Cleveland is a city of firsts. It was the first city to be lit by electricity, it was home to the first traffic light, and it still houses the first indoor shopping center in the country. Cleveland also has plenty of attractions for first-time visitors and lifelong residents. With events like the Cleveland Fashion Week and the Cleveland Garlic Festival, you’re sure to find something to do.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is one Cleveland’s most popular attractions. This massive, glass pyramid is full of iconic music artifacts, including Michael Jackson's "Thriller" mask and Bono's first guitar.
PlayhouseSquare is the largest performing arts center outside New York City. Performances include operas, ballets, concerts, and Broadway musicals. Visitors can also tour the facility on the first weekend of the month.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Cleveland Browns. They’ve seen better days, but the city remains loyal. Sports fans should also visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
For authentic Cleveland cuisine, try a Polish Boy. This kielbasa sandwich has evolved to include French fries, coleslaw, and barbeque sauce. For something more high-end, visit chef Michael Symon’s Lola Bistro.
IngenuityFest is Cleveland’s celebration of art and technology. Visitors will watch technology enhance art and art explore technology. With more than 46,000 pieces, the Cleveland Museum of Art is also a must-see.
Built in 1890, the Arcade is one of the first indoor shopping centers in the U.S. This marvel of iron and glass houses several restaurants, retailers, and boutiques. The West Side Market is also a great place to shop and snack.
Cleveland is home to several outdoor recreational centers. The 3,600 acre Holden Arboretum includes more than 20 miles of trails and over 500 plants, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has rock formations and waterfalls.