Cleveland Travel Guide

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Cleveland Highlights

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    scotdor says…

     Good mix of things to do, the people are generally nice, the cost of living is very reasonable. Cleveland is a city that is growing and becoming more diverse, albeit slowly. 

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    erikatheskysailor says…

     Cold winters, bad neighborhoods and a half-alive downtown. 

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     A pleasant surprise - more and better than we expected. 

Cleveland Things to Do

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

    A Must See. The building looks small above grade but there is plenty to see on the lower level. Budget 3 hours minimum. You may want to take a break after 3 hours and come back for more. The best is in the lower level. The upper floors have the Hall of Fame and special exhibits..

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  • University Circle

    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...

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  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

    This zoo boasts the largest collection of primates in North America. The newest additions to the Zoo are the Wolf Wilderness and Australian Adventure. The Rainforest is a large heated "greenhouse" full of exotic species and interactive exhibits. *Note* During busy hours you can not bring a stroller through the building. You can leave it outside....

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Cleveland Restaurants

  • Pier W

    Pier W is located in Lakewood, just across the Cleveland City limits. It is one of Cleveland's only lakefront (Lake Erie) restaurants, which I think is a travesty for a city that sits right on the lake. You enter Pier W through a glass walkway and go down 1 floor in an elevator. The restaurant looks very elegant and the views of Lake Erie and the...

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  • Great Lakes Brewery

    Everything we ate here was fantastic. Take the free tour of the brewery. Try the pretzel chicken and the Bread pudding was amazing. In terms of beer, they were all fantastic. Of their regulars I liked the Dortmunder Gold Lager but also enjoyed the Holy Moses. My friends swore byt he Eliot Ness Amber. Just try them all.

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  • Mama Santa's

    This is the place where your parents take you because they went here on their first date. It's casual, fair priced, and probably looks exactly the same as when your parents ate there. Believe it or not people drive far to eat at this simple family joint. It's mainly for the pizza. I am not sure what they put in that pizza, but it keeps us coming...

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Cleveland Nightlife

  • Warehouse District

    Decorated in an OSU theme, this bar has a number of beers on tap and drinks specials. Besides Blind Pig, this bar is one of the more relaxed, chill bars to go to in this trendy area. No cover and a good dj. They have large screen tv's for sporting events, as that is when the place gets full. This bar is associated with the Blind Pig, but since you...

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  • The Flats

    Long Live the Flats! Although many of the hot spots are no more, (think bulldozed), Shooters is one of the staples that has survived. I was happy to find the place still packed with a variety of ages dancing the night away on the huge deck round the back. The atmosphere is awesome as it is right on the cuyahoga river. All the bridges are lit up and...

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  • Live Music

    Finally, Clearchannel has some competition in Cleveland! Large venue, but small enough to feel intimate. Restaurant with a pretty good selection and a gift shop, as well. Typical House of Blues found all over the US! None

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Cleveland Transportation

  • Public Transport

    It's not a subway, but it's the same thing. The Rapid Transit provide easy access from Cleveland Hopkins Airport to downtown and points east. You can stay out on the eastside or westside of town and get transportation downtown without the hassle of driving. There are limits as there are only a few lines (1 referred to as the Rapid by locals) and...

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  • D drives the tough legs

    Cleveland is well served by mass transit but we were on the tail end of a six month trip traveling around the US National Park system and to get all our gear from place to place, our car was the best option.D got stuck driving from Goose Island Brewing in Chicago to our eventual room in LaPorte, Indiana the previous night. It was only about 70...

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  • Rush Hour Lanes

    When driving in Cleveland, you may sometimes notice that, on wider, two lane streets, people will pull up next to you at lights and even ride next to you for a distance. This is what's known as "rush hour lanes" and, even though it's not marked, it's legal and general driving practice in Cleveland.Take note of it also when parking on major streets,...

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Cleveland Shopping

  • Stock up...with stock!

    After a bang-up meal during my stop in Cleveland, I asked about the "secret ingredients" and my friend sent me a link to describe the shop where they were purchased:The Chef’s Ingredient Outlet, owned by Heidi and David Sievers of the website Soupbase.com, carries the entire line of Minor’s bases, sauces, gravies, flavor concentrates and...

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  • Large Mall

    Beachwood Place is an very large mall easily reachable from Cleveland. It contains a wide variety of clothing stores, as well as many fun novelty shops. Many of the shops are high-end, so you won't see any cheap stores like JC Penneys or Old Navy!It is set up around a central area with the food court. The stores branch out in each direction from...

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  • The Arcade

    This is an indoor shopping area located in Downtown Cleveland on Euclid Avenue. The architecture inside is amazing, very European. Unfortunately, this shopping area has suffered the economic downtown which is all of Cleveland. Many of the stores are closed, so go to see some great artwork and take a photo or two, but good luck in finding some...

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Cleveland Local Customs

  • Kite Flying.

    Flying of kites at Edgewater Park is quite popular. On a warm day, you'll see a fair number of people flying various kites... The shore-side location and fresh lake breezes make it one the most popular locations for kite flying in Northeast Ohio....Might be something fun to do yourself, but you must bring your own kite. Even if you don't go to fly...

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  • Do not show your love for the Steelers

    In Cleveland, football is very important to us. During the fall, the stadium downtown will be packed with Browns fans and you will see numerous tailgaters. Avoid traffic before and after each game at all costs! And remember, Clevelanders do not like Pittsburgh Steelers fans! Cleveland Rocks!

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  • The River that Works

    The Cuyahoga River has been the life's blood of the City since it's settlement. As a harbor for the city, it grew into an industrial power house. Steel Mills, Oil Refineries, Salt Mine, transitions from water to land transportation. The River has made the city what it is today. An again, it is leading to the revitalization of the city through the ...

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Cleveland Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful of East Cleveland and Care...

    While I believe the downtown areas have become more safe over the years and now offer more security, you must be wary of a few places including accidentally winding up in East Cleveland. Steer clear of East 55th and Scoval. You may accidentally wind up in East Cleveland if you are headed north east from areas such as Little Italy. Additionally be...

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  • Nine to five city

    Cleveland is a 9-5 city,don't be fooled by the horseshoe casino ads!If you're not a part of the herd the peels out of downtown Cleveland between 2-5 you will be left in a ghost town!The bums also come out at night! My advice, stay near CLeveland state or casewestern.Other advice: stay away from tower city after 7, the free trollys stop running and...

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  • Don't swim at the beaches!

    Seriously stay out of the water at Edgewater park and other beaches within close proximity to downtown! The water has often had an unsafe microbe count and peolpe have/could become very ill. To go swimming, you should go further east or west: for example, there's a good beach in Mentor out East, Huntington Beach out West, etc.

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Cleveland Tourist Traps

  • Rock N Roll Hall Disguises Other Great...

    Most guides to Cleveland usually list the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame at the top of the list. Although the museum is well done, it is still considered new and does not have the quantity of items one might expect upon visiting. I have heard many have come out disappointed at the lack of exhibits. The price tends to be considerably higher than others in...

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  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - can we say...

    This is one of the smallest museums, with the highest price tag I have ever been in. I actually went thru it with a friend in less than 30 minutes & we didn't just blow thru it, we stopped to read a lot of the plaques and signs. Loving the Beatles, I went then they had the John Lennon display and it was still too little/too dull. The gift shop...

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  • Shopping

    You might get addicted with shopping, so watch out.Here you can see an exemple: Wal*mart shopping spree ;)

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Cleveland What to Pack

  • Bring Something Warm

    Bring something warm, just in case, even if you're coming in the summer. It's surprising how long into the late Spring it stays cool at night.If you're relying on public transit, it probably goes without saying that you should bring good walking shoes. Downtown is really fun to walk around, as is University Circle. Buy bug repellant if coming in...

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  • To pack?? What does that mean??

    I found out that I packed to many stuff, because clothes and everything is so cheap in USA, that you do not nedd to pack anything with you. You can buy everything you need right there....One small bag is more that enouhg to pack.You just have to go to one of many Outlet stores or Malls and you can buy anything you need....... Mall in Downtown...

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  • Weather reports are not always accurate...

    Bring an Umbrella and wear layered clothing The weather can change and is quite variable so an umbrella and layer clothing may be a good idea. Since the area is near the Great Lakes rain is always a possiblity.

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Cleveland Off The Beaten Path

  • Local neighborhoods

    Chagrin is a quaint little town with its curio shops, restaurants, library etc. Keep your eyes open as you might miss the falls! On the way there, admire the stately mansions tucked behind rows of trees. The hilly road gets a little slippery especially since we drove on a winter day.

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  • Parks

    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green. Bedford Reservation is south in Garfield Heights and Maple Heights, off I-271 and I-480. It includes Tinkers Creek Gorge, the Gorge Parkway and lots of picnic and hiking trails. It is located adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National...

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  • Museums

    Lawnfield is the Presidential Home of President James A. Garfield (1876-1900). From the front porch, he ran for president. There is a railroad just to the north that cut through the Garfield farm, and a stop, from which he would catch trains to and from town and the nation. Hours: M-Sa 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Su noon - 5 p.m.

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Cleveland Sports & Outdoors

  • Cleveland Indians

    Located inside Progressive Field, Heritage Park is the Indians tribute to players of the past. You can find it out in left field near gate A. A walk through the two levels of the park will bring back memories of some of the best players to have played for the Indians. Be sure to read the plaques to find out some interesting facts about some of the...

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  • Cleveland Browns

    When the Cleveland Browns were sold to Maryland, there was hope that one day, they would be back. That's why, the team was sold, but not the name. It took only a few years and a new stadium. Many of us were concerned that the destruction of Lakefront Stadium would forever alter the area with a modern steel monstrosity, rather than the solid brick...

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  • Cleveland Barons Hockey

    The Cleveland Barons are the local AHL hockey team. It may not be the NHL, but that is not a bad thing. These are tomorrow's stars, today. The scoring is usually higher than the NHL, and the action is faster. Plus, as arena's go, the Gund rocks!

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Cleveland Favorites

  • Wi-Fi in Cleveland

    Public wireless access in Cleveland is pretty accessible. At Tower City, which is the center of the city's public transportation world, the building itself has a public network, although it's Websense-d (i.e. - censored), but both Panera Bread and Caribou Coffee have public networks in the building that are not.Case Western University has a...

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  • good laugh

    rock and roll hall of fame is a must see when u come here its a working class big enough city. nice people and a good nightlife. i was working there and ended up socialising in all parts of the city, from mansion houses to ghetto projects. never had a problem there. there were 10 of us from ireland north and south. we turned up at a party in a...

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  • Good website for finding things to do in...

    There is a really good website for finding day trip ideas, looking up attractions and other things to do. It's at www.positivelycleveland.com. They also have the website split up by interest, so if you are interested in arts or rock and roll or family activities, they have pages highlighting ideas of things to do for each.One of my favorite things...

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