4 Reasons Cleveland is Great in the Fall

By mid-September, residents of Northeast Ohio know that something special is in the air. Temperatures cool. By the end of the month, leaves turn from green into a riot of red, brown and amber. Cleveland residents know that “The Forest City” presents fun and interesting events year-round. Many consider autumn the best season in which to enjoy the city’s charms.

Throughout the year, University Circle remains a vibrant area of the city. Featuring an array of hip coffee shops, fusion restaurants, art installations and other points of interest, the district also plays host to much of the city’s illustrious history. This square mile presents a seemingly endless array of culture. If interested in the guided tours offered every Saturday, keep in mind they end after September 15. Take the tour and let it ease you into an autumn mood.

Apple picking is a time-honored fall tradition and provides the perfect weekend outing for you and the kids. Kids love seeing the fruit hang low from the branches, and they will get a low-stress workout without even realizing it. Collecting apples provides a marvelous opportunity to leave the city and enjoy the crisp fall air. The rural counties surrounding Cleveland feature orchards which welcome the public with wagon rides, petting zoos and even music. Cuyahoga County itself has several orchards, so a Clevelander need not go far.

October means two things. One is Halloween. The other, unique to Cleveland, is the incomparable Ghoulardifest. Named in homage to Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson, a famed local character actor, this three-day festival celebrates his life and work. Thousands of attendees enjoy horror and B-movie themed contests, presentations and live music. An event unique to Cleveland, it has become a local institution as well as a sure sign that autumn has arrived.

The only national park in the state, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies just outside Cleveland and nearby Akron. The park includes over 125 miles of hiking trails, perfect for a brisk autumn jaunt. For those wishing simply to admire the fall foliage, SR 303 runs directly through the park. Take a leisurely weekend drive, and take in as much of the changing color as you like. Locals prize several spots in the park, including Brandywine Gorge Trail, Brandywine Fall, Pine Hollow and Indigo Lake.

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