Extensively stretching along the shores of the famous Lake Erie, Ohio’s Cleveland is not only a big city, but is a culturally diverse town. So, the Cleveland Ohio attractions are more of the cultural as well as natural types. This city in northeast Ohio is the home to excellent museums, cultural shows, the continent’s most golf courses per capita, and amusement parks. If you are looking for a holiday featuring only recreation, then Cleveland is the second best among the 354 metro US cities.
One of the top Cleveland Ohio attractions is the Great Lakes Science Center that is just 10 years old. Nestled at the North coast Harbor and near one more major highlight called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the center where the people of all ages to ‘do and learn’ via more than 400 interactive exhibits. You will come across the technological, physical (human), scientific, environmental, and the Great Lakes features for $14.75 between 10 to 5. And yes, do also explore the OMNI-MAX theater nearby. Here, do dine at the Elements Café with indoor and seasonal patio seating.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the downtown on the edge of Lake Erie is really impressive highlight, which is loaded with the art as well as music collections along with the related memorabilia for all the music fans. It is the interactive museum that seems to be a shimmering Moorish palace where you can also discover an artist you were not aware of or can hear the music via the sprinkled headphones. In summers, just check out for the schedule of frequent concerts of the local as well as the national musicians, which occurs on the large plaza in front of the museum. And yes, do look for the giant Free Stamp perched here in the outdoors.
Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most famous museums in the world, which can be explored for free. Marvel at its permanent collection, peep into the vast collection of Impressionist paintings as well as sculpture, and wonder at the Asian art as well as medieval art. This is one of the must to visit Cleveland Ohio attractions.
One of the quaint architectures is preserved at the Old Arcade that since 1890 look like the Milan’s shopping arcades. Situated off the Public Square, this wide building with the tower at the ends supports the sky-lighted atrium of five storeys adorned in intricate brass gargoyles and metalwork. Do experience this, be at the top level and look down. By now, it must have become the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Cleveland Botanical Garden at the University Circle neighborhood is worth once a visit. This is where you will come across a myriad of indoor exhibits within a superb glasshouse as well as diverse outdoor gardens – rose garden, children’s garden, Japanese garden, and a woodland garden.
In the Public Square, explore the Terminal Tower built in 1929, which is now the second tallest edifice in Cleveland, the first being the Key Tower. Constructed as the premier railroad terminal, today it is the main center of the RTA Rapid Lines. Here, for the tourists, the main highlight is the observation deck from where one can enjoy the breathtaking environs including the twisting Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie, and the downtown.
An outdoor recreational trip to Lake Erie that is the warmest as well as the shallowest is a must! There are several opportunities for walking, swimming, and boating here. With the maximum miles shoreline in the world, the city offers endless enjoyment options at the lake from before the Memorial Day. This is the best place for the boaters, sailers, jet skiers, and the wave runners – thanks the neighboring marinas as well as piers.
However, if you are canoer, boater, cruiser, or a kayaker, head to the Cuyahoga (Crooked) River that is known for its diverse scenery. Do also explore the city’s only national park called the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where the Ohio & Erie Canal has been preserved. This is where you can also stroll or bike the Canal Towpath that from the Lake Erie stretches to the southern suburbs beyond Akron. The park is at the 8 miles from the downtown and expands down to Akron.
Eating is good at 1 Pho, Tea House Noodles, Siam Café, Balaton Restaurant, Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant, and Phnom Penh.
Best time to visit
Autumn – avoid the warmest July and coldest January.
Days Inn Cleveland Airport South – $50
Hilton Cleveland East Beachwood – $81
Hyatt Regency Cleveland At The Arcade – $84
Doubletree Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside – $87