang of than it actually is. I ventured out...


This event tips the ‘scales’ on family fun
Posted: 8/20/2014
Have you ever gone for a hike in your favorite Cleveland Metroparks reservation and spotted a snake slithering across the path? Maybe you were wading in a creek when you noticed a turtle swim right past you. Cleveland is home to many different types of reptiles and here at Cleveland Metroparks, we think that’s something to celebrate! On Saturday, August 23, from 4-8 p.m., reptile fans of all ages will gather at The Shelterhouse Picnic Area in South Chagrin Reservation to share their love for these cold ...


Music is in the summer air throughout Cleveland Metroparks
Posted: 7/9/2014
The lakefront happy hour concerts at Edgewater LIVE and Euclid Beach LIVE might be garnering the majority of the headlines and publicity, but the truth is there’s music in the air across many of Cleveland Metroparks reservations. The music begins on Wednesdays at Garfield Park Nature Center. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. guests can bring a chair or blanket and their favorite picnic snacks to the nature center and relax to a variety of different music, including a drum circle on July 16 with Olu Manns of HeartBEAT...


Wild Ride at the Zoo was an idea 30 years in the making
Posted: 4/22/2014
Visiting Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was always a big deal when I was growing up. My family lived in a tiny house off Fulton Road, not too far south from Clark Avenue, and my mom was always looking for cost-effective ways to entertain us three kids. The Zoo was a great option (and still is) and it had the added benefit of being right down the street. As a kid, one of the things I used to think about as we made our way around the Zoo, was how cool it would be to ride my bike there. I couldn’t have imagined ...


March Maple Madness
Posted: 2/21/2014
Maple sugaring season in Cleveland Metroparks is a sure sign that we are in the final throes of winter, and after the winter we've had, we need all the signs we can get. The annual tapping of the maple trees in the Rocky River Reservation is a Cleveland Metroparks tradition that dates back to the early 1980s. Weather conditions that include below freezing temperatures at night and above freezing temperatures during the day are necessary to make the sap flow; meaning early March, when the Northeastern U....