Day 1 You'll See:
Day 2 You’ll See:
- Castle Noel
- Alien Mini Golf
- Root Candles
- Buckin’ Ohio
Day 3 You’ll See:
- Ohio Station Outlets
- Whipp’s Ledges
Rock and Roll, Christmas, and Aliens...oh my! Your exciting and educational 3-day Cleveland and Medina Journey will show you the very best of the Greater Cleveland area. See the sites, visit the farms, and enjoy the special entertainment only available in the Greater Cleveland area!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - The world's only museum devoted to the celebration and preservation of rock and roll music makes up your first Cleveland stop, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This museum offers educational programs for guests of all ages to delve deeper into the world of music, as well as general memorabilia to explore. Your group will find seven floors of fascinating exhibits to explore using media such as film, video, music, and interactive kiosks to educate guests. You will also learn about Rock and Roll’s early years and find information on cities such as Memphis, Detroit, London, and San Francisco.
Nautica Queen - Lunch, perfect skyline views, and an essentially Cleveland experience await your group aboard the Nautica Queen, one of the most popular attractions in the area. You will be able to enjoy this luxury cruise dining vessel, the premier waterfront dining experience in Cleveland, within 2 enclosed deck and a spacious open air deck. Fresh food prepared onboard provide a rather ‘lavish’ lunch buffet that includes such things as the catch of the day, chef’s choice ham or beef, chicken du jour, and different types of pasta (and that’s not even mentioning all the side dish options). After your meal head outside and enjoy the views and live music, the entire experience complete with the finest service and attentiveness to your group.
Cleveland Aquarium - Craving some underwater adventure? Head to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, the top aquatic spot in town where you can check out the galleries, take part in fun activities, and learn about the aquatic life through educational programs. Students of all ages are sure to enjoy this entertaining and popular destination, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium holding several fascinating galleries for guests to explore.There is a highly popular exhibit area you'll want to visit before you go, which is known as the Shark SeaTube gallery. The gallery is home to four different species of sharks and an amazing variety of aquatic life and also includes a 175-foot underwater sea tube. Guests will enjoy its natural beauty along with amazing architecture while observing various species including sharks, moray eels, groupers, and stingrays.
Mapleside Farms - At Mapleside Farms your group will have the chance to visit an fully functioning apple orchard, farm stand, and even an ‘American comfort food restaurant’. This farm is open from 9-6 each day, offering guests the chance to see the apple house, washing station, and sorting and production rooms, a truly educational opportunity that thousands of students visit each fall. Learning about the 8,000 trees, the production process, and the importance of bees and sustainability will be an excellent local experience for anyone, and that’s not even considering the 122 acres to explore and delicious dinner at the lodge. Your group can also participate in hayrides and the Adventure Farm, only adding to the onsite entertainment options.
Castle Noel - The largest American indoor Christmas entertainment complex, complete with movie sets, props, and costumes, will begin your second day. Locate on Court Street in Medina, this year-round ‘fantasy world’ will show your group the world’s largest privately owned collection of Hollywood Christmas movie props and costumes, from such popular holiday movies as The Grinch, Elf, and Jingle All the Way. See the Christmas Vacation RV and Deck the Halls Christmas light display, as well as samples of Christmas windows from New York. Be sure to save time to see Toyland, filled with must haves from the 50’s -80’s, as well as Blizzard Vortex and the snow-covered 25’ animated Christmas Tree.
Alien Mini Golf - Located within the same complex as Castle Noel, your group will find another extremely entertaining and extremely unique Medina attraction. Alien Vacation Mini Golf is an 18-hole 3D and blacklight golfing experience like no other, what is considered by many to be the ‘coolest Freaky 3D Blacklight mini golf’ in the nation. Enjoy a sensory experience involving 12 different environments, miles of fiber optics, and endless 3D effects, then head to the snack bar for a bite to eat. The Mars Bar is open to chaperones and teachers (of age) and there is even a combo admission discount for this spot at Castle Noel, making this a great student and group-friendly stop.
Root Candles - Smell what all the fuss is about at Root Candles, the shop boasting ‘The Best Candle in America since 1869’. Take a factory tour and sample such scents as the popular pollinator series favorite, Lilac Sage, and other favorites such as Bloomed Honey, Basil and Lime, and Lemon Frosted Scone. Shop the store after the tour and stock up on all the scents you liked, this tour one you should really, ‘stop and smell the rose[scented candles].’
Buckin’ Ohio - Buckin’ Bulls, BBQ food stands, and Brave cowboys await at your last stop of the day, Buckin’ Ohio. This family owned and operated bucking bull ranch has the experience of decades of bull breeding and quality country entertainment under it’s belt. Over 13 years of handling bulls, the owner's son starting to ride in high school, has taught this company that the bucking bull is ‘an athlete comparable by no other’, something you have to see up close and personal to fully comprehend. Enjoy the delicious food stands, the best bbq around being served, during a show, you’ll see why this spot has landed a segment on Fox 8 and Our Ohio.
Ohio Station Outlets - Get your shop on this morning at Ohio Station Outlets, more specifically the Lodi Station, Lodi located just 45 minutes south of Cleveland, 20 minutes from Medina. With this unique shopping opportunity you can enjoy viewing and riding the two popular trains, The Sophie and The Victoria, both from England, one electric and one 4-4-0 configuration. After the ride shop till you drop at the 39 store outlet mall, a total of 9 stores original Ohio one's (4th & Goal, Caboose COrner, Mr. Hero, etc). There is an expansive food court within for lunch, as well as regular community events and classes, an example being this month's Self Defense Course. Enjoy the down time before you head home!
Whipp’s Ledges - Within Hinckley Reservation your group will find the last leg of your Cleveland/Medina journey, the gorgeous Whipps Ledges. Here, at the southern end of the Cleveland Metroparks system, visitors can see the site of the nationally-known annual Return of the Buzzards, as well as participate in outdoor recreation such as hiking, kayaking, boating, and bird watching. Whipp’s Ledges rises 350 feet about the beautiful Hinckley Lake and was formed more than 250 million years ago, this entire experience being educational both history and geography wise. Be sure to save time to see the 1940’s carvings on the ledges, as well as take your iconic ledges photo!