Fun and Flowers in NEO

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”

This proverb is oh, so true in Northeast Ohio! Winter is a beautiful season here in NEO as we enjoy a snowy wonderland, but after a few months of chilly temperatures, I’m ready for spring! As I hope some of my previous posts have shown, NEO is a nature lover’s paradise, and spring proves why. When rain turns to sun and the days warm up, it’s prime time for getting outdoors! (Just remember your rain boots!) We’re often known for fall foliage, but NEO is also abundant with colorful flowers and sunshine! Let’s explore a list of my favorite places to snap a gorgeous spring photo:


Huntington Reservation


Huntington Reservation in Bay Village truly features the best of both worlds: a lakefront paradise alongside hiking trails amid a landscape that reminds me of Middle-earth. It’s the perfect place to enjoy warm temperatures before the summer crowds hit!

Baldwin Wallace University

BW Flowers

Baldwin Wallace University’s campus in Berea is alight with bright colors in the springtime. No matter where students roam, they’re surrounded by blooms!

The Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation

Ohio Erie Canal

The Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation features Ohio’s famed Towpath Trail with a landscape of bridges, a marsh, and the canal itself. Paths here are ideal for both cycling and walking. If you’re adventurous enough, you could take a few days off work and cycle the entire eighty-mile trail from New Philadelphia to Cleveland!

Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery near busy downtown Cleveland is a haven for city-dwellers looking for a quiet place to take a walk. Far from gloomy, this cemetery is one of my favorite spots to take a walk and enjoy the blooms.

Mohican State Park

Mohican State Park

In a bucolic corner of NEO, Ashland and Richland counties include glorious places to hike including Malabar Farm and Mohican State Park. Far away from any highways or light pollution, springtime here is a peaceful affair.


Edgewater Flowers 2

One of my favorite things about NEO is how bustling cities and peaceful green space co-exist so easily. Even in my busy neighborhood, flowers find ways to remind me to slow down, take a deep breath, and celebrate spring’s arrival!

Ryan Collins
Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins is a writer and traveler. Currently based in Lakewood, he has lived all across Northeast Ohio. A Kent State University alum, today, Ryan works in admission at Baldwin Wallace University. His work has been published by Cleveland Plus, Belt Magazine and in conjunction with Destination Cleveland. Learn more at