February 6, 2017
6 Places To Visit In Cleveland, Ohio
1. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Cleveland was selected as the hall of fame’s home in 1986. Located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum brings the history of the music industry to life. Exhibits on the lower level of the building explain the origins of rock and roll through the eyes of pioneers in gospel, blues, R&B and country, folk and bluegrass. Other highlights include a display on Elvis and legends of Rock and Roll like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and the Supremes. Visitors can also experience the music and one hit wonders in interactive sound booths. Other attractions in the North Coast Harbor district include the Steamship William G Mather Museum, Great Lakes Science Center, and the FirstEnergy Stadium – home of the Cleveland Browns.
2. West Side Market
West Side Market originally opened back in 1840. The market is Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market with more than 100 vendors and their products. Shops within the market sell baked goods, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meats, prepared foods, seafood, spices, nuts, oils, and flowers. The market was featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network. On the outside of the market, the building’s 137-foot tall clock tower has been a Cleveland landmark for more than a 100 years.
3. The Warehouse District
Known as Cleveland’s original downtown, this Victorian district is busy day and night. It’s home to large and small distributors and suppliers, loft apartments, galleries, businesses, music, restaurants, live entertainment, and more.
4. Playhouse Square
Playhouse Square Center is a hub for theaters and live entertainment. Millions of people visit annually to see concerts, plays, dance performances, comedy shows, and speakers at the different venues in the area. To name a few, the Allen Theatre, Hanna Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Connor Palace, State Theatre, and the 14th Street Theatre. It is also the largest theater restoration project, with five historically restored venues. These theaters were built in the 1920s and saved in the 1970s from being torn down by advocate groups and individuals. The Cleveland Play House is another popular place to see a show or for theatre education. This venue won the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, which is regarded as a big honor in the entertainment world.
5. Cleveland Clinic
Have an interest in health? As a corporation that established in 1921, the Cleveland Clinic is nationally ranked as one of best medical centers in the U.S., especially in the areas of cardiology and heart surgery. The clinic’s main campus is massive; it’s made up of 41 buildings on 160 acres. If you plan to tour the inside of the building, make sure you stay close to your guide because it’s easy to get lost.
6. Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse
Opening in 1897, this quiet and peaceful park was named after John D. Rockefeller, who was the founder of Standard Oil Company and considered one of the richest Americans in modern history. The park is a strip of gardens and land along a majority of the city’s East Sides. A highlight within the park is the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, which covers about 3 acres of land outside and one acre inside the greenhouse. This greenhouse opened in 1905 and was originally used to grow and nurture plants for the parks of Cleveland. The park’s Cultural Gardens are a part of the National Register of Historic Places and serves to celebrate different ethic groups. There are dozens of individual gardens within the Gardens such as the African American Garden, Chinese Garden, and Italian Garden.
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Author: Rachel Lombardi