Cleveland, known as "the rock and roll capital of the world" is in north-east Ohio and located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. There is a vibrant cultural side to the city, with many museums, theatres and a famous orchestra. This is our list of top attractions you must see.
1. Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art has a collection of art from around the world and always has fascinating events and exhibitions to attend. There is an impressive range of medieval, American and North American Indian art on show. New galleries include exciting new collections from Japan, Korea, China, India and Southeast Asian. There really is something for all tastes.
2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland's best known attraction is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is home to one of the finest collection of rock and roll memorabilia in the world - the building is pretty eye-catching too. This isn't just a museum, this is an experience, with the collection about the history of music spread across six floors. Over a million people have visited this venue since its doors were opened in 1995 and it is definitely a must see for music fans.
3. Playhouse Square
Playhouse Square is the biggest performance and theatre complex in Cleveland and the second largest in the USA. Located in the theatre district of the city, the centre runs nine historic theatres all saved from demolition on the 1970s. World class performers have grace these stages and they occasionally offer free events and activities. With outstanding performing throughout the year, make sure you get involved and book your tickets.
4. West Side Market
If you plan to do some shopping during your time in Cleveland then West Side Market is the place to be. This is the oldest market in the city and is on the national register of historic places. Major rennovations took place in 2004 and it has become immensely popular with visitors and locals alike, with up to 100 vendors selling all varieties of food, preserves and speciality items. It is in close proximity to other shops and restaurants so you don’t have to travel far to get everything on your shopping list.
5. Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Natural History Museum is a marvellous place for the young and young at heart, with some fantastic exhibits. Best known is 'Lucy', the 3 million-year-old human ancestor, australopithecus afarensis, is displayed here. The huge dinosaur skeletons are also a highlight in the Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life. With more than four million specimens in the museum's collection from gems to geology, you could spend all day enjoying the displays.
6. The Cleveland Botanical Garden
Founded in 1930, this beautiful and historic botanical garden is definitely worth visiting, whatever the season, with 10 acres of gardens. The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, an 18,000 sq ft (1,700 m²) conservatory, is magnificent. It was built in a huge $50 million expansion back in 2003. It features animal and plant life in two biomes, representing the desert of Madagascar and the rainforest of Costa Rica.
There many popular gardens to explore too, including the award-winning Hershey Children's Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden and the Western Reserve Herb Society Garden.
7. The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall
A trip to this city wouldn't be complete without going to see the famous Cleveland Orchestra, one of the best known in the US, as one of the 'Big Five' orchestras in the country. It was founded in 1918 and Severance Hall, the orchestra's home, was built in 1931. It is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls and is an historic building of note. In the summer the orchestra holds its annual 'Bloom Festival' in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
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