The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Cleveland

Anna T. Wilson

Cleveland’s historic and artistic richness and appreciation for art and history are reflected in the many famous attractions that are placed throughout the area. These top ten things to do and see in Cleveland, a major city in US state Ohio, are for any time of the day, any day, of the week, and for any occasion. Whether you are a tourist or just want to experience a different side of your hometown, Cleveland guarantees an entertaining, educational, and fun time for everyone.

1. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Building, Museum

1. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
© Tony Fischer/Flickr

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Do you love music” How about museums” Well, you are in luck because at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, visitors get the best of both worlds. Every year, a talented group or solo act gets inducted into the museum to join over 700 others who have shaped music as consumers know it today. The inside is not the only memorable part about visiting; the exterior and architectural genius that was invested into the building is evident. When sun rays bounce off of the windows of the slanted building, it resembles a pyramid from Egypt. Though it is recommended to go inside to get the full experience of the Hall of Fame, it is still very acceptable to just appreciate the art from the outside as well.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-5:30pm

1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH, +1 216 781 7625

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | © Tony Fischer/Flickr

2. Cleveland Botanical Gardens


Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Near the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University is a large stretch of greenery that has 11 gardens, with one of them being a beautiful Japanese garden. The Cleveland Botanical Gardens gives a little piece of exoticism for visitors to enjoy as well as learn from; there is even a glasshouse that has the rainforest of Costa Rica and the desert of Madagascar all under one roof. Photography is encouraged by the staff so grab your cameras, and prepare your dark room because the photos are sure to be absolutely gorgeous.

Opening hours: Tues 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-9pm Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH, +1 216 721 1600

3. Cleveland Museum of Art


Cleveland Museum of Art
© Tim Evanson/Flickr
The Cleveland Museum of Art is internationally known for its vast amount of Asian and Egyptian arts. Something many people may not know is that the general admission fee is completely free and it is one of the most visited museums in the world. It is also much more than a building with exquisite diverse art; it is an event hall, a learning center, a place for wedding pictures, a performance hall, and has many more uses. This museum morphs to your needs each time you visit.

Opening hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun 10am-5pm, Wed-Fri 10am-9pm

4. Playhouse Square

Building, School, University

Playhouse Square

The Playhouse Square is over 90 years old and has become a leader in arts education. It is located in downtown Cleveland, close to Cleveland State University, and it has been a home to performances like Wicked, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, high school graduations, and even FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance tour, so it is no stranger to hosting and putting on outstanding shows. You can join the Playhouse Square and view their upcoming shows; just make sure to purchase a ticket before they sell out!

Buckley Building, 1501 Euclid Ave #200, Cleveland, OH, +1 216 771 4444

5. West Side Market

Market, Vegetarian

West Side Market
Courtesy of West Side Market
In 2008, the West Side Market was named as one of the ten greatest public places in America by the American Planning Association. The market tries to be accommodating for the visitors and customers; it is handicap accessible, service animals are permitted, and most vendors accept all major credit cards. This market supplies the one-of-a-kind welcoming feeling so no one should feel excluded from experiencing this interesting and diverse shopping experience.

Opening hours: Mon, Wed 7am-4pm, Fri-Sat 7am-6pm

6. A Christmas Story House

Museum, Shop

A Christmas Story House

The setting of A Christmas Story (1983) is a house in Cleveland and it is still standing. It has recently been restored and is across the street from A Christmas Story House Museum and gift shop. The museum has original props, hundreds of photos from behind the scenes, and every purchase made from the gift shop are proceeds that go towards maintaining A Christmas Story House.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

3159 W 11th Street, Cleveland, OH, +1 216 298 4919

A Christmas Story House | © Tim Evanston/Flickr

7. Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum


The steamship has been restored and is a 618-foot-long historic flagship that used to cary large cargo, a brass and oak pilot house, a four-story engine and rooms for guests. This flagship, now the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum, played a part in transforming northeast Ohio into the powerful industrial center it is today. This ship gives visitors a look into the complicated function and extensive history of an operational Great Lakes freighter of Ohio.

8. The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is a wonderful first experience for people to become acquainted with classical music. Its architecture and dome-like building concentrates the sound so that it is crisp, full, and travels to every seat in the theater. The orchestra has gained national attention from major publications. USA Today says that a ‘better performance don’t exist’ and the New York Times called the Cleveland Orchestra ‘America’s finest orchestra’.

11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland , OH, +1 800 686 1141

9. Quicken Loans/ Cleveland Cavaliers

Quicken Loans/ Cleveland Cavaliers

The Quicken Loans Arena is where NBAs the Cleveland Cavaliers play all of their home games. Attending an NBA game is an experience that everyone should have, especially in Cleveland. The atmosphere is electric and the crowds are a united front against opponents of the Cavs. Going to one of their games during basketball season is one of the best ways to have the full Cleveland experience. The Quicken Loans arena is also home to many concerts for artists like Justin Bieber, Jay Z, Kanye West, Maroon 5 and more, so non-sports fans can have a great time too!

1 Center Court, Cleveland, OH

Cavaliers game at the Quicken Loans Arena | © Erik Drost/Flickr

10. Lake Erie

10. Lake Erie
© Erik Drost/Flickr

Lake Erie

Of the five Great Lakes, Lake Erie is over 225 miles long and is the fourth largest lake in North America. It has been cleaned up and is now a popular place for visitors to dive for shipwrecks, icefish during the winter, or fish for sport. Lake Erie even has islands that can be reached by a ferry and are less that one square mile. Though they are small enough to be considered villages, they are packed with little shops, caves, and untouched nature.

E 9th Street Pier,Cleveland, OH

Lake Erie | © Erik Drost/Flickr

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