Things to Do in Cleveland, Ohio

Things to Do in Cleveland, Ohio
While everyone knows the Rock and Hall of Fame, Cleveland has much more to offer. Cleveland is the second largest city in Ohio, with a population approaching half a million. On the shores of Lake Erie and only 60 miles from the Pennsylvania border, Cleveland is a meeting point between the Eastern seaboard, the Great Lakes and the rest of Ohio. As such, it is a varied and fascinating place to visit. Here are some of the best things to do and see in Cleveland.

Playhouse Square Center

If live performance is your thing, the Playhouse Square Center is tough to beat. This theater complex in downtown Cleveland is the second largest in nation. It's trumped only by Lincoln Center of New York City. With eight theaters and six resident companies, there are always diverse choices for entertainment.

1501 Euclid Avenue
Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 771-4444

Cleveland Orchestra

While the town may be better known for rock and roll, the real talent may well lie in Cleveland's Severance Hall. This is the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, considered by many to be the finest in the country. Acknowledged as one of the "Big Five" orchestral companies in the nation, the Cleveland Orchestra has been holding year-round performances since its inception in 1916.

Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Great Lakes Science Center

Perfect for families, the Great Lakes Science Center features enormous display halls, interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater. The Science Center can provide a number of valuable lessons for the future; it focuses particularly on the interaction of technology in the environment. Not only is it a great primer to the local Great Lakes ecosystem, but the building itself is an inspiration, with a significant percentage of its power provided by a solar array and wind turbine on site.

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


An intimidating but fascinating sight on the Cleveland Wharf is the immense submarine the USS Cod. Launched in 1943, the vessel saw significant action over seven patrols in the South Pacific. Since 1976, she has sat in Cleveland Wharf and acted as a floating museum. The USS Cod was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Visitors can check out the Cod's interior from May to September. The USS Cod can be found just a block east of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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