Fun Destinations for Fall in Lake County

Fall colors at Holden Arboretum
Fall colors at Holden Arboretum

If you’re looking for something seasonal to do this fall, why not take a look at some of these family-focused suggestions and start planning your own local adventure? Whether you go outdoors, or head inside, there’s plenty to see and do in your own backyard.

The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, provides visitors with over 20 miles of hiking trails with themed gardens and tree collections. The Arboretum recently integrated with the Cleveland Botanical Garden; together they are committed building greener, healthier communities and engaging children with plants. The recently opened Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower gives guests a birds-eye-view of the forest and tree canopy. The Canopy Walk is a 500’ long elevated walkway built 65’ above the forest floor; the Emergent Tower takes explorers 120 feet, above the trees, where on a clear day, Lake Erie is visible.

The Mentor Marsh State Nature Center, an interpretive nature preserve, is part of the largest coastal Lake Erie marsh in northeastern Ohio. The area is a combination of marsh, forest and beach habitats, and trails are open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. The area serves as a home to a variety of plants, animals, and birds, due to the varied habitats it contains. The Nature Center, located at 5185 Corduroy Road, is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. through October. There is no admission charge, contact the Nature Center for details at 440-257-0777.

The Indian Museum of Lake County can be found at 25 Public Square, at the corner of River and Center Streets in Willoughby. At the museum, visitors can see prehistoric items from Ohio that date from 10,000 BC to 1650 AD. Indian crafts from North America dating from 1800 to 2012 from North America are also on display. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Call 440-951-3813 for more information.

In Historic Kirtland Village, you’ll find a restored 19th century village that showcases the spirit of the early American frontier. Attractions include the Newel K. Whitney Store and Home, and an Ashery. You’ll also find a working sawmill, the John Johnson Inn, and a schoolhouse. Parking is free, as are tours of the settlement. The historic village is open from 9 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You’ll find it at 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland. Call 440-256-9805 for more information.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold