Sitting along Lake Erie, Cleveland is the second-largest city in Ohio and home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Playhouse Square Center, and the Great Lakes Science Center. This scenic city offers the best of both worlds to RVers: a lively urban center filled with arts, shopping, and live entertainment that’s easy to navigate with an RV. With your Cleveland RV rental, you can travel down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to explore the Natural History Museum, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, and everything in between, or indulge in the city’s lively art and music scene. Plus, Cleveland is just a short drive from some of the best beaches along Lake Erie as well as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. When you book an RV in Cleveland, you’ll be able to enjoy both the big city and the scenic shores of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River Valley.
The Great Outdoors
Since Cleveland is on the shores of Lake Erie, adventurers and nature lovers can easily enjoy outdoor recreation both within the city limits and outside of them. While you’re in the city proper, check out the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has two miles of trails for an easy stroll in the woods, and it also offers classes for people interested in learning more about conservation and the Great Lakes ecosystem. Formerly an industrial dumping site, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is a hidden gem along the shores of Lake Erie with plenty of walking and biking trails where visitors can observe native wildlife. Then, after visiting the preserve, follow Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Rockefeller Greenhouse, the Italian Cultural Garden, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
If you want to get out of the city for a day or two with the Cleveland camper rental, check out Headlands Beach State Park in Geneva. This mile-long beach is the largest in Ohio, and summertime visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, and hiking. If you visit in the winter, however, you’re not totally out of luck - under the right conditions, you can cross-country ski or even sled.
If you’re up to driving the Cleveland motorhome rental a bit farther, you should head to Geneva State Park. This park offers a massive variety of recreational activities, including over six miles of multi-use trails, an archery range, a nearby zipline and challenge course, a swimming beach, and even snowmobiling courses in the wintertime. When you rent an RV in Cleveland, you’ll be able to explore the beautiful preserves around the city and then explore the shores of Lake Erie.
As with most major cities, some of the best RV parks are on the outer edges of the city and in the suburbs. Riverview RV Park and Marina is just outside of the city in Vermilion along the shores of Lake Erie. However, this RV park doesn’t just offer scenic views of the lake; it also has full hookups and an array of amenities. Thompson / Grand River KOA is another nice RV campground with easy access to and from the city. If you want to get as close as possible to the city, however, try Willow Lake Park in Medina or the Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA. These parks offer basic amenities and close proximity to the big city, making them easy jumping-off points for an urban adventure.
If you’re trying to get a bit farther from the hustle and bustle during your Cleveland rental RV vacation, check out one of the many RV parks along the shores of Lake Erie. The Sandusky/Bayshore KOA Holiday might be worth the drive for its lakeshore views and amenities, including two heated pools, a paintball course, and an archery range.
The Indian Creek RV and Camping Resort is also along Lake Erie, offering amenities and plenty of camping spaces. If you want to get a bit more in touch with nature, however, head to Cuyahoga Valley National Park or Portage Lakes State Park. These parks are an oasis in the Cleveland-Akron area, offering scenic camping in the Cuyahoga River Valley and along the Portage Lakes. However, keep in mind that camping space at these parks can be quite limited during peak seasons, so be sure to book in advance if you want to spend the night at one of these parks.
Exploring the City
Although this lovely lakeside city has plenty of scenic parks and gardens, Cleveland also has plenty to offer in the way of urban adventures. Live music fans should check out the Playhouse Square Center - the second-largest music venue in the country behind only Madison Square Garden - and, of course, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you’re interested in science and nature, visit the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Great Lakes Science Center. The Great Lakes Science Center is particularly unique as it offers exhibits about the Great Lakes ecosystem as well as the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Foodies, however, should visit the West Side Market, where visitors can buy and sample fresh produces, cheeses, and meats from local vendors.
As you plan your visit to the city, keep in mind that navigating a large RV through a major city can be difficult, so you may want to make use of public transit. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has trains that run from major suburbs, and if you’re not close to a train station, take advantage of one of the RTA’s many “Park and Ride” lots. By leaving your RV parked, you’ll be able to more easily get around the city without worrying about parking.