Traveling can be expensive, but it doesn’t need to be. When I travel with my family, I often seek out free things to do with kids so my family can travel as often as possible. The more money we save when we travel, the more frequently we can afford to travel. Sometimes I run across free attractions that are pretty outstanding and Cleveland, Ohio, has several things to do with the kids that fall into that category.
The Cleveland Museum of Art on University Circle has long been a favorite for my kids. Think of a sampler of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and you pretty much get the picture. The art museum in Cleveland boasts an incredible permanent collection, which is always free for visitors. Highlights include the Egyptian Exhibit, which is one of the finest in the country, the Byzantine Collection and the Armor Court.
Minutes away from the art museum, you’ll find one of Cleveland’s gems, Lake View Cemetery. While a cemetery may not be your first choice for an outing, this graveyard should be the exception. It’s home to several roadside attractions, a 9/11 Memorial and the stunning James A. Garfield Monument. Soak in the architecture of the park, referred to as Cleveland’s “outdoor art museum” while learning a bit of local, and not-so-local, history.
His home may no longer stand for tours, but John D. Rockefeller left his mark on Cleveland when he donated over 270 acres of land to be used as a park for the city. Today, 250 acres of that land remains. You’ll find both the cultural gardens and Rockefeller Park Greenhouse within its borders. Pack a lunch, take a stroll and enjoy the themed gardens.
The International Women’s Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport honors the women who played an important role in aviation. You can’t help but learn a thing or two before you leave.
With some advance preparation you may be able to set up a tour the The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and learn about the building that is listed as a national historic landmark, and about the world of money. If you don’t meet the minimum of 10 people required for the tour, you can still pop in to visit the Learning Center and Money Museum where you’ll learn more about money than you ever imagined from the temporary and permanent exhibits on display.
If you’d like ideas of more frugal ideas, don’t miss the Free Things to Do section that contains ideas throughout the U.S.
Have you spent time in Cleveland? Did you find a free attraction that your family enjoyed? Please leave a comment telling us why you enjoyed it so other traveling moms can check it out.