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April 15, 2018

10 Free Things to Do in Cleveland


Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Ne. Nein. Nothing. FREEEEEEE.

That's the sweet, sweet price of admission to a multitude of Cleveland attractions.

So, save those pennies to spend on extra souvenirs and some late-night craft brews, because you're getting in free.

1. Cleveland Museum of Art

It's surprising to learn that a museum that contains a permanent collection boasting Picasso, Monet, van Gogh and Warhol would be completely free and open to the public. Then again, Cleveland's a pretty surprising place. Check out the internationally recognized museum in University Circle at zero charge to you.

2. Lake View Cemetery

Admittedly, going to a cemetery may not initially seem like a great idea. But Lake View Cemetery is different. This incredible place is filled with sculpture, architecture and tributes to those who made great contributions to the area's industrial and civic development like mogul John D. Rockefeller and inventor Garrett Morgan, as well as the tomb of U.S. President James A. Garfield.

3. Cleveland Metroparks

From hiking trails, picnic pavilions, beaches, playgrounds, fishing spots and swimming opportunities, the 23,000-acre "emerald necklace" surrounding the city is a priceless Cleveland gem. Literally, priceless: there is no price.

4. Cuyahoga Valley National Park

If you want to experience the majesty of natural waterfalls or take in the breathtaking sunset atop a valley overlook, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is calling your name. Good thing it's only about a 20- to 30-minute drive outside the city.

5. Cleveland Institute of Music

With many of its alumni working for some of the most prestigious orchestras and musical organizations in the world, the Cleveland Institute of Music has a student roster of future greats. You can hear them perform during live concerts in University Circle — most of which are free to the public.

The world-renowned educational institution offers free access to its Reinberger Gallery, which not only presents work from faculty and students, but international artists, as well.

7. Transformer Station

Examine contemporary art from around the world that now finds a home in the Transformer Station. This historic substation once powered nearby railroads, but now serves as an anchor destination in the rapidly evolving Hingetown neighborhood.

8. Cleveland Cultural Gardens & Rockefeller Greenhouse

Within a 1.5-mile stretch of land in University Circle are more than 30 individual gardens — complete with historical sculptures and unique horticulture — that signify a different culture or country represented in Cleveland. Each garden is marked by the country's national flag. Right behind the gardens sits the Rockefeller Greenhouse, which features a wide variety of exotic gardens, flowers and other plants.

9. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland - Learning Center & Money Museum

Ever wondered how we bought things before money existed? And, who makes our money anyway? These questions and more are answered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Learning Center and Money Museum.

10. Soldiers & Sailors Monument

While you’re scoping Cleveland’s totally revived Public Square, be sure to stop by the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which is free to the public. You can't miss the 125-foot bronze column topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom. Just below is the Memorial Room available to tour.

There's More

Hey Clevelanders: We know there are a lot more free things to do in CLE. So, in the comments below, tell visitors to Cleveland about all the free stuff you love to do here.

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