The city once nicknamed “The Mistake on the Lake” is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. A crop of new attractions (think the Gordon Square Arts District and a revitalized Public Square), paired with old standbys (the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Playhouse Square come to mind), lured a record-breaking 17.6 million visitors to Greater Cleveland in 2015. We’re in love with this Midwest lakefront metropolis because…
…an unforgettable kayak tour of Lake Erie offers an orientation of downtown and brilliant city vistas visible only by water.
…a newly revitalized Public Square offers summer sunbathing, winter ice skating and so much more in the beating heart of downtown.
…only Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, featuring memorabilia, interactive exhibits and live performances from some of music’s biggest names.
…the landmark 1908 Cleveland Trust Company Building was magically transformed into a Heinen’s Grocery Store. Yes, a grocery store. Hit the deli counter for some victuals to go or do lunch at Heinen’s Global Grill and stare up at the jaw-droppingly ornate stained glass dome.
…Cleveland is a mad crazy sports town. The Browns, Indians (this could be their year!) and Cavs all play downtown at FirstEnergy Stadium, Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena respectively.
…if sports aren’t your thing, you can catch a musical at Playhouse Square—the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City.
…the Gordon Square Arts District proves that art, culture and chic urban living are thriving in Cleveland.
…nothing beats a night on the town like East Fourth Street, a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare full of restaurants, bars and entertainment.
…the Cleveland Museum of Art, including 6,000 years of art and artifacts, is always free. Grab a snack in the museum’s Provenance Café, and enjoy it under the light of the stunning glass atrium—Cleveland’s largest free public space.
…Lakeview Cemetery houses the over-the-top tomb of President James A. Garfield among others. The cemetery’s 285 acres of scenery, not to mention kitschy tours and even occasional beer tastings, make it one of the area’s most lively attractions—so to speak.
…the picture-perfect village of Chagrin Falls includes browsing the boutiques along Main Street, a Chinese dinner at authentic, upscale Hunan by the Falls and a scoop of kettle corn ice cream at the Rockwellian Popcorn Shop.
…the century-old architectural gem the West Side Market is full of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers and prepared foods. Ask for samples!
…that house featured in the movie A Christmas Story is real, and it’s in Cleveland! Indulge your inner child at the A Christmas Story House and Museum, where you can tour the home, check out original props and costumes and buy your own leg lamp in the gift shop.
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