By Linsey N. Saunier
Fall is the perfect “Time to Explore” Cleveland Metroparks. The season’s cooler temperatures also bring colorful displays of fall foliage to the reservations, golf courses and trails throughout the Emerald Necklace. Fall also brings some of Cleveland Metroparks most beloved events such as Boo at the Zoo, Nature at Night, Fall Fest and Hands on Heritage.
Boo at the Zoo presented by Citizens Bank Marks 30 Years of Family Halloween Fun
Cleveland’s favorite Halloween tradition at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is returning for its 30th consecutive year of family-fun.
For nine nights in October, the Zoo is transformed into an enchanting Halloween festival. Dress up in fun costumes, make creepy crafts and visit treat stations on Trick or Treat Street. Additional Halloween activities include costumed characters, a hay maze, a monster mash dance party and attractions such as the Boomerang Train Line, 4-D Theater and Circle of Wildlife Carousel.
Boo at the Zoo is a great opportunity to visit the Zoo after hours and see your favorite zoo animals under the stars. Illuminate the night with flashlights and experience performances by magicians, stilt-walkers, clowns and jugglers.
Visit Cleveland Metroparks Boo at the Zoo the weekends of October 11 to 13, October 18 to 20 and October 25 to 27. Kids of all ages will enjoy this neighborhood of safe and fun Halloween entertainment. Several nights sell out each year, so get your tickets before they disappear at FutureForWildlife.org/Boo!
Explore the Natural World After Dark with “Nature at Night”
Join Cleveland Metroparks on Saturday, September 21 at North Chagrin Nature Center for a variety of night themed exploration and activities. Learn and look for nocturnal animals after dark from 5 to 10 p.m. with a walk through a nighttime animal maze, a shadow puppet program and children’s crafts. Use this opportunity to discover the night sky through telescopes where the moon and stars are magnified. Nature at Night is a free event and open to all ages.
Travel Back to the 18th Century at Fall Fest
Visit Brecksville Reservation on Sunday, September 29 to experience a day in the life of an 18th century pioneer. This free family-friendly event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with folk music, candle making, magician and more. Sample a variety of traditional 18th century foods such as fresh pressed apple cider, popcorn and honey! Additional opportunities for purchase include pony rides, food and souvenirs.
Learn about Cleveland’s History at First People Day
Bring your family to the Rocky River Nature Center on Saturday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a free event dedicated to the unique history of Northeast Ohio cultures. Explore Cleveland’s native history and how Native Americans lived on the land with demonstrations, talks, hikes and more! The day will be filled with cultural dance performances, presentations by local scholars, native craftsman and guided history hikes.
Experience Fall Hay Rides, a Cleveland Metroparks Tradition
Cleveland Metroparks popular tractor-drawn hayrides are returning this October at the Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation! Experience autumn with the whole family on an old-fashioned hay ride offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Rides are offered every Saturday in October, rain or shine, and leave every 30 minutes. Rides without hay throwing are available upon request for families who prefer a calmer experience.
Experience Fall at Cleveland Metroparks Eight Golf Courses
Golf into fall with seasonal discounts at all of Cleveland Metroparks eight spectacular courses throughout Emerald Necklace. There’s a perfect course for everyone, whether you’re a beginner seeking a quick nine holes or an experienced golfer looking to master a championship layout.
Fall in love with countless fall activities offered by Cleveland Metroparks. In addition to the family-friendly special events, take time to appreciate the natural world at one of the park district’s 18 reservations. Cleveland Metroparks features more than 300 miles trails across the Emerald Necklace offering picturesque views of peak fall foliage such as at Hinckley Lake in Hinckley Reservation, Tinker’s Creek George Scenic Overlook in Bedford Reservation and Squire’s Castle in North Chagrin Reservation. Learn more about all of the experiences offered at Cleveland Metroparks at clevelandmetroparks.com.
Boo at the Zoo