Got 12 Hours? Taking on Cleveland Like a Tourist

The story starts like most Cleveland stories do: a change of plans due to weather.

Though we couldn’t tackle the outdoor projects and activities we had intended when we planned this stay cation day, we were determined to not let the gray day — and looming downpours — ruin the opportunity.

Born, raised, and stayed, my husband and I had recently discussed the surprising number of Northeast Ohio attractions that we either hadn’t visited or shared with our kids yet.

I’m assuming others like us are more apt to call on their own hometown favorites and secret gems, and less inclined to spend time on the incredible tourist attractions of the region?

Inspired by the media following of Matthew McConaughey’s visit while filming in town this spring, we decided to take on the half-day in true tourist fashion, squeezing in a bit of everything, from educational and family friendly, to some much-appreciated adult time.

Some of the stops on our adventure:

What I do know is if your weather forecast is Cleveland, you learn to be flexible, and don’t let the elements stop you from getting out.

Summer is coming soon… are family staycations on your horizon? If so, how will you take on #CLE?

Got a couple days or more to work with? View this enchanting post from Destination Cleveland: How to Spend 48 Hours in CLE.

For more, check out the full #ThisisCLE Category for a treasure trove of posts, links and ideas.



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Christina Capadona-Schmitz

Christina Capadona-Schmitz (@ChristinaCS & @DownWithSpitUp) leads marketing communications for Oswald Companies, a risk management and financial services company in Cleveland, Ohio. She is on the clock 24/7 with her parenting resource blog, among other creative pursuits and community endeavors at Connect with her on LinkedIn at

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