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June
27

11 of Our Favorite Food Trucks in Cleveland

It's no secret that Cleveland loves its food trucks. From Cajun and pizza to Korean and brunch, we have a little bit of everything for when your next craving strikes! In fact, Walnut Wednesday, Cleveland's biggest food truck event, has made them even more popular — bringing together almost 20 food trucks in one place every Wednesday from May through September. Whether you're in the mood for gourmet burgers, Texas BBQ, or anything in between, there are so many amazing food trucks to choose from in Cleveland. But, out of the hundreds in the area, there are some that stand apart from the rest. We parked some of our favorite mobile eateries in Cleveland on this list. But because these trucks move around frequently, make sure to visit their schedules before heading out the door. Bon Appétit!

Krav Food Truck

Schedule Krav's menu is a melting pot of flavor, featuring Mediterranean-inspired fare with hints of Korean and Latin influences throughout. And if that wasn't enough — these Northeast Ohio locals love putting a Cleveland twist on dishes like their Korean Polish boy with kimchi slaw. Or if you're looking to go classic, grab their traditional Cleveland Cheesesteak (we recommend a scoop of Asian slaw on top, but that's just us).  

Fire Truck Pizza Company

Schedule Cleveland Food Trucks

Photo courtesy of Fire Truck Pizza Company

Housed in old fire trucks, Fire Truck Pizza Company is serving up some of the best pizza in Cleveland. Their refurbished trucks are equipped with a wood-burning oven, directly imported from Italy, that cook at temperatures over 800 degrees. Grab a piece of their signature pizza, the Bacon Honey, made with house-made garlic white sauce topped with bacon, mozzarella, and a blend of secret spices, drizzled with honey. Add a scoop of their homemade ice cream to your order and you'll have yourself a perfect summer afternoon!  

Betty's Bomb Ass Burgers

Schedule This female-owned and -operated food truck is a Cleveland favorite, serving gourmet burgers and homemade cheesy tots to hungry locals. They also cater, so you can hire them for your dream wedding, a corporate event, or even just an intimate anniversary dinner for two. But when you do pay them a visit, or have them come to you, make sure to place an order for Betty's Poutine, cheesy tots topped with braised beef, cheese curds and homemade gravy!  

Smokin' Rock N' Roll Truck

Schedule Smokin' Rock N' Roll Truck was the dream of two music career professionals, Billy Morris and Todd Chaisson, who started writing recipes instead of learning songs. They partnered up and decided to give the food truck scene a good college try and we're so glad they did. Today, they serve up some tasty smoked meats and vegetables daily — with a heaping side of Rock and Roll of course!  

Proper Pig Smokehouse

Schedule Cleveland Food Trucks

Photo courtesy of Proper Pig Smokehouse

Texas BBQ, home-smoked meats and bacon on a stick — need we say more? The Proper Pig Smokehouse started out with just two friends and a utility truck they purchased off of Craigslist. Today, it's one of the most popular food trucks in the area and an extremely successful restaurant in Lakewood. Don't miss their tantalizing selections like the Lake Erie Crusher, a hot sausage sandwich with slaw, or any of their juicy smoked meats that you can buy by the pound.  

Manna

Schedule Not only does Manna donate a portion of their proceeds to hunger efforts, but they also serve one of the most diverse menus in the area. Dive into a plate of slow-roasted beef brisket with cherry cola BBQ sauce, an Asian chicken sandwich, duck confit or their famous lobster roll (or all of the above — we won't judge).  

Zydeco

Schedule Zydeco is a unique, Cajun and Creole-influenced mobile restaurant providing delicious New Orleans-inspired dishes to the greater Cleveland area. The booming business is owned and operated by Chef Johnny Schulze from Baton Rouge, so you can rest assured that he knows how to create fantastic and authentic Cajun dishes. They move around a lot, so make sure to take a look at their weekly schedule so you can find them during your next lunch break!  

Slyman's Tavern

Schedule Cleveland Food Trucks

Photo courtesy of Slyman's Tavern

If you've ever looked up the hashtag #CleFoodie on Instagram, then you've probably seen hundreds of drool-inducing photos of Slyman's famous corned beef sandwich. The hefty dish is several inches thick, layered with 12-14 ounces of corned beef. So clear your day and head to Slyman's food truck, which you can usually find tucked away in a Cleveland suburb or feeding crowds at a local festival, and indulge in the best sandwich you'll ever have — we promise.    

Beachcombers

Schedule Founded by Culinary Institute of America graduates, chefs and brothers, J.J and Kevin Altomare, the Beachcomber Truck offers a diverse menu full of coastal-inspired dishes. You'll find everything from buffalo chicken pierogies to Caribbean chicken over coconut rice — all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  

DonutLab

Schedule Cleveland Food Trucks

Photo courtesy of Matt West via DonutLab

Cleveland's first and only mobile mini donut kitchen, the DonutLab is a dessert food truck where you can get a bag of hot, fresh donuts or even a donut parfait. We recommend ordering a bag of their simple, yet amazing, powdered sugar mini donuts and a side of their raspberry sauce for dipping!  

The Brunch Box

Schedule We firmly believe that you shouldn't have to wait until the weekend to enjoy our favorite meal of the day: brunch. That's why we love stopping by the Brunch Box whenever we can. Enjoy fresh eggs, bacon and croissants all week long along with other delicious staples like salads and sandwiches. You can usually find them at the VA Medical Center, but make sure to check out their schedule on their Facebook Page.  

Hungry yet?

Did we miss your favorite Cleveland food truck? Let us know in the comments and make sure to tag us on Instagram using #CutlerExplores the next time you head out to Walnut Wednesday!
June
25

A Complete Guide to Being Outdoorsy in the Akron & Canton Area

The Akron and Canton area isn't nationally known as being an outdoor destination — but it should be! We have some truly incredible hiking, biking, running and walking trails along with stunning fishing holes and sprawling campgrounds. Plus, we're only a few miles away from the Cuyahoga National Park, which draws thousands of visitors to the area each year. So, in our quest to put our beloved area on the map of must-visit outdoor destinations in the United States and to help you make the most of your surroundings, we've curated a complete guide to being outdoorsy in the Akron and Canton area. Happy adventuring!

Hiking

Outdoor Activities in Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Denny Williams via Quail Hollow Park

When you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, your best bet is to lace up your boots and hit the trails! There are tons of trails and Metro Parks within easy driving distance from the Canton and Akron area, allowing for a quick and easy outdoorsy escape. The trails in our area feature everything from stunning lake views and lush foliage to rolling meadows and unique carnivorous plants. Our favorite hiking trails in the Akron & Canton area include: 1.) Cascade Valley Metropark The Cascade Valley Metropark is one of the most gorgeous parks in the area. The park is complete with several places to camp, fish, bike, picnic and hike. If you're new to hiking, try the Overlook Trail, a half-mile trail that provides spectacular views of the Cuyahoga River. For a more advanced adventure, head out to the Chuckery Trail, a 2.4-mile challenging loop that will allow you to glimpse the famous Indian Signal Tree before passing the river. 2.) Jackson State Nature Preserve Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve is a 58-acre preserve located in northern Stark County and supports over 20 state-listed rare plants. This area is a stunning location for a summer stroll and will give you an opportunity to view and learn about a vast population of flowering and carnivorous plants! 3.) Quail Hollow Park There's no better place to experience Ohio's incredible scenery than Quail Hollow Park in Hartville. The area offers over 700 acres of rolling meadows, marshes, scenic woodland trails and gardens. The lovely, 40-room H.B. Stewart family home is also located in the park and is now used for educational and community programs and events. The park is open from sunrise to sunset and features 5.4 miles of easy to traverse trails, including the Nature for All Trail, which is an asphalt paved trail perfect for any experience level!  

Running

Outdoor Activities in Akron & Canton The Akron and Canton area offers runners an abundance of options for getting in a little extra cardio. A nearby Metro Park would be a great place to start, but there are also some great running groups and clubs in the area that can help point you in the right direction. Consider joining the Second Sole Akrun, a group that meets every Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m. at the North Portage Path. Or, head up to Cuyahoga Falls every Wednesday to participate in the weekly Falls Beer Run 5K and socialize with a pint afterward! Our favorite running trails in the Akron & Canton area include: 1.) Sand Run Metro Park Whether you're looking to practice on-trail or off-trail running, you can do it at the Sand Run Metro Park. The area features both one-mile and two-mile trails along with numbered exercise stations that you can utilize during your workout. Plus, there are multiple hills in the area that you can use to your advantage (and the fantastic views from the top don't hurt).   2.) Middle Branch Trail Hike, bike, walk, run or jog on this 6.4-mile trail that connects neighborhoods with nature from Canton to Plain Township. The trail is mostly limestone and reinforced with asphalt in a few spots so you can count on a smooth workout. The trail runs north along the railroad tracks and meanders through Gervasi Vineyard past Rice's Nursery and then loops around Plain Township's Veterans Community Park — making it the perfect way to see the area on foot!  

Biking

Photo courtesy of Tim Fitzwater via the Ohio & Erie Canal Way

There's no better place in Ohio to be a cyclist than Canton and Akron. Not only do we have some of the best bike trails in the state, but we're also incredibly bike-friendly. You can ride your bike almost anywhere in the area. Don't have a bicycle yet? Not to worry, we also happen to be home to a few of the best bike shops around — including Ernie's Bike Shop, a North Canton and Massillon staple since 1978. Our favorite bike trails in the Akron & Canton area include: 1.) The Towpath Trail For bicyclists, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which is a trail that extends from Akron to Cleveland, offers 85+ miles to explore. The trail closely parallels the Cuyahoga River and the Tuscarawas River south of Akron. The terrain is smooth, perfect for those with families or for cyclist commuters, and passes through a variety of wooded environments and urban neighborhoods. 2.) Hampton Hills Metro Park Mountain Bike Area The Hampton Hills Metro Park is home to the district's first mountain bike trails that include beginner, moderate and intermediate sections. With about seven miles of rideable trails available, and plans to add more to the course, you won't run out of spots in Hampton Hills to traverse on any time soon. 3.) Freedom Trail Located along an unused railroad corridor, the Freedom Trail starts near Portage Hike and Bike Trail in Kent and extends six miles to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, with current plans to extend it even further to downtown near the University of Akron campus. Freedom Trail is not only a great way for humans to get around — bald eagles, coyotes and white-tailed deer also use the grounds as their home!    

Camping

Outdoor Activities in Akron & Canton Sometimes a day in the great outdoors just isn't enough, so why not make a weekend out of it? Gather friends or family, pull the sleeping bags out of the closet, and pitch your tent for a fun night under the stars. There is an abundance of incredible camping destinations around the area and even a few that are just a short drive away. Our favorite camping destinations in the Akron & Canton area include: 1.) Akron Canton Jellystone Park The Akron Canton Jellystone Park is a family-oriented camp and resort that features a water park, miniature golf and gem mining! Join Yogi Bear as you swim in the 500,000-gallon pool or eat homemade ice cream from the Pick-a-Nic Basket. Plus, you can make it a weekend affair by staying in one of their adorable cabins or by setting up a tent and enjoying the great outdoors! 2.) Clay's Park Resort This spacious, 500-acre resort offers an RV park, a campground, an event center and a water park, so no matter how you're looking to spend your evening away, you're sure to have a blast at Clay's Park Resort! Settle into one of their custom-built canvas tents, each featuring one queen bed, one set of bunk beds and a day bed, along with a charcoal grill, a hammock, a fire ring and a picnic table. The area also boasts a stocked fishing lake, kayaks and canoe rentals, miniature golf, and a heated indoor pool. 3.) Cutty's Sunset Camping Resort Nestled near Louisville, this family-owned and -operated resort features full-service facilities and campsites. And, they just happen to be conveniently located near Ohio's Amish Country, the Football Hall of Fame, the Hartville Flea Market and the Maize Valley Farm Market and Winery. Relax at their spacious filtered pool and Spray Park attraction before settling in your RV or tent and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere.  

Kayaking

Outdoor Activities in Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Dawn Despoth-Frank via Pier 619

One thing that we don't have a shortage of in Ohio is creeks, lakes and reservoirs! And what better way to explore those incredible waterways than by kayak? Our favorite spots to go kayaking in the Akron & Canton area include: 1.) Portage Lakes With over 400 acres of stunning scenery, Portage Lakes offers a variety of outdoor experiences from boating and swimming to fishing and kayaking! There are several places you can rent kayaks in the area, but we recommend Pier 619, where rentals are just $15 an hour and you can pick up some essential snacks at their convenience store right on the lake. 2.) Gorge Metro Park One of our favorite places to visit any time of the year is the Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls. While it's a little bit of a drive from Akron and Canton, we promise it's worth it. The remarkable rock structures and views of the Cuyahoga River are some of the most magnificent sites in Ohio!  

Fishing

Outdoor Activities in Akron & Canton All of those spectacular water destinations in our area also happen to house plenty of fish! Whether you're a traditional angler or a fly-fishing enthusiast — there are plenty of places to drop your line in Akron and Canton. Our favorite fishing destinations in the Akron & Canton area include: 1.) Berlin Lake Wildlife Area This gorgeous, 8,518-acre wildlife area is situated in Akron on land adjacent to Berlin Lake. The area offers a multitude of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, running and so much more, but we can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than fishing on Berlin Lake. There, you'll find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, bluegill, white bass and several other types of fish along with some spectacular views for you to enjoy while you're relaxing. 2.) Petros Lake Park Picnic, play, hike and fish on over 127 acres of water and rolling meadows at Petros Lake Park. When you visit, enjoy using the two covered picnic shelters, a sand volleyball court, a loop trail around the lake and several short nature trails. Fishing aficionados will love settling themselves on the water and bringing out a few of the trout that live under the surface.  

Skiing

Outdoor Activities in Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Thomas Conti via Boston Mills and Brandy Wine Ski Areas

Skiing? In Ohio? You bet! When the weather gets chilly, make your way to one of Ohio's ski areas to get a few laps in. One of our favorite skiing destinations in Ohio is just a hop, skip and jump away in Cuyahoga Falls — the Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Areas. Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Areas Boston Mills and Brandywine are sister resorts and are located within a five-minute drive of each other. The resorts' locations make it possible to venture to both in the same day if you wish! Combined, the resorts boast 88 skiable acres, 18 trails, four terrain parks, and several advanced trails. Like most Ohio resorts, Boston Mills and Brandywine offer night skiing, but unlike other resorts, the trails are open until 1 a.m. in January and February. Get ready for some late-night winter adventures!  

Enjoy your adventure!

Did we miss your favorite outdoor destination in the Canton and Akron area? Let us know in the comments!
June
20

11 Spectacular Fourth of July Happenings in Cleveland This Year

The Fourth of July is on the horizon! We can hardly wait for the many community events happening throughout the Cleveland area, from patriotic cruises to fireworks shows, and everything in between. Mark your calendars for the Independence Day event nearest you for an unforgettable celebration of our nation's birthday!

Ashland Ohio Balloonfest

When: June 27-29, Times Vary Where: Freer Field, Ashland  

While the Ashland Ohio Balloonfest isn't technically a Fourth of July-centered event, it's still a fantastic way to kick off the patriotic week! This famous festival has been going strong for over 29 years, featuring a splendor of colorful hot air balloons rising high above you and decorating the Ashland sky throughout the weekend. There are also plenty of other fun activities, including a balloon glow, balloon races, stage performances, sports tournaments, food and so much more!  

Bay Days

When: July 3-6, Times Vary Where: Cahoon Park, Bay Village Live music, a classic car cruise-in, magic shows, carnival rides and a children's bike/trike/wagon parade are only some of the fun activities Bay Village has in store for you this Fourth of July! Plus, their festive fireworks display will begin at dusk, so settle in with a funnel cake and a freshly squeezed lemonade and enjoy the show!  

City of Independence Independence Day Celebration Fireworks

When: July 3, 7-10 p.m. Where: Elmwood Park, Independence 4th of July in Cleveland Is there a better way to celebrate Independence Day than in Independence, Ohio? This town goes all out for the holiday, setting up a fabulous fireworks display along with booths for food, beverages and games for you to enjoy! Bring your family, friends and neighbors because you're sure to have a fantastic time.  

Cleveland Pops Orchestra & Fireworks

When: July 3, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Where: Perici Amphitheater, Twinsburg Head down to Twinsburg this holiday and celebrate Independence Day with some great music! The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will be performing a variety of patriotic songs to get you in the spirit before the annual fireworks extravaganza. The entire family is welcome — grab your tickets here.  

Light Up the Point

When: July 4-6, Times Vary Where: Cedar Point, Sandusky Celebrate Independence Day with a bigger bang than ever before! Every night, Cedar Point will feature a spectacular fireworks show, pie eating contests and so much more. Plus, during this three-day event, Cedar Point will be offering free admission to active, retired or honorably discharged military members and active first responders.  

Lakewood Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Where: Lakewood Park, Lakewood 4th of July in Cleveland Spend the entire day celebrating in Lakewood! The city's parade will kick off the day at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue and will end at Lakewood Park, where games and activities will run all afternoon long. A featured concert from the Lakewood High School Youth Orchestra will provide some entertainment in the evening before the fireworks extravaganza concludes the day at 9:45 p.m.  

Grindstone Festival

When: July 4-6, 4-10 p.m. Where: Coe Lake Park, Berea This three-day free, family-friendly festival will feature paddleboat rides, an outdoor movie showing, live bands, carnival rides and local vendors from all over Berea! There will even be a parade featuring veterans and community groups marching through downtown past the Triangle. A breathtaking fireworks display over Coe Lake will conclude the evening.  

4th of July Fireworks Cruise

When: July 4, 6-11:30 p.m. Where: Goodtime III Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, live music and fireworks while sailing along Lake Erie! Tickets to this unique Fourth of July celebration start at $35 and depend on your viewing level and dinner order. Boarding starts at 6 p.m. and reservations are required.  

Rock n' Boom

When: July 4, 8-11 p.m. Where: The Great Lakes Science Center 4th of July in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Science Center

Celebrate Independence Day from the most patriotic vantage point in Cleveland: aboard the William G. Mather steamship! Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Great Lakes Science Center café. Tickets start at $16, and are just $13 if you're a museum member. Guests are welcome (and encouraged!) to bring blankets and chairs aboard to watch the show.  

Strongsville Fourth of July Fireworks

When: July 4, 10 p.m. Where: Strongsville Athletic Field We can't think of a better place to celebrate America's birthday than the picturesque city of Strongsville. This year, their annual fireworks display will commence at dusk, around 10 p.m., at the Strongsville Athletic Field. So pack up your blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to watch the show!  

Homedays on the Green

When: July 11-14, Times Vary Where: Broadview Heights Community and Recreation Center 4th of July in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of L. Putka via Homedays on the Green

Make your Independence Day celebration last an extra week or so by heading out to Broadview Heights for one of the region's biggest Fourth of July festivals. Enjoy carnival games, delicious food, local vendor booths, live music and, of course, fireworks!  

Happy Fourth of July!

How are you planning on celebrating this year? Let us know in the comments!
June
18

13 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays in Columbus, Ohio

Independence Day is rapidly approaching, which means the citizens of Columbus are gearing up for another year of fireworks, friends, family and freedom! There is so much going on in the area this year to celebrate the occasion. So much, in fact, that it might be difficult to decide which events to attend! We rounded up some of the most notable Fourth of July events in Columbus this year to help you plan your weekend, including dazzling fireworks displays, live concerts and family-friendly festivals. So grab your red, white and blue garb and head out to celebrate America!  

The Columbus Symphony's Patriotic Pops

Where: Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Columbus When: June 29, 8 p.m. This summer tradition with the Columbus Symphony is always a night to remember. Come enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and Sousa marches with brilliant light displays. Of course, the beloved event would not be complete without fireworks, which will take place after the show.  

2019 Fourth of July Celebration

Where: Worthington Hills When: June 29-30 & July 4, Times Vary Fourth of July

Photo courtesy of Worthington Hills Civic Association

This annual Independence Day event stretches the festivities to last almost an entire week! On June 29th, join the city of Worthington Hills for a fun-filled 5K run/walk through the Hills and then participate in a family-friendly game of softball at Worthington Hills Elementary School. On June 30th, head out once more for the Fun Fest, a family carnival full of all of your favorite activities. And finally, on the big day itself, July 4th, watch the festive neighborhood parade and experience the most unique patriotic display around — a drone show!  

Ashville 4th of July Celebration

Where: Ashville Community Park When: June 30-July 4, Times Vary For more than 80 years, locals and visitors alike have gathered in the heart of Ashville to celebrate our nation's freedom in style. People come from miles around to experience the festival's famous fish sandwiches (which are delicious), the live entertainment and the pageants. On the Fourth of July, the day kicks off with a parade, continues with entertainment, food and contests, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.  

Charity Day 5K

Where: Downtown Columbus When: July 2, 6:30 p.m Give back to a cause you care about — and work off some of those burgers and brats while you're at it! Don't miss the Charity Day 5K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they're racing for a cause they truly care about. After you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom.  

Red, White & BOOM!

Where: Downtown Columbus When: July 3, 10 a.m. Fourth of July in Columbus

Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOM!

Red, White & BOOM! began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest region!  

Ballpark BOOM

Where: Huntington Park When: July 3, 5:30-11 p.m. Come celebrate America's independence in style at Huntington Park. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment on the field, ziplining, bounce houses and concessions for sale. After sunset, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Red, White and Boom fireworks show.  

Sunbury Independence Day Celebration

Where: Sunbury Square When: July 4, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Join the Village of Sunbury for their 2019 July 4th Celebration! Head to Sunbury Square in the morning for an Antiques, Arts & Crafts event and then stick around to watch the parade and a hot dog eating contest. After you've got your fill of hot dogs, watch the kiddos enjoy bounce houses, midway games, face painting and a petting zoo at the Kids Zone. End the day with the 4th Annual Outhouse Race and a fireworks extravaganza at Big Walnut High School!  

Upper Arlington Independence Day Parade and Party in the Park

Where: Northam Park When: July 4, 6:30 a.m. Fourth of July in Columbus Upper Arlington really loves the 4th of July. So much so, that at 6:30 in the morning on Independence Day, you'll find helpful volunteers hustling through the streets to noisily announce that the much anticipated day of celebration has begun. After the entire city has had their annual wake up call, you'll find them lining the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Zollinger Road to watch one of the best parades in the Columbus area. Plus — don't miss the evening party in the park and fireworks display that will conclude the evening.  

2019 Clintonville July 4th Celebration

Where: Clintonville When: July 4, 8 a.m. Every year, Clintonville puts on one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations around. This year, enjoy a four-mile race through the park, a community breakfast, a family baseball and softball game, a pet and bike parade, a fishing derby, a live music festival and fabulous fireworks! If you're interested in joining in one, or all, of these fun events — visit their website for specific times and registration information.  

Bexley 4th of July Celebrations

Where: Bexley When: July 4, 9:30 a.m. Bexley loves throwing events for good causes and their annual 4th of July celebrations are no different. This year's theme is "The Land That I Love" to celebrate all of the "Green" initiatives throughout the Bexley area! The parade will be starting at 9:30 a.m. sharp, rain or shine, so head down to Main Street and enjoy watching locals, floats and some horses march through the streets promoting the area's eco-friendly practices. Afterward, spend the day celebrating with family events, music and, of course, food before watching a festive fireworks display at 10 p.m.  

The 36th Annual Doo Dah Parade

Where: Short North When: July 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fourth of July in Columbus If you're looking for something a bit more "political" to do this Independence Day, head down to the Short North district and watch the 36th Annual Doo Dah Parade. This free event features the "best political satire parade west of the White House" along with some great food and great live music. This year's lineup is full of fantastic local talents like Doc Robinson and the Devil Doves. You can find the full, impressive lineup and list of events on their website.  

2019 Granville 4th of July Fireworks

Where: Wildwood Park When: July 5, 8 p.m. The Granville 4th of July Fireworks event is a family favorite every year. After you've had a blast at the annual Downtown Granville festival, head to Wildwood park to continue the celebration! Set up your blankets and chairs and enjoy the live music while you wait for the spectacular fireworks display — and don't forget to grab some fresh kettle corn and lemonade from local vendors before the big show begins.  

Happy Fourth of July!

From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, have a happy Independence Day!
June
13

13 Don't-Miss Fourth of July Events in Cincinnati This Year

It's almost time to celebrate America's birthday! Our community takes this holiday very seriously, hosting multiple fireworks shows and tons of fun, family-friendly events leading up to the big day. In fact, in 2018, Wallethub named Cincinnati as one of the best places in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July! We rounded up some of our favorite happenings in the area this year to help you plan your week. Attend a fireworks show, spend a day at the local amusement park with the family, or indulge at a food truck festival — there are so many ways to celebrate!

Firecracker Festival

Where: Symmes Township Park When: June 28-29, 3-10 p.m. Firecracker Festival Cincinnati, OH This Independence Day festival will end with a bang! Before enjoying the fantastic fireworks display at sunset, enjoy live music, food and vendor booths, family-friendly activities and more. Also, make sure to stop by their second annual car show and food truck rally!

Hyde Park Blast 2019

Where: Hyde Park Square When: June 29, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. The Hyde Park Blast will include a 4-mile run through Hyde Park, bike races, kid races, chariot races and more — all followed by a magnificent block party on the square! This year, they'll be mixing up the afternoon festivities, introducing their first-ever Beer, Wine and Food Festival. So mark your calendar and get ready to taste more than 60 varieties of beer and wine!

Northside Fourth of July Parade & Carnival

Where: Hoffner Park When: July 3-4, Wednesday at 3 p.m. & Thursday at 10 a.m. Fourth of July in Columbus The Northside Fourth of July Parade & Carnival is one of the biggest, best and most festive parties in the city all year! The parade has been held since 1854 and is a tradition beloved by locals. The Rock 'n' Roll Carnival was added as an extension of the celebration in the early '80s, and features live music, local beer and food vendors, family-friendly activities, and so much more. Bust out your red, white and blue costumes and come out to celebrate America!

New Richmond Freedom Fest

Where: New Richmond When: July 3-4, Wednesday at 5 p.m. & Thursday at 12 p.m. The New Richmond Freedom Fest is the perfect way to start your Independence Day celebration. This two-day event will feature several attractions, including a car show, a DJ with live music, live bands, rides, food, drinks and local vendors. Plus, stick around until the evening on July 4th for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays around!

Larosa's Balloon Glow 20th Anniversary

Where: Coney Island When: July 3, 6 p.m. Larosa's Balloon Glow 20th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy of Coney Island

There is no better place to be on Independence Day than Coney Island! Bring the whole family to enjoy the day at Sunlite Pool, listen to live music, participate in family-friendly activities, and give your adrenaline a boost on the theme park rides. When the sun sets, the sky will be illuminated by a spectacular hot air balloon and fireworks show.

Red, White & Kaboom

Where: Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center & Marsh Lake When: July 3, 8 p.m. Get ready for a breathtaking fireworks display from Rozzi's Famous Fireworks at the end of a fun-filled day in Fairfield! Head to one of the four official viewing locations — Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center and Marsh Lake — and enjoy special events all day! From live music, entertainment, food and games, this special event has it all.

54th Annual Independence Day Fireworks

Where: Ault Park Pavillion When: July 4, 11 a.m. Come out and enjoy a full day of family fun at Ault Park's annual festival! The day is filled with all-American concessions, live music, a children's parade and more — and it all concludes with a fireworks show after the sun goes down.

Montgomery Independence Day Festival

Where: Downtown Montgomery When: July 4, 11 a.m. This local favorite festival kicks off on Independence Day with a patriotic parade in Downtown Montgomery, full of creative floats and excited marchers. Then, head to Montgomery Park for a family-friendly festival featuring live music, summer foods, drinks, carnival games, pony rides and fireworks!

4th of July Celebration

Where: Stricker's Grove When: July 4, 3 p.m. 4th of July Celebration Stricker's Grove Stricker's Grove is a family-owned amusement park in Ross, Ohio. While it is usually closed to the public and used for private functions most of the year, their annual 4th of July Celebration is open to anyone and everyone! Enjoy their rides, food and games with your friends and family before capping off the day with a fireworks show.

Red, White & Blue Ash

Where: Summit Park When: July 4, 4 p.m. Natalie Brady Music, the Nite Owls and Kansas will perform at this grand Independence Day celebration! Dance along to your favorite hits, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors, and marvel at the biggest fireworks display in the tri-state area.

The CSO Presents: Red, White & Boom

Where: Riverbend Music Center When: July 4, 8 p.m. Celebrate America's birthday with great music, dazzling fireworks and picturesque views of the river as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Patriotic Pops concert. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn during the show and stay after the last note to see the fireworks!

Fireworks at Kings Island

Where: Kings Island When: July 4, Sunset After a long, thrilling day at the Kings Island amusement park, you'll be able to kick back and enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks over the roller coasters. The park will be open until midnight, giving guests the chance to stretch the day even longer. Military members receive free admission on July 1-4.

Light Up Liberty 2019

Where: 6101 Princeton Glendale Road, Hamilton When: July 7, 6 p.m. Light Up Liberty 2019 Hamilton

Photo Courtesy of Light Up Liberty

Light Up Liberty is a 4th of July, alcohol-free, community celebration that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. Every year, upwards of 18,000 people attend this special event to experience live music and great food all from members of the community. Don't miss the Family Fun Zone, where you can ride carnival rides and play games, and the spectacular fireworks presentation at the end of the evening!  

Happy Independence Day!

How will you be celebrating America? Let us know in the comments!
June
11

The Best Garden Centers and Nurseries in the Akron & Canton Area

Whether you're looking to spruce up your yard, give it a complete makeover, or just want to learn more about gardening — you can do it all at a local gardening center! Not only does visiting a local nursery give you the best chance at purchasing plants that are perfect for your climate, but you're also helping support a small business. That's why we created a list of our favorite gardening centers and nurseries in the Akron and Canton area! Each of these businesses is teaming with expert gardeners and landscapers so no matter how big (or nonexistent) your green thumb is, they'll be able to assist you. Happy planting!

Boyle's Nursery & Landscaping

1745 Martin Road, Mogadore Garden Centers in Akron Canton Ohio

Photo courtesy of Boyle's Nursery & Landscaping

Located in Mogadore, Boyle's Nursery & Landscaping was opened in 1948 by William and Mildred Boyle to give their friends, family and neighbors a place to purchase high-quality plants at a low cost. They continue to do that today, providing a wide selection of Ohio-grown plants and a knowledgeable staff that can help you create the yard of your dreams.

Canton Road Garden Center

1881 Canton Road, Akron Canton Road Garden Center is a family-owned nursery, greenhouse and gardening supply store that has been serving Akron growers since 1980. You can visit their 12,000 square foot greenhouse and three-acre nursery anytime for all of your rose bush, perennial, annual, tree, herb, vegetable and flower needs! If you are not sure what you're looking for — don't worry. Their friendly staff is made up of growing experts and will be happy to help you find exactly what you need.

Dayton Nurseries

3459 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton A beloved nursery in Norton, Dayton Nurseries is one of the most beautiful garden centers in the area, specializing in rhododendrons and azaleas. Along with their diverse inventory of native plants, hardy trees, shrubs and grasses, they also offer everything you need to plant them, including fertilizer, mulch and gardening tools. Make sure to visit their blog before you go and get an inside look into ongoings and new stock at the nursery along with tips and tricks to grow your green thumb!

Donzell's Flower & Garden Center

937 East Waterloo Road, Akron

Donzell's Flower & Garden Center is one of the largest garden centers in the United States, offering over 25,000 square feet of building space, 13 acres of land and parking for more than 300 guests. This massive nursery was founded in 1953 by Sam (Salvatore) Donzelli who had come home from serving in Korea and decided to open up a business on his father's land on Waterloo Road. Today, you can get lost for days exploring their spacious facility that is full of trees, flowers, houseplants, vegetables and so much more.

Graf's Garden Shop, Landscape and Farm Market

1015 White Pond Drive, Akron No matter what you're in the market for — herbs, roses, vegetable plants, succulents or a landscaping consultation — you can get it right here, at Graf's Garden Shop, Landscape and Farm Market. In addition to their locally grown plant offerings, you can also shop at their in-house farmers' market which offers fresh produce, homemade baked goods and so much more. And if that wasn't enough, they even provide special classes for those who want to learn more about plants and gardening. Make sure to check out their calendar and get ready to learn everything from plant potting to annual container design and maintenance.

Greens & Things Nursery

4004 Applegrove Street Northwest, North Canton The team at Greens and Things Nursery boasts one of the area's largest selections of local plants, evergreens, mulch and landscaping stone. In addition to their on-site staff experts — who can help you whether you're a first-time homebuyer or an avid gardener perfecting your yard — they also offer a gardening how-to blog, where you can a weekly dose of gardening tips and how-tos.

Moyer's Nursery & Landscaping

10992 Millersburg Road Southwest, Massillon Garden Centers in Akron Canton Ohio

Photo courtesy of Moyer's Nursery and Landscaping

Bruce Moyer started Moyer's Nursery and Landscaping with just five acres of land and trees planted in syrup buckets. Today, this Massillon favorite is home to over 25 acres full of trees and landscape plants and four greenhouses. While Moyer's is booming all year long, we can't wait to visit during Christmas when they start selling stunning trees, poinsettias and other holiday decor.

Petitti Garden Centers

5656 Dressler Road, North Canton In the 1960s, Angelo Petitti thought he had his whole life figured out. He had immigrated to the United States and was attending Kent State, pursuing a political science degree while working as a landscaper's assistant part-time. A few years later, he was partnering with his brother to begin Petitti Landscape Company. Today, they have several garden centers all around northeastern and central Ohio — all offering a wide selection of live plants and gardening tools. In addition to having one of the best plant selections around, Petitti's is also committed to making Ohio a better place by only growing plants locally, using eco-friendly practices and by giving back to the community any way they can.

Reedurban Nurseries

2540 Genoa Avenue Southwest, Massillon Step into a gorgeous natural oasis when you visit Reedurban Nurseries. This full-service garden center offers a huge selection of trees, shrubs, flowers and so much more. It's the perfect place to get inspiration for your dream lawn, purchase a gift for a special someone or just to spend a sunny afternoon with family. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook for special sales and offers throughout the month!

Rohr & Sons Nursery Inc

5357 Everhard Road Northwest, Canton | 7211 Portage Street NW, Massillon

Photo courtesy of Rohr & Sons Nursery Inc.

Family-owned since 1958, Rohr and Son's is a local nursery and garden center providing the Canton area with locally grown plants, trees, shrubs and unique greenery (including a few venus fly traps!). Whether you're looking to add a few touches to your garden, have a professional design and install your yard, or are interested in putting in a pond, you can do it all at Rohr and Son's. And, be sure to mark their workshops, Bonsai Show and open house events on your calendar so you don't miss these popular events!  

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June
6

How to Celebrate Father's Day in Cleveland This Year

Father's Day is on June 16th and will be here before you know it! While we think dads should definitely be celebrated year-round, we aren't going to pass up an opportunity to show him a little extra love. The big day is coming up fast, but if you haven't planned out your itinerary yet — don't worry! We've rounded up a list of some of our favorite dad-friendly activities in the area. From hitting the trail to spending the day at the spa, there are plenty of things you can do this Father's Day in the Cleveland area to show your appreciation!

Go Outside

Father's Day in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks

This Father's Day, spend a little time outside. Whether you're looking to delve deep into nature on a summer hike or to spend the day wandering around the city on foot — there are plenty of ways to enjoy nature in Cleveland. Cleveland is one of the most bike-friendly cities around, with several bike trails, a community bike share program, and the Bike Rack: a bicycle parking lot located on East 4th Street. One of our favorite trails in the city is the Emerald Necklace Trail, which consists of over 70 miles of asphalt and trail bridges, featuring spectacular views of rich greenery and lush landscaping. For a more adventurous route, take the weekend to explore the famous Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which runs from Lake Erie to New Philadelphia! If biking isn't your dad's jam, Cleveland has so many other outdoor activities to offer, including rock climbing, surfing, fishing, kayaking and so much more!

Watch Some Wildlife

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest is a great way to spend Father's Day! Not only will you get the chance to traverse over 183 acres and meet wild animals, but you can also visit a unique rainforest attraction that offers dozens of more species to be wowed by! Explore interesting aquatic wildlife at the Cleveland Aquarium. Head down to the Flats district and enjoy exploring over 70,000 square feet of local and exotic species of fish. Plus, dads, stepdads and grandpas get free admission on their special day!   And, if you want to really wow him, take him on an epic train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Every year, this tourist attraction provides special rides all day on Father's Day, from special crafting sessions to craft beer tastings — all while the beautiful northern Ohio countryside slides right past your window! These events sell out quickly, so make sure to call (800) 468-4070 or visit their website to make a reservation.

Admire Classic Cars

Father's Day in Cleveland Head down to the Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron for their 62nd Annual Father's Day Car Show! There you can peruse over 400 classic, antique and collector cars manufactured from 1915-1944. Afterward, stay to explore the stunning mansion, the breathtaking gardens and enjoy some of their other fun festivities like natural crafts, live music and the pedal car racetrack for the youngest of car enthusiasts!

Go on a Brewery Tour

Cleveland is home to so many incredible craft breweries, each with a different style and personality. Spend Father's day trying to visit a few (or all!) local breweries that you haven't tried yet. A self-guided brewery crawl is flexible and allows you the time to enjoy each space (and share a beer or two) with your dad. We recommend starting off with a stop at the Cleveland Visitor's Center (even if you've been here your entire life) to pick up a Cleveland Brewery Passport, which will make your self-guided tour even more fun! Then head to a local brewery and get a server to stamp your passport. A couple of our favorites include the Brew Kettle, the Great Lakes Brewing Company, Terrestrial Brewing Company and the Jolly Scholar. After you've spent the day partaking in some of our delicious, local brews and exploring the city — stop back by the Visitor's Center and turn in your passport for the chance to win fabulous prizes!

Enjoy a Delicious Meal

Father's Day in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Carrs & Co Photography via Architectural Justice

One of the best ways to show your father figure a great time is to treat him to a delicious meal! Whether you're looking to sit down to a relaxing brunch, a casual lunch or a luxurious dinner — Cleveland's highly rated restaurant scene never disappoints. For brunch, we recommend Architectural Justice, a European-style cafe that is stunningly designed and offers sophisticated dishes and to-die-for coffee. Or, pay a visit to Astoria Cafe and Market, where you can peruse the eclectic market before sitting down to eat! If you're looking to spoil your dad with a fancy dinner, why not get dressed up and head to the Blue Point Grille, an upscale seafood restaurant located in the heart of downtown. They offer the freshest seafood around, along with breathtaking views of the skyline. We also highly recommend LockKeepers, a hidden gem in Valley View that has the best overlook of the Cuyahoga River in the city. Or put a personal touch on the day by making a meal yourself! We have complete faith in you. For ingredients, stop by a local farmers' market where you can explore all of the different booths and get tips from the ingredient growers themselves. Top it all off with a bottle of wine from Heinen's and it will be a meal your dad won't ever forget.

Take Him to Get Pampered

Spa days aren't just for the ladies — so why not take your dad to get pampered on his special day? Head over to the Sacred Hour Wellness Spa in Lakewood and set him up with a massage, facial or wrap. And, if you want to be pampered alongside your dad, call and reserve a Spa Party, where you can get a relaxing massage, manicures, facials, body scrubs and a steam! Afterward, feel free to settle into one of their private yoga classes and put both your mind and body at peace.

Learn Something New

Cleveland is full of opportunities to learn, so why not spend the day learning something new with your dad? We're home to some of the best museums in the Midwest, so whether your dad loves science, history, art or Rock and Roll — there's a place where he can geek out about it. Explore the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an iconic, music-minded museum filled with pop culture memorabilia. Peruse art at the Cleveland Art Museum, where the buildings, which are connected by a stunning atrium, are just as much a part of the experience as the paintings and sculptures. Pop by the A Christmas Story House & Museum, the home where the classic Christmas movie was filmed (you can even stay there for the night if you're looking to get a "Christmas in June" experience). Or stop by the Great Lakes Science Center, a renowned museum and education facility where you can learn all about the environment of the Great Lakes region of the United States.

See a Show

Treat your dad by taking him to see his most anticipated film of the year. For a classic movie-going experience, pay a visit to the Capitol Theater, a historic theater that was built in 1921. Or visit Aut-O-Rama in North Ridgeville, a drive-in theater where you can hang out in the comfort of your car or bring lawn chairs and a blanket to sit on! Cleveland also happens to be home to an amazing performing arts scene. Besides New York City's Lincoln Center, we have the largest performing arts center in the United States: Playhouse Square. This theater district is full of glamorous theaters that draw well over a million visitors annually. There are plenty of shows lined up for this Father's Day weekend, so get dressed up and hit the town for his favorite comedic or musical act!  

Happy Father's Day!

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June
4

15 Things to Do this Summer With Kids in the Akron and Canton Area

Summer is here! With three months off of school and gorgeous warm weather, the possibilities for fun in the Akron and Canton area are endless. There's no better way to spend a day than investigating the town with your family. Fortunately, our area is ripe with fun, kid-friendly attractions worth exploring! To help you get started on your seasonal itinerary, we rounded up some of our favorite kid-friendly summer activities in the area. From refreshing water parks to digging up some fossils, these are some of our favorite kid-approved ways to spend your summer days.

Monkey Around at the Zoo

The Akron Zoo is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon with your family! Featuring 25 acres of exhibits and guest amenities, the kiddos will have a hard time running out of things to do. See animals from all over the world up close, ride the train, spin around on the carousel and marvel at the Wild World Animal Show. Admission is just $12 for adults, $9 for kids ages 2 to 14, and free for kids 2 and under.

Learn Something New at the Akron Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Avra Photography via the Akron Children's Museum

This interactive museum for kids offers hands-on exhibits on science, technology, health and culture. Your child will love playing and exploring the museum all while boosting their problem-solving skills. Plus, the bright interior will spur your entire family's imagination!

Stop By Café O' Play

Café O' Play is far from your traditional cafe. While this unique eatery serves delicious sandwiches, pastries, salads, soups, pizza and more, it also functions as a gigantic indoor play area for young kids. Gather with friends and enjoy a meal while you let the little ones run wild on the playground!

Dive Into a New Story at a Local Bookstore

What to do with kids in the summer akron and canton ohio Instill a love of reading in your child by visiting the area's best local bookshops! Watch your kiddo pick out a book they'll love and then cozy up or head to a nearby park to read it together. From picture books to full-length novels, there is an infinite number of stories for you to enjoy.

Play Outside at One of Our Area's Metro Parks

When in doubt, explore the outdoors! The Akron and Canton area just happens to be home to an abundance of picturesque Metro Parks — all of which feature wildlife viewing opportunities, bike paths, wildflowers, soccer fields and hiking trails for your enjoyment.

Visit a Local Festival

There are several fun festivals happening this summer and many of them are kid-friendly! Your children will especially love the National Hamburger Festival, where you can celebrate the place where our country's iconic sandwich originated. Then follow it up with the Yankee Peddler Festival in early September, where they can step back in time 200 years and visit pioneer America. And if you want to make the short trek up to Cleveland, here are some fun and unique festivals going on in the area this season!

Indulge in Some Ice Cream

Ice cream definitely tastes good year-round, but for some reason, the flavors really stand out when it's hot outside. Fortunately, Northeast Ohio is home to plenty of top-notch creameries — some of which have been around since the 1930s or earlier! Here are some of our favorites in the area.

Have a Blast at the Akron Canton Jellystone Park

The Akron Canton Jellystone Park is a family-oriented camp and resort that features a water park, miniature golf and gem mining! Join Yogi Bear as you swim in the 500,000-gallon pool or eat homemade ice cream from the Pick-a-Nic Basket. Plus, you can make it a weekend affair by staying in one of their adorable cabins or by setting up a tent and enjoying the great outdoors!

Escape from a Local Puzzle Room

What to do with kids in the summer akron and canton ohio

Photo courtesy of Escape Room Downtown

Puzzle rooms invite groups to work together, solve puzzles and hopefully escape within 60 minutes! The rooms at Escape Room Downtown are fun (and never scary), so they're perfect for families. Try your luck at the Missing Detective's Office, the Moonlight Gallery and the Bootlegger's Lair.

Visit the Troll Hole Museum

Trolls are all the rage right now and there's no better place to be a troll enthusiast than the Troll Hole Museum. This local treasure boasts more than 20,000 troll items (including a Guinness World Record troll collection). Here, you can learn everything about trolls, from ancient mythology to the modern dolls in pop culture that we have grown to know and love.

Try Your Hand at Bowling

What to do with kids in the summer akron and canton ohio Bowling is an activity that people of all ages can enjoy! So why not head over to a local bowling alley and engage in a little friendly family competition? Spins Bowl Akron is a local favorite among families, offering excellent bowling facilities alongside an arcade and delicious food. Or head over to Eastbury Bowling, which offers a summer-long "Kids Bowl Free" program!

Hop Aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Trains might not be the most convenient way to travel anymore, but they are certainly one of the most fun! Kids will love taking a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which winds through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features spectacular views. While any route comes with its fair share of adventure, the railroad hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year. You can find their full event schedule here.

Go Ice Skating

If you think ice skating is just a winter sport you're in for a fantastic surprise! Ice skating year-round is possible at the Center Ice Sports Complex indoor rink in North Canton. Admission for public skating is just $7 and skate rentals are $3. While it might seem a little silly to carry around thick socks on a hot summer day, this cool activity lets you pretend that you've stepped into a winter wonderland!

Dig Up Some Fossils at the Akron Fossils & Science Center

The Akron Fossils and Science Center allows children to explore the treasures of the past through interactive exhibits. Grab a pick and gloves and start digging up some knowledge. After you've gotten your hands a little dirty, go on a tour throughout the center and handle real fossils, meet some furry friends and craft some souvenirs.  

Try a New Craft

Summer weather can be pretty unpredictable here in Northern Ohio. If the weather outside isn't cooperating with your family plans, stay home and try a fun new craft or recipe instead! Here are 13 fail-proof ideas from local Ohio bloggers we love.  

Have a Great Summer!

Did we miss your favorite kid-friendly summer activity? Let us know in the comments!

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