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Cleveland has gone through a revival over the past decade and it’s not the city you think. Did you know that Cleveland was named by National Geographic as one of the 21 Places You Need to Visit in 2018? In fact, George Stone, the editor of National Geographic Traveler, described Cleveland as a place “that you kind of thought you knew but you don’t.”
This is a given. If you come to Cleveland, you must visit the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Most nights, the Rock Hall closes at 5:30, but on Wednesday, it is open until 9! That gives you plenty of time to soak in all the rock and roll glory after hours.
You will feel like you’re on Broadway, but you’re not! Playhouse Square is the second largest theater district in the country and gets many of the top Broadway shows and the ticket price is much more reasonable. Check out their website and catch an amazing show during your visit!
You can find it where the river meets Lake Erie… the iconic Flats were almost completely empty a decade ago, but have recently been brought back to life with great restaurants, nightlife, shops, condos, and hotels. This article from Cleveland.com outlines some of the exciting new things to do in the Flats. You can also check out FlatsEastBank.com for more information.
If you love seafood, my personal favorite place to eat in that area is Alley Cat Oyster Bar. With gorgeous views overlooking the river and the lake, delicious food and a great wine and beer selection, you’ll be sure to have a memorable meal.
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Ranked one of America’s best by Business Insider Magazine, The Cleveland Museum of Art will not disappoint. Check out their website for special events, exhibits, and tours. Make your way over there on a Wednesday or Friday evening when they stay open until 9 pm!
Get Back to Nature in the Cleveland Metroparks
The Metroparks are a large system of nature preserves in and around Cleveland. They feature hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as lakefront parks and many park reservations. You can find a wide variety of activities in any season.
If you are visiting Cleveland in the summer months, make sure to check out Edgewater Live on the Centennial Plaza at Edgewater Beach House. Every Thursday night, top regional music acts will perform from 6-9pm while you sample delicious dishes from local food trucks. Enjoy happy hour at The Beach House while you gaze at amazing views of the Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie.
Check out Local Neighborhoods such as Tremont
Food and art are the essences of Tremont. Stroll along this historic neighborhood and take a peek in one of its many art galleries or shops. Pop in for a meal or drink at a local restaurant. If you’re a movie lover, make sure to check out “A Christmas Story House & Museum” while you’re in the neighborhood.
With so many fun places to go, you’ll want to come back and experience Cleveland on the weekend too!