In northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie sits the city of Cleveland which was ranked in 2005 by The Economist as one of the most livable cities in the country. It is home to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, a two billion year old rock and the famous Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Although not the largest city in the country (a 2010 Census reported a population of just about 400,000) it has revitalized itself over the years earning the title of “Comeback City”.
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Between University Circle and Lake Erie on a fifty acre strip along MLK and East Blvds. are twenty-four gardens that represent each of the ethnic cultures of Cleveland’s vast, diverse communities. Built between the 1920′s and 1930′s the gardens contain over sixty sculptures, decorative ironwork and a variety of fountains.
Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame
Ranked in 2011 as the 17th most walkable city in the country, downtown Cleveland is home to a cluster of iconic cultural centers along the North Coast Harbor on the Lake Erie waterfront. One of the most famous is the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Here one can see instruments, photos and other paraphernalia that belonged to the likes of such artists as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead and more.
Cleveland Browns Stadium
Nothing exudes culture than a city’s love for its renowned sports team. The Cleveland Browns Stadium, also located downtown, holds just over 73,000 people and hosts NFL football, concerts, soccer games and more.
Steamship Mather Museum
Walking over to the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime museum after an afternoon game at the stadium will open your eyes to the wonders of “The Ship that Built Cleveland”. It is a floating exhibit that displays the authentic, very first automated boiler system, preserved living quarters and documented history of this impressive historic vessel.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Another downtown city jewel is the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This museum holds over four million artifacts and specimens representing zoology, mineralogy, archeology, paleontology and more. Some notable exhibits include nine hundred monkey and ape skeletons, the remains of Balto the sled dog and the Fanny Shafran Planetarium displaying planetary and Solar System exploration along with historical navigational instruments.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The seventh oldest American zoo, the Cleveland Metroparks zoo was founded in 1882 and today offers attractions such as a working rainforest with a 25 ft. waterfall, Australian Adventure, interactive 11,000 gallon saltwater pool exhibit and African elephant crossing.
Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center
This Science Center is unique inasmuch that it offers over 400 interactive exhibits that allow full “hands-on” activity. It too sits in downtown Cleveland, is open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving and from December through March offers a skating rink at the front entrance.
Exploring Cleveland’s amazing cultural attractions is a trip worth taking. These are only a small example of this city’s unique display of extraordinary desirability for everyone from singles and seniors to families and educational outings.
About the Author: Ali Twelves used to go to school in Cleveland. She’s now looking at different Cleveland hotels for potential management positions and hopes to move back to the city she has grown to love.
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