Welcome To Cleveland Ohio
As the city by the lake, Cleveland, Ohio offers a surprising assortment of things to do and people to see. Home of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, this growing food city provides a unique experience for kids, romantic travelers and history buffs alike. History, music, beaches, and culture define this Lake Erie shore town, not to mention the nearby entertainment options and Midwest attitude it exudes.
Divided into three district sections, Cleveland's lakefront access formed its history. It provided access to the center of the country in the days before railroads when the use of an intricate canal system opened the city up to the Columbus and beyond. As the 15th largest metropolitan area in the country and ranked as one of the ten largest cities in the country throughout the U.S. during the 20th century, Cleveland earned the nickname in recent years as the Comeback City. Due to its public and private partnerships for developing new, modern urban plans, this culturally diverse portion of Northeast Ohio continues to change. Tourists may relish in the various activities to enjoy here stemming in part from this modernization trend.
Once a portion of the Rust Belt, the economic climate changed once demand for steel fell in the U.S. However, the sustainable city movement provided an opportunity for Cleveland to become a tourism destination. Today, many visitors come to enjoy the burgeoning food district brought on by award-winning chefs and a rich culture of international cuisine ranging from Polish to Italian. A true melting pot, visitors savory everything from handmade dumplings to freshwater fish right out of Lake Erie. Notable food neighborhoods include Ohio City on the Cuyahoga River and the West Side Market, an open-air market with fresh produce, bakery, and meat products. Historic Tremont creates a hidden hotspot for dining as well as for boutiques, pubs and a few lounges.
Adding to the cultural appeal to Cleveland, the city's museums draw in visitors from around the country. The Playhouse Square Center is the second largest performing arts center in the United States. The Cleveland Museum of Art, HealthSpace Cleveland and the NASA Glen Research and Visitors Center top the list. The hands-on exhibits keep kids happy at the Great Lakes Science Center while visitors to the area for music may appreciate The Cleveland Orchestra a Big Five orchestra in the U.S. Still, many visit to have fun. A visit to The Flats, an area of pubs, music venues and comedy clubs, attracts both a young and a trendy crowd.
When it comes to sports, Cleveland fans point out that although hometown teams let them down year after year, a passion remains. A visit to the Dawg Pound in the Cleveland Browns Stadium for professional football or to Quicken Loans Arena for NBA basketball shows this diehard feeling. Progressive Field keeps the feeling alive for MLB baseball. The Cleveland State University also calls the city home and sports various college-level teams some of whom play at the Wolstein Center.
For the lovers of architecture, stepping inside Tower City Center, located on Public Square in the heart of the Downtown area, provides a mesmerizing look at early 1900's design. Visit the observation deck for a view of the cityscape. Other points of interest include the City of Bridges including Hope Memorial Bridge and the Swing Bridges in the Flats section of the city. Key Tower, the tallest building in the city's downtown area and the Old Arcade built in 1890 add to the architectural beauty in Cleveland, Ohio.
From the expansiveness of the Cleveland Metroparks and Zoo to the home of Rock 'n Roll, Cleveland's long history and cultural significance make the city a tourism destination. Close to Cedar Point Amusement Park, Lake Erie Islands and Ohio's Amish Country, Cleveland offers visitors an escape that allows travelers to feel at home while having fun.