5 Sites You Don’t Want to Miss in Cleveland

Situated along the shores of picturesque Lake Erie, Cleveland has been nicknamed the Forest City for its proximity to natural beauty and its nationally recognized park system. Alongside that  beauty is a city that is rich in culture and a united spirit that is the heart and soul of the city. With a thriving arts scene and year-round festivals, Cleveland is a great place for families that love to be out and about. Here is our roundup of some of the top sites in Cleveland with things to do for the whole family.


1.  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: For the Music Lover

Rock ‘n roll is an American institution and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is no exception. The world-famous museum opened on September 1, 1995 to a crowd of over 10,000 people. With 7 levels of exhibits, you’ll find no shortage of things to see—and plenty to hear. The main floor is the Ahmet M. Ertegen Exhibition Hall and features thousands of pieces of music memorabilia spanning decades worth of artists who have shaped the genre of rock and the music industry as a whole. On the second floor is the Garage, where visitors can jam out on different instruments and start their own band. The actual Hall of Fame is on level three and the class of 2020 includes names like Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails and The Notorious B.I.G. 


2.  Cleveland Museum of Art: For the Artist

If you have an artist in the family, or just enjoy cultural things to do, one of the most noteworthy sites in Cleveland is the Cleveland Museum of Art. Not only is it home to one of the largest collections of Asian and Egyptian art in the country, it is also free to the public. Inside, you can browse over 61,000 pieces of art from around the world, featuring works by Van Gough, Monet, Pollock, Carvaggio, and many more. Outside, the gallery continues into a sculpture gallery throughout neighboring Wade Park, where you can see Rodin’s famous The Thinker.  Throughout the year the museum does numerous events including concerts, lectures, and even film viewings, making it a safe choice for families looking for things to do in Cleveland.


3.  Westside Market: For the Foodie

Walking into Cleveland’s Westside Market is like taking a step back through time. It is one of the oldest operating municipal markets in the United States. Here, butchers, farmers, bakers, and other food vendors still sell their wares from tightly packed stalls, calling to shoppers as they pass by. You’ll find a large assortment of artisan cheeses, fresh cuts of meat, freshly baked bread, and fragrant spices. It is still a favored shopping spot for many locals. You’ll also find food and dishes from cultures across the global, brought here by Cleveland’s immigrant population in the 19th and 20th centuries. Several of the market’s older stalls have been in the same families for multiple generations, making it a fun way to glance back through Cleveland’s history.


4.Metroparks Zoo: For the Animal-Lover

Considered one of the top-ranking zoos in the country, animal lovers won’t want to miss Metroparks Zoo on their journey of Cleveland sites. Located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Metroparks Zoo covers 183 acres and is home to over 600 different species, including one of the largest collections of primates in North America. Hang out with koalas, laze around with sloths, and chill out with polar bears as you wander through the zoo’s seven different area exhibits. For a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to care for wild animals, the zoo offers a special inside track tour along with several other educational programs.


5.The Cleveland Botanical Garden: For the Green Thumb

Get back to nature with our number 5 site to see in Cleveland: the beautiful Cleveland Botanical Garden. Originally found in 1930 as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland, it was the first organization of its kind in the United States. Starting in an old boathouse, the center moved to its current location on University Circle in 1966, which was the site of the old Cleveland Zoo. The botanical garden has eleven distinct outdoor gardens across its 10-acres, plus the 18,000-square-foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse which features a rainforest and desert biome, each with its own unique plant life. The Hershey Children’s Garden and the Topiary Garden are fantastic spots to bring the little ones and their imaginations to play.


This is only a taste of the many things to do in Cleveland. With an average cost of living that sits below the national average, Cleveland is a wonderful place to start your next journey. And with new construction homes throughout Cleveland, including communities in some of the top-rated school districts like Aurora and Westlake, Pulte Homes is a great partner for  your next new home in the Forest City.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Cory Olsen

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Published 9.21.2020

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