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In Cleveland, we’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego. And for that, you’re welcome.
Here in Cleveland, we’ve got beef cheek in our pierogi, truffles on our hot dogs and beer in our donuts. Balance.
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Headed to Cleveland for that big work conference? Lucky you. And, if your plane arrives hours before the event kicks off or you’ve got an oddly placed break in between sessions, all the better. Even half a day cruising The Land is enough time to make your friends back home a little jealous. After all, the days ahead will be packed with keynote speakers and networking. This is your chance to get to know your new favorite city.
Here’s a few suggestions on where to go, what to see and, of course, what to eat …
Board the RTA Healthline for a trip up Euclid Avenue that’ll land you in artsy University Circle. It’s the most concentrated square mile of arts and culture in the country, which means you’ll need to keep your eye on your watch. This place offers way more than a half day of to-dos.
Cleveland Museum of Art: The best deal in Cleveland. Gallery after gallery of world-class art ranging from Renaissance masters to modern photography. Did we mention it’s free?
Presti’s Bakery: The breakfasts served at the convention can be a little… conventional. Stock up on croissants, crostata and more at this Little Italy landmark. And, since traveling for work is vacation adjacent, the calories don’t count.
Cleveland History Center: The past comes alive with relics of sporting triumph, life-changing innovation and a seriously impressive auto collection. No visit is complete without a spin on the Euclid Beach Carousel.
Hop in a Lyft or take the red line RTA train one stop from the Terminal Tower to West 25th Street. Ohio City is where you can embark on a half-day journey that’ll fill your newsfeed with some seriously sweet ‘grams.
West Side Market: More than 100 vendors call this historic Euro-style market home. Graze the seemingly endless rows of booths owned by second and third generations of families as you munch on choice cuts of meat, fresh produce and the kind of baked goods that only grandmas seem to know how make.
Market Garden Brewery: Quench your thirst next door with a pint of MGB’s award-winning beer. Our fave? The Cleveland AF. When in Rome, after all.
Mitchell’s Ice Cream: Here’s an action item for the agenda. Sublime flavors, tasting tours and even an Ohio City flagship exclusive — Porter Chocolate Chunk — made in collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Located southwest of Downtown Cleveland, Tremont is where you’ll find little art galleries, cute boutiques and more independent restaurants and bars than you could ever fit into a half day. Don’t let that stop you from hopping into a super-quick rideshare or cab to get there.
Prosperity Social Club: Tremont mixes a young, artistic vibe with old-school bones. Nothing embodies that more than Prosperity, which flashes a retro Art Deco aesthetic with top-notch food and drinks.
A Christmas Story House: Admit it, you binge watch the cult classic every Christmas on TBS. Tour the actual house — faithfully re-created down to the last cinematic detail. (Yep, including the leg lamp in the window.)
Lucky’s Cafe: Farm-to-table food with a legit commitment to fresh Ohio ingredients. Try Lucky’s Reuben, the sandwich made famous on the Food Network.
West of Downtown Cleveland, you’ll want to take a cab or rideshare over to this hot ‘hood, which swanks cool art, beaches and an indie vibe.
Edgewater Beach: Dig your feet in the sand while scoping a stunning vista of The Land. Edgewater’s laidback beach makes the office feel a million miles away.
Brewnuts: Hand-crafted donuts made with craft beer. We’ll just let that sink in for a sec. Brewnuts offers the regular faves, seasonal novelties and even letter donuts.
Happy Dog: If beer donuts sound off the wall, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Load up a hot dog with the craziest toppings imaginable. Like Cheetos, chunky peanut butter and Spaghetti O’s.
Rideshare it over to the West Bank or take a windy walk down to the East Bank to start your Flats half-day adventure. Need to navigate between the two sides of the river? Try the water taxi during warm-weather months.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium: Gawk at a colorful tropical reef, snap a selfie with a smiling stingray and brave the SeaTube — a 175-foot underwater tunnel — as sharks glide right overhead.
Collision Bend Brewing: Named “America’s Best Brewpub” in USA Today, Collision Bend mixes SoCal street food and craft beer. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy a riverside rest. Or stay inside and watch ‘em as they pass from the window seats.
Backyard Bocce: Jet lag, begone. Hit the bocce courts — indoor or outdoor — for a quick game and fill up on pizza from Dante’s Inferno and local brews.
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Get to know Downtown Cleveland by starting at the center point – Cleveland’s civic center. Good news: it’s all walkable. Head to Public Square (check the skyline for that iconic Terminal Tower) and start your exploration from there.
Soldiers & Sailors Monument: Cleveland’s beacon of freedom. The monument — and its museum-like Memorial Room — honors those Cuyahoga County veterans who fought for justice in the Civil War.
JACK Cleveland Casino: Feeling lucky? Try your hand at slots, blackjack, roulette… JACK’s got it all. Who knows, maybe you’ll hit the jackpot. (If so, we want a cut.)
East Fourth Street: Bowl a few frames at The Corner Alley, chow down on some celeb chef Michael Symon’s culinary masterpieces or select a souvenir from CLE Clothing Company. This is Cleveland’s hottest street.
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Some of Cleveland’s most well-known visitor attractions sit in the Downtown district known as North Coast Harbor – Lake Erie and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Walk north (if you go too far north, you’ll fall into the lake) and you’ll come face-to-face with some of the most iconic places in The Land.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Geek out over seven floors of rock ’n’ roll history like John Lennon’s guitar and Michael Jackson’s trademark glittery glove. And, don’t forget, new inductees join the show every year.
Nuevo Cleveland: This East 9th Pier spot offers up jaw-dropping views from the patio and casual, but upscale, Mexican cuisine from the kitchen.
Great Lakes Science Center: Bone up on fun scientific facts to make those networking icebreakers slightly more tolerable. Oh, and catch a nature film on the DOME Theater’s six-story screen.
Relive "A Christmas Story" at Ralphie's actual house used in the film - completely restored to its movie splendor. After your walk through the house, stop by the gift shop across the street which...
Local T-shirt company spreading Cleveland Pride one T-shirt at a time! Find unique Cleveland T-shirts and gifts on our website or at our flagship store on the corner of E. 4th Street and Euclid.
Visit Public Square's crown jewel. Hear Cuyahoga County's story of the Civil War. View personal artifacts and images of her brave sons. Open 10am - 5:30pm Tuesday thru Saturday with additional...
Run, bike, swim or enjoy a beautiful sunset at Edgewater Beach, located on Lake Erie in Cleveland, just minutes from downtown. Grab a bite to eat at the new Beach House with gorgeous lakefront and...
From nostalgic Downtown Trolleys to a direct connection from the airport to the city on the Red Line Rapid, RTA is the best way to travel Cleveland. The Trolleys are free, and so is the advice from...
JACK Cleveland Casino opened in May 2012 as Ohio’s first full-service casino and welcomes millions of guests each year. Located inside the historic Higbee Building in the heart of downtown Cleveland,...
Enjoy local, handcrafted food and craft beer steps away from the West Side Market. Dine inside or in Cleveland's first American Beer Garden.
1938 Tavern - a true Cleveland experience. Eclectic clientele with an unpretentious vibe. Upscale bar food, late-night dining, live music, patio, jukebox, bowling machine, comfortable atmosphere.
Eat: The Corner Alley serves up freshly-prepared, Americana-inspired cuisine with everything from scrumptious salads and delicious pizzas to gourmet sliders and a wide selection of vegetarian options....
Cleveland's gourmet hot dog emporium, with 50 house-made toppings for their all beef hot dogs, vegan sausages, french fries & tater tots. A truly authentic Cleveland neighborhood corner bar, serving...
Rock connects us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. We share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits,...
Invent, design, tinker and create! Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science come alive through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, special temporary exhibitions, the...
Why is the historic West Side Market a favorite destination for locals as well as out of towners? There is something for everyone, from everyday to ethnic.
Considered one of the top art museums in the nation, visit for an hour or explore all day; free of charge to all. Renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection. Home to world-class...
The Cleveland History Center houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents and artifacts from a variety of collections. Through the use of its vast and varied...
Nationally recognized chef Michael Symon's reincarnation of Lola Bistro. An American bistro with midwestern twists and turns using only locally grown and raised organic meats and produce.
In 1903 Rose and Charles Presti Sr. opened Presti’s Bakery specializing in baking fresh bread. Fresh bread, donuts, cookies, cakes and pastries are still made by hand using the same recipes and...
The mission of Nuevo is to be an exciting, casual, yet upscale Mexican restaurant. Our building was produced from the ground up to incorporate the advantages of our unique location, with its beautiful...
Mitchell brothers transformed a historic theatre to offer handcrafted ice creams made in full view with local, organic and fair-trade ingredients. Visit 10 unique shop locations.
Our mission is to provide the people of our community with food, pastry, and breads which are made by hand with care and attention to quality, using only the freshest ingredients. We support and...
Built in 1863, located on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland’s Flats District housed in the newly renovated Hausheer Building on Old River Road. An artisanal brewery and full-service...
Beer + Donuts = Perfect. Get yourself to Brewnuts in the Gordon Square Arts District where they make that oh-so-perfect pairing possible by making decadent donuts from a variety of tasty beers....
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...