Friday, August 29, 2008

One-Tank Trip from Cleveland, Ohio

Okay, all you folks from Cleveland looking for a little one-tank trip this Labor Day weekend (or, any weekend for that matter).

Here are a few choice places you could go that won't cost you much in gas, and that will be fun for you and your family:

Toledo

Yes, Toledo. It's only a couple hours away by car, and has some fun things to do, like:

Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway Museum

Like trains? Then you have to stop at the Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway Museum to take a ride on the historic Bluebird passenger train. This train takes passengers on a 90-minute journey through the scenic Northwest Ohio countryside, passing the Maumee River and historic buildings. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6.50 for children 3-12.

SS Willis Boyer Museum Ship

From trains to ships. The SS Willis Boyer is a restored Great Lakes ore freighter which has been turned into a museum, docked in downtown Toledo. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children under 16.

Maumee Bay State Park

A little camping, a little fishing, a little hiking. Then top it all off with a little golf or a swim in Lake Erie. While the camp sites and cabins are probably all taken this Labor Day weekend, there looks to be many availabilities in September.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Another one-tank trip from Cleveland to consider is to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where you'll find:

Pittsburgh Family District

If you have kids you'll want to check out the Pittsburgh Family District, which is a collection of kid-friendly activities all within one neighborhood. Your kids will love the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh; the National Aviary, which is the premier bird park in the U.S.; the Carnegie Science Center (check out the Miniature Railroad & Village and the USS Requin submarine); and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Kayak Pittsburgh

Want to try your hand at kayaking? Then head on over to Kayak Pittsburgh Downtown (nearest PNC Park) and Kayak Pittsburgh North (North Park Boathouse along North Park Lake) to rent a flat-water kayak for fun on the water. There's no better way to see Pittsburgh than from a kayak.

Mt. Washington

Well, actually, there might be a better way to see Pittsburgh. From atop the beautiful 367-foot-high Mt. Washington! A great way to climb Mt. Washington is to take one of the funiculars to the top; the Mon Incline and the Duquesne Incline. Once there grab a bite and a fabulous view of Pittsburgh at one of Mt. Washington's many restaurants.


Detroit, Michigan

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

A collection of 13 different parks covering almost 24,000 acres, located along the Huron and Clinton rivers. If you're looking for something outdoorsy to do, you can find it at one of these 13 parks. You can explore many different hiking and biking trails, golf courses, camping, canoeing, etc. Oh, and nature and activity centers with activities going on all year long. If you are longing for some winter activities, you'll be pleased to know that 10 of the 13 Metroparks offer cross country ski trails, with 5 of those renting ski equipment.

Henry Ford Estate - Dearborn, MI

Okay, not technically Detroit, but close enough; just 8 1/2 miles away. Here you'll find the Henry Ford Estate, with an amazing mansion built in 1914. But, there's not only the mansion, there are sculpted gardens and riverwalks, all available to visitors. If you only want to tour the grounds it's just $2. Otherwise, the regular house tour (including grounds) is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for children 5-12. Children under 4 get in free.

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