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Thanksgiving In Cleveland: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in Cleveland is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Cleveland and one opportunity to give back to others.

Cleveland Thanksgiving Events Map

Thanksgiving At The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo celebrates Thanksgiving each year with free admission to the zoo and the adjacent rain-forest exhibit. Visitors to Thanksgiving at the Zoo should bundle up to see animals like tigers, elephants and kangaroos; educational demonstrations; and special animal feedings, such as a polar bear eating a pumpkin. The park is open all day on Thanksgiving, and parking is free.

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109

Cleveland Indians Snow Days

Celebrate the northeast Ohio winter season at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland during Cleveland Indians Snow Days. Opening day is the day after Thanksgiving, and the event runs through mid-January. Visitors may not be able to slide into second, but they can ice-skate around three rinks: the outfield (aka the Frozen Mile), the infield (the Frozen Diamond) and an area for little ones called the Rookie Rink. Other activities at the converted ballpark include snow tubing and navigating a hay-bale maze. Slider, the Indians mascot, will be on hand, and visitors can enjoy fireworks, hot chocolate and a variety of seasonal treats.

2401 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Volunteer: The City Mission

The City Mission, which has served Cleveland's homeless community for more than 100 years, serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for all comers on Thanksgiving Day at its Carnegie and East 53rd Street location. (The mission has satellite locations dotted throughout northeast Ohio.) Volunteers 18 and older can offer to help make this day an enjoyable one for the men, women and children served by the mission.

5310 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In Cleveland: Video

Elephants at the Cleveland Zoo enjoy eating pumpkins, too!

Did we miss a Cleveland Thanksgiving event? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Want other great Thanksgiving events and volunteering opportunities? Check out TurkeyQuest and our coverage in Cincinnati, Columbus and Ohio.

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