What are the best things to do with kids in Cleveland?

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Ryan Craggs

You’ll find plenty of things to do as a family in Cleveland, and the city’s affordability and wealth of cultural attractions make it a great place to bring your kids. Here are the five best:

1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If your kids are hitting their tweens, they’ll appreciate the history captured in this homage to rebellious rock. The museum also offers a way for parents to connect kids with the music of their youth — you know, before Justin Bieber.

2. The Great Lakes Science Center. Inside the same harbor as the Rock Hall, the Great Lakes Science Center offers kids a chance to touch things. Rather than just looking at relics or rocks, kids actually get to interact with many of the hands-on exhibits.

3. Pro sporting events. What Cleveland sports teams lack in championships, they often make up for in affordability. You can get field-level seats at the Cleveland Indians games, for example, for less than half of what you might pay in New York — and you’ll see the same level of competition, night-in and night-out.

4. Cedar Point. It’s not in Cleveland — it’s actually about an hour away — but if you’re looking for the thrills, no amusement park does it better. Cedar Point, in Sandusky, has long been considered one of the best (if not the very best) amusement parks in the world, with 74 rides and 16 roller coasters (including one that goes 120 mph).

5. Metroparks. Take a hike, ride a bike or even pet a pachyderm (that last one might be a stretch). Cleveland Metroparks offer a variety of outdoor activities and nature preserves, along with the Metroparks Zoo, one of the area’s most popular attractions.

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