Cuyahoga Valley National Park wins ‘Best Park or Place to Explore Nature’ at 2022 Parent Choice Awards –


The annual Northeast Ohio Parents’ Choice Awards seek to gather the opinions of local parents on all things family-friendly in the area. Our online readers and subscribers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more.

Here are the winner and runners-up in the “best park or place to explore nature” category.

Click here to see the winners and runners-up in all 30 categories.

Courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Winner: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail is a restored section of the original canal towpath. To the north of the park, the Canal Exploration Center details the history of the waterway in the 19th century. Brandywine Falls is one of many waterfalls, and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway runs through the park. Be sure to immerse yourself in the nature and history of Ohio’s only national park. 6947 Riverview Road, Peninsula
440 717-3890, nps.gov/cuva

Finalists:

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center honors Elberta Fleming’s vision by continuing to offer free admission to indoor and outdoor exhibits, operating one of two public-access planetariums in Cuyahoga County, providing free wildlife rehabilitation services to the public and educating thousands of people each year through nature-based programs for all ages. 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, lensc.org

Rocky River Reserve
The Rocky River Reservation is located in Berea, Brook Park, Cleveland, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Olmsted Township, and Rocky River. Massive shale cliffs rise above willows, sycamores, and cottonwoods, and numerous trails wind through the valley’s deep floodplain forests, grasslands, and wetlands. Wildlife is common in the valley, and visitors can expect to see many species of birds and some common Ohio mammals year-round, including white-tailed deer. Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted (8940 is Fort Hill Stairs and 7365 is the bridge and plunge bridge near the Rocky River Nature Center), 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.com

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Since 1966, the Shaker Lakes Nature Center has taught environmental education and preserved the area’s important natural habitats. Each year, more than 17,000 children participate in 40,000 hours of school programs and camps, including a strong early years program for several East Side school districts and Cleveland Public Schools. More than 140,000 visitors spend time with the nature center each year, using the trails and grounds to learn about and connect with nature.
2600 S. Park Blvd., 216-321-5935, shakerlakes.org

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