Thursday, January 16, 2014

What to See and Do in Cleveland, Ohio.

Today Cleveland is no longer known as ‘The mistake on the lake’. This great industrial port has long been the butt of jokes but the downtown area is now a hub of energy after a sensitive restoration of the waterfront.

Lake Eric and the Cuyahoga waterfront now glisten with museums, city center malls and new downtown super stadiums making Cleveland a great place to live and visit. Add to this a range of classy hotels, some major corporate headquarters and the excellent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and you have to admit this place is starting to look pretty special.  Here are some of the best things to see and do in Cleveland.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The biggest names in rock and the greatest stories come head to head at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. This amazing experience includes 4 theaters, 7 floors of exhibits and multiple interactive stations to provide a fantastic day out. Discover all about the world’s most powerful art form as it takes you on a journey to explore the impact that rock has had on our world. Here you will find rock and roll news, performance notes, galleries, films, artist interviews and a huge range of events and exhibits. The museum is open every day and costs $22 adults.

University Circle

Take a cultural tour to discover the institutions that make up the University Circle. You’ll need to plan your day as there is so much to see and do including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and the Shafran Planetarium, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Botanical Gardens and Severance Hall home to the Cleveland Orchestra. The University Circle of attractions are all within a quarter mile radius and so are easily walkable once you get there.

West Side Market

The West Side Market is a real hub of activity and you’ll find yourself immersed in dozens of fruit and vegetable stalls, local butchers, bakers, cheese, fresh flowers and other amazing treats. Arrive early on a Saturday morning for the best selection of produce. The market dates back to 1840 and is Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market. Today it is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity and last year attracted over a million visitors.

Lake Erie Shores and Islands

The Lake Erie Islands make the perfect day out, especially during the warm summer months. Whenever you choose to visit, it is well worth seeing the city from the water.  Enjoy lazing on the beach, fishing with friends or cycling around one of the islands. With a year round program of special events, there is always something new to discover and a range of exciting options to try. Captain your own boat, enjoy a dinner cruise or camp by the lakeshore, there is something to suit all interests at this beautiful lake.

Living in Cleveland

Residents of Cleveland can enjoy this up and coming city and its many amenities as well as take advantage of its low cost of living. According to livability specialist Area Vibes the city scores a respectable 64 for livability and offers a range of affordable housing. If you are looking to buy or rent in Cleveland then check out the Area Vibes website for more detailed information on median house prices, schools, crime rates and neighborhoods. Top neighborhoods in Cleveland are Detroit-Shoreway, Downtown, Tremont, Old Brooklyn and Hough.

Do you live in Cleveland? Have we missed your favorite attraction? We would love to hear your opinions and experiences of life in the city. Drop us a line in the feedback box below.

About the Author:
David Wilson is a travel writer discovering the best places to live and visit in the U.S.
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  1. Wow. There is a lot going on. I visited Ohio once on a two day vacation and from the little I saw, it really was wonderful.

  2. I was just in Ohio, and I have to tell you that I can't believe all the great attractions and community facilities that they have. It is really awesome.