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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.

Concert Hall
“The Cleveland Orchestra is truly one of the world's finest. When the Orchestra tours in Europe, ticket lines stretch for blocks. Don't miss a chance to experience one of the wonders of the modern world. The venue, Severance Hall, isn't too shabby, either!”
33 locals recommend
“Free since its opening, beautiful and recently updated. My favorite spot in Cleveland, 2nd ranked Museum in the US and still underrated. ”
32 locals recommend
“You can build your own gourmet hot dogs with options of nearly 50 toppings. This large vintage oval bar from the 1940s is a hip neighborhood spot. At 9 PM the space turns into a concert club with a cover supporting a lineup of local and touring musicians. It does a trivia night on Monday, and has some other unique programming as well. It is a fixture of the Gordon Square area of Detroit Shoreway. ”
42 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Nighttown is the real deal. It’s a real joint where, if you were lucky enough to be there, you could have sat in front of the Count Basie Orchestra so close that the trombone would’ve bopped you in the nose. Or maybe you saw Freddy Cole, Jane Monheit, John Pizzarelli, Brian Auger, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tommy Tune, Basia, Cyrille Aimee, Esperanza Spaulding, Dick Cavett, Dick Gregory, Eliane Elias, Renee Rosnes, Stevie Wonder or John Legend look you right in the eye as they sang or spoke from just a few feet away. ”
31 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Located minutes away in historic Cedar-Lee District (walkable), for more than three decades the words "Cedar Lee Theatre" and "specialty film" have been synonymous in Cleveland. Ushering in and maintaining an era when specialty film would transcend art-house appeal, and coupled with its unique concession stand the first to offer baked goods, sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks, and imported beer and wine, the Cedar Lee Theatre continues to be the movie theater of choice for many Greater Clevelanders.”
37 locals recommend
“Great shopfront patios for people watching. Try to find parking on an adjacent residential street.”
37 locals recommend
“Fun street in the heart of downtown - lots of restaurants and bars can be found here!”
32 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Its across the street and has all the essentials that you'll need they have a huge selection of beer, wine, fresh meat , fresh vegetables ,fruit and much more. You can even get sandwiches, falafel, gyros, and cooked food open hours 7AM-10PM”
22 locals recommend
“Invent, design, tinker and create! Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science come alive through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, special temporary exhibitions, the six-story Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, and the historic Steamship William G. Mather. Featuring daily science demonstrations, camps, and workshops, the Science Center encourages guests to stay curious. The Polymer Funhouse, for guests age 7 and younger, has plenty of room to climb and play, and guests of all ages can become makers in the Cleveland Creates Zone. Onsite amenities include café, Science Store and attached parking garage. From corporate events and social gatherings to wedding receptions and ceremonies, Great Lakes Science Center can engineer the perfect event for your guests. The Science Center is a unique venue complete with interactive exhibits, team building activities, science demonstrations, a six-story atrium with dramatic Lake Erie views, scenic outdoor decks, and menu options ranging from casual to formal by the in-house caterer. Custom packages are available from one space to the whole museum and can include a tour of the historic Steamship William G. Mather or a screening in the six-story Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater. The Science Center can accommodate groups up to 4,000, and the attached 500 car parking garage makes parking convenient.”
22 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“This place is an institution! They have the most extensive vegan/vegetarian options in the area. Located in Coventry district. Great for families.”
28 locals recommend
“ Lake View Cemetery's mission is to own, operate and maintain an historic burial ground in an arboretum setting, open to all walks of life. Lake View is known as Cleveland's outdoor museum and arboretum. It's 285 acres are a treasure chest of architectural, geological ,sculptural, animal and horticultural gems. The cemetery's history and heritage is filled with names of those who made great contributions to this nation's industrial, civic, social and cultural development. Some of our notable residents include John D. Rockefeller, Jane Edna Hunter, Carl B. Stokes, Elliot Ness, J.B Robinson, Al Lerner and President James A. Garfield. As a tourist destination, The Lake View Cemetery offers a variety of walking, bus, and self-guided tours. Among the tour topics are geology, architecture, horticulture, nature, animals, and history. In addition, there are picnic sites and hiking trails. Some of the well-known points of interest include: The Garfield Monument Open April 1 - November 19, seven days a week, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Both buildings are staffed with interpretive guides during open hours. Dedicated in 1890 to honor James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States 180' tall, 154 steps Architect — George Keller Caskets of the President and his wife, Lucretia, are displayed for viewing Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Wade Chapel Open April 1 - November 19, seven days a week, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Both buildings are staffed with interpretive guides during open hours. Built in honor of Jeptha Wade, founder of the Western Union Telegraph Company and first president of The Lake View Cemetery Association Made of granite from Barre, VT with an interior and window by Louis Comfort Tiffany studios Architect — Hubbell & Benes Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Founding date 1869”
31 locals recommend
“If you’ve never seen sharks being fed, jellyfish glowing like lava lamps or Lake Erie perch not dredged in batter and sitting on a pile of french fries, you need to come see the nearly 5,000 species of fresh and saltwater creatures swimming throughout this converted 19th-century power plant. Passionate aquarium employees mingle with guests, sharing interesting facts, leading hands-on demonstrations and answering your most important questions like, “Ew, what is that thing?!” The aquarium is located inside The Powerhouse, a brick landmark that once generated electric power for Cleveland’s streetcar lines and remains a lasting visual tribute to Cleveland’s industrial past. ”
15 locals recommend
“Great coffee in a historic firehouse, a nice place to hang out, work on your laptop, and listen to music as you drink your coffee.”
26 locals recommend
“Cleveland's cultural institutional hub: home to Cleveland Symphony Orchestra's Severance Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Wade-Oval Botanical Gardens, etc.”
30 locals recommend
“This movie theatre has a lot of fun special events and $1 kids' movies in the summer. ”
29 locals recommend
Baseball Field
“Lake front park with outdoor swimming pool and playground for kids and child-spirited adults”
21 locals recommend