1). Thompson's Ledges
This metropark is home to Ohio's best kept secret: hidden sand dunes. It's located about 45 minutes outside of Cleveland and well worth the day trip to be transported to this sandy paradise.
Photos of Kassidy and Madeline
About an hour outside of Cleveland, "The Strip" of Geneva-on-the-Lake transports you to the 1950's in the best possible way: the retro colors, the plethora of arcades, the burger joints (especially legendary Eddies Grill featured first below). Come hungry for 50's style burgers, fries, and shakes while you explore this retro beach town.
Photos of Kassidy
3). Luvin Lavender Farm LLC
This magical place is made more magical by the seasonal limitedness of it. The fields are in full swing late summer--think August/September.
Important to note: There is no formal fee to take photos here but it is donation based so come with a few dollars in hand to donate. Supporting local businesses supports our local economy!
Photo of Kassidy
4) Edgewater Beach
I swear Cleveland gets the best sunrises/sunsets. And Edgewater Beach has the absolute best view of it.
My favorite time of year to shoot here is in the winter when the lake is frozen over. It gives you the illusion of being in the tundra. There's so much versatility to this Beach that make it an amazing shooting location.
Photos of Riyad, Karoline, Hannah, Kassidy, and Julia
5). Akron Civic Theater
This iconic movie palace was built in the 1920s. It is still used and is an incredibly unique venue to experience concerts, theatre performances, and comedy shows. I am personally drawn to theaters like this with the old timey blinking lights and bold neon colors. This place holds up with the authentic appeal of my vintage craving.
Photo of Zafi.
6) William C Mather Steamship
Restored historic flagship owned by the Great Lakes Science Center. There is a charge to get on but it's well worth this view of Cleveland's skyline.
7) Rainbow Road
Rosewood Mural Project, Lakewood, Ohio
A whole road painted vibrantly with different shapes and designs. This is a colorful dream come true.
Bonus: it's blocked off from cars to preserve the paint--making it easy to take the time to get the right shot.
Photos of Kassidy and Myself
8) The Steelyard
Steelyard Drive, Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland's claim to fame is our beloved steelyard. Our steel mill is the whole reason we're a city in the first place. And these industrial structures and rough textures make for a unique photograph (or two).
Photos of Elii and Jack
9) Center Street Bridge ("Swing Bridge")
This bridge, originally constructed in 1901, lends for a vibrant color pop of red in the heart of the city.
Photo of Kassidy
10) The Flats
Front Ave, Cleveland, Ohio
Unique and colorful industrial structures, like this bridge, are notoriously found all over the Flats.
Photos of Miya