What to do and see in Westlake, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 7, 2017 Lean Nau

Westlake is an affluent city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Cleveland located 12 miles west of downtown Cleveland. The population was 32,729 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Westlake

1. Bay Lanes Bowling

27229 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140-2020 +1 440-871-0911
Excellent
93%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 150 reviews

Bay Lanes Bowling

12 Lanes, intimate setting, great music, automatic scoring, full Bar & Grill, Cosmic Bowling Fri. & Sat. nights, family friendly. 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Cleveland Magazine's "Best of the West"-Birthday Party Place. Great place to hold your next birthday, corporate party, reunion, or fundraiser.

Reviewed By keljay68 - Cleveland, Ohio

My husband and I went tonight and had the greatest time. So inexpensive to play a few games and have a few drinks. The owners are hilarious and fun to talk to. Not a fancy establishment, but homey and comfortable. Will definitely be back.

2. Miller Nature Preserve

2739 Center Rd, Avon, OH 44011-1838 +1 440-937-0764
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Miller Nature Preserve

Reviewed By JanWill - Willoughby, OH

It was nice to visit while the small butterfly house was open (approx. Father's Day to Labor Day). A knowledgeable docent was on hand to give us the names of the types of butterflies and answer questions. This is not a huge exhibit, nor one with dozens of types of butterflies. The flower beds and planters on the grounds are attractive. We also took time to walk in the conservatory.

3. Crocker Park

25 Main St, Westlake, OH 44145-6975 +1 440-871-6880
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

Crocker Park

Reviewed By Amy S

Went here both evening I was in town for a conference. Great better end boutiques, still ample parking on Friday and Saturday evenings, with good food options inside the mall area. Out door fireplace to sit at on a cold evening

4. Lakewood Park

14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 +1 216-529-5697
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 106 reviews

Lakewood Park

Reviewed By ozie29 - Silverthorne, CO

This park is great for kids with the newly remodeled play area....great climbing, running and sliding! Fields for soccer and baseball with beautiful views of Lake Erie! Be sure to enjoy the walk by the lake with a great view of downtown Cleveland!

5. Great Northern Mall

4954 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, OH 44070-3307 +1 440-734-6300
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Great Northern Mall

Great Northern Mall near Cleveland hosts shopping, Macy's and JCPenney department stores, Dick's Sporting Goods store, and over 120 more shops and restaurants. The mall is twelve miles southwest of Cleveland on I-480. Find convenient family parking near the H&M and Dillard's mall entrances.

Reviewed By HeatherRMooney - North Olmsted, Ohio

The GNM gets super busy this time of year, and Starbucks' BOGO sale resulted in some congestion, but it wasn't insurmountable. The decision to place a ballet performance right in front of the Dick's store was questionable, however. We had to wade through and in front of parents trying to watch their kids perform and it seemed dangerous because we weren't sure we wouldn't get smacked in the face by a dancer! Just a bad logistics decision, especially considering that there were plenty of much better staging options.

But the store selection is good and staff was pleasantly surprising.

6. Rocky River Public Library

1600 Hampton Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116-2699 +1 440-333-7610
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 24 reviews

Rocky River Public Library

Reviewed By patpetetravel - Rocky River, Ohio

I take my grandsons here for story hour and playtime in the children's section. That's where the trains come in - a super train platform with lots and lots of building tracks and bridge pieces.
I've attended evening adult events with a friend.
I go by myself to catch up on magazines and enjoy quiet time perusing the stacks.
Friendly staff and an elevator!

7. Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland, OH +1 216-635-3200
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 501 reviews

Cleveland Metroparks

Hop on a bicycle, lace up your running shoes or take your time strolling through any part of this scenic 60-mile long string of parks and garden areas.

Reviewed By Huey L - Roanoke, Virginia

There are multiple reservations/nature centers that make up the 'Emerald Necklace'. Each one is in a unique setting. It is truly a gem of Ohio- other states aren't as fortunate to have anything like this. If you have free time, I really recommend getting involved with one of their volunteer programs- great for high school students and adults of all ages.

8. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

28728 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140-1350 +1 440-871-2900
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Reviewed By Leigh M - Ballarat, Australia

Great for children to see tortoises, rabbits, fish and birds. Their was also a fox, a few snakes and frogs. The birds were in small and old cages but was told most couldn't fly or were being rehabilitated to be released at a later date.

Many programs exist for scouting groups, children's camps or family learning centre but not really geared to the passing tourist. This recreation is free so if you want to fill in an hour or practise your photographic techniques you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect a mini zoo.

If you are looking for bird feeders or a variety of bird seeds then their little shop is sure to have what you are looking for. If it is advice you are after then the lady that runs it is extremely knowledgable.

9. Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16 and IMAX

30147 Detroit Rd, Westlake, OH 44145-1946 +1 440-871-4546
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16 and IMAX

Reviewed By Leah W - Streetsboro, Ohio

I visited Crocker Park for my birthday weekend. We had hotel reservations at the Hyatt Place (right next to the movie theater), so my boyfriend and I decided to go see Moana after dinner at Cheesecake Factory. I really enjoyed this movie theater! This place is huge - somewhere around fifteen different theaters and an escalator. The seats in the theater are not the big plush recliners, but they do recline slightly and you can lift up the armrest in between seats if you would like. As we were leaving, we saw that they have Christmas classics showing every Saturday at noon for $5 (which is a real deal, because most things in Crocker Park aren't cheap - our tickets for a Friday night were about $12 each). And if you have a Regal membership card, you could also get a drink and popcorn combo for $5 during the Christmas movie. We came back the next day and saw A Christmas Story! I would recommend this movie theater to anyone visiting the area.

10. AMC Westwood Town Center 6

21653 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116-3917 +1 440-331-2628
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

AMC Westwood Town Center 6

Reviewed By Angie_Ohio - Aurora, Ohio

Love this theater for the reclining seats. I did notice something on this visit. The buttons for adjusting the seats are on the inside of the seat arm. If you have wider hips, your hips can trigger the button. Lifting the middle arm between me and my date helped.

The theater is very busy with very little customer service about. When you know what you are doing and just go to see a movie, it makes for a much nicer experience.

I would say that it is one of the best theaters in the Cleveland area.

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