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Places to hit include downtown Cleveland, University Circle and Ohio City, an area on the West Side close to downtown. All three areas are a short drive or train ride from downtown. Cleveland has a train going from the airport to downtown for a buck and a half! It's called the Rapid Transit. Call ahead for taxi service. Ace Taxi is recommended. Clevelanders love to eat, so make sure not to miss the ethnic restaurants and bakeries.
Where to find Cleveland's ethnic eats, fruits, veggies, baked goods, etc. Open M,W,,F, Sat. Wonderful old-time style open market. See visitlorainave.com to see all the great architectural features along the street.
Award winning microbrewery! Don't miss it if you love good beer.
Best flan anywhere. Great sandwiches too.
West 25th Steet is an up-and-coming and eclectic shopping district. Won't find any chain stores here! Something Different Gallery (closed Sun. and Tues.) represents hundreds of artisans. City Buddha offers items imported directly from Indonesia by the owner, including furniture, clothes and gifts. Six Steps Down is an independent bookseller. This represents only a few of the restaurants and stores in the area!
Right next to the Rock Hall on the lakefront. Kids love the interactive exhibits. Also has IMAX.
The shrine to rock and roll. Located right at the end of E 9th at the lakefront.
The world-class Art Museum is closed right now for renovation. Bummer! Check the website for more information. Some of the exhibits have moved out into the community.
There is always something going on here, with four theaters under one roof and another across the street. Touring Broadway shows, concerts, plays, cabaret shows...and not at New York prices! If you can get a tour of the historic theaters, all the better. The Wyndham Hotel is right across the street. Maybe you can get a package!
Great indoors and out. There's an old fashioned herb garden and a garden featuring antique roses outdoors. So what if it rains--visit the biosphere that has Madagascar on the bottom and a cloud forest on the top with butterflies. Wow!
More education for the kids! Planetarium, dinosaurs, etc.
Up the Mayfield Road hill from University Circle. Restaurants, galleries and shopping; great walking neighborhood. Busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns have their games in two different stadiums downtown.
Cleveland has plenty of newer hotels in all price ranges. Anything west of East 14th should be just fine! Check and see exactly where the hotel is located--some are closer to Jacobs Field which is a little ways from the lakefront--not walking distance for little kids. If downtown's prices aren't what you want, there are lots of motels south of town on I-71 near the airport and at the Bagley road exit in Middleburg Heights.
Some people are in Cleveland to go to the Clinic for their world-class medical care. Some of them stay here, but there are other hotels in the area too.
My neighbor stayed here on his honeymoon and loved it.
In Playhouse Square! Nice! Good food and meeting facilities. Has a wine bar for hanging out.
Brazilian food. Jazzy!
In the Tremont neighborhood. Eastern European, famous! Find out for yourself about the mother of all comfort foods-the pierogie, hand-rolled dough stuffed with potatoes and cheese (or other things) and topped with sour cream and sauteed onions.
Cleveland has lots of hospitals. MetroHealth Medical Center on the near west side is a Level-One trauma center and a world class teaching hospital. It's where to go for an emergency and all kinds of medical treatment. Notorious for long waits in the very busy emergency room. The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic has an ER but not like this one. The Clinic is great if you are an athlete, voice or dance artist and need treatment while performing in Cleveland; of course, they are best known for cardiology. The University Hospital System in University Circle is well-known too.
There's nothing like this anywhere else that I know about. The MetroParks completely encircle the county. And they are FREE! except for the Cleveland MetroPark Zoo on the west side of Cleveland. This zoo is very cool. It has an Australian habitat with wallabies hopping around in it, and a little train that takes you all around. There's a rain forest dome, giraffes, primates, snakes, fish, big cats and a brand new vet center. Lots of hills and steps so you will get your exercise and walk off all the pierogies you ate at University Inn.