The original home to JD Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, Cleveland’s roots are as an industrial manufacturing powerhouse. Yet over the course of its two-century-plus history, this gritty city seated at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River has found a definite taste for the finer things. Today, with its downtown scene revitalized and old-school charm retained, Cleveland offers its visitors the best of both worlds. All the snazzy amenities of a state-of-the-art upstart are found alongside well-kempt classic touches; wholesome Midwestern congeniality blends with a Rust Belt ruggedness. Altogether it offers an allure that’s all its own.
The city’s special blend is reflected in its wealth of attractions as travelers can enjoy refined cosmopolitan delights one minute, the solitude of sprawling greenspaces the next—and somewhere along the way they can get messy munching on a fry-topped, hot sauce-doused Polish Boy. Case in point: Music lovers of all stripes can catch a tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—all seven floors of it—before taking in a world-class performance by the renowned Cleveland Orchestra at their longtime residence, Severance Hall, a venue whose architectural beauty is matched by its acoustics.
And Severance Hall is only one of the cultural attractions that can be found within the confines of the historic Wade Park District. Just a stone’s throw away from the symphony’s home is the Cleveland Museum of Art, itself a world-renowned institution. Open to the public for free, the museum features works by the likes of Matisse and Monet, Goya, van Gogh, and El Greco—just to name a few.
Those looking to experience the exteriors in Cleveland would do well to visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden, established in 1930 as one of the very first parks of its kind, just down the street from the Museum of Art. Meanwhile, just outside the city, nature lovers can hike along the many, many miles of trails within Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one of the region’s few national parks. Of course, one need not go beyond the city limits to enjoy open park space. The Cleveland Metroparks system, also known as the city’s “Emerald Necklace,” includes over 23,000 acres of parks in the area. Among these is the tranquil Lakefront Reservation that offers picnickers, sunbathers, and all comers a chance to relax along the banks of Lake Erie, with the peaks of the city’s skyline still in full view.
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Things to do in Cleveland.
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- West Side Market
- The Arcade
- Heinen’s Downtown
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Cleveland Metroparks
- Wade Park