Baby's Day Out » Cleveland, OH

Baby's Day Out in Cleveland, OH

It's always a great day for an outting in Cleveland, so pack your diaper bag and head outside. There are plenty of activities in this city by the lake that you and baby can enjoy together.
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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Do you have a dinosaur lover in your family? If so, be sure to schedule a stop at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History into your trip. This place is packed with dinosaurs both inside and outside. These giant structures, both skeletons and reproductions of the actual creatures, will amaze children (and adults!) of any age. Also on display are animals native to the Cleveland area, as well as information about how the area was formed. Hands-on exhibits at the Smead Discovery Center will keep younger children entertained.  The ever-changing special exhibits are always exciting, and make sure there’s always something new to see. Even the tiniest ones can get their hands dirty and experience new textures.

North Chagrin Reservation

Break out your jogging stroller for this trip. If you love nature, you’ll love North Chagrin Reservation. There are tons of walking trails, both long and short, and the river is a great place to sit and pass time. There are two lakes at the park that are both always full of geese, so bring some bread and let baby feed them. Her squeals of delight will make your day! The best thing about the place is Squire’s Castle. It’s not really a castle at all, but a servant’s house for a mansion that was never built. The stone structure resembles a castle, and is open to the public if you want to wander its rooms. It’s a great backdrop for photos, so bring your camera for sure if you plan to travel here.

North Chagrin Reservation

Break out your jogging stroller for this trip. If you love nature, you’ll love North Chagrin Reservation. There are tons of walking trails, both long and short, and the river is a great place to sit and pass time. There are two lakes at the park that are both always full of geese, so bring some bread and let baby feed them. Her squeals of delight will make your day! The best thing about the place is Squire’s Castle. It’s not really a castle at all, but a servant’s house for a mansion that was never built. The stone structure resembles a castle, and is open to the public if you want to wander its rooms. It’s a great backdrop for photos, so bring your camera for sure if you plan to travel here.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Bring your baby to see the creatures of the sea at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. This old building, which once housed a power company, has still retained much of its original character now that it’s an aquarium – they even use an old steam tower as a lobster tank. Since it’s an old building, there are some narrow pathways that would make wider double strollers difficult. For this reason, strollers and wagons aren’t allowed on the weekends, so bring your little one through the week. It’s a little smaller than many aquariums. You can probably get through this one in one or two hours, but it’s always fun to go back through a second time to look at your favorite displays. Parking is $3 through the week and $5 on the weekend, but if you’re not afraid to hoof it there are several free lots within walking distance.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This giant piece of parkland is easily one of northern Ohio’s most beautiful treasures. Cuyahoga National Park preserves over 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland to Akron. There’s almost no limit to what you can do while you’re here. Take a hike or a bike ride, explore caves, canoe, kayak, fish, go horseback riding or watch the birds. Most paths will easily work with a jogging stroller, but you may have to wear your baby in a carrier on some of the rockier paths. The huge park is packed with visitor centers, so make sure to start your trip off by visiting one and pick up a map – it’s easy to get lost out there! All of the visitor centers have changing areas, so do diaper checks before you hit the trails.