THINGS TO SEE & DO IN CLEVELAND

THINGS TO SEE & DO IN CLEVELAND

Playhouse Square, Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio

The options for things to do in Cleveland are endless. Beginning with the arts scene, the city offers many beautifully restored century-old theaters used for film, opera and plays. Some come together at Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center in the country outside New York. Playhouse Square consists of nine theaters, six built in the 1920s, plus the world’s first and largest outdoor chandelier.

Beyond theater, Cleveland has no shortage of venues for entertainment and adventure, no matter the season. From hiking, biking and water sports, to shopping, gaming, live entertainment and the many museums, Clevelanders have little opportunity to ever claim boredom! Below are some of our favorite things to see & do in Northeast Ohio.


MUSEUMS

Downtown

Cleveland Grays Armory Museum  (1234 Bolivar Road, Cleveland 44115) The Cleveland Grays was founded in 1837 as an independent company of volunteer militia. When President-elect Abraham Lincoln passed through Cleveland en route to his inauguration in 1861, the Grays provided the official honor guard; they were also among the first to serve in the Civil War. Grays Armory, which was built in 1893 after the group’s previous headquarters was destroyed by fire, is on the National Register of Cleveland’s oldest standing buildings. Public tours are the first Wednesday of every month from 11am-4pm. Call to set up private tours. For more information: 216-621-5938, graysarmory.com


Cleveland Police Museum (1300 Ontario Street, Cleveland 44143) The Cleveland Police Museum covers the complete history of the Cleveland Police Department. Here, visitors will find an unusual collection of weapons, as well as a real jail cell, a still from the Prohibition era and more. Open Wed. & Thurs. 10am- 2pm. FREE. For more information: 216.623.5055, clevelandpolicemuseum.org


Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum  (1455 East Sixth Street, Cleveland 44114) More than 25 hands-on exhibits focus on the history of money, its effects on the way people live and its central role in peoples’ lives. Mon.-Thurs. 9:30am-2:30pm. FREE (Only visitors ages 16 and up are allowed in the museum, so be sure to plan accordingly). For more information: 216-579-3188, clevelandfed.org/learningcenter


Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland 44114) The Great Lakes Science Center is located right next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More than 300,000 visitors come here to experiment, create and enjoy hundreds of hands-on exhibits,
daily science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. Tinker and build in the Cleveland Creates Zone. Enjoy an unforgettable cinematic experience in the six-story-high OMNIMAX Theater. See what life was like aboard a working Great Lakes Freighter, and learn more about the space program at the NASA Glenn Visitors Center. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. Noon-5pm. Closed on Mondays during winter. For more information: 216-694-2000, greatscience.com


Hungarian Heritage Museum (1301 East 9th Street, Cleveland 44114) Visit the museum July through October and discover Hungary right here in Cleveland. Browse exhibits showcasing Hungarian art, history, folk costumes and traditions, including historical and contemporary themes. Learn about the legacy of Hungarian immigrants and their contributions to the area. A large gift shop includes everything from folk art to fine art, embroidery, pottery, clothing, books, music and more. Open Tues.-Fri. 11am-3pm. For more information: 216.523.3900, clevelandhungarianmuseum.org


International Women Air and Space Museum (Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 North Marginal Road, #165, Cleveland 44114) Located near the Rock Hall and Great Lakes Science Center, this museum celebrates the history of women in aviation with memorabilia and historical
artifacts. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10am-4pm. FREE. For more information: 216.623.1111, iwasm.org


NASA Glenn Visitor Center (601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland 44114) Located in the Great Lakes Science Center, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center provides opportunities to explore the past, present and future of human space exploration. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. Noon-5pm. Closed on Mondays during winter. For more information: 216-694-2000, greatscience.com


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland 44114) This architectural gem includes a pyramid-shaped entrance/lobby area similar to that of the Louvre museum in Paris, with both by the same architect—world-renowned I.M. Pei. Featured displays are dedicated to the roots of rock and roll, hip-hop and superstars such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones, just to name a few. Be sure to check out exhibits honoring new inductees. Open daily 10am-5:30pm; extended hours on Wednesdays until 9pm. For more information: 216-781-7625, rockhall.com


USS Cod (1201 North Marginal Road, Cleveland 44114) This crowd pleaser is located at the 9th Street Pier and is just a short walk from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Unlike most other submarine museums, the USS Cod has never had an access door cut into the side of its hull, so visitors are able to use the same vertical ladders and hatches that were used by the crew. The museum is open daily 10am-5pm, May 1-Sept. 30. For more information: 216-566-8770, usscod.org


Cleveland East

Baseball Heritage Museum (6601 Lexington Avenue, Cleveland 44103) Experience players’ stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other memorabilia detailing the contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues. Open Sat. 10am-2pm. Free (donations accepted). For more information: 216-789-1083, baseballheritagemuseum.org


The Cleveland Institute Of Art (11610 Euclid Avenue,Cleveland 44106) Here at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), visitors will find unusual exhibits that change often and serve to encourage artistic growth and experimentation. The CIA was founded in 1882 as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women. Today, it is a private college of art and design, but the exhibits are free and open to the public. Mon.-Thurs. 10am-5pm; Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. & Sun. 12pm-5pm. For more information: 216.421.7000, cia.edu


Cleveland History Center Of The Western Reserve Historical Society (10825 East Boulevard in University Circle 44106) Experience a plethora of unusual finds celebrating the area’s past. This is the home to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. Other must-sees here include the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel (over 100 years old) and the gondola from the “Spirit of Goodyear” blimp. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 12pm-5pm.For more information: 216.721.5722, wrhs.org


Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard in University Circle 44106) One of the country’s most acclaimed museums! Check out the museum’s C-Curve (2007) stainless steel outdoor sculpture by Anish Kappor and Wade Lagoon, a perfect setting for a stroll or picnic. A 39,000-square-foot atrium serves as the museum’s light-filled centerpiece. Open Tues., Thurs., Sat., Sun. 10am-5pm; Wed., Fri. 10am-9pm. FREE. For more information: 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org


Cleveland Museum of Natural History The permanent and traveling exhibits here effectively illustrate science and the natural world, enabling visitors to experience the past, see the formation of the universe and explore the lives of dinosaurs and early humans. For more information: 216-231-4600, cmnh.org

 

Dittrick Museum of Medical History The Dittrick Medical History Center explores the history of medicine through museum artifacts, archives, collections of rare books and images. The Dittrick is an interdisciplinary study center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, but is also open to the public. Free. For more information: 216-368-5938, artsci.case.edu/Dittrick/

 

Dunham Tavern Museum Once a stagecoach stop on the Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, Dunham Tavern Museum is Cleveland’s oldest building still standing on its original site. Built in 1824 as the home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham, it is a designated Cleveland Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information: 216-431-1060, dunhamtavern.org

 

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage The stories of individuals and families — past and present — come to life through state-of-the art exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs and artifacts. The museum includes the Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery collection of Judaica and a gallery featuring exhibitions of national and international acclaim. For more information: 216-593-0575, maltzmuseum.org

 

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) The dynamic architecture of MOCA Cleveland provides intimate spaces and opportunities to connect with the works of contemporary artists from around the world. Free admission for all visitors on the first Saturday of the month (sponsored by Medical Mutual. For more information: 216-261-3263, mocacleveland.org


Cleveland West

A Christmas Story House and Museum Tour the 19th-century Victorian depicted as Ralphie’s house in the 1983 film, “A Christmas Story.” For more information: 216-298-4919, achristmasstoryhouse.com


THEATERS

The Capitol Theater Built in 1921, this recently renovated theater shows independent, foreign and documentary films on three screens. Detailed wall murals, classical architecture and a restored vaudeville stage combine to recreate the atmosphere of a vintage movie palace, though with modern amenities such as all-digital projection and a lounge-concession area serving beer, wine and traditional concession favorites. For more information: 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com

 

Cleveland Cinematheque The New York Times proclaimed the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque one of the nation’s best repertory movie theaters. This alternative film theater shows art, independent and foreign films, as well as revived classics. For more information:  216-421-7450, cia.edu/cinematheque/

 

Cleveland Opera Theater Since its founding in 2006, Cleveland Opera Theater has produced more than 50 productions in the Greater Cleveland area and is known for its strong voices, elegant costumes and skilled orchestra. Its new home as of 2015 is the historic Masonic Auditorium, once home to the Cleveland Orchestra. For more information: 440-285-1874, clevelandoperatheater.org

 

Cleveland Play House (1901 East 13th Street, Suite 200, Cleveland 44115) The 100-year-old Cleveland Play House (CPH) is America’s first professional regional theater company. Since 1915, it has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres and more than 1,600 productions attended by more than 12 million people. Today CPH performs in three state-of-the-art theaters--the Allen, Helen and Outcalt--at Playhouse Square. For more information: 216.400.7000, playhousesquare.org

 

Players Guild Theatre Founded in 1932, The Players Guild is recognized as one of the oldest continually operating volunteer-based theaters in the United States. It has staged more than 600 productions for more than 2 million audience members spanning several generations. For more information: 330-453-7617, playersguildtheatre.com

 

Playhouse Square The largest performing arts center in the country, outside of New York. It has nine theaters, six of which were built in the early 1920s, plus the world’s first and largest outdoor chandelier. For more information: 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org

 

Weathervane Community Playhouse For more than 70 years, Weathervane Community Playhouse has provided audiences with high-quality live productions using volunteer artists, designers and technicians under professional direction. Enjoy an intimate live-theater experience! For more information: 330-836-2626, weathervaneplayhouse.com


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