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Best things to do in Cleveland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“A mecca for Rock. Features different exhibits throughout the year so able to check out several times a year.”
106 locals recommend
Market
“The West Side Market is the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland, Ohio. It is located at the corner of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood”
145 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the greatest arts institutions in the world. Surprising, but that is not an exaggeration. It's an encyclopedic museum, so there is always something for everyone. Without traffic, it is approximately a fifteen minute drive and is guaranteed to be worth the visit. (CMA is free to the public, but closed on Mondays.)”
116 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“(8 miles) Great MLB Stadium to watch the Tribe or other MLB teams that are visiting.”
55 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Next to Progressive Field in the heart of downtown, this arena hosts a variety of professional sport and entertainment events. ”
46 locals recommend
History Museum
“Be honest — how much do you really remember from your class field trip to the natural history museum? There is no time like your vacay in Cleveland to see what you missed — or forgot — that first time around, now that your brain is fully formed. You’ll see rotating temporary exhibits all year long and a permanent collection that includes a cast of “Lucy,” our 3.2 million-year-old human ancestor, a full-sized replica of a T-Rex and the 70-foot-long, 14-foot-tall skeleton of “Happy,” the oldest sauropod on display in the world.”
40 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The First Cleveland Brewing Bar and Favorite of lots of Visitors to The Land”
54 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“From Public Square, take a short walk down Euclid Ave. and you’re suddenly surrounded by the spectacular vibrancy of historic theaters, sparkling marquees, a contemporary streetscape, bustling storefronts-turned-restaurants and a dazzling outdoor chandelier. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself uttering out loud, “Wait … where am I?” We’re talking about Playhouse Square, one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States with its impressive collection of 10 performance spaces, including five theaters restored to their original 1920s elegance. Every year, Playhouse Square hosts more than 1,000 events, including some of the biggest titles on Broadway (ever heard of "Hamilton?"). But it’s not just theater. Playhouse Square features concerts, comedy, dance performances and children’s programing to packed houses just about every night. WHAT YOU’LL SEE: When you’re here, it’s easy to forget where you are. The brilliant marquees, the shimmering outdoor chandelier and the bustling after-dinner crowd all feel more Times Square than Playhouse Square. Any one of the five main theaters in Playhouse Square — Allen Theatre, Connor Palace, Hanna Theatre, KeyBank State Theatre and Ohio Theatre — are all worth seeing in person whether there’s a show or not. All were built between 1921-1922 and restored to their original opulence in the 1970s and ‘80s. Don’t leave without getting an Insta-worthy shot of the GE Chandelier that hangs outside above East 14th Street. (As the world's largest outdoor chandelier, it’s impossible to miss.)”
54 locals recommend
Zoo
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“If it’s possible to have a pride and joy within a pride and joy, the Cleveland Metropark Zoo is, quite possibly, the jewel of the “Emerald Necklace” that is the Cleveland Metroparks system. The sprawling, 183-acre indoor/outdoor facility is home to more than 3,000 animals representing north of 600 different species. The zoo features seven main exhibits, including a five-acre elephant crossing, an eight-acre Australian habitat and an African savannah that's so realistic that if it weren't for the sidewalks, strollers and school groups, you’d think you were watching the bonteboks feed in Namibia.”
31 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Locally sourced & innovative bar bites & vegan options served in a contemporary setting with patio. ”
59 locals recommend
Garden
“Great place to go with a group to see what Cleveland’s art culture has to offer. ”
41 locals recommend
Park
“Awesome park!!! Very well maintained and easy access to surrounding neighborhoods. Has nice beach for dogs but not as clean as the swimming area. Beach house is good with reasonable price. Many local restaurants in surrounding areas. ”
43 locals recommend
Stadium
“(11 Miles) A high energy stadium to watch the Cleveland Browns play. Should be a great year for the Dog Pound!”
26 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Mitchell's Ice Cream is the biggest ice cream factory in Cleveland and is just around the block, if you want to enjoy a good ice cream and see how they make their delicious ice cream you are in luck, because you can watch the whole process thru the window.”
28 locals recommend
Pier
“Walk out on the pier to get a good view of the lake. Walk on the beach or grill out at the park. During warmer months they have an open concession stand.”
43 locals recommend
Casino
“Close to Cavalier Field House and Indians Basketball, And all the best Eatery’s in Downtown Cleve”
31 locals recommend