Cleveland Ohio Visitors Guide

The Cleveland Ohio Skyline.
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    Flying in and out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport

    Cleveland Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, is filled with a wealth of cultural attractions, fine dining and ethnic restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and exciting sports teams. It's a fun -- and affordable town to visit. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, there's plenty to see and do along the "North Coast."

    Cleveland Hopkins Airport is located about 30 minutes outside of downtown Cleveland, on the city's southwest side.

    Established in 1925, Cleveland's airport was the first municipally-owned airport in the United States. Still owned by the city, it is the 34th busiest airport in the country and serves over 12 million passengers each year with 320 flights to 80 destinations.

    Airlines

    Among the airlines serving Cleveland Hopkins Airport are: (Click on the links for reservations and flight information.)

    Parking

    Cleveland Hopkins Airport operates short-term and long-term...MORE parking lots on the airport grounds. In addition, there are several parking companies located within a couple miles of the airport, which operate 24-hour shuttles to and from the airport. Learn more about Cleveland airport parking.

    Airport Security

    All passengers departing Cleveland Hopkins Airport must be screened by security personnel. The function is handled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The airport advises passengers to leave their luggage unlocked (so it may be searched) and to arrive at least 90 minutes in advance of their flight. Extra time may be needed for passengers using a wheelchair or those with small children. For more information on security and wait times, see www.tsa.gov.

    Customs Information

    All passengers arriving from outside of the United States must pass through US Customs and Border Patrol. For more information on current customs regulations, see www.cbp.gov.

    Ground Transportation

    Taxis, limousines, airport hotel shuttles, and shuttles to rental car agencies are located outside of the baggage claim area in the lower level of Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Rental car agencies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, and Dollar.

    In addition, Cleveland Hopkins Airport is connected to the red line of the RTA mass transit system, which connects the airport with downtown and University Circle.

    For information on flight on-time arrival and departure times, visit the Cleveland airport flight information guide.

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  • 02 of 08

    Where to Stay

    Cleveland offers visitors a diverse collection of places to stay -- from affordable airport hotels to charming one-of-a-kind bed and breakfasts.

    Cleveland has several distinct concentrations of hotels: downtown, around Cleveland Hopkins Airport, and conveniently located at the Rockside Road/I-77 interchange, about 15 minutes south of downtown. In addition, the area offers a charming collection of bed and breakfast inns, each offering its own style and ambiance.

    Downtown Hotels

    Downtown Cleveland Hotels include the following:

    • Ritz Carlton Hotel - Located adjacent to the Avenue at Tower City, this 206-room luxury hotel is the place to stay in Cleveland. It's also just a short walk from Jacob's Field and the Quicken Loans Arena.
    • Cleveland Renaissance Hotel - Located right at Public Square, this historic hotel was opened in 1918, a part of the Terminal Tower complex. The 491-room hotel's magnificent lobby and grand staircase still harken back to that gracious era.
    • Wyndham Cleveland...MORE Playhouse Square - Located in the heart of Cleveland's theater district, the Wyndham is the perfect place to stay while enjoying Cleveland theater, opera, or other Playhouse Square events.
    • Hyatt Regency - A block away from Public Square, the Hyatt combines modern elegance with historic charm.
    • Marriott Key Center -- Also at Public Square, this modern hotel combines a sleek tower with an historic sandstone structure. It's convenient to the Cleveland Justice Center and the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.
    • Holiday Inn Lakeside - Within walking distance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center, this convenient and affordable hotel also offers scenic Lake Erie view from its upper rooms.

    Cleveland Airport Hotels

    Among the many hotels located just minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, are:

    • Marriott Airport Hotel
    • Sheraton Cleveland Airport

    Cleveland Bed and Breakfast Inns

    Bed and breakfast inns give visitors a chance to see a more personal side of Cleveland. This unique bunch of hostelries range from simple to luxurious, but all offer a singular charm. Among the best of Greater Cleveland's bed and breakfast inns are:

    Rockside Road Hotels

    The I-77/Rockside Road interchange, located about 15 minutes south of downtown Cleveland and about 40 minutes from Akron, is a convenient -- and affordable -- place to stay. The area is loaded with hotels, chain restaurants, and shopping, all within minutes of the highway. The hotels there include the Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn, and Days Inn Independence.

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  • 03 of 08

    Where to Eat

    Cleveland Ohio was settled by a mixture of ethnic groups and their influence is felt most richly in the city's many interesting -- and delicious -- restaurants.

    Below is just a sampling of the many ethnic, casual, and fine dining restaurants the city and its suburbs have to offer (sorted by neighborhood). Click on the restaurant name for a review of the eatery.

    Downtown Cleveland Restaurants

    Downtown Cleveland is home to many area attractions, shopping, and events. It's also home to some of the city's most interesting restaurants. Among them are:

    • John Q's Steakhouse -- elegant and affordable dining, right at Public Square
    • Fat Fish Blue -- Fun, ​Cajun cuisine with live Blues and Jazz, just steps from Public Square
    • Mallorca -- Cleveland's delicious Mediterranean restaurant, in the Warehouse District
    • C & Y Chinese Restaurant -- Tasty Asian cuisine in the heart of Cleveland's Chinatown

    Ohio City Restaurants

    Located just west of downtown, Ohio City was one of...MORE Cleveland's first neighborhoods. Today, the area is filled with restored historic buildings and tasty eateries. Among them are:

    • Great Lakes Brewing Company
    • Heck's Cafe
    • Johnny Mango World Cafe
    • Flying Fig

    University Circle Restaurants

    Cleveland's cultural hub, University Circle is home to the Cleveland Museum of Art and several other popular museums as well as Case Western Reserve University and Severance Hall, the home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Restaurants in the area include:

    • Mi Pueblo
    • Sergio's
    • Silver Spartan Diner
    • That Place on Bellflower 

    Tremont Restaurants

    Located just south of downtown, Tremont is home to dozens of trendy art galleries, coffee shops, and popular restaurants. Among these are:

    • Lola
    • Parallax
    • Fat Cats
    • La Tortilla Feliz

    Westside Restaurants

    Cleveland west of the Cuyahoga River tends to be a little more casual than the other areas of town, but they still have their share of tasty restaurants. Among them are:

    • Three Birds
    • Pier W
    • Luchita's Mexican Restaurant

    Eastside Restaurants

    Cleveland's eastern suburbs are home to some of the city's finest restaurants as well as eclectic neighborhoods such as Little Italy and Shaker Square. Restaurants in the area include:

    • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
    • Nighttown
    • Trattoria Roman Gardens
    • Giovanni's
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  • 04 of 08

    Where to Shop

    Clevelanders love to shop and the city and its suburbs offer a myriad of shopping malls, antique districts, and outlet stores for residents and visitors alike.

    Below is a sampling of the many Cleveland area shopping malls, outlets, and shopping districts, divided by area of town.

    Downtown Shopping

    • The Galleria at Erieview -- A glass building near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, filled with shops, restaurants, and even a museum.
    • Tower City Center -- This historic shopping center is located right at Public Square and offers restaurants, shops, hotels, and movies -- all without leaving the building.
    • The Arcade -- Built in 1890, this is one of the country's oldest indoor shopping malls. Plus, the architecture is breathtaking.
    • Steelyard Commons -- This new shopping center, just south of downtown combines history, shopping, and green spaces.
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    Eastside Shopping

    • Legacy Village (pictured above) -- A mixed use shopping, dining, and office center in Lyndhurst, Legacy Village boasts many restaurants...MORE and stylish shops, such as Restoration Hardware, Z Gallery, and Arhaus Furniture.
    • Beachwood Place Mall -- This stylish mall is "the" place to shop for fashion.
    • Eton Center -- This landscaped shopping center has restaurants; high-end retailers, such as Smith & Hawken and Barnes and Noble; and Trader Joe's Market.
    • Larchmere Blvd. Antiques District -- Located just off of Shaker Square, Larchmere Blvd. offers dozens of antique shops as well as a good selection of ethnic and bistro-style restaurants.
    • Great Lakes Mall -- All of the traditional mall stores, in Mentor, east of Cleveland.

    Westside Shopping

    • Crocker Park -- The westside cousin to Legacy Village, this mixed-use complex has restaurants, apartments, shopping, and movies.
    • Parmatown Mall -- Located in Parma, southwest of Cleveland, this popular mall has all of the favorite stores.
    • Great Northern Mall -- A Cleveland area favorite, located in North Olmsted, about 30 minutes west of downtown.
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    South side Shopping

    • South Park Center Mall -- The favorite shopping spot of About.com Cleveland readers, this modern up-scale mall has all of the favorite, plus movies and restaurants.
    • Summit Mall -- Fashion shopping and more on Akron's north side.
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    Outlet Shopping Malls

    • Aurora Farms Outlets -- Located southeast of town, Aurora Farms offers 70 outlet retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Tommy Hilfiger, and Polo Ralph Lauren.
    • Prime Outlets at Lodi -- Located an hour south of downtown Cleveland, this outlet mall offers 70 retailers, including SAS Shoes, Gap Outlet, and Polo Ralph Lauren.
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  • 05 of 08

    What to See

    Cleveland Ohio has a plethora of sights -- from world-class museums to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to outdoor living museums and scenic gardens.

    Below is a list of Greater Cleveland's most popular sights, sorted by part of town.

    Downtown Attractions

    • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- One of Cleveland's most popular attractions, the "Rock Hall" houses artifacts and music from the icons of Rock and Roll.
    • Great Lakes Science Center -- See exhibits on science, technology, and the environment, plus an IMAX theater.
    • William G. Mather Museum -- Climb aboard an authenic Lake Erie ore carrier.
    • USS Cod -- Tour a real US Navy submarine, right at the "North Coast."

    University Circle Attractions

    Eastside Attractions

    • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage -- One of Cleveland's newest attractions, the Maltz Museum chronicles the contributions of Cleveland's Jewish community.
    • Holden Arboretum -- A beautiful garden and learning center, east of Cleveland
    • Lake View Cemetery -- One of the country's most beautiful cemeteries, and the final resting place for many of Cleveland's most influential citizens.
    • Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Lake Farm Park -- See farm animals and crafts in a scenic park setting.

    Westside Attractions

    • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo -- Animals, a rain forest, and more.
    • Christmas Story House - Where the movie, "A Christmas Story" was filmed.
    • NASA Glenn Visitors Center -- Learn about the US space program and Cleveland's contribution.

    Summit and Stark County Attractions

    • Akron Zoo -- See the snow leopard and more.
    • Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens -- Tour the gracious early 20th century Tudor mansion of Goodyear founder, F.A. Seiberling.
    • Hale Farm and Village -- A living 19th-century history museum.
    • Pro Football Hall of Fame -- See memorabilia and exhibits about all of the inductees.
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    What to Do

    The Greater Cleveland area offers a year-round schedule of exciting events, from the Cleveland Auto Show in February to December holiday events.

    Each month in Cleveland offers something special. Below is a list of major events. Click on the event to read more about it or click on the month for a monthly event calendar.

    January

    February

    March

    April

    May

    June

    July

    August

    September

    • Cleveland National Air Show
    • Race for the Cure

    October

    November

    • Fabulous Food Show
    • Lighting of the Square

    December

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    Sightseeing Tours

    Sometimes sightseeing is more fun and more interesting with someone to tell you what you are seeing. Cleveland offers several sightseeing tours.

    Among the best of Cleveland's sightseeing tours are:

    • Nautica Queen Cruise Tours -- Enjoy a cruise on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, accompanied by drinks and dinner.
    • Goodtime III Sightseeing Cruises -- Cleveland's favorite sightseeing cruise, the Goodtime III gives you a look at Cleveland's industrial Flats, the "Bend in the River," and the beautiful city skyline as seen from Lake Erie.
    • Lolly the Trolly (pictured above) -- These recreations of Cleveland's original trolley cars take visitors all over the city, accompanied by a narrator that tells all about Cleveland's landmarks and historic past.
    • Haunted Cleveland Tours -- Take one of several tours of Cleveland's "haunted" landmarks.
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    Cleveland Nightlife

    There's plenty to do in Cleveland after dark. Take in a movie; enjoy one of the city's many concert stages; dance the night away; and more.

    These are just a few of the many nightime attractions in Greater Cleveland:

    Concert Venues

    • House of Blues -- Downtown Cleveland's popular concert and dining venues.
    • The Agora -- Around for 40 years, the Agora has launched the career of many a rock legend.
    • The Grog Shop -- In Cleveland's eastside Coventry neighborhood, this small venue gets cutting edge rock bands.
    • Tower City Amphitheater -- An outdoor summer concert stage, in the shadow of Public Square.
    • Fat Fish Blue -- This Downtown Cajun restaurant is known for its live Blues music. It's "the" place to be in Cleveland for "mardi gras."
    • Cain Park -- A park-life summer concert and theater venue in Cleveland Heights, east of Cleveland.
    • Plain Dealer Pavilion -- Located in the Nautica Entertainment complex in downtown Cleveland, this concert stage comes with a spectacular...MORE view of downtown Cleveland and the bridges over the Cuyahoga River.
    • Blossom Music Center -- Located midway between Cleveland and Akron, this outdoor pavilion is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as a favorite summer concert venue.

    Nightclubs

    • The Velvet Dog -- A popular dance club in downtown Cleveland's Warehouse District.
    • Spy -- A wood-panelled, elegant, up-scale bar and dance club in Cleveland's Warehouse District.
    • The Velvet Tango Room-- A sauve, 40s-style martini and cocktail spot, located just south of downtown.
    • Pickwick and Frolic-- This downtown entertainment complex has a martini bar, a comedy club, a cabaret, and a tasty restaurant.

    Movies

    Cleveland Wine Bars -- Try a glass of your favorite Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, or Champagne at one of Cleveland's many wine bars.

    Pubs

    • Parnell's -- In Cleveland Heights on Cleveland's east side, this authentic, friendly pub is a little slice of Ireland.
    • Flannery's -- In Cleveland's downtown Gateway neighborhood, an Irish favorite.

    Gay Dance Clubs

    • Twist -- Non-stop action, just east of Lakewood.
    • The Grid -- Downtown Cleveland's dance favorite.