10 Things to See and Do in Cleveland

10 Things to See and Do in Cleveland

As home to the world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, there’s no doubt that Cleveland rocks. But, there’s a lot more to discover in the grand city on the shores of Lake Erie. From water sports on the lake and a world class amusement park with 17 roller coasters to one-of-a-kind museums and a beautiful national park that’s just outside city limits, Cleveland is full of surprises that make for a fun and fascinating visit.

10. Tower City Complex

The shopping and entertainment complex known as Tower City in the heart of downtown on Cleveland’s Public Square is a testimonial to the city’s rise in recent years. The historic Higbee’s department store building was re-purposed in 2012 when it opened as the Horseshoe Casino, which takes advantage of the 1920s building’s Art Deco décor to offer a classic casino feel that’s different from most casinos.  Almost 100 shops and restaurants are part the Tower City complex, ranging from Morton’s Steakhouse and Hard Rock Café to Subway and Foot Locker. The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland and Renaissance Cleveland hotels also lend an elegant touch to the entertainment center, where Segway and walking tours depart. The 52-story Tower features an observation deck on the 42nd floor with sweeping views of downtown and Lake Erie. Tickets are only $5 for access to the deck, where you can see for 30 miles on clear days.

Tower City Complex Cleveland

9. Great Lakes Brewing

Cleveland, like other cities, has seen the craft beer craze catch on in a big way recently. The one that got it all started is Great Lakes Brewing, Ohio’s first and most celebrated microbrewery. Many of Great Lakes’ brews are among Ohio’s most popular craft beers, including its Burning River Pale Ale and Dortmunder Gold Lager, while others are only available at its outstanding brewpub. The brewpub and brewery are located in Ohio City, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods located across the Cuyahoga River from downtown. The brewpub is housed in an historic brick complex and serves excellent pub-style food in several spaces including a tree-lined beer garden along a cobblestone street. Its beautiful tiger mahogany bar once hosted Eliot Ness, the famous leader of the ‘Untouchables’ law enforcement team that battled infamous gangster Al Capone.  Brewery tours are offered and a gift shop sells Great Lakes and Cleveland memorabilia.

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