You want to know the things to do in Cleveland? Well, welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a place. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have a great time. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Cleveland?”
Cleveland rocks. You can catch a sports game or three, explore the city’s parks — it’s known as “the Forest City” thanks to its expansive nature reserve system — or immerse yourself in Cleveland’s plentiful art and music scenes, and still feel like you’ve only scratched the surface of what could be done here. The city sits in northeast Ohio and hugs the southern shore of Lake Erie, which defines a lot about life in Cleveland, and is divided by the Cuyahoga River, which spills into Lake Erie near the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Locals call each other “Eastsiders” or “Westsiders” depending on which side of the river they reside. Clevelanders love a hearty Polish Boy as much as a plate of Mediterranean mezzes or the esoteric cheese at a legendary market, and we recommend you dive into the city’s underrated food scene when you’re here. The temperatures are ideal for exploring Lake Erie between June and September, and wedge in a day trip to Cedar Point, one of our favorite theme parks to visit. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do, taste, go and see in C-Town, so start planning your vacation today.