The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards seeks to gather the opinions of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Our readers and online followers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more.
Here are the winner and finalists in the “Best town to raise a family” category.
Click here to view winners and finalists in all 26 categories.
Solon is no stranger to “Best of” lists, with Solon City Schools consistently rated as one of the top public school districts in Ohio and the nation. In addition to top-notch schools, the city offers amenities for families of all ages and interests, from special events to kid-friendly activities — especially through its Recreation Department, the Solon Center for the Arts, and the Department of Senior Services. Add a plethora of shopping and dining options, plus playgrounds, parks and golf courses, and Solon offers ample family-friendly opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
Rich in parkland and directly adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville is a nature-loving family’s dream. In addition, its highly-ranked schools and small-town feel make the city a great place to call home. Year-round special events and a robust Recreation Department help round out the family-friendly amenities.
With its expansive Lake Erie shoreline, proximity to downtown Cleveland, and the unique vibe of its retail and dining scene, Lakewood is a popular place. It’s also very family-focused, from its schools, libraries and parks to its great annual events both kids and adults love.
Walkable neighborhoods, exceptional schools, ample parks and bike trails, and a unique mix of suburban and urban living are just a few of the assets that residents of historic Shaker Heights love. Located close to downtown Cleveland, Shaker Heights boasts a blend of quiet, tree-lined streets and vibrant retail and dining areas.