Explore Music History, Leafy Parks and Mod Museums in Cleveland
Free and Fab
The collections at The Cleveland Museum of Art span 6,000 years. Look for highlights like Andy Warhol's Marilyn x 100 and a 5 ,000-year-old statuette believed to be from Western Anatolia.
Melt Bar and Grilled gussies up the humble grilled cheese with gourmet add-ons such as vegan bacon and berry preserves. Purists (or picky eaters) can always opt for a Kindergarten, the cheesy toasted classic.
Diverse outdoor spaces at Cleveland Botanical Garden feature roses, topiaries, herbs, perennials, a Japanese garden and more. Spot honeybees, turtles and frogs in the Hershey Children's Garden.
Watch cow-milking and horse-grooming demos at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, and check out seasonal maple syrup production at this working farm east of Cleveland. Wagon rides offer a jaunty tour of the bucolic grounds.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock fans make pilgrimages to the I.M. Pei-designed museum to learn about the genre's evolution and the artists' often antiestablishment points of view. Tons of memorabilia and music fill airy galleries.
West Side Market
For 109 years, Clevelanders have stocked their kitchens from the indoor market. Buy unique cheeses, hummus, nuts and more from vendors who reflect Cleveland's melting-pot heritage.
The Arcade Cleveland
Shop, dine or simply pop in for photos at one of the city's most iconic public spaces. The Victorian-Era retail center features a massive glass ceiling, sparkly railings and the Hyatt Regency Cleveland hotel.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Thirty minutes from downtown, forests, waterfalls, more than 100 miles of biking and hiking trails, and a scenic excursion train promise a serene getaway at Ohio's only national park.
One of the largest performing arts centers in the U.S. stars five theaters restored to 1920s elegance. An outdoor chandelier with 4,200 crystals mirrors the theaters' ornate lobbies.
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What to Eat
Dessert for breakfast is totally a thing at Presti's Bakery, a fixture in Little Italy since 1903. Doors open at 6 a.m. for fresh bread; doughnuts; and treats like cannoli, tiramisu and baseball-size cream puffs.
Views of the Cuyahoga River complement weekend brunches of lobster omelets and crab cake Benedicts at Alley Cat Oyster Bar in the buzzy Flats East Bank area.
Ribs, brisket and pork belly slow-cook to juicy perfection in wood-fire smokers at Mabel's BBQ, a downtown endeavor of celebrity chef and Cleveland native Michael Symon.
Worth the Splurge
Designed to resemble the hull of a cruise ship, Pier W restaurant is set within a cliff overlooking Lake Erie. Fresh seafood and prime meats pair with panoramic city views.
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Raise your glass, mug or teacup to the immigrants who spawned a full-on brewery boom in Cleveland, with 26 of them operating here by 1910.
Sample from a dozen or so craft beers on tap at Great Lakes Brewing Company, housed in a 19th-century tavern. Flights pair with locally sourced meats, cheese and produce.
The only prescription you need in the 1881 Flandermyer Drug Building: a bold cup of espresso from Civilization (and a freshly baked scone or muffin to go with it).
Amber Pompeii, the owner of Cleveland Tea Revival, will happily explain the secrets of kombucha, pu-erh and oolong in this warm neighborhood spot.
Where to Stay
Playful nods to the city's musical and manufacturing history—acoustic guitar loaners, sock-monkey-and-argyle-sweater carpet design—elevate a stay at The Schofield Hotel, a Kimpton property in the heart of downtown.