If you’re looking for exciting things to do in Cleveland, a sure bet is to head to the city's lakefront. On the banks of Lake Erie, visitors can take in a game at Cleveland Browns Stadium or experience more than 340 interactive exhibits at the Great Lakes Science Center. They can also spot the glass pyramids that mark the entrance to one of Cleveland's most iconic structures: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Visitors there gaze at Joey Ramone's leather jacket and Janis Joplin's psychedelically painted Porsche, watch films on the Beatles and clips from American Bandstand, and explore a recreation of the original Sun Studio in Memphis where Elvis and other greats recorded their first hits.
There's more to Cleveland than the lakefront though. In the Flats, the industrial neighborhood that lies along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, you'll find the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Inside, 35 tanks house thousands of aquatic animals, from Ohio-native trout to sand tiger sharks that can grow longer than seven feet.
The city's first neighborhood, the Warehouse District, bustles with restaurants and bars, making it the heart of Cleveland's nightlife. To get the full experience, start with a seafood dinner on the Blue Point Grille's patio, and then head to D'Vine Wine Bar to sample wine by varietal, region, and style. Nearby, The Velvet Dog blasts top-40 hits and remixes as patrons dance and mingle across three different floors.
The densest stretch of cultural institutions in the city is in the University Circle neighborhood, which contains three museums: the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. The neighborhood also hosts the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall, which features a specially designed organ and radio broadcasting capabilities.
One of the most beloved sites in the city lies within the Tremont neighborhood: the A Christmas Story House and Museum. Visitors can explore the actual house used to film the 1983 classic, and then head across the street to the museum, which showcases props and costumes from the film. Afterward, head one neighborhood over to Ohio City, headquarters for the Great Lakes Brewing Co.. Patrons can pull up a stool at the Brewpub, order a burger, and sample the brewery's dozen on-tap beers.