12316 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Lakeview Cemetery Description
It may seem like an odd choice for a family outing, but the 285-acre Lakeview Cemetery is more joyful garden than sorrowful burial place (although it does have more than 102,000 graves). Kids will love the recognizable names on the tombstones (like James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States, and Eliot Ness, whose story of bringing down Al Capone was made into the hit film "The Untouchables"), tours that offer information on everything from ghost sightings to local wildlife, and the park-like atmosphere of the grounds (where simply enjoying the large open spaces isn't frowned upon).
Babies: With plenty of space for long walks and gorgeously maintained grounds, moms, dads, and babies in strollers will look past the plots and find their happy place.
Toddlers & Pre-K: A stroller or wagon will be appreciated by those who may start off running but quickly realize there's a lot of ground to cover. Or skip the walking altogether and plan your visit to coincide with a trolley tour ($6).
Pre-Teens & Teens: Seeing the graves of Garfield, Rockefeller, and Ness will help older kids connect the experience with what they've been learning in school.
- Check the Web site. The cemetery often invites noted guest speakers to give seminars, like one called "Bat Night," which gives kids a chance to set up nets to catch local bats and learn about them ($5).
- Bring a dime. Rumor has it that leaving a dime on John D. Rockefeller's grave (once the world's richest man, who was worth more than $1 billion dollars when he died in 1937) will bring you good luck.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours