University Circle is the best place to keep the whole family entertained, and for little or no cost! UC has events year round, so be sure to visit their web site or their new visitors center for current listings. Here is an article with suggestions for events, hotels, and dining in The Circle.
Our two year-old son loves going to Cleveland Botanical Garden. A word of advice though, bring a change of clothes for the little ones. There is plenty of sand and water to play with and a change of clothes is sure to come in handy.
University Circle is a major hub of culture, art, museums, history, and the like. This region of Cleveland is a must-see, must-experience.
You'll find a large cluster of places like the Cleveland Museum of Art, Severance Hall, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Botanical Garden, African American Museum, HealthSpace Cleveland, Cleveland Playhouse, the newly world-famous Peter B. Lewis building, the Little Italy neighborhood, and more! Many times throughout the year there are large events held there, such as 'Parade the Circle', which are often free and simply a fun time. Because of the numerous cultural and historic institutions there, you'll certainly need to do so some planning of how to use your time. It's easy to spend up to a entire day in some museums/centers, exploring. There aren't a tremenduous amount of family friendly restaurants in the area, except in Little Italy, nearby on Mayfield Rd. For any others, you're better off going South on Mayfield into Cleveland Heights. What other restaurants that are in the Cirlce, most are fine dining establishments.
The area is bordered by bad neighborhoods, which impacts upon the Circle, but it's mostly safe during the daytime. There's a significant danger risk at night, closer to the actual neighborhoods, so be smart and aware.
Overall, it's beautfiul, scenic, charming and fun to explore. For potential ticket cost savings, if you're going to see a few museums, I recommend purchasing tickets through the C-Tix service: 216.771-1778.
This museum exhibits more than 130 antique and classic automobiles, motorcycles, and aircraft. It is part of the Western Reserve Historical Society and is a favorite among car buffs.
Mon.- Sat. 10-5
2 and under FREE
The target audience is 18 mos. to 7 years, but can be anjoyed by all. A favorite is the permanent water exhibit in which the children can get their hands wet while learning about the earth's water systems. There is a climbing feature which is meant to teach the basics of the water cycle. Bridges to our Community offers lessons in Cleveland's rich cultural diversity, and the Big Red Barn offers a country themed getaway from city life.
Tues. - Sat. 10-5
Sun. 12- 5
(under 1 year - FREE)
This area of Cleveland is home to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Museum of Art, Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum, Institute of Music, and Institute of Art, among others. Severence Hall is the home of the Cleveland Orchestra and University Hospital is a nationally recognized academic medical center. There are parks, gardens, and fountains, art galleries and restaurants...a day can be spent on a walking tour of this area.
The highlight of our weekend in Cleveland was a free tour of the Peter B. Lewis building on the Case Western Reserve campus. When I was driving through University Circle once before, I drove by this place and thought, What is that! It's a building that looks like a piece of art, with rooflines of cascading shiny metal. It's like a big sculpture, inside and out, with technology like you see on Star Trek. Students can type a question on their laptops and have it come up on the "board" for general discussion, people in other rooms or other countries can participate in discussions, and the place was just plain beautiful. Although I did get a little dizzy from all the odd angles. Free 1/-hour tours are given Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3.
This is where all the culture is in cleveland. Sure there are a few pockets here and there, but this is the touchstone. Come here and experience the Orchestra, the Opera, the museums, CWRU (oh, and the whole circle will be WiFi soon), the food, Little Italy... I could go on, but you'll find more than I could mention in a short blurb.
University Circle includes several museums, an nice park area, as well as Serverance Hall which is the home of orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra is actually quite good and so if you have the time it's worth catching a show.
A world renowned orchestra playing in a fantastic and beutiful venue!! A real must see, especially in the winter months when they are at Severance Hall. If you have scene the Harrison Ford movie 'Air Force One' the opening scene was filmed atop Severance Hall.
This beautiful park is a home to museums, and has nice landscaping and lakes. The main one, pictured here, is called Wado Lagoon. The music conservatory and museum are located close by.