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College-bound Cleveland teens, get to these places before your departure!

May 13, 2010  College-bound Cleveland resident of 18 years
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The best (and affordable) restaurants, attractions, and events for late teens of Cleveland. Make sure you get to these awesome Cleveland venues before you leave for college!

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  • 1. Bar Symon

    Iron Chef America Winner and Cleveland Native Michael Symon's restaurant Bar Symon is an absolute MUST. The sensational flavors and creative combination of all of his plates will literally blow your mind, with minimal impact on your wallet. You gotta try the mac and cheese, the lola fries seasoned with rosemary, and the beer pretzel sunday. The ingredients are bought locally and organic, making each of the dishes taste 10 times better.

  • 2. Playhouse Square Center
    PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio

    Spending a night downtown at the theatre is such a great experience, so make sure to stop at Playhouse Square for one of their fantastic shows. I highly recommend "Grease!", the 1950's rock musical complete with poodle skirts, drive-in movies, the burger palace, and the T-Birds, featuring American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel. For a fun twist on a classic favorite, "A Midsummernight's Dream" performed by Great Lakes Theatre is a must-see. I'm usually not a huge Shakespeare fan, but this show is put on with a 1960's twist, featuring music by the Beatles and super psychadelic costumes.

  • 3. O.A.R. Concert at Nautica Pavillion

    The O.A.R. concert is arguably one of the BEST experiences you can share with your friends before you go your separate ways for college. Their awesome laid-back alternative rock music will be accompanied by an appearance of Citizen Cope at the Nautica Pavillion on July 22, 2010.

  • 4. Tommy's
    Tommy's, Cleveland, Ohio

    Located in the heart of Coventry, Tommy's restaurant is a phenomenal option for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. It is an old-fashioned diner feel and chic restaurant hybrid, with menu options ranging from juicy cheeseburgers to tofu "not dogs" to vegan spinach pies, to everything in between. Make sure you try one of their famous milkshakes!

  • 5. Something Dada Improvisational Comedy

    Performing every friday and saturday night at 8:00 p.m., the Something Dada Improvisational Comedy group will have you out of your chair laughing. Based completely on audience suggestions, their quick wit through theatrical games will absolutely inspire you. Don't miss this hilarious extravaganza!

  • 6. Mama Santa's Restaurant and Pizzeria
    Mama Santa's Restaurant and Pizzeria, Cleveland, Ohio

    In the heart of Little Italy, Mama Santa's has some of the best pizza this side of Europe has to offer, and it's COMPLETELY affordable. Usually I'm not a huge fan of pizza crust, it is the best I have ever tasted; when shared with friends, not a crumb is left on the pizza pan.

  • 7. Presti's Bakery

    After a satisfying dinner at Mama Santa's, stop by Presti's Bakery for a delicious dessert to top off the evening. Featuring a wide array of gelato flavors, pastries, and sweet treats, this bakery is sure to please your sweet tooth.

  • 8. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

    When living in or visiting Cleveland, the "rock and roll capital of the world", it's absolutely imperative to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Currently featuring the "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen" exhibit and the "MOTOWN: The Sound of Young America" exhibit, there is so much to see here that will rock your socks off.

  • 9. Crop Bistro
    Crop Bistro, Cleveland, Ohio

    Located on West 6th, Crop Bistro and Bar is one of Cleveland's hippest, most innovative restaurants with an exuberant and unique combination of flavors that will inspire the taste buds and please all the senses. With an 80-seat dining room and a covered sidewalk patio, the whimsical city-chic yet playful atmosphere will give you one of the best dining experiences Cleveland has to offer.

  • 10. Cedar Point Amusement Park
    Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio

    Rated the "best amusement park on the planet" for the 11th year in a row, Cedar Point is the best place you can find if you're looking for a thrill. Complete with 17 rollercoasters (wow!), Planet Snoopy, shows, dining, and entertainment, there's something for everyone. New May 2010 - Shoot the Rapids water adventure ride with an 85 foot drop - you can't miss this!

  • 11. Cleveland Botanical Garden
    Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio

    Cleveland's Botanical Gardens are flourishing with beauty featuring the Western Reserve Herb Society Garden, the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden, a Japanese Garden, just to name a few, and so many more. Rated #1 place to get married by the plain dealer, this naturally gorgeous venue is a great spot to spend an afternoon.