These incredible attractions are part of what makes Cleveland a must-see destination
Google “Top Cleveland Attractions for Groups” and you’ll likely see more than 40 on the list. From boat tours and brew tours to bicycle tours and food tours, Cleveland is a primary Midwest destination. Like my T-shirt says, “I liked Cleveland before it was cool.” These five Cleveland attractions fit any itinerary.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
A long time ago, when the collision of blues, country, and gospel came together, the world-changing creation of rock & roll came to life. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an incredible display of music over the centuries and the beautiful history of change. With events year-round, the celebration of sound is honored by showcasing specific artists who connect us all through music. By preserving artifacts, the hope of this museum is to allow people to become inspired by rock and roll. Within the museum, there is the hall of fame which is rock’s highest honor along with many other exhibits including Legends of Rock, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and also The Garage, which invites interactive participants to pick up an instrument and make your own music. Specific to Cleveland, this hall of fame is located downtown.
Cleveland Museum of Art
This free art museum is open to the public, and you are invited to enjoy numerous exhibitions from Renaissance pieces to Native North American textiles on display. It is divided into 16 different departments with significant works from each part of history. The museum itself is known for its renowned quality of its collections holding 45,000 objects which span over the course of 6,000 years highlighting all the past achievements in art history.
A Christmas Story House
Something you may not have known about Cleveland is that it is houses the actual house from the movie, A Christmas Story. Restored to its original movie splendor, the house is open to tours where you can walk through to see props, costumes, and other memorabilia from the film. Also, something special it offers is now, overnight stays which provides the private third floor loft for you to relive the movie. There is also a gift shop which proceeds help to keep up the museum and maintain the magic.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Nature is something that stands out in Cleveland, especially within the botanical garden. If you are looking for a way to connect to the beauty and value of plants, the botanical gardens are the perfect place to reflect and take a walk through the wonders of nature. Not only are there the marvelous outdoors, but curated glasshouses are in place to enhance your experience.
This is the perfect escape from the bustling city of Cleveland even though this is located in the heart of the iconic University Circle and takes up a ton of open land for the gardens. Though it is open all year-round, they hold special seasonally events such as the ‘return of the butterflies’ which captures the visual beauty of the insects emerging.
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
From the history of money to cybersecurity, cash operation, counterfeit dollar bills and so much more, you are welcome to learn all about money at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The museum offers interactive experiences like being able to stand under the 23-foot-tall money tree or allowing you to try your hand at trading on Barter Islands. Working for educational purposes, the museum is hoping to serve the community with a better understand of money as well as providing resources for all to access. This grand structure is located on East Sixth Street in Cleveland and is a towering building that you can’t miss.
By Nicole Partis
Main photo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame