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Fun Things to do in Cleveland

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Designated as a "Gamma -" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, the city's major cultural institutions include the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The best time to visit Cleveland is from September through October or from April to May when the temperatures aren't freezing cold like in the winter or hot and humid as in the summer. During these months, you're likely to see pleasant weather with temps between the 60s and 70s that taper off in the evenings.

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    The word is out by now: Cleveland is actually kind of cool. Lauded as the Comeback City, its a place in the process of reinventing itself without forgetting the things that have always made it great. Situated at a geographical and cultural crossroads, Cleveland is the point in the country where the East meets the Midwestand the restaurants, hotels and activities that make the city unique reflect just that.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Solon
    Rocky River
    Beachwood
    Westlake
    Broadview Heights
    Chagrin Falls
    Hudson
    Bay Village
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Food Specialties

    Cleveland is in the midst of a rust belt revival and food is a big part of its comeback. But great dining isnt a new addition to The Remake on the Lake. Cleveland has always been a food town. From the Italian butchers and Jewish delis of its ethnic East Side to the New Midwest, farm-to-table innovations of its West Side and beautiful eateries in local hotels, the city is home to culinary riches of all kinds. As you plan your things to do in the city, be sure to leave space for food. Whether its old-world sausage or sustainably harvested produce youre searching for, you wont leave this place disappointedor hungry.
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1. Explore the MetroParks: With over 21,000 acres of parkland, Cleveland's MetroParks offer a vast array of outdoor activities. From fishing and boating to biking and hiking, there are plenty of ways to explore the city's natural beauty.

2. Visit the West Side Market: This historic public market is a Cleveland institution. With over 100 vendors selling everything from fresh produce to baked goods and prepared meals, it's a great place to explore.

3. Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Learn all about the history of rock and roll at this iconic museum. With interactive exhibits, live music, and educational programs, it's a must-see for music fans.

4. Take a Haunted History Tour: Explore Cleveland's darker side with a guided tour of the city's most haunted places.

5. Go Urban Exploring: Take a stroll through some of Cleveland's abandoned buildings and explore its hidden history.

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1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Downtown Cleveland
The term rock and roll was born in Cleveland, and the city heavily promoted the genre through concerts and radio stations. This led to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundations selection of the city to erect its museum.

2. Cleveland Museum of Art East Side
The Cleveland Museum of Art holds more than 61,000 works of art from all over the world and is famous for its considerable number of Asian and Egyptian art.

3. West Side Market West Side
For a unique shopping experience, visit this historical marketplace completed in 1912.

4. Great Lakes Science Center Downtown Cleveland
Opened in 1996, the Great Lakes Science Center features permanent and traveling science exhibits, a cafe, and an IMAX Dome theater, making it one of the top places to take kids in Cleveland, Ohio.

5. Cleveland Museum of Natural History East Side
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was originally established as a research and education facility in 1920.

6. Cleveland Zoo West Side
Opened as early as 1882, the Cleveland Zoo originally only showcased animals of local origin.

7. A Christmas Story House West Side
A Christmas Story House is an 1800s Victorian house that served as the filming location of the 1983 film A Christmas Story, one of the best Christmas films of all time.

8. Cleveland Botanical Garden East Side
Founded in 1930, the Cleveland Botanical Garden is located in the University Circle Neighborhood of Cleveland and currently contains more than 10 acres of gardens.

9. Cleveland Public Library Downtown Cleveland
As early as 1811, Clevelands residents wished to establish a local library to read books about the history of Rome, the lives of English poets, Goldsmiths Greece, and Don Quixote.

10. Progressive Field Downtown Cleveland
Home to the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball, this baseball park opened in 1994 to replace the Cleveland Stadium.

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Is Cleveland Worth visiting?

Yes!! Great sports teams and venues, shopping, museums, and restaurants. There are also professional and amateur theaters. Cleveland is called the Emerald Necklace so has many wonderful parks, as well as beaches along Lake Erie.
Cindy Berenson Lived in Cleveland, Oh

Do you need a car to visit Cleveland?

Not necessarily. Cleveland has a pretty good bus and train system to get you around. It really depends on where you stay in Cleveland. If you're in the Gateway District you can walk or Uber to most attractions.
Andrew D. Lives in Ohio (1982 Present)

The big attractions are the pro teams ( not the baseball team that broke our hearts) and the Rock and Roll Museum. If you are a sports fan, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is about 45 miles from Cleveland and is well worth it. You could tour the R+R Hall during the morning and see a Cavs game (or, if you have to -see a ballgame at night.) Drive to Canton for the Pro Football HOF the next day. Cleveland seems to be a relatively safe city these days.
Joe Shaffer - Lived in Wyoming
Are two days enough in Cleveland?

Barely. There is so much to see. Take the East side, and then the West side. Thats four days right there, now try the Flats. Thats another day, and you havent even touched the lakefront! Not to even mention downtown Euclid Avenue! Should I go on?

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