Far from being just the industrial town that many people think Cleveland is, there is actually a lot to see and do here, including enjoying the natural surroundings.
In Cleveland’s downtown area there are several attractions which should definitely be seen. Amongst these is the Terminal Tower located at Tower City Center. This was built in 1929 and was the second tallest building in the world at that time. Now, although it has been dwarfed by taller buildings around the world it is still the second tallest building in Cleveland. This was the main railroad terminal when it was built and now serves as the main hub for the rapid transit line. The tower observation deck is said to have stunning views out to Lake Erie as well as the Cuyahoga River and downtown Cleveland.
For rock fans, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be top of your places to visit! This features a huge collection of roll and roll memorabilia and is situated here in honour of the fact that Cleveland was the home of the first rock concert and because the term ‘rock and roll’ was introduced by a Cleveland DJ.
In the East Side of Cleveland you’ll find an area called University Circle. This is a large open area which is surrounded by many museums as well as research institutes and schools. If you enjoy museums, this is the place to come! You can choose from an auto-aviation museum (Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum), a museum of religious art (Temple Museum of Religious Art), the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History – surely something to suit all tastes!
Also in the East Side of Cleveland is the Cleveland Botanical Garden. This is said to be an excellent botanical garden and amongst the attractions here is a giant glasshouse which contains a Madagascar Desert and a Costa Rican rainforest.
Meanwhile, on the West Side, you can visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo which also has a rainforest exhibit. In addition, the Australian animal exhibit is said to be very good, and popular with visitors.
As Cleveland is on the shores of Lake Erie, the lake itself provides many opportunities for visitors to the city, including boating, fishing and swimming, and walks on the shores. You can also enjoy Cleveland’s other waters, the Cuyahoga River (meaning Crooked River) and the Ohio and Erie Canal which has been preserved as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.