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Things to do in Downtown, Cleveland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is one of Cleveland's most striking (and recognizable) pieces of architecture. The 150,000-square-foot building has a glass-enclosed, double pyramid adjacent to a 162-foot tower, both of which soar above the shores of Lake Erie. The museum honors all aspects of Rock and Roll. The museum also honors inductees to the Hall of Fame. They share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs and concerts. ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“(8 miles) Great MLB Stadium to watch the Tribe or other MLB teams that are visiting.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“From Public Square, take a short walk down Euclid Ave. and you’re suddenly surrounded by the spectacular vibrancy of historic theaters, sparkling marquees, a contemporary streetscape, bustling storefronts-turned-restaurants and a dazzling outdoor chandelier. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself uttering out loud, “Wait … where am I?” We’re talking about Playhouse Square, one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States with its impressive collection of 10 performance spaces, including five theaters restored to their original 1920s elegance. Every year, Playhouse Square hosts more than 1,000 events, including some of the biggest titles on Broadway (ever heard of "Hamilton?"). But it’s not just theater. Playhouse Square features concerts, comedy, dance performances and children’s programing to packed houses just about every night. WHAT YOU’LL SEE: When you’re here, it’s easy to forget where you are. The brilliant marquees, the shimmering outdoor chandelier and the bustling after-dinner crowd all feel more Times Square than Playhouse Square. Any one of the five main theaters in Playhouse Square — Allen Theatre, Connor Palace, Hanna Theatre, KeyBank State Theatre and Ohio Theatre — are all worth seeing in person whether there’s a show or not. All were built between 1921-1922 and restored to their original opulence in the 1970s and ‘80s. Don’t leave without getting an Insta-worthy shot of the GE Chandelier that hangs outside above East 14th Street. (As the world's largest outdoor chandelier, it’s impossible to miss.)”
  • 55 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Home of the Cavs, Lake Erie Monsters, concerts, Disney on Ice etc.! I suggest taking either a ride service or the rapid (train) from W.25th st it is only one stop and there is a tunnel that connects to the filed house.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Stadium
“(11 Miles) A high energy stadium to watch the Cleveland Browns play. Should be a great year for the Dog Pound!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Casino
“Fun atomosphere. Easy. To navigate to downtown. All you need is an ID to get in.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Museum
“Awesome place to visit for families and individuals alike!!! The IMAX theater there has great films as well.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Fun street in the heart of downtown - lots of restaurants and bars can be found here!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Cafe
“Rising Star is a local coffee roaster and their coffee can’t be beat. Try the Promised Land Latte and you’ll never want to leave Cleveland! ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Every day, you connect to people and projects at 6-10 megabits per second. And, in just one click, you can completely disconnect. Making connections is just that simple. But consider for a second the idea of recalibrating that whole concept of "connection" in one of the most well connected places in Cleveland - the Flats. You'll feel those real connections from head to toe - on the boardwalk sidling on the Cuyahoga River, along bike paths adorned with public art, as you guise skyward at majestic bridges, and while filling your belly and brain with good food and great conversation.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Upscale, downtown dining with good, albeit expensive drinks. The chicken wings are the highlight of the menu.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Take the rapid from the west Side Market to tower city, walk out to Public Square, downtown.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Awesome aquarium in a great old powerhouse! I always suggest folks see the aquarium before or after a trolley tour and it makes for an awesome afternoon! They also have special events - 'Adult Swim' is when local breweries are featured there for an evening!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Music Venue
“House of Blues IS the ultimate night out. It's where great food sets the stage for amazing live concerts. From VIP experiences with the world's best artists to our world-famous Gospel Brunch on Sundays, House of Blues is truly where music and food feed the soul.”
  • 7 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“ Michael Symon's New American eatery serves rustic fare in a sleek, bustling setting.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Chuck E Cheese for adults. This place is huge with multiple bar areas and floors, mini golf, shuffleboard, bocce, etc etc”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“Upscale, downtown dining with good, albeit expensive drinks. The chicken wings are the highlight of the menu.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Music Venue
“House of Blues IS the ultimate night out. It's where great food sets the stage for amazing live concerts. From VIP experiences with the world's best artists to our world-famous Gospel Brunch on Sundays, House of Blues is truly where music and food feed the soul.”
  • 7 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“ Michael Symon's New American eatery serves rustic fare in a sleek, bustling setting.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Chuck E Cheese for adults. This place is huge with multiple bar areas and floors, mini golf, shuffleboard, bocce, etc etc”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Fun bar with some good food options; located close by in an enclave called Hingetown!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Alley Cat Oyster Bar, a seafood focused waterfront restaurant/bar by chef, Zack Bruell. It's in the East Flats, overlooking the Cauyahoga River which famously caught on fire in 1969. Now the area is reborn with scenic board walks, water taxi, kayaks, boats... Make a reservation for a table with a view of the river. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Local chain serving signature & build-your-own tacos, plus cocktails, in a hip, casual space.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Owned by celebrity chef Michael Symon. Excellent BBQ and Bourbon, served family style. ”
  • 15 locals recommend

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