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Explore the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

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What's more fun than seeing dozens of shiny antique cars, trucks, racing cars, and airplanes? The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum is home to score of these vehicles, all simply and accessibly displayed. Located in the lower level of the Western Reserve Historical Society building, the musuem is fun for car lovers of all ages. The Crawford has a sizeable collection of early Cleveland-made autos.

Cedar Point

Cedar Point - Sandusky Ohio
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Cedar Point, the second oldest amusement park in the country, sits at the end of a slender strip of land, at the edge of Lake Erie. Located about an hour and a half's drive from downtown Cleveland, the park boasts the largest number of roller coasters in the world, ranging from the venerable, wooden "Blue Streak" to the 420 foot tall "Top Thrill Dragster."

Take a Ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

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The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs through Ohio's only National Park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, from Cleveland to Akron and Canton. A variety of excursions are offered year-round and each trip is a different adventure filled with fun, history and beautiful scenery.

Popular excursions for kids include the "Thomas the Train" theme rides, the Halloween trick or treat events, and the holiday "Polar Express."

Cruise Lake Erie on the Goodtime III

Goodtime III - Cleveland Ohio
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he Goodtime III is Cleveland's largest sightseeing vessel. The spacious, four-deck ship operates a regular schedule of Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River narrated sightseeing cruises from June through September as well as periodic theme cruise and kids cruises. It's a favorite of all ages.

Visit Preston's H.O.P.E Playground

Preston's Hope Playground, Beachwood Ohio
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Preston's H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Play and Enjoy), located in Beachwood, is a playground designed to allow children with a variety of disabilities to play with their families and other children, the first such playground in Northeast Ohio. The 60,000 square feet playground is packed with play structures on multiple levels connected by ramps. Activity panels with lively motion activated music are found throughout on walls, pathways, and on play structures.

Take in a Cleveland Indians Game

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Baseball is fun for the entire family. It's affordable (bleacher seats start at just $12); the atmosphere is exciting; and the Indians are winning. What's more: Progressive Field has a playground for kids and kid favorite "Slider" is always around to greet the little ones.

Tour a Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House - Cleveland Ohio
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"A Christmas Story House," located in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood, was the main set for the well-loved 1983 Christmas movie, "A Christmas Story." The house is newly restored and is open year-round as a tourist attraction and museum.

Wildwater Kingdom

Geauga Lake
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Wildwater Kingdom Water Park, located southeast of Cleveland in Aurora Ohio, is a 690 acre family-fun complex, complete with all kinds of water slides and other water features. The park complex, the former Geauga Lake, first opened in 1888 and is one of the country's oldest amusement parks.

Amazone Family Entertainment Center

Amazone Family Entertainment Center - Medina Ohio
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Amazone, in Medina, is a jungle full of excitement for children as they venture through two indoor playgrounds themed as the Amazon and equipped with all of the climbing, mazes and slides a kid could only dream of, and the Laser Tag facility runs deep into the Amazon Jungle with the best laser tag system available. Get lost in the Arcade room that has all of your favorite arcade video games.

Explore the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

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The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, founded in 1966, is a peaceful green space nestled among the gracious houses of Shaker Heights, just each of Cleveland. The facility features a variety of trails that illustrate six natural habitats, as well as a nature center with exhibits about the Northeast Ohio landscape. Best of all, admission is free.
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