City Guide: Top 10 Things To Do in Cleveland

May 6, 2019 0 0

As the 10 best things to do in Cleveland, OH and places to visit in town remind us, the Ohioan metropolis has undergone a tremendous renaissance and rebirth in the last decade. If you find yourself passing through town, make a point to stop and experience all it has to offer. There are world-class activities of every kind to be found here — including everything from music and nightclubs to wildlife and museums. Here’s a list to get you started on the top 10 best things to do in Cleveland, OH, and top places to visit when you’re in the city.


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Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd

Founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever,” the Cleveland Museum of Art boasts a collection of more than 30,000 pieces that span more than 5,000 years. The venue is also famous for guest lecturers and a fantastic performing arts series that will boost your culture cred in no time.

West Side Market

1979 West 25th Street

The West Side Market is Cleveland’s oldest, featuring more than 100 artisans and vendors selling their wares, which include fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood spices, nuts and more. You can get a delicious homemade pastry here and top it off with a tasty gourmet hot chocolate all in a place that’s been around since 1912.

Little Italy

Mayfield Rd and Coltman Rd

Hey, paisan! Little Italy brings an authentic taste of Italy to the heart of Cleveland. Established by Italian sculptor Joseph Carrabelli in the 1880s, the area soon became a hub for treasured Italian heritage. Today you can visit everything from art galleries to delis, and even take in the occasional weekend bocce tournament if you think you can hang.

Cleveland Orchestra

11001 Euclid Avenue

It’s one of the most famous musical ensembles in the world, and hearing a performance is an unforgettable item on our list of the top 10 best things to do in Cleveland. The orchestra is based out of the equally renowned Severance Hall, with has seasonal residences in Miami and Vienna. It’s been under the directorship of the acclaimed Franz Welser-Most for the past 13 years.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd

Synonymous with Cleveland, the term “rock and roll” was actually coined here by radio DJ Alan Freed in 1951. The building itself was designed by famous architect I.M. Pei, and features collections and exhibitions dedicated to the most sacred of rock gods — all of which are perfectly accessible for kids and adults alike.

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Avenue

Playhouse Square is the US’s second-largest performing arts center. It offers a wide range of entertaining performances, as well as educational classes and workshops open to the public. Stop and take a picture next to (or, underneath, really) the GE Chandelier — a 20-foot tall steel light fixture full of 4,200 crystal pendants!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

3900 Wildlife Way

Founded in 1892, the Cleveland Zoo spans 183 acres and features exhibits from all around the world. Trek an African safari, or visit the Cat & Aquatics Building, which is one of the largest collections of primate species in the country. Hot tip: The zoo’s otters recently gave birth to a litter of three, and they’re ADORABLE.

Christmas Story House and Museum

3159 W

11th St

This 19th-century Victorian house is where Little Ralphie first wore his pink bunny pajamas. The house was purchased by a private developer, and it’s been restored to its heyday glory, and is open to the public. Original props (including younger brother Randy’s snowsuit, and toys from the movie) are scattered throughout, and available to view seven days a week, all year long. Just don’t shoot your eye out!

Velvet Tango Room

2095 Columbus Rd

Feeling like a night to yourself? Visit this famously secluded elegant jazz and cocktail lounge, tucked away between two of the trendiest neighborhoods in Cleveland. The décor features a baby grand piano, and the menu is full of lavish cocktail options that are sure to leave you talking. Oh, and so you don’t embarrass yourself–no hats, and no T-shirts, guys. 

Barrio Tacos

Multiple Locations

Build your own delicious taco creations at this go-to spot for Mexican goodness. Made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Barrio tacos go perfectly with a nice margarita or tequila cocktail. Keep an eye out for the Barrio food truck, too, which stops at festivals and special events throughout the city.

Cheat Sheet

Want to discover more of The North Coast? Find out where else to go beyond SELECT’s list of the top 10 best things to do in Cleveland, OH here:

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Matt Christensen

Matt Christensen is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, OH. Publications he's written for include Maxim, Men's Journal,, Cosmopolitan, and more. John Stamos follows him on Instagram.

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