Celebrate Mother's Day in CLE Style

April 30, 2018

Destination Cleveland suggests places and activities to spoil mom on her special day

CLEVELAND (April 30, 2018) - There's no better way to celebrate Mother's Day than by dedicating the weekend, or entire week, to exploring the CLE with mom. While they say that mother knows best, kids (of all ages) can be the ones ‘in the know' by helping mom discover a new place in The Land or buying her an exceptional Cleveland-made gift. From bountiful brunches to complimentary admission at attractions, Destination Cleveland recommends that residents treat their mothers to a memorable but not wallet-busting weekend in Northeast Ohio.

Delicious Dining

Cleveland Botanical Garden

For a Mother's Day brunch surrounded by the most beautiful flowers and blooms in Northeast Ohio, residents can head to the Cleveland Botanical Garden located in the University Circle neighborhood. Moms, grandmas and other special women in locals' lives will feast on decadent dishes, including roasted salmon, made-to-order omelets and banana pancakes. After indulging in a scrumptious brunch, hundreds of tulips and hyacinths in the Spring Blooms exhibit can serve as the perfect backdrop for a selfie with mom.  

  • 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland
  • Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; reservations required

100th Bomb Group

Just 20 minutes from Downtown Cleveland, Clevelanders can "take flight" to 100th Bomb Group for a Mother's Day brunch buffet. With views of takeoffs and landings at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, historic aircrafts and wartime vehicles embellishing the grounds and wall-to-wall memorabilia honoring our country's service men and women, families can immerse themselves in this aviation-centric venue while treating mom to a glass of bubbly from the champagne buffet and an array of delectable brunch items.

  • 20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland
  • Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; limited reservation times available 

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park's wetlands, fields and forests - all brimming with wildlife - await Clevelanders and their moms as they climb aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR). As part of its weekend-long Mother's Day celebration, CVSR is hosting a variety of events for locals of all ages. Residents can enjoy a CVSR special event, "Muffins with Mom," or the National Park Scenic Train Ride as they embark on a relaxing trip through Ohio's only national park. And from May 11-13, moms can ride the National Park Scenic excursion free of charge with the purchase of one adult/child coach ticket. 

  • Muffins with Mom: Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13, 9 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. out of Rockside Station, 10:55 a.m. out of Akron Northside Station
  • For more information on the train schedule, visit www.cvsr.com 

Arts Aficionado

Walkabout Tremont

For an evening of art admiration, food truck fare and unique entertainment, Clevelanders can trek through Tremont with mom. An outdoor extravaganza comprised of pop-up retail vendors, stilt walkers and Guinness World Record-sized bubbles awaits those that attend the "Spring Fling"-themed Walkabout Tremont on Friday, May 11. A dozen art galleries, boutiques like Banyan Tree and Pinky's Daily Planner, and for-purchase food from neighborhood favorites like Fahrenheit will etch this evening into mom's memory.

Playhouse Square
Opulent theaters adorned with gorgeous chandeliers and jaw-dropping murals set the scene for residents to spoil mom with tickets to a show at Playhouse Square. Laughs will ensue when award-winning actress Carol Burnett takes the stage on Wednesday, May 9, with a show that engages the audience with a live Q&A and clips from "The Carol Burnett Show." In the week leading up to Mother's Day and during the special weekend,  a whole new world awaits for Clevelanders when the hit Broadway musical "Disney's Aladdin" flies into the KeyBank State Theatre on a magic carpet. If toe-tapping hits and sing-alongs to groovy chart-toppers are mom's style, residents can take a musical trip back to the 1960s at the Great Lakes Theater's performance of "Beehive: The 60's Musical," which celebrates women musicians like Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.

Only in CLE Gifts


If rest, relaxation and pampering are exactly what mom needs, Manifest is the place to take mom. This not-so-typical beauty lounge in Downtown Cleveland takes indulgence one step further by throwing hand-crafted cocktails into the mix for the ultimate way to unwind. From a manicure and a Manifesto Martini to a facial and The CLE cocktail, locals can provide mom with the VIP treatment and a chance to kick up her heels on a well-deserved break.

  • 668 Prospect Ave., Suite #8, Cleveland
  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday, noon - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday - Monday, closed.

With flavors like salty-sweet maple bacon and mouthwatering peanut butter Oreo, residents "do-nut" want to forget a treat for mom from Brewnuts. Located in Cleveland's Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, the doughnut-themed bar changes its menu of "dones" every day, but one thing remains the same: every sweet or savory concoction includes a special ingredient baked into the batter: beer from local and regional craft breweries. Clevelanders can grab a dozen to go or make a date with mom to enjoy "the hospitality of the corner donut shop and the comfort of your favorite watering hole."

  • 761 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
  • Hours: Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. - sold out; Wednesday - Thursday, 6:30 a.m. - sold out,
    Encore Hours, 4 - 10 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Monday, closed

Love, Anji

Buckets of colorful, hand-crafted paper flowers decorate the walls of Love, Anji in the 5th Street Arcades, where locals can hand pick a bouquet of mom's favorite "blooms." From daises and tulips to sunflowers and roses, Love, Anji's forever flowers are sure to brighten even the dreariest of mom's days. For the mom that loves all things CLE, residents should check out the map art prints and other goodies in the shop's Cleveland section. More great gifts for mom are available in the 5th Street Arcades' other stores, including Little Shop of Cookies, The Tea Lab and Happy Hour Collection.

  • 5th Street Arcades, 530 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
  • Love, Anji hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
    Sunday - Monday, closed
  • For more information on shops in the 5th Street Arcades, visit www.5thstreetarcades.com

Freebies for Mom

In celebration of Mother's Day, a variety of attractions in Northeast Ohio are offering free or discounted admission for these special ladies.

  • Clevelanders and their moms can take a walk on the wild side this Mother's Day as both the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Akron Zoo are offering complimentary admission to moms. It's the perfect opportunity to get up close (but maybe not personal) with the African elephants in Cleveland or slither by the Komodo kingdom exhibit in Akron.
    • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland

§  Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

o   Akron Zoo: 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron

§  Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • For a voyage under the sea with sand tiger sharks and snowflake eels, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is hosting moms free-of-charge on Mother's Day. Kids can even create personalized fish-themed Mother's Day cards, or they can take mom around the Aquarium on a scavenger hunt.
    • 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland

§  Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Locals can travel back in time to the early 20th century at Akron's Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. A quick 30-mile drive from Downtown Cleveland, the rooms of the Manor House each recount the stories of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling's lifestyle, from the Billiard Room where he entertained his business associates and sealed deals over a brandy and good cigar to the ornate Music Room with the beautiful and rich sound of the Aeolian Organ. Moms won't spend a dime on admission on their special day, and gift-buying procrastinators might find the perfect memento for mom at the on-site gift shop, Molly's Shop.
    • 714 N Portage Path, Akron

§  Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • If an oil and water workshop, the magic of matter or the experiments in the "Big Science Show" are more mom's speed, the Great Lakes Science Center is the place to go. Mothers will enjoy half-price admission on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.
    • 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland

§  Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 13, noon - 5 p.m.

For more Mother's Day activities or to learn more about Destination Cleveland or new attractions and activities, please visit thisiscleveland.com, follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Pinterest.

DON'T FORGET: Destination Cleveland's Concierge Team is also available to help residents and their visiting family and friends explore the region. Contact our team through email at cleconcierge@destinationcle.org, live chat at thisiscleveland.com or stop in the Cleveland Visitors Center (334 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44114) Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. to plan your adventure.


ABOUT DESTINATION CLEVELAND: Destination Cleveland is Cleveland's convention and visitors bureau. This private, non-profit organization's mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Greater Cleveland through leisure and business travel. Cleveland welcomes 18 million visitors annually. For more information, visit thisiscleveland.com.

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