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Summer is when Cleveland really shines. The sun bounces off Lake Erie as boats cruise by, everyone’s windows are open and the Metroparks are ripe with lush, green trees and gorgeous, blooming flowers.
Only in town for a couple of days? Here’s how to make the most of a Cleveland summer.
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Get your caffeine fix at Phoenix Coffee, a light-soaked cafe that features a rotating cast of coffees from around the world and a solid selection of breakfast pastries to fuel you for what’s to come.
On Saturdays, tag along on a tour of the Gateway District’s incredible architecture. On Sundays, photographers and history buffs flock to the tour of Canal Basin Park, an impressive stretch of greenery along the Cuyahoga River.
After touring the neighborhood, head into Ohio City for a little afternoon patio dining on the sprawling courtyards behind Market Garden Brewery and Nano Brew. Both spots serve a smattering of local beers on tap. Bring the SPF and your appetite.
Now it’s time to soak in the waterfront vibes at Whiskey Island, a low-key hotspot on the banks of Lake Erie. Whiskey Island is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, but it’s more well-known for its sand volleyball courts and lively daytime bar.
Hop a quick car ride to Lakewood for an outdoor dinner at Salt+. Helmed by a James Beard-nominated chef, Salt’s small-plate-style menu is best shared so you can try a little of everything. It’d be a huge mistake to skip the cocktails, which include impeccably executed classics and something called Saturday Morning Cartoons (a Fruity Pebbles cereal milk punch).
Cleveland’s a music town and Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica is where you’ll find loads of Clevelanders bopping their heads all summer. Catch an outdoor show by big name acts like Vampire Weekend or The Head and the Heart while watching the massive barges journey down the river.
Within walking distance of Jacob’s Pavilion is the recently revived Flats East Bank. From games at Backyard Bocce and Punch Bowl Social to the dueling pianos at The Big Bang Bar and the fist-pumping crowds at outdoor club FWD, there are plenty of activities — and libations — to keep you going until the wee hours of the morning.
Start on the east side at Luna Bakery, a specialty spot where nearly everything is made in-house with seasonal ingredients. Luna’s serves up a robust AM selection of paninis, crepes and egg dishes, so there’s something for everyone (even if you’re gluten-free).
Luna’s is located near Coventry Village, a Cleveland Heights neighborhood that’s home to a quirky collection of walkable shops. After getting your retail on, pay a visit to nearby Cain Park, a performing arts park where you’re likely to stumble upon a live concert at the outdoor amphitheater. Or, head down Mayfield Road to scope the history and architectural glory that is Lake View Cemetery.
With one of the best patios in the city, French restaurant L’Albatros Brasserie is a must for lunch. Order up a fantastic rosé while you nosh on pate, fromage and their elegant pizzas, or a heartier meal like cassoulet or duck confit.
Leave your faux-French Riviera for the glistening waterfront along Lake Erie. Take a short drive down to the Rock and Dock at North Coast Harbor in Downtown Cleveland to rent paddleboats, jet skis, kayak and paddle boards for a really unique way to experience Lake Erie (and scope some serious skyline views of the city, too).
The interior of The Plum Café & Kitchen, located in the Lorain Avenue Historical District in Ohio City, just feels like summer — brimming with pinks, ivories and whimsy. And, while we love some good aesthetics, the food offers a pretty healthy dose of playfulness and, frankly, flavor. Tip back a lemongrass infused vodka cocktail and nosh a super-spicy crispy chicken sandwich. Trust us, we wouldn’t lead you astray.
What summer evening would be complete without ice cream? So, hightail it over to Mason’s Creamery for a scoop (or three) of their house-made goodness. Choose from the standards or opt to go outside the box with one of their more innovative flavors, such as taro or Thai iced tea. Don’t skip the waffle cone!
If you think shuffleboard can’t be considered a competitive sport, you’d be dead wrong. At Forest City Shuffleboard, located a short walk over to Lorain Avenue, the game becomes an alfresco team sport when the garage doors open and jovial competitors head to the indoor and outdoor deck courts for a night out. This is Cleveland, so naturally the whole thing is fueled by craft beer and cocktails. And for that, you’re welcome.
NOTE: Our itineraries are created by authors who absolutely adore Cleveland. For those scheduling travel plans throughout Cleveland, be sure to check hours and availability at these recommended locations. After all, we don’t want you to miss a minute of the fun.
Cleveland's only outdoor day & night club venue. Features include custom sound system, pool, 4 bars, 12 cabanas & amazing waterfront view.
A chic brasserie, amid the setting of a rustic 1800's carriage house located in the heart of University Circle. Chef Zack Bruell brings a refreshing twist to classic French cuisine.
Cleveland landmark - 285 acres of history, architecture, magnificent plantings. President Garfield’s Monument, Wade Chapel’s Tiffany interior, John D. Rockefeller, Elliot Ness. Free.
Enjoy local, handcrafted food and craft beer steps away from the West Side Market. Dine inside or in Cleveland's first American Beer Garden.
This bicycle friendly brewpub offers fun local food and freshly brewed beer from its 1-barrel brewhouse. Dine inside or enjoy yourself on the lively patio.
Gastro diner & high volume mixology bar, with an old school throwback entertainment compliment (Bowling, ping pong, karaoke, 80's arcade, billiards, darts).
Punch Bowl Social marries a scratch...
A 53-slip transient marina in downtown Cleveland's North Coast Harbor basin. We also offer paddle boat, jet ski, kayak and paddle board rentals.
Shareable small plates and appetizers served in a fun, high-energy atmosphere featuring live dueling pianos every night. Sliders, modern finger foods, flatbreads and more along with a full service bar...
Affordable variety of nationally known entertainment featuring music, dance and theatre and performed in 2 covered amphitheaters during the summer months.
An open-air ampitheater on the west bank of The Flats in Cleveland. The venue offers concert seating holding up to 4,800 patrons.
Capacity of up to 200 people, the perfect venue for convention and meeting off-site events. We will work with you to create a unique experience! Host your colleagues for a memorable team building...
Small and friendly ice cream shop, centrally located within 5 minutes of Downtown Cleveland. Known for creative flavors all made in-house.
The Plum opened in May 2016 in the Lorain Avenue Historical District in Ohio City. Since then, Chef Brett Sawyer has been serving cuisine that is as whimsical as it is familiar. The Plum's interior,...
Word about Luna Bakery and Café has quickly spread. No longer hidden, it’s still a local gem.
Twenty acres of urban greenspace along the Cuyahoga River near Downtown Cleveland.
Salt, a Lakewood restaurant specializing in composed small plates, killer cocktails and unique wine by Chef Jill Vedaa and Jessica Parkison of Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland’s renovated Flats East Bank is home to this riverside bocce bar and bistro, just right for open-air gaming. Garage doors open up the bar to soak up the sun and sounds of the Cuyahoga, as...