Best Cleveland Attractions: More than just a Basketball Town

You might know it as the city where LeBron James plays, but Cleveland is much more than just a basketball town. Situated on the southeast edge of Lake Erie, the city offers visitors a glimpse of its fascinating history through its diverse downtown architecture. It’s also quite the city for the arts, culture and sports. Next time you’re in town for a visit, make sure to see as many of the best Cleveland attractions as possible. You might just be pleasantly surprised.

Best Cleveland Attractions, Ohio USA

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

No trip to the Midwest is complete without a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. This incredible museum dedicated to music that is rock and roll not only impresses on the outside but also inside. The building, which was designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, features a two glass pyramids akin to another famous museum. Inside, you’ll get to experience and relive some of the musical genre’s biggest moments.   Peruse the exhibit halls that feature memorabilia from artists such as Johnny Cash, Rolling Stone, Notorious B.I.G., Elvis Presley and the Beatles. General admission ticket prices start at $14 for kids 6-12 years old and $23 for adults.

West Side Market

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West Side Market

Another one of those best Cleveland attractions is West Side Market. Named by the American Planning Association as one of the ten greatest public places in the country, it’s a haven for food lovers. You can practically find anything here; from farm fresh produce to gourmet food. What’s even better is that of the 100+ vendors featured, over 80 percent of them are family-owned. Make sure to bring at least one reusable grocery bag because it’ll be impossible for you to leave without making at least one purchase. The market is open five days a week, from Wednesday through Monday.

The Cleveland Orchestra

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Cleveland Orchestra

Who would have thought that Cleveland is the place to be for music lovers of all sorts? Not only does Cleveland rock and roll but it also boasts with its local orchestra. Considered by musical critics as one of the finest orchestras this side of the Atlantic, the Cleveland Orchestra attracts musicians from the most prestigious conservatories. Its concert calendar has welcomed big names in classical music such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Audra McDonald.

Lake Erie

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Cleveland Skyline from Lake Erie

Wrap up your stay in Cleveland by visiting Lake Erie. Its vast size allows for plenty of activities all year long including diving, ice fishing and paddle boarding. If you’re visiting during the summer months, check out the summer beach parties the city hosts for locals and tourists alike. Don’t miss out on the fun at one of the best Cleveland attractions.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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