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The Top 10 Things to Do in Cleveland

You might be surprised by all the great options!

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Paula Bolyard

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July 12, 2014 - 7:28 am
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Maybe you’ve never considered spending your hard-earned vacation time in Cleveland. It’s certainly understandable because many people only know the city as the “Mistake by the Lake” or the home of the burning Cuyahoga River. But things have changed on the North Coast, and you might be surprised at all the cultural attractions the city on the shores of Lake Erie has to offer — great food, museums, theater, and more. The RTA buses run between most Cleveland locations and Uber just announced that they’re starting service in Cleveland, which will make getting around even easier.

Here are the Top 10 Things to Do in Cleveland:

10. Little Italy

Historic Little Italy is on Cleveland’s East Side, located on “Murray Hill” not far from Case Western Reserve University. It features charming restaurants and bakeries, art galleries, and frequent festivals and art shows.  Our favorite restaurant there is Trattoria on the Hill. If you go, try the Shrimp & Gnocchi Trattoria, which features their gnocchi served in Trattoria’s homemade cream sauce with mushrooms, scallions, and a hint of cayenne pepper. If you’re not in the mood for pasta, try the Spinach & Prosciutto Pizza with black olives, white garlic sauce, and feta cheese.

For dessert, stroll down Mayfield Road to Presti’s Bakery for a cannoli or a delicious gelato.

The Feast of the Assumption is the biggest event of the year in Little Italy. Held in August to commemorate Mary being taken to heaven, the festival is an unusual combination of Catholic religious ceremonies, carnival rides, fireworks, lots of incredible Italian food, and heavy, heavy drinking.

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West Side Market
Cleveland Indians
I understand they have a football team too.
The submarine USS Cod down by the Rock 'n Roll Museum
The Circle area museums are great.
Cleveland Symphony
Cleveland Clinic
Case Western
Fly in to Hopkins Airport and take the train to the Pubic Square Terminal Tower without going outside.
In has been years since I've been in Cleveland but there has always been a lot to do there (I never did find the Cleveland restaurants all that appealing though, perhaps with the Westside Market everyone would rather eat at home). There were interesting shops in several atrium indoor malls that seemed to have dated back to the 1920s Standard Oil days. A great variety of bridges over the Cuyahoga in the downtown area where you could see both commercial ships and sculls afloat. Good music. A very interesting place, and yes blighted in many areas by panhandlers, hookers, ghetto crime, and Dennis Kucinich supporters.
14 weeks ago
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My top ten things to do in Cleveland? #1: leave. Not a day goes by where I do not spend hours trying to move out of here.

This place is a crime ridden, dem infested pit. Its nickname is the Mistake on the Lake.

I have lived around the world and seen the worst despot run ghettos.
Nothing surpasses Cleveland.

Cedar point is out in the sticks and is only good for two months out of the year. The rest of the time its under snow and rain.

The one casino downtown? Too crowded and not worth it.

This is Obama Hero country. I expect the dems to show up with destructive crowd deterrents like the 5 dems did a few years ago.
14 weeks ago
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granted, the museums and orchestra are good but they are located in one of the most crime-ridden parts of this heavily-segregated and dangerous rust belt city. cedar point amusement park isn't even IN cleveland but it still makes the 'top ten' ? that ought to tell you something.
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I'll add that the Cleveland Orchestra's summer home is south of Cleveland at Blossom Music Center. It was designed for outstanding acoustics and great viewing, even from the lawn. It also has a full schedule of other artists of great variety.
15 weeks ago
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The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the world's great ones. Catch a symphony concert.
15 weeks ago
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Hmmm, Cleveland.

Dennis Kucinich.

Yikes.
15 weeks ago
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For those of us having life-saving surgery, the Cleveland Clinic is at the top of the list. (It was in December, wouldn't recommend any of the other attractions that time of the year.)
15 weeks ago
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Leave?
15 weeks ago
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Thanks for the tips. I lived most of my life in a big city with these kinds of attractions. Left the big city 7 years ago for the quiet country life so I don't see going to Cleveland as high on my to do list.

This whole post is because LeBron decided to return to Cleveland. So what. I don't think much of Professional Basketball. I prefer the college game.
15 weeks ago
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Truth be told, I was inspired by the RNC's decision to hold the 2016 convention in Cleveland. I heard a lot of people complaining that there was absolutely nothing to do or see in Cleveland. :)
14 weeks ago
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If you have to explain....
14 weeks ago
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Think about how much you'd rather be in Cincinnati?
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