Not your average museum field trips

Marisa Dalessandro

Interesting, inexpensive museums in the area offer entertainment

Credit: Beth Rankin

Northeast Ohio is home to a wide range of museums, which can provide interesting and inexpensive outings during the summer. Take advantage of these one-of-a-kind museums right in Kent’s backyard.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame honors the men and women responsible for the technological advances that we have grown accustomed to over the years.

A family pass includes two adult head of households and any children ages 3-17 living in that household.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Located in Canton, the Pro Football Hall of Fame serves to honor the great players, games and coaches of the professional football world.

“The nostalgia feeling brought me back to my high school and college days of being a football player,” said Nick Pacitti, a National Federation of High School, NCAA football official.

The Hall of Fame Web site,, offers a special admission discount of $2 off the regular adult admission 25 cents off the child and senior citizen admission prices.

Great Lakes Science Center

At 250,000 square feet, the Great Lakes Science Center serves as one of America’s largest interactive science museums. The museum features over 400 hands-on exhibits as well as Omnimax films that show visitors their interdependency on science in everyday life.

Polka Hall of Fame

“It features all polka artists from the early 1920s to the present,” said Deloris Minelich of the Polka Hall of Fame.

There are displays of current artists, previous artists and lifetime achievers.

The Hall of Fame consists of two large rooms: one room is a display of photos, accordions and memorabilia and the other room is a gift shop.

Akron Fossil and Science Center

The Akron Fossil and Science Center is an educational experience full of fun for all ages. The museum is devoted to teaching creation science and intelligent design as well as evolutionary models.

“They can launch water balloons and paper airplanes, go down the zip-line and learn about dinosaurs and God at the same time,” said Megan Hennis, employee and Walsh Jesuit high school student.

Contact general assignment reporter Marisa Dalessandro at [email protected].