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Cleveland What to Do | What to Do in Cleveland OH

Updated on July 21, 2014
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Things to Do in Cleveland Ohio

Whether you are a traveler to Cleveland, Ohio or you are a native Clevelander, it is hard to keep up with all of the things to do in Cleveland Ohio. Even people who are in Cleveland for visits to the Cleveland Clinic or for a convention, often have time to see attractions in Cleveland, Cleveland restaurants, or Cleveland events.

Cleveland OH is a city that is filled with history, diversity, interesting people and places, and great food in all its varieties. There is never a moment that there isn't something to do, for an hour or a day. This article will introduce you to just a few of the places to help get you started.

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Attractions in Cleveland

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Canton Football Hall of Fame

There are lots of attractions in Cleveland, but probably the best known attractions are the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie, and the Canton Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton, OH.

Some other family attractions to visit are the Children's Museum of Cleveland, A Christmas Story House, and The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Cleveland Restaurants

You can find food in many ethnic varieties

Cleveland has a very diverse population, including one of the largest Hungarian populations in the world. Whatever your dining pleasure, you can find restaurants that will fill that gustatory need.

One of the most famous restaurants in Cleveland is Balaton Restaurant, a Hungarian restaurant that has been in business since 1964. However, you can find Brazilian restaurants, Creole restaurants, Japanese restaurants, and numerous other restaurants to tempt your taste buds, as well as several wonderful ethnic bakeries.

Best Cleveland Restaurant Guide - Cleveland Ethnic Eats

Cleveland Ethnic Eats
Cleveland Ethnic Eats

If you love finding small local places to dine that you might not find otherwise, Cleveland Ethnic Eats is the book to keep in your library. This book is updated every couple of years, and is a great way to find Cleveland restaurants. To find out more about Cleveland Ethnic Eats: The Guide to Authentic Ethnic Restaurants and Markets in Greater Cleveland, click here.

Cleveland Shopping

If you like to shop in out of the way places, or unique handmade boutiques, there are lots of fun places to spend your money in Cleveland. One of the best areas is the Shaker Square/Larchmere district on the far east side of Cleveland near the border of Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights Ohio.

You can spend the day shopping amongst the antique stores, boutiques, and the best bookstore in town, Loganberry Books, then take in a movie, and eat in a wonderful local restaurant. What a great way to spend a Saturday!

Zoo in Cleveland

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a wonderful zoo to visit all year round, with both indoor and outdoor exhibits including the Rain Forest exhibit that is completely indoors.

Families with children will find lots of interesting animals to visit, including the koalas, camels, and kangaroos in the Australian exhibit, and the wolf exhibit.

The Zoo also has a wonderful butterfly house that is open during parts of the year. This is a fascinating exhibit for children and adults alike.

Arts in Cleveland

Cleveland is a city that is full of cultural arts activities and events. This includes the visual arts, music, and film. Every year the biggest film event is held in the spring, the Cleveland International Film Festival, and draws thousands of tourists to downtown Cleveland from around the world.

Besides the many museums in University Circle, there are also art festivals, concerts, and film events year round.

Cleveland Events

Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival

There are so many Cleveand events, that it is impossible to list them all here, but no matter what your interest, sports, arts, music, boating, hiking, nature, pets, you will be able to find them while you are here in Cleveland.

Have you ever visited Cleveland Ohio?

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I will have to put it on my list to visit. Blessed and added to my United States Travel Angel lens.