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Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, located east of Cleveland in Bay Village, is a place where young and adults can learn about wildlife and nature. The center, founded in 1945, houses an animal rehabilitation clinic as well as a variety of indoor and outdoor animal exhibits.

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
28728 Wolf Road
Bay Village, OH
440 871-2900

Cleveland Area Beaches

Headlands state park, Ohio
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Lake Erie isn't necessarily known for its beaches, but a couple of notable exception are the beach at Mentor Headlands Park, east of Cleveland in Lake County. This long stretch of white sand is ideal for getting lost in a good novel, watching the waves lap up at the shore, or combing for seashells. There's even a picturesque lighthouse. The park has ample free parking, just off the beach.

Another good choice is Breakwater Beach at Geneva State Park in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. This large cove beach has lifeguards, picnic tables, and restrooms. Parking is free here, too.

Cleveland Public Library

Coventry Library in Cleveland Heights Ohio
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The main branch and 28 neighborhood branches of the Cleveland Public Library house more than 10 million books, tapes, DVDs, and CDs--all available to loan to Cleveland area residents. Visit the historic main library on Superior Avenue, between E 3rd and E 6th Sts for its classic architecture and peaceful, outdoor reading courtyard. Many branches also have childrens' sections.

Medina Toy and Train Museum

Located right on the square in the center of Medina, this small museum features dozens of model train set-ups, interactive childrens' exhibits, model cars and airplanes dating back to 1900, and lots of dolls and toys. There's even an on-site library with books for loan about toys and trains. The museum is open Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from noon to 5pm.

Medina Toy and Train Museum
7 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
330 764-4455

Goodyear World of Rubber

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Learn about Akron's history of rubber production at the Goodyear World of Rubber museum for free. Exhibits include a replica of Charles Goodyear's workshop, depicting his discovery of vulcanization; a model of a rubber plantation; displays of tires; a film about the process of tire production; and other Goodyear memorabilia. Hours are Monday through Friday from 830am to 430pm.

Goodyear World of Rubber
1201 East Market St.- fourth floor
Akron, OH 44305
330 796-7117
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