What to do in Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland is a vibrant city, home to arts, culture, and landmarks that pay homage to the history of music. While this Ohio city may not be on the radar of vacationers considering a trip to NYC or Boston, it probably should be. From world-class theater and live music to noteworthy nightlife, Cleveland is bringing a lot to the landscape of tourism. No matter the nature of your travel, you can find things to do in Cleveland that are just your speed.

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Cleveland Police Historical Society, Inc. & Museum - Brimming with thought-provoking displays and objects, this gallery is a paradise for inquiring minds.

Free Stamp - Satiate your appetite for arts and culture here and observe creativity at work.

Public Square - This modern-style landmark is a terrific backdrop for a selfie or two.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Wander around this historic site and discover a couple of secrets from times past.

Tower City Center - This is a thriving area where you can soak up the ambiance and learn more about local life.

Huntington Bank Building - Make time to stroll around this place of local importance.

Old Stone Church - Do some soul searching or just take in the serene atmosphere at this sacred site.

Perkins Beach - Practice skipping stones, catch a sunrise or just enjoy the views from the foreshore.

Cleveland Lakefront State Park - Let the natural surroundings here soothe your soul.

Cleveland Mall - Whether you can tell your lilies from lilacs, you'll no doubt find beauty in this gorgeous display.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Cleveland

Cleveland neighborhoods are teeming with activities for the solo traveler, families, or couples on the go. From relaxing spas to bustling pubs, the districts here always have something on the itinerary worth checking out.

Cleveland Heights — This eastern suburb has a quirky, independent spirit all its own. Important pit stops here include the Big Fun toy shop, Cain Park, and one of the independent cafes. You can also catch a documentary or foreign film at Cedar Lee Theater.

Little Italy — As its name suggests, this Cleveland neighborhood is all about celebrating everything related to Italian food and culture. Authentic cuisine abounds here, making it an excellent stop for dinner or even the occasional artisan festival.

Shaker Square — A visit to Shaker Square is a bit like taking a step back in time. One of the oldest shopping districts in the country, this Cleveland neighborhood marries modern businesses with vintage Colonial architecture.

Downtown — Many of the fun things to do in Cleveland make their home downtown. From the bustling Public Square district to East 4th Street’s music venues and stores, you can easily spend many hours in this part of the city.

Things to See in Cleveland

One of the top things to do in Cleveland, OH is visit The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Once you have paid homage to your favorite music makers, there are plenty of other things to see in Cleveland when you don’t feel like breaking a sweat. Grab your camera and snap some colorful images at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, or view some of your favorite sea life from behind the glass at the Cleveland Aquarium. If you’re interested in a cultured experience, make plans to spend an evening at the Cleveland Orchestra. Of course, sports fans will find a professional team to watch in any season.

Sightseeing in Cleveland

If you want to burn a few calories while you’re in town, there are plenty of things to do in Cleveland, Ohioof that are right up your alley. Visit Cleveland Metropark to bike or jog along the local trails, and check out the boating and kayak opportunities downtown. Cyclists are in luck here, because one of the best ways to tour the city center is by bicycle tour. Some of the best attractions in Cleveland, Ohio, also allow you to keep moving. Visit the Cedar Point Amusement Park for a day of thrill rides, or spend the day trekking through the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest.

Things to Do in Cleveland with Kids

If you can't wait to create new family memories in Cleveland, we have some suggestions. Round up the gang and enjoy these popular family friendly experiences:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Cleveland on a rainy day?
If it’s pouring down outside and you’re on the hunt for something to do, throw down your umbrella and have a go at an Eliot Ness Investigation Escape Room (1930s detective theme).
What should I not miss in Cleveland?
Put these sights at the top of your sightseeing list to make the most of your trip:

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • Progressive Field
  • FirstEnergy Stadium

Are there cheap things to do in Cleveland?
What can you do in Cleveland for free?
You’ll hardly have time to dig your wallet out of your pocket with so many fantastic free things to do:

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • JACK Cleveland Casino
  • MGM Northfield Park
  • West Side Market

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