Explore fun “fall things” to do in Cleveland

campus during the fall

By Sarah Kugelmas ’23

Sometimes, fall gets folks a little “down.” The days get shorter and the weather gets colder. So, we’re taking a moment to celebrate and share some of our favorite fall activities.

There are plenty of things to do this fall in Cleveland that don’t require a car:

Visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Located in University Circle right next to the North Residential Village, the Cleveland Botanical Garden is a great place to see some nature as well as beautiful butterflies. They have mesmerizing outdoor gardens and amazing glasshouses that you can visit for free with your CWRU ID.

Learn more on the Cleveland Botanical Garden website.

Visit Lake View Cemetery

Lake View Cemetery is a beautiful place to walk around and has some amazing things to see such as:

  • James A. Garfield Memorial—the burial site and monument of U.S. President Garfield
  • Wade Memorial Chapel—one of the few remaining interiors totally designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Lake View Cemetery also hosts events including the upcoming Run Through History, a 5k race and 2-Mile Walk/Run that is the cemetery’s largest fundraising event.

For more information, visit the Lake View Cemetery website.

Attend a Cleveland Browns Game

University Circle is just a short RTA ride to FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns football team. Fall is football season so if watching a Browns game live is something you are interested in, get your tickets soon! For more information, check out the Cleveland Browns website.

Other fall activities in and around Cleveland are more accessible by car:

Experience Cedar Point theme park

Cedar Point is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the U.S., only behind Lake Compounce. On select days and nights Sept. 17 through Oct. 31, Cedar Point hosts special HalloWeekends events, so check out Cedar Point before the season ends!

Get outdoors and see nature

If you’re someone who likes scenic overlooks or hiking, check out these places close to Cleveland.

  • Rocky River Reservation — Located next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, this reservation is not far out of the way for the CWRU community. Make a stop at Berea Falls Scenic Overlook and climb the Fort Hill steps for some amazing views.
  • Bedford Reservation — Bedford Reservation features challenging trails and scenic streams. Visit the reservation in the fall season for a beautiful view from the Tinker’s Creek Scenic Overlook or bring your bike to take on the Bedford mountain bike trail.
  • North Chagrin Reservation — North Chagrin Reservation has several hiking trails as well as some interesting attractions including Squire’s Castle, A.B. Williams Memorial Woods (a National Landmark), Buttermilk Falls, and North Chagrin Nature Center. This reservation tells the story of wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife, making it an amazing fall trip.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Ohio’s only national park and an amazing fall trip. It’s a great location for hiking, biking, fishing, backpacking, and more! They also have some special events and scenic train rides, check out their website for details.