What are the best things to do in Cleveland?

Ryan Craggs

There’s more going on in Cleveland than the city gets credit for, and whether you’re an art lover, a foodie or a sports fan, you’ll be able fill up on all the city has to offer. Here are the five best things to do and see in this Ohio town:

1. Visit the Cleveland Museum of Art. You might not expect it, but the CMA has one of the finest collections of art in the entire country. The massive space holds a permanent collection of works by El Greco, Rubens, Dalí, Matisse, Renoir, van Gogh and Picasso, just to name a few.

2. Hit up the West Side Market. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the bustling West Side Market offers all sorts of artisanal foods, with fishmongers, butchers and bakers selling goods. Some stalls have been run by the same families for the entire 100 years of the market’s existence — and if you’re curious about the mix of ethnic foods, you can take a guided tour, too.

3. Take in a sporting event. So the city hasn’t won a major championship since the 60s, but with the NFL’s Browns, the NBA’s Cavaliers and MLB’s Indians, at least there’s a sport for every season. You’ll likely be able to snag tickets on game day, too.

4. Stroll the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Whether you’re into classic rock, metal or doo-wop, the mecca to music and memorabilia will take an afternoon to explore with shrines to the Beatles, the Boss and lots more of the most famous bands and musicians in history.

5. Explore nearby nature. Cleveland has enough nearby outdoor adventures that you may want to consider bringing all sorts of gear along for the trip. Northeast Ohio has dozens of golf courses, more than 21,000 acres of trails and preserves in the Cleveland Metroparks. Of course, the shores of Lake Erie lure in those who enjoy placid beaches and watersports.

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