Cleveland, Ohio, is full of great museums and entertainment options. With so much to do, it might be hard to figure out which hot spots to check out on your next trip to the city. The following destinations are must-see places throughout Cleveland.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
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If you’re a fan of music, no trip to Cleveland is complete without a stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The building, which sits on the shores of Lake Erie, has seven floors of exhibits and four theaters for films about the history of rock and roll. Permanent exhibits include memorabilia from the Beatles and famous one-hit wonders, and rotating exhibits are always coming through. There are plenty of affordable hotels in Cleveland and visitors will love being close to this iconic museum.
West Side Market
The West Side Market began in 1840, making it the oldest operating market in Cleveland. Today, the market is open every day of the week except Sunday. Visitors can find more than 100 culturally diverse vendors selling delicious treats from Poland, Greece, Ireland, Germany, and Russia. Not only can shoppers browse through the numerous stalls, the market also offers tours about both the history of the market and as a guide for new shoppers. Guests staying at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel can easily drive to the West Side Market and take advantage of the free parking available there.
A Christmas Story House
The real house from the famous movie, A Christmas Story, is now restored so that it looks exactly like it did in the movie. It’s open year-round and movie lovers can take a tour through an interior that has been painstakingly restored to match the movie set. Across the street, another house has been transformed into a museum featuring behind-the-scenes pictures, movie memorabilia, costumes, and props. Guests interested in visiting the house can check out nearby hotels using Hipmunk.
Rising above the streets of downtown Cleveland, Terminal Tower is a 52-story skyscraper completed in 1930. An observation deck on the 42nd floor allows visitors an opportunity to enjoy a view of the surrounding city, the Cuyahoga River, and Lake Erie. On a clear day, you can see more than 30 miles away. The observation deck isn’t open every day, and only 50 tickets are available for the days it is open. However, if you’re able to grab a few of these tickets, you’ll be treated to amazing views.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The 183-acre Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has been operating since 1882. Today, the zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals including the largest population of free-range colobus monkeys. The zoo also offers fun and informative exhibits on the Australian outback, African savannah, and the rainforest. Those interested in visiting the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo should book a room at nearby DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside.
On your next trip to Cleveland, make sure you visit some of these top destinations for a truly unique and exciting trip.
Kristen McCalla is a writer and avid blogger who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not writing on her blog, 31 Million Seconds, she enjoys traveling and exploring all over this beautiful country.