With all the options available, finding something fun and interesting to do in Cleveland isn’t very difficult for residents or visitors. Whether attending a professional sporting event or sight-seeing the tallest building in Ohio (Key Tower), they’ll find many things to do and see in Cleveland. In an effort to help narrow down the options, let’s examine 5 top destinations to visit in Cleveland.
“The Forest City” (nickname from the 1830s) is located on the edge of Lake Erie and is the second largest city in Ohio with nearly 400k residents; the Greater Cleveland area has a population of over 2 million residents and in 2016 attracted around 18 million visitors.
Cleveland is home to the one and only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, due in large part to a local disc jockey, Alan Freed, coining the popular term in the early 1950s. This and other notable rock & roll history can be found at this popular destination.
Residents of Cleveland can get free admission to this venue through the CLE VIP program, which started June 23rd, 2018 – there are discounts for Northeast Ohio residents as well. As for out of town visitors, the gift shop is free to visit and tickets are $23 for general admission.
Visitors can peruse the 323 inductees or attend a concert at the Rock Hall’s plaza stage where many live concerts are free. Attendees can enjoy the beer garden and food trucks as they listen to today’s live versions of Rock & Roll music.
Visitors can delve into the stories of fans, insights from inductees, and other fascinating related information about the history and present state of Rock & Roll. With seven levels of exhibits to experience, this popular destination in Cleveland will keep visitors enthralled with the details of this special music genre.
For museum and art lovers, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the top destinations to visit in the city. Over a century old (founded in 1913 and opened in 1916), this popular cultural center a few miles east of downtown Cleveland welcomes visitors with free admission and over 45,000 objects to peruse.
The CMA also hosts various events throughout the year, including music performances, films, festivals, lectures, and tours. Visitors can also take advantage of their art, learning, and research resources, including the Ingalls library (with over 500,000 volumes), CMA Thinker (the museum’s blog), and museum archives.
In-between gazing at the traditional and digital exhibits and enjoying the unique art resources, visitors can take a break and order some great food at the Provenance Restaurant and Cafe. Afterward, they can enjoy similar destinations nearby (within half a mile), including:
Cleveland Institute of Music
Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Museum of Contemporary Art
Dittrick Museum of Medical History
Severance Hall (next destination’s winter venue)
Residents and visitors of Cleveland have the chance to experience the world-renown Cleveland Orchestra. The classical music performed by over a hundred members of the Cleveland Orchestra is a unique and harmonious expression of this cultured American city.
The Cleveland Orchestra is acknowledged as one of the world’s best orchestras; they have individual and group performances at two main venues:
Severance Hall (Winter home)
They also perform at other special venues within the region and worldwide. In partnership with the city and other local organizations, the Cleveland Orchestra also provides educational programs and resources for the local community and elsewhere.
An article found on thisiscleveland.com shares some important details:
“An informal Fridays @ 7 series mixes Cleveland Orchestra concerts and world music at the orchestra’s historic winter home, Severance Hall, on select Friday nights. On top of that, anyone under 18 can come for free to select concerts.
These elite musicians also hold ‘residencies’ in Cleveland’s funkiest neighborhoods that feature a string of free performances in unexpected places.”
Residents and visitors to the “Forest City” would be doing themselves a disservice by not checking out the Cleveland Orchestra, where they’ll find quality classical and world music, such as Jazz, symphonic, pop, opera, ballet, and more.
The Severance Hall is located a few blocks from the last destination, The Cleveland Museum, and the Blossom Music Center (amphitheater) is located within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park just north of Akron.
In-between visiting all these destinations, residents and visitors to Cleveland can stop by the West Side Market where they’ll find over a 100 food and drink vendors to satisfy their hunger, thirst, pallet, and pantry. This is the Cleveland’s oldest public market with origins dating back to the 1840s.
Visitors can experience some culture and history while shopping ( produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, dairy, nuts, herbs, etc.) or sitting down to eat a variety of ethnic foods; also, they can enjoy being in the historic yellow brick market house (1912 opened to public) and massive interior concourse.
Just minutes west of downtown Cleveland, the indoor/outdoor West Side Market is in a great central location, and with free parking for 90 minutes, this destination is more accessible and feasible for residents and visitors.
Every metropolis must have at least a few cultural iconic destinations; as for Cleveland, one of these is Playhouse Square, where over a million people visit every year. With over a thousand events a year, its no wonder this Broadway show venue is such a popular destination.
Saved from destruction in the 1970s, this downtown destination has become the largest performing arts center outside of New York. This due to the local community members and volunteers that worked to restore and revive this historic space.
Visitors can see and enjoy the 1920’s motif in 5 of the 10 theaters and the world’s largest outdoor chandelier. Performances, classes, and shows can be seen throughout the year, including Tai Chi classes, musicals, Broadway shows, and cinema. They also have an annual retro movie fest in the summer, where patrons can see their favorite old movies on the big screen for only $5.
Cleveland offers residents and visitors many great destinations to see and enjoy throughout the four seasons of the year. The five we’ve examined are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Suffice it to say, Cleveland is a great place to live and visit, and these five destinations are some of the top places for visitors and residents to experience and enjoy.
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