August 21, 2015

Is There Anything To Do in Cleveland? YES!

OK, so this isn't New York City or San Francisco... but you may be surprised to discover all of the things Cleveland has to offer. The Weatherhead Student Experience office, admissions and marketing staff have teamed up to bring you this detailed list of our personal favorites.

Hit up one of the area's local ATTRACTIONS. You've toured The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and conquered Cedar Point... now check out the Cleveland Aquarium, A Christmas Story House or one of the many amazing museums. Your to-do list will keep growing as you read through this extensive list of places to visitWe personally don't think you should miss out on the Cleveland Museum of Art's new expansion and renovation or the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society

Explore the NATURE areas around you. Did you know Greater Cleveland is home to over 23,000 acres of natural beauty known as the Cleveland Metroparks? Hike, bike, golf, visit the zoo or take advantage of the many other activities within this beautiful space. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is another great way to watch the seasons change. We suggest the Bike Aboard! program, which allows cyclists to bike the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train in the other. You can flag down the train, bring your bike aboard and ride for only $3!

It's true Cleveland is a football town, but there is much more to this SPORTS city. Whether you're looking to follow one of the local sports teams, play a round of golf with friends, train for a marathon or spend a night at the races, check out this comprehensive list of year-round activities. For a high-energy night, we recommend taking in an exciting and affordable Lake Erie Monsters game, followed by a stop at the Horseshoe Casino downtown. 

Eat, drink and be merry! Cleveland is home to some of the nation's most delicious RESTAURANTS and world-class chefs including Michael Symon, Jonathon Sawyer and Rocco Whalen, just to name a few. We personally love Barrio, Jukebox, Greenhouse Tavern (fried chicken and drinks on the rooftop), Town Hall (great brunch), #1 Pho and Crop Bistro. Find yourself a seat on a patio, a spot on a rooftop or a cozy table near a fireplace and dig in!

If you dance to your own beat or just enjoy a relaxing evening with a five-star soundtrack, check out Cleveland's extensive MUSIC scene. The Cleveland Orchestra is right in our own backyard. Or catch a show at the nationally-acclaimed Beachland Ballroom and Tavern -- also know for their delicious brunch. Don't miss out on the Great Lakes Burning River Fest on Whiskey Island (Aug 28, 29). Check out over 18 bands, local food and chef demonstrations, plus handcrafted beer by Great Lakes Brewing Company. 

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Did somebody say SHOPPING? From outlet stores and independent shops to flea markets and full-scale malls, there is no shortage of places to go for a dose of retail therapy. Some of our personal favorites are the Cleveland Clothing Co on Euclid to sport some hometown pride or Avalon Exchange in Coventry Village for a vintage look. Bitten by the flea market bug? Check out Hudson Flea and The Cleveland Flea for something truly unique. 

We could go on and on... the West Side Market, Playhouse Square, Little Italy and so much more... but we think we've given you enough to build your bucket list for now.

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