Things to do in Cleveland

This city is truly a midwest gem, and is home to national treasures such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more. Vinnie Van GO has pulled together some of his favorite spots for you around town into this handy guide.

Cleveland International Film Festival

This is an annual film festival that attracts talent from all over the world. Over the course of eight weeks, enjoy feature films, short films and panels along with almost 100,000 other attendees. This festival is hotly anticipated every year, so be sure to get your tickets early.

Cleveland National Air Show

This annual air show is held every Labor Day weekend at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. Join the crowds for displays of stunt airplanes, modern fighters, and other exhibitions from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Dyngus Day

This annual celebration happens annually every spring, and celebrates Polish tradition and culture. Join the party for parades, polka exhibits, and plenty of food. This day is pretty big in Cleveland, so don't miss out and check ahead for the schedule of events.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Possibly Cleveland's biggest claim to fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is known the world over for its archive and exhibits of music history's best known artists and performers. Get a glimpse of Madonna's personal letters, Jimi Hendrix's handwritten lyrics, and CBGB rare concert recordings.

1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44114

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

If you're travelling with children, a stop at the Metroparks Zoo is a must-do. The zoo is especially known for its cheetah and lemur exhibits, but it is also known for having one of the largest collections of primates in North America.

3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109

Cuyahoga River

This river in northeast Ohio that feeds into Lake Erie is famous for being so polluted that it "caught fire" in the 1960s, subsequently spurring the environmental movement. The name is believed to mean "crooked river" from the Mohawk Indians, and is a beautiful place to explore when the weather is nice. It's only a short shuttle ride from Cleveland, so be sure to book your transport!

FirstEnergy Stadium

This multi-purpose football stadium is home to the NFL’s Browns team, and is also a wonderful spot to catch a concert.

100 Alfred Lerner Way
Cleveland, OH 44114

Progressive Field

This baseball stadium in downtown Cleveland is home to the MLB’s Cleveland Indians, and was ranked as the MLB’s best ballpark in 2008.

2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

Quicken Loans Arena

This multi-purpose basketball and hockey stadium is home to both the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and the AHL's Cleveland Monsters. Along with Progressive Field, "the Q" helps to make up the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex.

1 Center Court
Cleveland, OH

Curious to see more of what Cleveland has to offer? There are plenty of ways to do so, whether it's by walking, biking or boating. One of the most popular ways to see the city is on Lolly the Trolley, a local-led tram tour that takes you to the best spots, providing informative guidance along the way. Cleveland Cycle Tours is another favorite. Gather a group and pile onto one of the multi-person biking vehicles. Want something sweeter? Local chocolatier Malley's Chocolate Factory hosts tours that are sure to leave you with a few bags of their delicious chocolate-covered potato chips.

Astoria Market and Cafe

If you're in the mood for Mediterranean food, look no further. The gourmet market's cafe is one of the best places in town to gobble down meat and cheese boards, or seafood that tastes like it's been caught straight from the Aegean.

5417 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44102

The Boiler 65

This Cajun-style restaurant brings you "seafood in a bag" — crawfish, shrimp, crab, and lobster steamed and tossed together, and delivered to you in a bag or bucket. The food is fresh and spicy, but make sure to call ahead.

6410 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44102


This small plate eatery on Cleveland's west side is a wonderful place to bring business associates or a date. The menu is vegetarian-friendly and beautifully presented.

17625 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107

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