Cleveland Journals

Safaris, parades, dinosaurs . . . the culture of Cleveland

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A June 2003 trip to Cleveland by wildhoney269

Parade the Circle Photo, Cleveland, Ohio More Photos
Quote: Cities are great to visit because they each have a different atmosphere. We set out to participate in the U2 Fan Celebration at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Instead we found so many opportunities to experience the local culture that we missed the celebration entirely!

Safaris, parades, dinosaurs . . . the culture of Cleveland

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Parade the Circle Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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On our drive from Chicago to Cleveland we stopped at the African Safari Wildlife Park. It was quite an experience to drive through an area where various animals walked right up to the car to be feed and pet. Almost all of Cleveland participates in the yearly Parade the Circle event. If they have not made floats and costumes with a local group to parade around University Circle, they have brought out their lawn chairs and blankets to watch the event. In addition to watching this creative parade, we were able to visit several of Cleveland’s main attractions at discounted rates. The kids were amazed at the armor collection in the Cleveland Art Museum while we impressed with the wonderful environmen...Read More

Embassy Suites Cleveland - Downtown

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites Downtown"

Embassy Suites Cleveland - Downtown Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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Hotel Description: We chose the Embassy Suites because we were traveling as a family of two adults and two children. You always get complimentary cocktails and full cooked to order breakfast when staying at an Embassy Suites which is a big bonus. This hotel had a large indoor heated pool open from 8am until 9:30pm. There is library with plush leather couches adjacent to the bar which had an outdoor terrace where we enjoyed out complimentary cocktails while the kids ran around. The hotel is in an apartment building complex. The ground floor had everything from a grocery store to a pool hall. Room Service was available from their restaurant, but you could also run to the Subway or grocery store o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

Embassy Suites Cleveland - Downtown
1701 E 12TH ST
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
216-523-8000

Mama Santa Restaurant & Pizzeria

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Restaurant | "Mama Santas"

Mama Santa Restaurant & Pizzeria Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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The atmosphere at Mama Santa’s is a good, old-fashioned pizza place. Don’t expect anything fancy when coming here, but you can expect some of the best Italian food around. We came here because it was in the heart of Cleveland’s Little Italy which everyone raves about. When I was researching places for dinner I was looking for places there were affordable, but where I could also experience some culture. We took the kids and planned on ordering pizza. We didn’t want any of the appetizers on the list, so I asked the waitress to recommend a pasta which we could eat with our pizza. She recommended the cavatelli. She brought it to our table before the pizza and we all tasted some. The pasta is made f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

Mama Santa Restaurant & Pizzeria
12305 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 231-9567

African Safari Wildlife Park

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African Safari Wildlife Park Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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On our five hour drive from Chicago to Cleveland we stopped at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio. This is the only place in the Midwest where you can get so close to a variety of animals such as llama, deer, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and ostriches. There are two sections to the park: a drive through and a walk through. The park suggests you do the drive through section first. You can go back through it as many times as you want. Included in the price is one cup of feed. They call it a bucket, but it is a very large plastic glass the size of a souvenir cup. We bought two extra cups for $2 each and headed in. As soon as the gates started opening the animals flocked...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

African Safari Wildlife Park
267 Lightner Road
Cleveland, Ohio

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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Attraction | "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum is truly unique. From the front, the building is shaped as a glass pyramid. When you enter you see several large items that are hanging from the walls and ceiling of the lobby. The gift shop has several choices for souvenirs and takes up about half of the first floor. Pictures are allowed in lobby only and you can not take your camera into the museum. There is a free coat and camera check where you can leave you belongings while you enjoy the museum. Go down the escalator to buy your tickets and check your camera. When you enter the museum you can watch two short films to prepare you for your visit. The first is called "Mystery Train" which was taken from an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1 Key Plaza
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
+1 216 781 7625; +1

Cleveland Museum of Art

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Cleveland Museum of Art Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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There are three floors in the museum featuring various works. We spent our time in the galleries on the second floor. Since we had limited time at the museum, we each picked a gallery to visit. I am a fan of European art from the 1400s through the 1800s and I picked the Baroque Gallery. Other galleries chosen were the Egypt Gallery and the Armor Gallery. We found several Religious and Mythological pieces in the Baroque Gallery. I was delighted to find a wonderful piece from one of my favorite masters, Peter Paul Rubens. The artwork was entitled Diana and Her Nymphs Departing for the Hunt. The write up next to the piece explained how Diana was the goddess of Hunting as well as Virtue. Diana wore...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 421-7340

Parade the Circle Celebration

Attraction | "Parade the Circle"

Parade the Circle Celebration Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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Parade the Circle is an annual event held at University Circle. This parade encourages appreciation of the arts in Cleveland. Most of the museums sponsored booths and activities surrounding the parade route. Children could make hats and instruments, feel animal pelts and get some ice cream. Parade participants are a mixture of school and community organizations. Free training workshops in parade skills are offered to group leaders a few months before the parade. This allows a wide range of participants to do their best in designing and preparing their parade exhibit. Participants ranged from people in wheel chairs dressed up like elephants to students on stilts to dance troops with steel drums....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

Parade the Circle Celebration
East Blvd & Wade Oval
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
+1 216 421 7340; +1

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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The basic museum offers exhibits exploring the natural world. The first exhibit we walked into was the Hall of Human Ecology which had several stuffed animals. The kids loved taking pictures of the animals since they could get close and take a good shot. We also saw the oldest watercraft ever found in North America which is a 3,600 year-old Ringler dugout boat. It was a hollowed large trunk of an oak tree which held three or four people. You could see the worn spots where the men sat in the boat. The Wildlife Center & Woods Garden is like a mini-zoo attached to the museum. All the animals looked very healthy and comfortable in their spacious environments. It was a wonderful exhibit to walk t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
+1 216 231 4600

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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Attraction

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is home to thousands of animals. The zoo is split into two main sections; the 168 acre zoo and the two indoor acres of the Rainforest. They offer a wide range of animal exhibits including Butterfly Magic, Lorikeet Aviary, Australian Adventure, African Savanna, Wolf Lodge, and even Dinosaurs! The four of us each chose one exhibit we wanted to see, but we ended up coving almost the entire zoo in the six hours we spent there. This zoo offers several opportunities for its visitors to interact with the animals. At the seal exhibit we purchased fish to feed the seals. It cost $1 for two fish. The seals swam up on the side of their pool and called out to be fed when they sa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 26, 2003

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, Ohio 44109
(216) 661-6500