Cleveland is a city of arts, culture and rock and roll. It’s known for craft brews and sports, but those just scratch the surface. With a vibrant culinary scene, hotels to fit any style, natural beauty, music and nightlife, the city is home to a variety of thrilling attractions bordered by the vast splendor of a Great Lake.
Cleveland sits on the shore of Lake Erie, Ohio's greatest natural asset. Visitors will be able to relax and entertain on the water aboard a variety of private and public crafts. A number of downtown marinas offer docking space, and the expansive beach of Edgewater State Park is five minutes from downtown. An hour west is home to Cedar Point Amusement Park and the finest walleye fishing in the world.
Cleveland is home to a number of highly rated private and public golf courses. Less than 10 miles from the heart of downtown is Canterbury Golf Club, a multi-major golf championship host including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur Championship and Senior PGA Championship. Canterbury is only the second club in the country to have hosted all five major U.S. golf championships. To the south of Cleveland is the Firestone Country Club, which has hosted the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational for 22 years.
There are several country clubs throughout the Cleveland-Akron area, and while these clubs are private, some can be made available for VIP receptions, outings and events.
Parks and Outdoors
Cleveland encompasses more than 52,000 acres of outdoor recreation between the Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the 10th-most visited national park in the United States.
The Cleveland Metroparks spans 18 reservations and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, all of which surround the region in an area so full of natural beauty it has been deemed the "Emerald Necklace." Cuyahoga Valley National Park features more than 20,000 acres of parkland, a 65-foot waterfall and wildlife areas.
The 100-mile Towpath Trail connects Cleveland to Akron following the route of a canal built in the 1820s, which originally served as a path for the horses and mules pulling the historic canal boats. From the Towpath Trail, users can connect to many natural and historic sites such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and other trails that intersect along the way.
Home to the one and only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland takes its music seriously. The museum itself is the largest collection of rock and roll artifacts in the world and tracks the evolution of this musical and cultural phenomenon through more than 50 exhibits.
Musicians often perform under the stars at Blossom Music Center, an outdoor amphitheater that holds close to 20,000 concertgoers, and Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. A host of smaller clubs offer everything from reggae to blues and rock.
Casinos and Racetracks
In May 2012, the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opened in downtown Cleveland, transforming the department store featured in "A Christmas Story" into an adult playground. In 2013, horse racetrack ThistleDown Racino opened followed by the opening of the Hard Rock Rocksino in December 2013.
Win or lose, Cleveland sports fans are some of the most passionate and dedicated in the world. Between three professional sports teams and a myriad of amateur, minor and entertainment league options, visitors just might find themselves cheering for Cleveland teams after they leave.
Visitors can enjoy a gourmet dining experience at one of the many restaurants owned by nationally recognized chefs.
Stop by Lola, owned and operated by Iron Chef Michael Symon, a winner of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Award. Nearby Lola, you'll find The Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat, two dining options owned and operated by 2015 James Beard recipient Jonathon Sawyer. Visitors can also sample the impressive cooking of Zack Bruell, a nationally recognized chef with seven dining locations all within the city limits. These chefs represent only a sample of the culinary experiences available to a delegate when visiting Cleveland.
Arts and Culture
University Circle, a short trip away on the HealthLine bus route, is the city’s cultural hub. Ranked as one of the top 10 Arts & Culture districts in the country by U.S.A. today in May 2014, University Circle is home to the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art and The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Wade Oval, Case Western Reserve University, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cleveland History Center.
Playhouse Square, the city’s live performance theater district, is a collection of 10 performance spaces including five theaters restored to their original 1920s elegance. Playhouse Square is the largest theater district outside of New York City hosting more than 1,000 events per year. A million people visit every year for touring Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, opera, dance and children’s programming.
Cleveland is made up of closely knit ethnic and entertainment-driven neighborhoods that guests can explore on their own or with a resident. Tremont, Ohio City, the Warehouse District, Shaker Square, the Detroit Shoreway, Coventry, Little Italy, Edgewater and others offer small clubs and shops, ethnic dining and stunning architecture.
Those looking to shop have their choice of lifestyle shopping centers: Legacy Village to the east and Crocker Park to the west. Neighborhood boutique shopping can be found in the incredible variety of independent boutiques, galleries, and shops. Neighborhoods known for their shopping options include Tremont, Ohio City, Detroit Shoreway, Little Italy and Coventry.
Cleveland presents a vastly improved hotel package with nearly 5,000 rooms downtown within a 15-minute walk of Quicken Loans Arena, 100 restaurants and multiple attractions including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. New hotel development will include a 600-room Hilton convention hotel that will be connected to the new Cleveland Convention Center.