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Cleveland Sights!

An August 2006 trip to Cleveland by kathypac

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Quote: Some of the cooler things to see in and around Cleveland, whether you're here for a weekend or a more extended stay.

Cleveland Sights!

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There are a billion things to see in and around Cleveland. These are some of my favorites during the three years my husband and I have spent here at medical school. Some of these things (like the Pro Football Hall of Fame) are great if you’re just here for a weekend, but others you have to have an extended stay to take advantage of (like Tower City). And others, like the zoo, are much better (affordable) if you live here. Quick Tips: If you’re planning on seeing the Indians or Browns play, make sure to check on what you can and can’t take into the Stadium. Every game there are trash cans full of umbrellas, backpacks, etc.Best Way To Get Around: Drive your own car, the RTA is very con...Read More

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Attraction | "Professional Football Hall of Fame"

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This is a great place to visit once, and only once. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children, but at least parking is free. My first thought was, why is this located in Canton, OH. Well, mostly it’s because the American Professional Football Association, now renamed as the National Football League, was founded in Canton on September 17, 1920. Also, Canton citizens campaigned pretty hard for the building to be here back in the 1960s. The displays are pretty well done, and you can really relive the glory days of your favorite players. but my kids were bored in about 10 minutes

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
(330) 456-8207

Tower City Center

Attraction | "Tower City Mall"

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Remember that part in A Christmas Story when Ralphie visits Santa Claus and gets pushed down the slide? Well, that was filmed right here in Tower City. If you want to see the actual place, go to Dillard's. It’s housed in a old-fashioned department store, in the movie it was called Higbee’s. Tower City Center (formerly known as Cleveland Union Terminal) is a large mixed-use facility located on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The main hub of Cleveland’s RTA is located here, but mostly people come here to visit the shopping mall, The Avenue at Tower City, which is superb. You’re sure to be surprised at the brass railings, marble floors, and hand-painted ceilings. And there are over 80 store...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Tower City Center
230 W. Huron Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 623-4750

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Attraction | "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame"

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Meh, not worth the $20 admission fee, unless there’s an exhibit that you just have to see. Make sure to check ahead before you come, since the exhibits change all the time. And don’t bring your camera, you’ll just have to check it at the front desk. Luckily, we went on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is free, but we would never pay to go here.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

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

Terminal Tower

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The Terminal Tower is rightfully called the “grande dame” of Cleveland skyscrapers, and is the most significant landmark of downtown Cleveland. If there’s a skyline shot of Cleveland, you will see it. For almost 40 years after it was built, it was the tallest building outside of New York City. Today, Terminal Tower remains the second tallest building in Cleveland and Ohio, Key Tower is the first. Unfortunately, the observation deck on the 42nd floor is indefinitely closed, but I’ve been up there and it gives an amazing aerial view of downtown Cleveland.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Terminal Tower
1 Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 771-0033

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This is the Lighthouse featured on all of those license plates, in case you were wondering. It’s now a state park, so you can come picnic here, and then check out the museum, located in the Keeper's House and operated by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society. It’s open whenever the tower is open. The only way to get into the lighthouse is by guided tour. Tours are offered on summer weekdays after Memorial Day until the Friday before Labor Day. Tours led by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are also offered on the second Saturday of the month June through October. If you want to get in, get there super early, or you’ll have to wait in a long line.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
110 Lighthouse Drive
Marblehead, Ohio 43440
(419) 797-4530

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This is a great place to visit with your whole family, but come early so you can spend lots of time here. There are four separate floors here: the Science Phenomena Floor, the Regional Technologies Floor, The Great Lakes Environment Floor, and one Misc. Floor. There are over 400 hand-on exhibits here, but we especially enjoyed the following three: The Indoor Tornado is this amazing 8 foot actual tornado. You can even reach out and touch it, if you’re brave enough. The Bridge of Fire has a cool static electricity generator that creates like 200,000 volts of electricity, causing your hair to stand on end. Our kids loved the sight of my wife’s long hair standing straight out! Last we saw a film at the s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 694-2000

Geauga Lake

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This used to be a Six Flags until Cedar Fair (operator of Cedar Point) bought it out a couple of years ago. It’s quite a bit closer to Cleveland, so we bought season passes this last year, and boy was it worth it. We go up there 2 to 3 times a week for a few hours. On hot days we play in the water park. If you get a season pass, make sure to buy a season parking pass as well, they’re worth it. Overall, I would say that this park isn’t as exciting as Cedar Point, but it is cheaper, and for us it’s more accessible. There are lots of rides for the kids to go on, even our little 3 and 4 year old could go on most of the kiddie rides.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Geauga Lake
1060 North Aurora Road
Aurora, Ohio 44202
(330) 562-8303

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The MOA is closed for renovation until October 2006, so it will probably be much cooler than when I’ve visited in the past. There are a lot of changing exhibits, but there are more than 40,000 permanent objects that are always there. This is a good place to come without your kids, but you don’t have to feel bad about coming for just a couple of hours because it’s free! I’m very excited to see the Monet exhibit in February 2007.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

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

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The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is awesome. We love living so close to a zoo, especially such a big one. Our kids’ new favorite exhibit is the touch pool, where you can actually feed and touch small sharks and manta rays. Usually we only visit half of the zoo at a time. We take the tram up one half and walk back down. This works out great, since there are two trams, and walking back down visiting all the animals takes a couple of hours.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

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

Rainbow Children's Museum

Attraction | "Cleveland Children’s Museum"

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This place has been a lifesaver for us. We have three kids age four and under, so this is a great place to come on a Saturday and let the kids run around for a while. There is a large room on the main floor that changes themes with the season. During the winter, it’s a huge sand room, which is great since you can’t go to the park when it’s so cold out. During the summer they have lots of little tike cars, bikes, playhouses, etc... This past summer there was a health themed mother goos room with exercise areas and little areas teaching about nutrition, etc...Also on the main floor you will find the big red barn, which is filled with stuffed animals and a big garden where you can plant a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Rainbow Children's Museum
10730 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 791-5437

Cedar Point

Attraction | "Cedar Point Amusement Park"

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Alright, I know this isn't located in Cleveland, but c'mon! Cedar Point is located in Sandusky, Ohio. There are over 60 rides in this amusement park, and over a dozen of them are roller coasters. This park has been justifiably called the best roller coaster park in the world. The top ride right now is the Top Thrills Dragster, but my personal favorite is the Millennium Force. It’s just a longer, more balanced ride, not a big whoosh that’s over in 7 seconds. My sister and I waited in an extra line to sit in the front car, and boy was it worth it. When we got off our hair was all messed up and we realized we had been holding our breath for most of the ride. My kids love Cedar Point, too, although it’s k...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, Ohio
419/627-2334

Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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If you’re visiting Cleveland, and doubly so if you live here, you have to come see the Indians play. I remember growing up seeing them featured in movies (Major League, etc.) and never thinking I would see them play. We always sit back in the nosebleed section over the outfield, ($6) and hope for a home run. When I play baseball with my son, he always pretends to be Coco Crisp or Aaron Boone when he’s up to bat. Jacob’s Field always has close parking, for about $10 to $15, and the stadium is very clean and nice. We always have a good time here. If you don’t have tickets, there is a scalping zone close to the stadium where you can pick up tickets for about what the box office would charge you, or just ...Read More

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Attraction | "Cleveland Browns"

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Football tickets in Cleveland seem very expensive to me, but maybe that’s because I’m used to going to College football games. It’s exciting to see the Browns play, especially for me, since I had never been to a professional football game. If you’re not super into football, you can get really cheap ($10) tickets to a pre-season game; I watched them play the Green Bay Packers. Just a word of caution, don’t bring a backpack or umbrella to the stadium, they will make you throw them away. There are always trash cans just full of umbrellas outside the stadium gates before a game starts.

Cleveland Browns Stadium
Erieside Ave and West 3rd St
Cleveland, Ohio 44017
+1 440 824 3361

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I just have to say, “LeBron James is amazing!” I can’t believe how easy it is to get tickets to see him play. The last time we went, we bought scalped tickets right outside the Q and paid less than regular price. It was great. If you go, try to go on a bobble head night, those bobble heads are worth as much or more than the price of the ticket.
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We’ve been to Playhouse Square twice in the 3 years we’ve lived here, and both times have been excellent. The first was to see Les Miserables, my first time!, and the second was to see Wicked! Both shows were excellent and I loved how they used the rotating stage and surround sound effects. In July, we attended a dance program sponsored through Playhouse Square where we learned how to Swing and Tango. We had a great time, and really learned a lot. Playhouse Square really tries hard to make sure you have a stress-free experience. They mail you directions and you can even prepay for a parking pass in their covered garage. There are seven different theaters, so make sure you know in advance which one...Read More
Botanical Gardens Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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The Cleveland Botanical Garden is the first urban botanical garden established in the United States. The outdoor portion covers about 10 acres, and has a lot of separate gardens, our favorite is the Hershey Children's Garden, a great interactive kid-friendly place, complete with a cave, a tree-house, a watery bog, dwarf forests, and a worm bin. Our kids could spend hours here. The outdoor displays also include a Japanese tea garden, a beautiful rose garden, an herb garden that includes over 4,000 plants, and a shady woodland garden. Inside, you can see plants from the dry spiny desert of Madagascar and the lush cloud forest of Costa Rica, with everything in between.