New and Exciting

June 27, 2018

World-class renovations and openings are reshaping Cleveland


Long Live Rock

The glass-enclosed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a hip-shaking, guitar-flinging reminder of why Cleveland is ground zero for world-famous music. Memorabilia immortalizes the radio DJs and recording artists who invented the genre, and much like rock ‘n' roll itself, the multi-level museum just keeps on evolving.

The latest proof: the "Long Live Rock" permanent art installation, which was unveiled last fall. The bold, six-foot-high letters form the focal point of the museum's outdoor plaza-greeting visitors with just the right blend of attitude and Instagram appeal. Also new and exciting is the "Power of Rock" exhibit, which captures 30 years' worth of Rock Hall performance highlights as seen through the eyes of late, great Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. The 12-minute film's electrifying montage features the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tina Turner, Metallica, Joan Jett, and many more.

Here and Now

As one of the main notches in the Rust Belt, Cleveland has a fascinating history as both a past industrial powerhouse and current comeback kid. Enter the new "Cleveland Starts Here" exhibit by the Western Reserve Historical Society, which captures Cleveland's story via hundreds of artifacts and interactive multimedia installations. This new permanent core exhibit is housed at the Cleveland History Center inside its recently renovated Reinberger Gallery.

Rockin' Flats

Two of music's biggest acts set up shop in The Flats. True to form, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville brings beach vibes, live music, and plenty of paradise-worthy cheeseburgers to the Flats East Bank, while Rascal Flatts serves up their own country brand of cuisine just down the street. (Apropos since two members of the trio have Ohio roots.)

Bigger and better

Touchdown! The Pro Football Hall of Fame's $800 million Hall of Fame Village renovation project includes stadium improvements, an indoor/outdoor NFL activity center, and an upscale, football-themed 243-room hotel with a conference center that's slated to debut in 2020 during the NFL's 100th season celebration. The $150 million renovation and expansion of University Circle's Cleveland Museum of Natural History is also set to be completed by 2020. Expect a completely transformed museum space-from the Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life to the Sears Hall of Human Ecology.

Centers of Fun

Ginormous entertainment centers are all the craze these days - welcome Make Believe Family Fun Center and Scene 75 Entertainment Center with classic fun like bumper cars, mini-bowling, and laser tag. And not to be outdone, Cedar Point's newest roller coaster, the 205-foot-tall Steel Vengeance, joins an impressive fleet of fun in 2018 as the world's first steel-on-wood hybrid coaster.

Pro Tip: We all know it doesn't count unless you Instagram it. Bust out that selfie stick and head to Edgewater Park, Tremont Overlook, North Coast Harbor, or Euclid Beach to snap an artsy shot with the new Cleveland script signs.

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