Exercise is Medicine

Cleveland offers many valuable resources for physical activity.  The list below provides links to parks, beaches, fitness centers and more as a way to help increase physical activity in personally enjoyable ways.




Fitness Centers/Gyms

Martial Arts & Self-Defense

  • Fight Fit Ohio: Offers Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and more.
  • Cleveland Aikikai: Aikido dojo.
  • MKG Cleveland: Offers classes in Thai kickboxing, Panantukan/Filipino Boxing, Jeet Kune Do and more.
  • Cleveland Karate Institute: Offers classes in martial arts, self-defense, cardio kickboxing and more.


  • Cleveland Metro Parks: Parks are located throughout the Greater Cleveland Area and include several beaches and recreation areas.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park: A part of the National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park follows the Cuyahoga river between Cleveland and Akron.
  • Lake Metro Parks: Parks are located on the east side of Cleveland in Lake County.
  • Lorain County Metro Parks: Parks are located throughout Lorain County on the west side of Cleveland.
  • Geauga Park District: Parks are located throughout Geauga County on the east side of Cleveland.
  • Ohio State Parks: Several state parks located throughout Northeast Ohio; Search by city or amenity.

Racquet Clubs

Rock Climbing

Skiing (Downhill)

  • Alpine Valley: Ski area located approximately 40 minutes from Downtown Cleveland.
  • Boston Mills/Brandywine: Two ski areas located approximately 30 minutes from Downtown Cleveland.
  • Peek’n Peak: New York Ski Resort located approximately two hours from Downtown Cleveland.

Sports Centers

  • Lost Nation Sports Park: Indoor soccer, basketball, flag football, softball and more; Located in Willoughby and Lorain.
  • Victory Park Ohio: Located in North Ridgeville, offers baseball, softball, sand volleyball, soccer, flag and tackle football, extreme adult kickball and more.

Swimming (Pools)