Cleveland sits in the Northeast corner of Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, along the Cuyahoga River. The city was founded in 1796 and became a major manufacturing center. John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, made a majority of his fortune in Cleveland, which brought the city to become the fifth largest in the country. The Terminal Tower, located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, was once one of the world’s tallest buildings. Dedicated in 1930, the building was part of a skyscraper boom in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Culture and Entertainment
Most famously noted for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this city has points of interest and entertainment for everyone.
If you are interested in the performing arts, the Cleveland Playhouse is noted as the second largest Performing Arts center in the United States. Also noteworthy is the Cleveland Orchestra, considered one of the finest orchestras in the world. To truly appreciate classical music, make sure you bring a lawn chair and see the Cleveland Orchestra perform at the beautiful Blossom Music Center.
The city of Cleveland has also been the spotlight of several movies including Antwone Fisher, A Christmas Story, and scenes of Spiderman 3. The city is also home of the popular sitcom, the Drew Carey Show.
For a historic and charming experience make sure to visit Tremont, one of the city’s oldest and most historically valuable neighborhoods. Take a stroll through a quarter mile of award-winning restaurants, shopping, and historic architecture. Tremont is known for having one of the largest concentrations of architecturally notable churches to be found anywhere in the United States.
In addition to rich culture and architecture, Cleveland offers the prime location for theme park amusement. If you are looking for the biggest and best amusement park in the world, Cedar Point is just a short distance from the heart of Cleveland. The park boasts an impressive 69 rides (17 roller coasters), and holds the title of "Best Amusement Park in the World" for the ninth year in a row (according to Amusement Today) Cedar Point and Geauga lake offer the latest in thrill rides and water attractions, while indoor water park resorts such as Kalahari and Great Wolf lodge give you tropical weather entertainment in the middle of winter.
Cleveland is the home of the Cleveland Indians (MLB), Cleveland Browns (NFL), and Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA). The Cleveland Indians hold the Major League record of 455 for most consecutive sold out games, while the Cleveland Cavaliers earned the eastern conference championship title this year.
- Arrive at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the morning
- Continue to the Great Lakes Science center
- Lunch in the Science center
- Quick tour of the Steamship William G. Mather Museum
- Continue to Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum
- Board bus for return
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Great Lakes Science Center
- Cleveland Playhouse
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and RainForest
- Holden Arboretum
- Cleveland Botanical Gardens
- Cedar Point Amusement Park
- Geauga Lake Amusement Park
- Hilarities Comedy Club
- Blossom Music Center
- Kalahari Indoor Water Resort
- Shaker Square
- House of Blues
- Tower City
- West Side Market
- Goodtime III
- Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo
- Pickwick and Frolic
- Carousel Dinner Theatre
- NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field
- Little Italy
- Tower City Ampitheater
- Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
- A Christmas Story House
- Steamship William G. Mather Museum
- Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry
- Pier W
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Shooters on the Water
- Blue Point Grille
- Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
- Quaker Steak & Lube
- Don's Lighthouse Grill
- Lola's downtown Cleveland
- Great Lakes brewery
Playhouse Square & Cedar Point Photos Courtesy of TravelCleveland.com
Posted on Sat, October 1, 2011
by John Wervey