A Field Trip In Our Own Backyard!

In Northeast Ohio, kids are lucky to be surrounded by attractions both natural and cultural! Every age is welcome here, and this region truly rolls out the red carpet for tots up to teens!

Fun fact: I was homeschooled almost my entire life in NEO, and my teacher (a.k.a, mom!) took full advantage of our region’s amenities! My days involved field trips and real-world learning that brought to life everything I was reading in my textbooks. The best part? I never got bored.

Of course, you don’t have to be a homeschooling family to enjoy everything NEO has to offer! Whether you’re looking for fun day trips or how to spend a Saturday afternoon, the following suggestions are kid-friendly no matter what.

 

Cuyahoga County

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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Source: Facebook

In Cleveland’s Flats just across the river from downtown, this stellar aquarium offers up-close-and-personal encounters. My favorite part is the tunnel with clear walls, allowing sea creatures to swim over your head!

 

Rockefeller Greenhouse

Field Trips Rockefeller

Nestled in the University Circle neighborhood, discover a world-class exploration of our earth and the natural forces that surround us – or, in the case of the massive dinosaur exhibit, those that used to!


 

Summit County

National Inventors Hall of Fame

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Source: Facebook

In Akron, this is much more than a museum. Enjoy an interactive celebration of innovation that allows for return visits again and again.



Coshocton County

Roscoe Village

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Source: Facebook

In Coshocton, walk the streets of a restored town alongside the Ohio and Erie Canal. As a kid, my eyes were wide and taking in the sights from over a century ago.



Richland County

Ohio State Reformatory

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Mansfield is home to a historic prison with Hollywood connections! Some even say the building is haunted…



Stark County

William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Field Trip McKinley

This museum and science center, in Canton, mixes the best of both worlds. Fascinating history and interactive displays to keep a kid’s attention.



Wayne County

Secrest Arboretum

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Source: secrest.osu.edu

Enjoy this beautiful garden setting in Wooster, operated by The Ohio State University. You can walk for hours exploring to your heart’s content.



Tuscarawas County

The Warther Museum

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Source: Warther Museum Facebook Page

Dover is home to this museum celebrating Ernest Warther’s renowned hand-carvings that must be seen to be believed.



All of NEO

The Towpath Trail

Field Trip Towpath

From the top of NEO in Cleveland through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way down to Tuscarawas County, this historic pathway covers all kinds of terrain. Whether you’re looking for a grueling workout or a pleasant walk in nature, the towpath is for you.

Ryan Collins
Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins is a writer and traveler. Currently based in Lakewood, he has lived all across Northeast Ohio. A Kent State University alum, today, Ryan works in admission at Baldwin Wallace University. His work has been published by Cleveland Plus, Belt Magazine and in conjunction with Destination Cleveland. Learn more at www.ryanscollins.com.