The vibrant lakeside city of Cleveland is an eclectic mix of nationally recognized chefs, more than 30,000 acres of parkland, major attractions like the Rock and Roll Half of Fame, world-renowned arts & cultural institutions and the nation’s second-largest performing arts district. Here are a few things to do that will rock your socks off when your feet aren’t hitting the streets of Cleveland:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, 216.781.7625, www.rockhall.org
- Pay homage to rock icons and see video, artifacts, memorabilia and other cool, “one-of-a-kind” stuff on display at the Rock Hall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of the music and the cultural context from which it emerges.
Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erie Side Avenue, Cleveland, www.glsc.org
- Wow the kids with more than 400 hands-on exhibits, while participating in science-related live demonstrations at the Great Lakes Science Center. Watch thrilling life-like movies in a six-story-high OMNIMAX theatre, too. Be sure to visit the new NASA Glenn Visitors Center featuring more than 50 exhibits and artifacts.
Each year, more than 2.5 million people “find themselves in the Circle.” Just four miles from downtown Cleveland, University Circle is one of the most concentrated square miles of arts and culture in the nation. www.universitycircle.org
The Cleveland Museum of Art (University Circle)
11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, 44106, 216.421.7340, www.clevelandart.org
- One of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the city is the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the United States’ most important art museums and the only major museum in the country to still offer free admission to its permanent collection. Yes, Renoir, Monet and Dali all for FREE.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval – University Circle, Cleveland, 216.231.4600, www.cmnh.org
- From dinosaurs to diamonds, the Museum is a beautiful blend of traditional and interactive galleries that show kids of all ages how history and art connect with the natural world.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
11030 East Boulevard, 216.721.1600 www.cbgarden.org
- The Cleveland Botanical Gardens is a combination of indoor exhibits housed in a magnificent glasshouse and ten acres of diverse outdoor gardens. The spectacular Glasshouse includes two major exhibits, the Costa Rica Rainforest and the Madagascar Spiny Desert. There are also several beautiful outdoor gardens for your exploration.
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art
11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 44106, 216.421.8671, www.mocacleveland.org
- The new facility, opened in late 2012, is the first piece of architecture designed by London-based Farshid Moussavi in the United States. The space itself is a work of dramatic geometric art, provides MOCA the space for a diverse array of innovative flexible exhibitions, programs and the art of our time.
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard, 216.721.5722 www.wrhs.org
- Discover a showcase of Northeast Ohio’s cultural history through exhibitions, The Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, the Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum and a number of rare artifacts on display throughout the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Severance Hall/Cleveland Orchestra
- 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 216.231.7300 www.clevelandorch.com
- Severance Hall, The Cleveland Orchestra’s home from September through May, is hailed as one of America’s most beautiful concert halls. And, long considered one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra stands today among the world’s most-revered symphonic ensembles, making any evening unforgettable.
Cleveland Metropark Zoo + Rainforest
3900 Wildlife Way, 216.661.6500, www.clemetzoo.com
- This must-see attraction features more than 3,000 animals located throughout 165 rolling wooded acres and a two-story Rainforest full of exotic creatures and striking plant life from across the globe. The new, state-of-art African Elephant Crossing exhibit features five acres of grasslands, swimming ponds and a heated outdoor range which make a homey habitat for as many as ten elephants, along with an assortment of other creatures ranging from spectacularly-plumed birds to meerkats and African rock pythons.
Tower City Center
230 W. Huron Road, 216.623.4750, www.towercitycenter.com
- A renovated train terminal, the ornate Tower City Center houses an indoor retail area with shops and an array of restaurants. It also includes a cinema and two distinguished hotels, the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland and the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. The lower level of Tower City Center houses the Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) light rail system.
Progressive Field – Cleveland Indians vs. Mariners
Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario Street, 216.420.4200, www.indians.com
- Selling out 455 consecutive games between 1995 and 2001, Progressive Field is widely considered by fans as one of the best places to see a game and in fact it was voted the top stadium in the Major Leagues in a 2008 Sports Illustrated fan poll.
Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
100 Public Square, 216.297.4777, www.horseshoe.com/info/cleveland
- The Higbee Building, built in 1931 to house the Higbee Department Store, is an architectural masterpiece. Now in the space is Ohio’s first gambling destination, the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland features more than 96,000 square feet of action with 2,100 slot machines, 65 table games and a 30-table World Series of Poker room. Guests can also enjoy many dining options including The Spread, a multi-station buffet, and the food court featuring Celebrity Chef Michael Symon’s B Spot and Cleveland’s favorite deli, Corky & Lenny’s, as well as two bars.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113, 216.862.8803, www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com
- The Powerhouse located in the West Bank of the Flats is now home to the new 70,000-square-foot Greater Cleveland Aquarium. The nationally historic building includes 40 tanks and more than millions of gallons of water. One of the most exciting exhibits includes a seatube that allows visitors to experience life under the sea in a clear, 150’ walk-through tunnel.
House of Blues (East Fourth Street, Downtown)
308 Euclid Avenue, 216.523.BLUE, www.hob.com/cleveland/
- From alternative to heavy metal, the House of Blues showcases an eclectic variety of live entertainment through its doors every week. The building was originally a classic Woolworth’s store, but was converted to a two-stage, multi-level entertainment venue and restaurant in 2004. The company worked to retain most of the original architecture in the building, while infusing it with the House of Blue’s signature wall-to-wall modern folk art décor.
West Side Market
1979 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, 216.861.5250 www.westsidemarket.com
- Built in 1912, the West Side Market is the largest indoor/outdoor market in the country. This marketplace was once where turn-of-the-century immigrants found their native foods and spices. Today the century-old market features more than100 vendors with the freshest selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, produce, bakery, ethnic foods and international delicacies.
A Christmas Story House
3159 W 11th Street, Cleveland, www.achristmasstoryhouse.com
- It doesn’t need to be Christmastime to enjoy the restored Cleveland house where the classic movie, “A Christmas Story,” was filmed. While there, learn more about Ralphie’s home and stock-up on “fra-gee-lay” leg lamps and Lifebuoy soap.
12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 216.421.2665, www.lakeviewcemetery.com
- Lake View Cemetery is the final resting place of J.D. Rockefeller and African American inventor Garrett Morgan, as well as the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield. Visitors can see the former president’s casket as well as the stunning leaded glass window designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany inside the Wade Memorial Chapel. In addition to the notable headstones and beautiful scenery, the east-side location of Lake View Cemetery provides a fantastic view of the city from atop the memorial for President James A. Garfield on a clear day.
- Bike, hike, walk or roller blade through the Cleveland Metroparks, affectionately known as the “emerald necklace.” This vast park system includes 16 reservations – a total of 21,000 acres worth of scenic landscapes, hiking trails, picnic areas and other attractions perfect to explore and enjoy the famed Northeast Ohio greenery.