10 Must-See Attractions in Cleveland, OH

Always bustling with fun and exciting things to do for people of all ages, Greater Cleveland boasts a multitude of shopping experiences, museums, and restaurants. From exotic botanical gardens to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland offers a thriving entertainment scene. Here is a list of the top 10 must-see attractions Cleveland has to offer:

1. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum follows the ever-evolving cultural phenomenon known as rock and roll through more than 50 exhibits. There's dozens and dozens of iconic instruments, the scribbled lyrics of ideas that morphed into classics, the awning from CBGB's, Michael Jackson's sparkly glove, and Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche. 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44114. Sunday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. www.rockhall.com

 

2. Cedar Point Amusement Park

This amusement park is basically every thrill-seekers dream-come-true. There are 17 roller coasters, including the popular Dragster, guaranteed to jiggle your cheek fat. Cedar Point is also home to mini golf, a Caribbean-themed indoor waterpark, an activity park with go-karts, five resort properties, and a waterslide-filled water park. 1 Cedar Point Dr. Sandusky OH 44870, www.cedarpoint.com

 

3. Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is host to a variety of special exhibitions and events. Recent expansions at the museum include galleries on Southeast Asian, Indian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art. Visitors will find the art of the North American Indians as well as a variety of art from around the world. The Cleveland Museum of Art also has a particularly strong collection of American art and medieval art from Europe and Asia. 11150 East Boulevard, University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106. Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.clevelandart.org

 

4. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Zoo features a large heated greenhouse called The Rainforest which is full of exotic species and interactive exhibits. The zoo also boasts the largest collection of primates in North America. The newest additions to the zoo are the Wolf Wilderness and Australian Adventure. 3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland OH 44109. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo

 

5. Lake View Cemetery

This infamous cemetery is the final resting place of some of the most influential people throughout history, including Ray Chapman, Revolutionary War soldiers, Eliot Ness and John D. Rockefeller. The view from the second floor balcony is one of the most majestic and underrated in the whole city. The President Garfield Memorial also calls Lake View Cemetery its home. 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. Monday-Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. http://lakeviewcemetery.com

 

6. Greater Cleveland Aquarium
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium features Marinescape's SeaTube, a 500,000 gallon tank which people can walk through, giving them a panoramic view of the vast marine life inside the tank which includes a variety of sharks, some up to 7 feet long. Integrated into the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse are 35 tanks and 10 aquarium exhibition areas creating an underwater environment that emphasizes the building's unique architectural elements. 2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113. Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://greaterclevelandaquarium.com

 

7. Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is home to the newly renovated NASA Glenn Visitor Center which invites explorers to learn how astronauts live and work on the International Space Station, study artifacts used during Mars mission testing, steer a robotic rover, and climb a Martian landscape. The Cleveland attraction demonstrates the intersection of science, environment and technology and is the premiere informal science-education and entertainment resource for the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio area. The Science Center is located on the shores of Lake Erie. Great Lakes Science Center is no museum; it's an interactive experience for all who enter. 601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114. Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. www.greatscience.com

 

8. West Side Market

Whether as a weekly shopping experience or a day-tour destination, the West Side Market continues to be a historical and interesting Cleveland tradition. There are booths that sell nuts, candy, herbs and ready-to-eat foods. You can also find fresh flowers, dairy and cheese products, baked goods, fresh seafood, fresh vegetables and fine meats. This is the oldest publicly owned market in Cleveland with origins of the land dating back to 1840. Today the West Side Market is home to the great ethnic diversity of over 100 vendors. 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113. Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. http://westsidemarket.org

 

9. A Christmas Story House and Museum

Now that A Christmas Story House has been restored to its movie splendor, it's open year-round to the public for tours. Directly across the street is the museum gift shop, where you can get the Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia. The official A Christmas Story House Museum also features hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos, costumes and memorabilia from the film, and the original props. Among the costumes and props are the family car, the chalkboard from Miss Shields' classroom, Randy's snowsuit, and the toys from the Higbee's window. 3159 W 11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109. Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.achristmasstoryhouse.com

 

10. Cleveland Botanical Garden

When you visit Cleveland Botanical Garden, you'll find enrichment and inspiration through enchanting events, an exotic Glasshouse, and fabulous gardens. This ever-changing urban escape offers exhilarating memorable experiences at its home in University Circle. The Cleveland Botanical Garden makes the community healthier and greener by growing young lives and restoring land throughout the city.

11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106. Check website for hours of operation. www.cbgarden.org

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  • Wednesday 9:00am-6:00pm
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  • Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
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