Zoos in CLEVELAND with kids

It’s animal time in Cleveland, Ohio and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Cleveland because this The Buckeye State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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    Cleveland

    Kids can get up close to the creatures of the ocean at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and learn about all the wonderful creatures, including sharks!

  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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    (4 miles) Cleveland

    One of Cleveland’s most popular attractions and foremost conservation organizations, with 3,000 animals representing 600 species.

  • Akron Zoo

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    (30 miles) Akron

    When you visit the zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and Komodo dragons. One of the many fun ...

  • Noahs Lost Ark

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    (51 miles) Berlin Center

    A beautiful sanctuary that offers a save haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals, where all admissions go directly to helping these beautiful creatures!

  • Wagon Trails Animal Park

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    (57 miles) Vienna

    Feed over 350 animals at this Ohio animal park!. Camels, zebra, bison, water buffalo, ostrich and antelope are just a few of the creatures from 6 continents you will experience on safari!

  • African Safari Wildlife Park

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    (60 miles) Port Clinton

    Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!

  • Erie Zoo

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    (93 miles) Erie

    11 beautifully themed and landscaped gardens, plus nearly 400 animals representing 100 species with self guided or ranger led educational tours. Carousel and train ride also available.

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  • Swings and Things Family Fun Center

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    (16 miles) Olmsted Township

    An amazing year-round experience with two floors of games and prizes and attractions for everyone, with skeeball, bumper boats and an ice cream parlor!

  • Kidsplay Indoor Fun

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    (17 miles) Avon Lake

    Indoor Play for children ages 0-6, in Avon Lake, OH. A great option for parents looking for a safe, exciting, indoor, parent-friendly option with their young children!

  • Romp n Stomp Activity Center

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    (25 miles) Medina

    The limited open play sessions are worth waiting for with a great range of inflatable fun and special family nights at this fun activity center!

  • Extreme Fun

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    (95 miles) Roseville

    Indoor inflatable fun and indoor party center for active and bouncing kids ages 1 - 12!

  • Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

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    (6 miles) Cleveland

    A beautiful nature filled experience for the whole family! Nature trails, programs and walks...a beautiful family day out in the Ohio woodlands and forests!

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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    (16 miles) Brecksville

    The winding Cuyahoga the "crooked river" as named by American Indians gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is a refuge for flora and fauna, gives a sense of times ...

  • Pymatuning State Park

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    (62 miles) Jamestown

    All manner of boating and fishing options on the lake, plus beaches for swimming in summer and a feast of activities for winter.

  • Ohio Bird Santuary

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    (73 miles) Mansfield

    Children who visit the Ohio Bird Sanctuary will see many of Ohio's native birds. Non-releasable hawks, owls, falcons, songbirds and game-birds are house on site. In the aviary, children and adults ...

  • Presque Isle State Park

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    (90 miles) Erie

    Opportunities here for kayaking and fishing, biking, hiking, nature trails and twitching, plus winter activities include ice boating, ice and wind skating or cross country skiing.

  • Wildwater Kingdom

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    (20 miles) Aurora

    Water fun galore in Aurora, with slides, thrills, kiddie activities, lessons and lots of family fun!

  • Waterworks Family Aquatic Center

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    (28 miles) Cuyahoga Falls

    Cool off in Ohio with flume slides, water sprays, tube slides and a lazy river...just to name a few! Great waterpark fun for kids.

  • Pioneer Waterland and Dry Fun Park

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    (32 miles) Chardon

    Family fun in Ohio, split into Water Fun Land, Kidsland and Sportsland, offering between them great entertainment to keep the kids happy, from six story high water slides to paddle boats, mini golf ...

  • Kalaharis Indoor Outdoor Waterpark

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    (50 miles) Sandusky

    Experience the LARGEST indoor waterpark in the USA at Kalaharis in Ohio! Outdoor activities seasonally.

  • Cedar Points Soak City

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    (51 miles) Sandusky

    Water fun galore in Cedar Point with thrills, spills, slides and rivers - perfect for the whole family in Ohio!

  • Baylor Beach Park

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    (56 miles) Navarre

    Nature's waterpark with tube slides, paddleboats, and water fun, as well as mini golf, and sports! Great family fun in Ohio!

  • Monsoon Lagoon

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    (59 miles) N Port Clinton

    A fun water adventure with go-karts and crazy golf!

  • Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

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    (92 miles) Erie

    Explore over 100,000 sq ft of fun at Pennsylvania's LARGEST indoor water park, with slides, ropes courses, wave pools, lazer tag, and much more - ALL YEAR ROUND!

  • Memphis Kiddie Park

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    (5 miles) Brooklyn

    Fun amusement rides for children, as well as a fun arcade, and miniature golf course in Ohio!

  • Bay Lanes

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    (12 miles) Bay Village

    Classic family tenpin bowling in Ohio with gutter guards and light balls to help the kids along, plus cosmic lights, great music and even karaoke!

  • Lake Farmpark

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    (20 miles) Kirtland

    An incredibly fun and family friendly science and cultural center which teaches kids all about agriculture, country life and farming! (and there's animals!)

  • Rockin Robins Amazone Family Entertainment Center

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    (26 miles) Medina

    2 indoor playgrounds, laser tag arena, arcades and more!

  • Sluggers and Putters

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    (43 miles) Canal Fulton

    Bumping dodgem cars, fun bumper boats and a thunder road speedway for some motoring fun, as well as mini golf, a driving range and 'Olde Skool' vintage crazy golf! That's not even everything!

  • Cedar Point

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    (51 miles) Sandusky

    Over 75 awesome rides featuring the world's biggest coaster collection, including Maverick and Millennium Force. Plus family rides and kiddie thrills aplenty too!

  • Conneaut Lake Park

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    (72 miles) Conneaut Lake

    Traditional fairground in with a wonderful family vibe, boasting roller coasters through pony rides, located on the largest natural glacier lake in Pennsylvania!

  • Waldameer Park and Water World

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    (90 miles) Erie

    A family friendly theme and water park with roller coasters too! Best bit? It's FREE to enter! Just pay and ride.

  • Faith Ranch Riding Stables

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    (86 miles) Jewett

    A non denominational Christian Ranch Camp offering trail rides, riding lessons, camping, and lush surorunds for hiking and family exploration.

  • Sanders Candy Factory Tour

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    (98 miles) Clinton Township

    Tasty tours that take you through the history of chocolate and candy, then see it made and TASTE it! Delicious FREE family fun in Michigan

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (1 miles) Cleveland

    Rock and Roll is here to stay! Give kids a lesson in how incredible music used to be and introduce them to all the greats!