Cleveland Ohio is the second largest city in Ohio and it has something for everyone. It is a great city to visit at any time of the year. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Cleveland Ohio.
Map of Things to Do in Cleveland Ohio
Cleveland is the largest city on Lake Erie and the second most populated city in Ohio. The architecture in downtown Cleveland is diverse, with examples of neoclassical, Beaux-Arts, Art Deco, and postmodern designs.
Cleveland is a hub for theater and performing arts, as well as music with the Cleveland Orchestra being one of the world’s finest. The city is host to the Cleveland National Air Show, a large Saint Patrick’s Day parade, and a festive WinterLand holiday display each year.
In sport, Cleveland teams include Major League Cleveland Browns (National Football League), Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association), and Cleveland Guardians (Major League Baseball).
29+ Things to Do in Cleveland
Cleveland Script Signs
Even if you’ve never been to Cleveland, you will almost certainly have seen the Cleveland script sign. They pop up on social media, on TV, and in publications.
There are 6 of these signs dotted around Cleveland with backdrops for perfect photo opportunities. They are listed in the dropdown box below.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established in 1983. After a long search for the right city, Cleveland was chosen in 1986 as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home. Here you will see one of the largest collections of memorabilia from stars past and present.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds special concert events regularly, as well as an outdoor summertime concert series. Every other year some of the biggest legends of rock history get enshrined into the Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony.
- Address: 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44144
- Phone: 216-781-7625 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
West Side Market
West Side Market is an indoor European-style market that began in 1840 and has been refurbished several times over the years.
More than 100 vendors sell food and other fresh products as well as ready-to-eat selections such as hotdogs, local bratwurst, crepes, falafel, and Cambodian sticky rice.
The market is surrounded by restaurants and breweries, making the corner of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue into Cleveland’s most happening blocks.
The market building resembles an old train station both inside and out, complete with a 137-foot clock tower.
Tower City Center
Terminal Tower is the second tallest building in Cleveland. Tower City is based inside the tower, and this is Cleveland’s premium shopping center, full of different stores and restaurants. If you would like to go to the 42-floor observation deck, make sure that a ticket is booked in advance.
The views from this observation deck are quite spectacular. Guests can see all over downtown Cleveland and over to Lake Erie. The tower is lit up at night for special occasions and is an amazing sight.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a highlight of any visit to Cleveland Ohio. There are over 3,000 animals that are resident in this great zoo. Over 600 species of animals are represented here. The zoo also has some rides for the kids and there are opportunities to feed some of the animals.
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo also boasts one of the largest communities of primates in the United States. The habitats are large and well thought out, so the animals are never bored and are always stimulated. There is also a great 4D theater that guests can visit and some of the shows are superb.
- Address: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, Ohio 44109
- Phone: 216-661-6500 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has been restored to a very high standard and it sits right next to the Cuyahoga River. The aquarium also teaches guests about things like coral reefs, lakes, rivers, and streams.
There is a touch pool where people can get up close and personal with stingrays and seahorses. There is also a shark tunnel, so guests can walk through the tunnel and there will be a variety of sharks that are swimming over and beside the guests. Other animals live in this huge area as well as the sharks.
- Address: 2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
- Phone: 216-862-8803 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Cleveland History Center / Crawford Auto Aviation Museum
The Cleveland History Center is home to some spectacular exhibits, and it is also part of the Western Reserve Historical Society. If you want to know more about Cleveland and Ohio in general, then this center is a must-visit.
The exhibits show the history of not just Cleveland, but the entire state of Ohio. There is also a very well-stocked library that enables guests to research the area and provides hours of fun.
The Cleveland History Center also includes a car museum, known as the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. Car enthusiasts will be right at home here, thanks to over 170 unique antique automobiles.
- Address: 10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
- Phone: 216-721-5722 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Delve into the past in the Dinosaur Hall, learn about the universe through astronomy programs, and experience natural wonders in the outdoor galleries. All of this and more is offered by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, with ever-changing traveling exhibits.
- Address: 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
- Phone: 216-231-4600 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
International Women´s Air & Space Museum
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is at the Burke Lakefront Airport and it is free to visit! This museum is devoted to all the key contributions that women have made to the industry.
This museum also has quite a lot of artifacts including the old-style dress that was worn by air stewardesses when air travel started to become popular after WWII.
Some of the artifacts here are on permanent display and some will come in for a visit from other museums. A treat for the kids is the numerous model planes that are dotted around the museum.
- Address: 1501 N Marginal Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
- Phone: 216-623-1111 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art boasts over 61,000 works of art in a beautiful Gregorian marble building that is unique to the area. The exhibits have been carefully planned and designed as the art is arranged in date order.
The way it has been designed is amazing, as you can see how various works of art have developed over thousands of years. There are some outstanding artifacts from Egypt and Asia. Some original works from Picasso are located here. The ArtLens studio has some interactive displays which are very popular. Exhibits and events take place throughout the year and more information with regard to these activities is available on the website.
- Address: 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
- Phone: 216-421-7350 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Gordon Square Arts District
The Gordon Square Arts District has an array of different shows, artwork, and exhibits. Some murals are painted around this area, some of which have a local theme to them. There are also two great theaters in this area, the Near West Theater and Talespinner Children’s Theater.
The 79th Street Studios is a large art and design area with free activities. At certain times of the month, there is an exhibit from studios who show off their works. There are also food vendors that offer various types of food and drinks.
- Address: W 65th St &, Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102
- Phone: 216-930-4566 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Great Lakes Science Center
The Great Lakes Science Center has the byline ‘We have fun down to a science!’, which really says it all about this place. They make science, technology, engineering, and math come alive. Hundreds of interactive science exhibits, engineering ideas with play bricks, and science phenomena that you can see, touch, and explore. Great Lakes Science Center is also home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, one of only 11 visitor centers in the country.
The Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater produces movie magic under a giant domed screen that is six stories high and surrounds you with multi-story images and ultra-real digital sound.
There are winter break camps and summer day camps for children, as well as events and programs year-round, such as Energy Month and a Robotics Challenge.
- Address: 601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
- Phone: 216-694-2000 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
The Sculpture Center gives artists resources to help them along their journey. Visitors can see year-round contemporary sculpture exhibitions.
There are regular events and programs, including traveling exhibitions, challenges, workshops, tours, performances, and more.
Admission is free and the center is open from Wednesday to Saturday each week, and by appointment.
- Address: 12210 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
- Phone: 216-229-6527 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Progressive Field is home to the Cleveland Guardians, who play in the America League Central division in Major League Baseball (MLB). This is arguably one of the best major league ballparks in the country. One of the reasons for this is due to the sight lines being spot on and it also has the ´old school´ charm of the older ballparks. Cleveland is known worldwide for its industrial past and the ballpark design fits right in.
Tours of the ballpark take place throughout the year and if you are in Cleveland in the Baseball season, you may be able to catch a game. Tours give guests the opportunity to see the batting cages, lounge dugouts, and the bullpen.
- Address: 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
- Phone: 216-420-4487 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Severance Hall is home to The Cleveland Orchestra. This hall has impressive acoustics and the sounds spectacularly travel around the hall. If the songs of Mozart and Beethoven are not your thing, then the orchestra does performances of theme tunes of shows and films.
The Cleveland Orchestra also does performances for kids to try to help instill an interest in music and even encourage children to take up an instrument. When the orchestra is on a break, tours of the building take place and it is a wonder. Guests who are a fan of art will enjoy the tour, as they’re able to see the different styles of architecture.
The Playhouse Square is not only one of the best things to do in Cleveland, but it is also the second-largest performing arts center in the United States. There are over 1,000 events here every year and of course, there is something for everyone.
Some of the shows that come to Cleveland are touring shows straight from Broadway. Hosting over 1,000 events a year cannot take place in one theater. Playhouse Square has 10 theaters and the offerings are all different. You can see everything here from a ballet performance to film festivals.
- Address: 1501 Euclid Ave #200, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
- Phone: 216-241-6000 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
A Christmas Story House
The very popular “A Christmas Story” movie was set in Cleveland Ohio and filmed here in 1983. The reason this house was chosen for the film is because it is pretty normal and does not have any unusual areas.
The house is iconic because not only has the exterior of the house not been changed since the film, but neither has the interior. For this reason fans of the film come from far and wide to visit the house.
Some of the exhibits at the house are interactive, so that is a fun way to remember parts of the film. The Christmas decorations stay up all year round and there is also a gift shop that sells souvenirs and replicas from the film.
Crocker Park Escape Room Adventures
Escape rooms are very popular these days, and at Crocker Park there are 5 escape rooms for all skill levels. Book tickets online or by phone.
For more information about the escape rooms, see the information in the dropdown box below.
- Address: 214 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, Ohio 44145
- Phone: 440-968-5834 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Superelectric Pinball Parlor
The Superelectric Pinball Parlor is a great place to visit for people of all ages. Some of the machines in here are from the 1950s and some are a lot more modern.
There is also a bar that serves craft beers and cocktails. Whilst food is not offered at this establishment, guests are allowed to order food from outside.
- Address: 6500 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102
- Phone: 440-506-4661 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Cleveland Botanical Garden
The Cleveland Botanical Garden is over 10 acres. The plants in this garden are truly spectacular. Some of the plants are from the Northern American continent and some are tropical. These plants are cared for in glasshouses. There are also some lizards and other animals like tortoises that live in the gardens.
There is a butterfly garden and a green that has been designed for the kids. An art gallery is located at the top of the garden area. This is an ideal place to visit and relax within the city.
- Address: 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
- Phone: 216-721-1600 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Edgewater Park is the westernmost park in Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. It covers an area of 147 acres and features 9,000 feet of shoreline along Lake Erie. There are dog and swim beaches, boat ramps, a fishing pier, picnic areas with grills, and a rentable pavilion.
Many walks are marked out here, and there is also an opportunity to do some kayaking when the weather allows. Edgewater Beach House is a great place to visit for a drink.
Breweries in Cleveland
There are many local craft breweries in Cleveland, and these are always great places to relax and enjoy tasting beer or taking tours to see how the beer is brewed.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Founded in 1988, Great Lakes Brewing Company is an original craft brewery in Ohio. Serving at least 14 US states with their vast collection of innovative craft beers.
There are year-round beers, seasonal classics, and limited releases.
The Brewpub offers a range of on-tap beers, including year-round beers, seasonal beers, and pub-exclusive selections. There is an extensive menu, including some gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
- Address: 2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
- Phone: 216-771-4404 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Market Garden Brewery
Market Garden Brewery has been brewing beer since 2011 in their 35,000 square-foot production brewery which houses their brewhouse, tasting room, and brewery tours. There are 2 locations, the store and tours building that is hard to miss as it has a giant ‘Beer’ sign on the roof, and the brewpub and restaurant next door to the West Side Market.
- Market Garden Brewery:
1849 West 24th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone: 216-373-0700 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
- Brewpub and Restaurant:
1947 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone: 216-621-4000 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Collision Bend Brewing Company
Collision Bend Brewing Company got its name from the narrow passages along the Cuyahoga River navigated by large ships. The building that houses Collision Bend Brewing is the renovated Hausheer Building, which started life as a chandlery in 1863, serving merchant ships with supplies.
- Address: 1250 Old River Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
- Phone: 216-273-7879 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
More Breweries in Cleveland
- Masthead Brewing Company 216-206-6176 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
- Noble Beast Brewing Co 216-417-8588 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
- Southern Tier Brewery 440-484-4045 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
- Forest City Brewery 216-228-9116 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
There are 18 reservations that make up Cleveland Metroparks, not all of which are in Cleveland. In this article we are not going into them in depth, but they are all listed below with links to the website page.
- Address: 4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio 44144
- Phone: 216-635-3200 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
(Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Awesome display of artifacts and memorabilia beginning with the onset of music history (blues, country and gospel) through the rock and roll era, into pop, r&b grunge, rap, hip hop, heavy metal. Several interactive displays. In the front of the building are food trucks and 2 stages where local talent perform and you can watch for free.jodi trottier (Google)
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips
Cleveland is a really awesome city, with so many things to do, whether you are out with the family or just as a couple or alone. I love visiting the museums and I always like to call into West Side Market for a look around. My boys and my husband really enjoy the Escape Rooms. If you are in Cleveland for a longer stay, be sure to check out the Metroparks for some great hikes!
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