Paddle up the Rocky River and you’re immersed in a vacation world of million-dollar homes and jaw-dropping yachts. Slender steel gray townhouses. Bright blue-and-white cottages. The homes of Lakewood’s Clifton Lagoon, where garages open directly onto the water. And mansions high up on the cliffs. Homes hidden from the hustle of the street, you can…

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The fifth annual Whiskey Island Paddlefest is a partnership of Cleveland Metroparks, Ultra Missions, the Foundry and Nalu SUP and Surf. Grab your stand-up paddleboard and register for the 6 mile elite race (3 laps), 2 mile challenge (1 lap), or a short kid’s dynamic course. Beginners and advanced paddlers are welcome. A limited number…

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Cleveland Metroparks will showcase local food, beverages, arts, and music with the first-ever Taste on the Lake at Edgewater Park. For $20, you get one beverage ticket and one food ticket, to taste samples from restaurants, including Bloom Bakery, Market Garden, Merwin’s Wharf, Toast and Tremont Taphouse. Additional samples will be $3 to $5. About…

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Join the Cleveland Metroparks every Wednesday from June 20 to Aug. 22 for kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours of Cleveland’s inner harbor. Share:

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Help choose the opening act for Taste on the Lake in a battle of Cleveland bands, performing original songs. Vote for your favorite band online to open at this summer’s Taste on the Lake July 7. Share:

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Get ready to rock Wendy Park and Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station on Wednesday evenings this summer.   Cleveland Metroparks will offer stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking inside the inner harbor, launching from Whiskey Island. A newbie to either sport? Beginners can experience kayaking and SUP during one-hour “Try-It” sessions near shore for $5. Got the…

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Weather is warming up, and the boat launch ramps are in the water at the Cleveland Metroparks. In the Metroparks’ weekly fish report, aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec said smallmouth bass are now swimming in the Rocky, Chagrin and Cuyahoga rivers. Note: you can’t keep smallmouth/largemouth bass caught in Lake Erie or the Rocky River north of…

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The weather is good, and the fish are biting. Plus, it’s free fishing weekend in Ohio! Where to try to catch a fish? Lake Erie marina and harbor areas offer chances to catch walleye, steelhead trout, northern pike, panfish, and largemouth and smallmoth bass in spring, according to Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. Main and…

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Birds are migrating north. And hundreds of them will soon stop at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, 88 acres of dredged soil from the bottom of the Cuyahoga River. In the spring and fall, the brightly colored warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers stop to refuel, eating and resting before they fly 60 miles across lake…

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Mark your calendars for Cleveland Metroparks’ free summer concerts Thursdays at Edgewater Live and Friday at Euclid Beach Live, beginning May 31 and June 1 and running through the first week of August. Aside from the bands, visitors can sample a rotating lineup of more than a dozen Cleveland food trucks each week and enjoy…

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