What to Do On A Rainy Day in Cleveland Plus

It happens to all of us: the winter weather breaks and we get giddy to be outside in the warmer air. Then pesky Mother Nature reminds us Northeastern Ohio needs those Spring showers and so we’re forced back inside. Instead of being home bound until the Fourth of July, consider these options on where you can still get out and about in the Cleveland Plus area but stay dry in the process.

Instead of being home bound until the Fourth of July, consider these options on where you can still get out and about in the Cleveland Plus area but stay dry in the process.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Many don’t know that within the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is located an entire Learning Center and Money Museum. Located on East Sixth Street in downtown Cleveland, visitors are welcome to stop in and experience hands-on, interactive exhibits to learn about finance, economics and the history of money. Guests can even make their own currency as a part of their visit! The Learning Center and Money Museum are open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 – 2:30. Admission and tours are free. Learn more at clevelandfed.org

Punch Bowl Social Cleveland    

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For those familiar with the recent additions to the East Bank of the Flats, one stand out includes Punch Bowl Social, an adult playground that opened in the Fall of 2015. In addition to dinner and brunch menus, activities include bowling, darts, billiards, marbles, ping-pong, vintage arcade games and more. But Punch Bowl Social Cleveland’s best kept secret is its two private karaoke rooms. The spaces can be rented out by the hour and include a full guide of available songs for living out your rock star dreams – but in a (soundproof!) space that feels like you’ve got the privacy of your own home. Learn more at punchbowlsocial.com

Akron Art Museum

While Cleveland proper is home to several world-renowned art institutions, Akron is holding its own in the creative art form with the Akron Art Museum. Dedicated to sharing modern art created since 1850, the museum features an array of ongoing events featuring learning and cultural opportunities for all ages. There’s a small fee for admission, but Thursdays are free for all. Learn more at akronartmuseum.org.  

Akron Art Museum
Photo: Akron Art Museum Instagram (@AkronArtMuseum)

Tabletop Board Game Café

If you love board, card and table games, you’re in luck as you can now grab a bite to eat and something to drink as you kick back at this gamer’s paradise in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. $5 provides guests with unlimited access (both in time and amount) to a library of all the games you can imagine. Want to make this hot spot your go-to on rainy days? Memberships are available. Learn more at tabletopcleve.com.

MAPS Air Museum  

Next time you fly in and out of Akron Canton Airport, make some extra time to see some additional aircrafts at the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton. This non-profit organization, mostly run by volunteers, is focused on sharing history of military aviation. In addition to an incredible collection of planes, its Gallery of Heroes honoring the people who flew the planes featured in the collection is a special feature. Learn more at mapsairmuseum.org.

Ride Around the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel   

Revisit your childhood memories of riding hand-carved wooden carousel horses as a part of this unique area at the Cleveland History Center. The pieces that once made up the Grand Carousel at Euclid Beach Park have been brought back together for new generations to enjoy inside and away from any inclement weather. The Carousel runs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. You get double the fun as two rides are included with the price of general admission. Learn more at wrhs.org 

Photo: Cleveland History Instagram (@clestartshere)
Photo: Cleveland History Instagram (@clestartshere)

The Erie Social                       

Ohio’s First Indoor Shuffleboard Club, The Erie Social, opened in Marblehead in 2015. But those living closer to downtown Cleveland won’t have to drive out to Ottawa County as The Erie Social will open a second location on Cleveland’s West side later this year. In addition to indoor and outdoor regulation-length shuffleboard courts, the new location will feature tabletop shuffleboard, plus darts, cornhole and other tabletop games. Learn more at theeriesocial.com.

Ohio Wine Shuttle

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you still can’t get around. And when there’s wine involved, it’s best to have a designated driver. The Ohio Wine Shuttle, coordinated by The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, runs all year round to offer the area’s residents and its visitors a fun way to learn more about Northeast Ohio Wine Country and its wineries. Stops on the tour rotate but can include wineries such as Chalet Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars and The Winery at Spring Hill. Learn more at thelodgeatgeneva.com/play/wine-shuttle.

Alicia Hansen
Alicia Hansen

Alicia Hansen is the writer behind the blog, Always Alicia (formerly Poise in Parma). In her professional life, Alicia is a marketing director & event professional. In her spare time, she teaches yoga around Northeast Ohio. She's the mama to a beautiful baby girl, wife to a rocket scientist and dog mom to two Golden Retrievers. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @aliciamhansen.