Drawing creative inspiration from its Rust Belt roots, Cleveland has an enticing industrial chic vibe in its reimagined factories and warehouses — many recycled into art galleries and restaurants. The city is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
If you have just half a day you may enjoy exploring some of the best local artists that reside in Little Italy. There are over 40 galleries and shops located on historic Mayfield Road and Murray Hill and they also sponsor seasonal art walks.
Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, comprised of nine performances spaces, is the country’s largest performing arts center outside New York City and is the home for touring Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, opera and dance performances. The original five venues were built in 1921 but in the 1970's restoring and reopening the theaters one by one Playhouse Square became a major focal point of the downtown Cleveland’s revitalization.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden has long been a place of beauty and a source of inspiration and information. With education at the heart of its mission, the Garden encourages social responsibility, cultural appreciation and environmental stewardship in helping people of all ages and backgrounds understand and value the importance of plants in their lives.
The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 for the benefit of all the people forever. They strive to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards. The museum is proud to be one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions.
Cleveland is, after all, the rock and roll capital of the world. Trace the history - gospel, bluegrass and R&B, and hear the sounds of all the greatest names in the business. See the recreated Sun Studios from Memphis along with literally thousands of guitars, clothing and memorabilia.
Referred to by insiders as the Rock Hall, the world-renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum® sits on the shores of Lake Erie. Ambitious, interactive, and entertaining, the museum features both permanent and specialty exhibits, and tells the story of rock-and-roll legends from rock’s earliest artists to the newly emerging musicians of today.
East of downtown Cleveland, experience one of Ohio’s most vibrant (and appetizing) cultural neighborhoods. Established in the 19th century by Italian immigrants, the walkable historical enclave today brims with trattorias, pizzerias, bakeries, shops, art galleries, and wine stores. Look for the colorful murals that detail stories from the surrounding neighborhood.
University Circle is the cultural epicenter of Cleveland with classical institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cleveland Natural History Museum, along with a myriad of smaller galleries. Located in historic Wade Park, The Cleveland Museum of Art harbors an impressive collection, totaling more than 60,000 works of art. Cherished for its extensive Asian masterworks, the museum displays artwork that spans some 6,000 years and includes a multitude of genres.
Explore Cleveland’s verdant nature on two wheels. Along Lake Erie’s northern shoreline, the Lakefront Bikeway beckons, while the Emerald Necklace Trail system loops amongst the suburbs. Take the Towpath Trail to glide along part of the Erie Canal’s original route.