Things to do in Cleveland, OH

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Things to See

One excellent way to see many of Cleveland's attractions is by trolley. Lolly the Trolley offers tours focusing on the major city sites. The Milton and Tamar Maltz Jewish Heritage Museum is dedicated to Cleveland's Jewish heritage. Several parks, like Rockefeller Park, Wade Park, and Edgewater Park are great for a stroll, and contain botanical gardens, fishing opportunities and swimming.

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Cleveland has several art museums, many of which are free to visitors.

Where to Stay

Most lodgings in Cleveland are located downtown. These include high-end luxury hotels like the Cleveland Marriott, the Radisson, the Ritz-Carlton and the Wyndham, which offer accommodations like fitness centers and pools. The Glidden House, a boutique hotel set in a French Gothic mansion, offers an alternative to visitors and is located within walking distance of cultural attractions and parks.


Plan ahead to take advantage of discounted offers as most of the hotels in downtown Cleveland offer price cuts on weekends.

What to Eat

Cleveland contains an array of gastropubs, restaurants serving international cuisine and bistros. Many mid-range and high-end Italian restaurants are located in the city's Little Italy district. A number of Asian restaurants are located throughout the city, especially in Cleveland's Chinatown. Other enclaves in the city contain restaurants representing Central American, Indian and Eastern European tastes.

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Soul food

Places to Party

Top notch cultural activities, like performances by the Cleveland Orchestra and theatrical performances set in the Playhouse Square Center, occur throughout the year. Several smaller venues, like the House of Blues or the Improv Comedy Club, offer visitors an opportunity to view live music or stand-up comics. Hip bars, pubs, clubs and upscale lounges are located in several districts throughout the city like Coventry Village and the Warehouse District.

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Several publications available throughout the city detail a list of weekly events. Just look for the newspaper racks.

Where to Shop

Cleveland is home to numerous malls and retail outlets. The Tower City Center is a mall filled with high-end chain stores, as is the Galleria at Erieview, which also hosts art events. Shaker Square, close to downtown, is a historic shopping district. Boutique shops and small stores can be found in the inner ring suburbs of Cleveland.


Shopping centers in Cleveland are spread throughout the city across many districts, so plan ahead to prevent getting caught in traffic.

Cleveland Neighborhoods