10 Cleveland-Area Must-Dos Before Summer Ends

10 Cleveland-Area Must-Dos Before Summer Ends

The Cleveland Indians at Progressive FieldProgressive Field, photo by Matthew Rome

As August begins and back-to-school supplies hit the shelves, it’s easy to feel like the summer has slipped away. However, there are still plenty of sunshiny days and warm nights left to enjoy. If you are looking for some ideas of how to spend this last month of summer, here are 10 adventures to complete before this beautiful season ends.



1. Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center

Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center
Photo by Roger Mastroianna, courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra

The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra plays an outdoor summer concert series at Blossom Music Center through Labor Day. You can pack your own picnic and enjoy beautiful music under the summer sky. Lawn tickets start as low as $15 and children under 18 can attend for free (two children per adult ticket purchased.) Of particular note for families are the Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes concert on Sunday, Aug. 13 and the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial concerts that take place September 1-3.

2. Miniature golf

Grab your kids and head to Swings-N-Things, Sweeties Golfland, Sundae Funday’s, or Memphis Kiddie Park for a golf game that won’t cause you stress about pars or tee times. This classic summer activity brings the whole family together for some friendly competition.

3. Lake Erie Islands

Take a day trip to Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island to get a taste of the tropics close to home. There’s nothing like the lake breezes to make you feel like summer is here to stay. Both islands have great options for families: cave tours, kayaking, playgrounds, biking to a national monument, and a state park.

4. Local pools & splash pads

Enjoy the dog days of summer and beat the heat at your local pool or splash pad. Most are open through Labor Day, so as the season winds down, don’t miss your chance for this classic summer activity.

5. Backyard oasis

Catch fireflies, play a pick-up game of baseball or soccer, swing and slide, fire up the grill, and just generally enjoy the magic of being outside in your own backyard.

6 Take in a ball game

Before the boys of summer are gone, head to a Cleveland Indians, Akron RubberDucks, Lake Erie Crushers or Lake County Captains game to enjoy America’s pastime, along with all the trimmings of hot dogs, fireworks, and family fun.

7. Hit a beach party

Edgewater Live, photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks

The Cleveland Metroparks puts on an amazing, free outdoor summer concert series at both Edgewater Beach and Euclid Beach. Enjoy some local live music, along with our beautiful Lake Erie beaches and sunsets. The brand new Edgewater Beach House also is not to be missed. If University Circle is more your speed, Wade Oval Wednesdays offer live music, face-painting, food trucks, and more.

8. Fairs & festivals

There are so many wonderful fairs and festivals in the summer months, celebrating culture, food and music — some with rides and games, too. (Click here to find end-of-summer festival fun.) One of the biggest festivals in Northeast Ohio in August is the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy (Aug. 12-15), but there are a lot of other options, from ethnic enclaves to county fairs.

9. Be a ride warrior

There’s nothing like feeling the summer breeze through your hair on a roller coaster. For little ones, Memphis Kiddie Park can be a great local option that is just the right size with all kid-friendly rides. For an experience that caters to the whole family, Cedar Point is the perfect place for an end-of-summer adventure.
*To enter a drawing to win one of three family 4-packs of tickets to Cedar Point, click here! The contest closes at noon on Monday, Aug. 7

10 Find a food truck

Summer is the prime season for delicious food on wheels. Downtown Cleveland plays host to food truck events weekly on Tuesdays in Public Square (bonus, you can play in the fountains there, too) and Wednesdays at Perk Plaza. You also can regularly find food trucks at Legacy Village every other Monday and Crocker Park on Tuesdays. Grab a taco, sit in the sunshine, and enjoy this fun way to eat outdoors.


Jen Rome is a born-and-raised Cleveland girl who is dedicated to experiencing all the wonderful places in town through the eyes of a wife and mother. You can find her blogs at whycle.com and northeastohioparent.com/bloggers.


About the author

Jen Rome
Jen is a born-and-raised Cleveland girl who is dedicated to experiencing and celebrating all the wonderful places in town, with her son Jeffrey, her husband Matthew, and a cavalcade of the best gal pals you could ever want. Jen owns her own consulting business; blogs for her own site, as well as Northeast Ohio Parent and Cleveland Plus; and holds board positions with Playhouse Square Partners and the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. She likes to say she wears many hats, all of them sparkly. Oh, and Jen is a big fan of all things sparkly, festive, and fun! Join her as she continues to find new and exciting things to do in the city we proudly call home!

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