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Old 02-07-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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I had thought about doing this for a while, and finally now am getting a chance to create and post it. It certainly is not a be all end all (and I'm sure my biases are reflected interest and side-of-the-metro wise, so feel free to take with multiple grains of salt LOL). Ultimately though, I wanted to come up with a diverse list that would reflect varied interests, because I really do think there is something for everyone in this amazing city. Let me know what your thoughts are! I'm sure there's a few obvious ones I could've listed but didn't or forgot about, let me know about those as well! I tried to keep it within an hour of drive of Downtown (without traffic, of course), and I think apart from a few exceptions, like Zoar (that one is high on my list, place looks REALLY historic/cool even if small), that holds true.

1. Cavaliers @ Quicken Loans Arena X
2. Indians @ Progressive Field X
3. Browns @ FirstEnergy Stadium (-or- Gladiators @ Quicken Loans Arena) X
4. Minor League Baseball (Lake County Captains, Akron Aeros, Mahoning Valley Scrappers) X
5. Minor League Hockey (Lake Erie Monsters) X
6. Minor League Basketball (Canton Charge)
7. Soap Box Derby
8. Bridgestone Invitational (Or golf a round at Firestone) X
9. D-1 Football (Kent State, Akron) X
10. D-1 Basketball (Kent State, Akron, Youngstown State, Cleveland State) X
11. Cedar Point X
12. Memphis Kiddie Park
13. Kalahari Resort
14. I-X Indoor Amusement Park X
15. The Great Geauga County Fair X
16. Great Lakes Brewing Tour
17. JM Smucker Co.
18. NASA Glenn Research Center
19. Harry London/Fannie May Chocolate Factory X
20. Burton Log Cabin (Maple Sugar) X
21. Wine Country Shuttle (Geneva on the Lake) X
22. Schwebel Baking Company
23. Patterson’s Fruit Farm X
24. Federal Reserve Bank X
25. Terminal Tower Observation Deck
26. Ride the RTA (Bonus if through Shaker Heights alongside the mansions) X
27. Gateway District X
28. The Flats X
29. Ohio City X
30. Tremont X
31. Little Italy X
32. Coventry Village X
33. Lakewood X
34. AsiaTown (Also, Chinese Night Market during summer!) X
35. West Side Market X
36. Lola Bistro X
37. Pier W
38. Slyman’s Deli X
39. Sokolowski’s University Inn X
40. Rising Star Coffee Roasters
41. Hot Sauce Williams (Polish Boy)
42. Velvet Tango Room
43. Mitchell’s Ice Cream X
44. Ginko
45. DT Chagrin Falls X
46. DT Oberlin
47. DT Kent X
48. DT Akron X
49. Highland Square X
50. DT Canal Fulton
51. DT Fairport Harbor X
52. DT Willoughby X
53. Put in Bay X
54. Geneva on the Lake X
55. Peninsula X
56. Zoar
57. Beachwood Mall X
58. Crocker Park X
59. Middlefield/Burton (Amish Country) X
60. Critical Mass/Slow Roll Bike Ride
61. The City Club of Cleveland
62. Participate in Something or Contact City Hall X
63. Life, the Universe and Hot Dogs (at Happy Dog) X
64. Drive Through Industrial Valley (on Independence Road) X
65. Feast of the Assumption
66. Brite Winter Fest
67. St. Patrick’s Day Parade X (WAY BACK, though)
68. Edgewater Live X
69. Hessler Street Fair
70. Ingenuity Festival
71. Cleveland National Air Show X
72. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (all of the things) X
73. Holden Arboretum X
74. Edgewater Park X
75. Headlands Beach State Park X
76. Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve X
77. Rocky River Reservation X
78. Chapin Forest Reservation X
79. Hinckley Reservation
80. Hell Hollow Wilderness Area X
81. Brandywine Ski Resort
82. Kayak the Cuyahoga River or Lake Erie X
83. Jack Casino X
84. Ashtabula County Covered Bridges X
85. Squire’s Castle X
86. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame X
87. Pro Football Hall of Fame X
88. Cleveland Museum of Art X
89. Cleveland Orchestra X
90. Stan Hywet Hall
91. Presidential Houses (James A. Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley) X
92. Thomas Edison Boyhood Home
93. Lakeview Cemetery X
94. USS Cod
95. Cleveland MetroParks Zoo X
96. PlayhouseSquare X
97. Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Once it reopens, especially) X
98. Significant Architectural Sites of Cleveland (Way too many to name, separate list for that) X
99. Cleveland Public Library X
100. Cleveland Airport*** X
The last one I put, because first of all, I think it's healthy to travel relatively often period, but especially for so many out there (not so much on here) that have such a jaded/negative perception on the area or certain aspects of it. Sometimes you have to leave and come back to see what you're missing (though, in many cases, people likely don't explore enough to know what they're missing/leaving in the first place anyways (/rant). Looking forward to perhaps crossing a few more of these off the list this summer, but right now I'm already a pretty good Clevelander, having seen 74 of these 100 in at least some form. There's always something new to see though, it seems like lately!
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:28 PM
 
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Many of the top attractions were put at the end of your list.

Re: Zoar Village. I haven't been there in several decades. It was OK, but I've never been back, and I'm not certain I would go out of my way to visit it based on my memories, but it is very unique. Hale Farm is more entertaining IMO.

A quick read shows the list lacks such major attractions as the Great Lakes Science Center, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Historic Kirtland and the Kirtland Temple, Lake Erie Islands (Kelleys Island in addition to Put-in-Bay, which you listed), Ohio Amish Country (eastern Holmes County), the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum, the Steamship Mather, the Terminal Tower Observation Deck, The Arcade, the Heinen's at the Cleveland Trust Rotunda, Public Square and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Lake Metroparks Farm Park is somewhat unique nationally, much more so than many of the attractions on your list; it's one of the best places in Cleveland for kids. The Butler Institute of American Art and the National First Ladies Library are in Youngstown and Canton, respectively. Malabar Farm State Park is extraordinarily unique and a personal favorite.

Other less well known but very interesting attractions include the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western and the ASM International Geodesic Dome.

I would add to your list Lake Erie wineries in eastern Lake and Ashtabula Counties and certainly Lake Erie Bluffs Reservation of the Lake Metroparks for a sunrise or sunset, especially with its new viewing tower. National Natural Landmarks such as the Mentor Marsh and North Chagrin Reservation should be added, as well as probably the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve with its 1 1/2 mile wild Lake Erie beach.

Your list would be more useful if you divided it into the 25 top attractions, the next 25, etc. Perhaps divide each grouping into sub attractions such as parks, arts and entertainment, sports, events, etc.

Perhaps I repeated some things on your list as I didn't check super carefully. Blossom Music Center likely belongs explicitly on the list, as does the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster.

Consider adding the Flats, still magical in shipping season with the lake freighters and other ships conducting their dance with the Cuyahoga River bridges, or with rowing practices and competitions.

Some, especially photographers, would greatly enjoy Wendy Park, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, and Voinovich Bicentennial Park.

The Star-Spangled Spectacular on Public Square with the Cleveland Orchestra is one of the more unique events in Cleveland.

Thanks for the idea!

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Old 02-07-2017, 10:33 PM
 
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Many of the top attractions were put at the end of your list.

Re: Zoar Village. I haven't been there in several decades. It was OK, but I've never been back, and I'm not certain I would go out of my way to visit it based on my memories, but it is very unique. Hale Farm is more entertaining IMO.

A quick read shows the list lacks such major attractions as the Great Lakes Science Center, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Historic Kirtland and the Kirtland Temple, Lake Erie Islands (Kelleys Island in addition to Put-in-Bay, which you listed), Ohio Amish Country (eastern Holmes County), the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum, the Steamship Mather, the Terminal Tower Observation Deck, The Arcade, the Heinen's at the Cleveland Trust Rotunda, Public Square and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Lake Metroparks Farm Park is somewhat unique nationally, much more so than many of the attractions on your list; it's one of the best places in Cleveland for kids. The Butler Institute of American Art and the National First Ladies Library are in Youngstown and Canton, respectively. Malabar Farm State Park is extraordinarily unique and a personal favorite.

Other less well known but very interesting attractions include the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western and the ASM International Geodesic Dome.

I would add to your list Lake Erie wineries in eastern Lake and Ashtabula Counties and certainly Lake Erie Bluffs Reservation of the Lake Metroparks for a sunrise or sunset, especially with its new viewing tower. National Natural Landmarks such as the Mentor Marsh and North Chagrin Reservation should be added, as well as probably the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve with its 1 1/2 mile wild Lake Erie beach.

Your list would be more useful if you divided it into the 25 top attractions, the next 25, etc. Perhaps divide each grouping into sub attractions such as parks, arts and entertainment, sports, events, etc.

Perhaps I repeated some things on your list as I didn't check super carefully. Blossom Music Center likely belongs explicitly on the list, as does the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster.

Consider adding the Flats, still magical in shipping season with the lake freighters and other ships conducting their dance with the Cuyahoga River bridges, or with rowing practices and competitions.

Some, especially photographers, would greatly enjoy Wendy Park, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, and Voinovich Bicentennial Park.

The Star-Spangled Spectacular on Public Square with the Cleveland Orchestra is one of the more unique events in Cleveland.

Thanks for the idea!
No problem. Yeah a few of the ones you mentioned I did put on there, but because of the way the list was ordered I see where you may have missed them.

As per some, like Hale Farm, Lake Erie Islands, Arcade, Heinen's, Blossom etc. I figured they would fall in line under other portions of the list (like the umbrella of CVNP, Gateway, etc.). Like, with architecture, The Arcade is an absolute, no doubt about it must see as buildings go, but I feel like there are probably 10-15 buildings that approach that level of impressiveness (City Hall, Federal Reserve, Trinity Church, Tinkham Veale/Peter B Lewis @ Case, etc. are National Class IMO, and I was trying to keep it to only 100.) The problem is though that a limit of 100 is difficult even when just talking Cleveland's urban core (so many little side stops I left out), but when factoring for the entire Metropolitan Region, it is virtually impossible. Probably if I were to attempt it again, I would just do city limits, then maybe do a separate rest of the region one, but I suppose the ultimate point remains that there's a lot to do in the area.

I didn't add GLSC and CBG, because,while they are nice, I didn't want to have one group (sports, culture, parks, downtowns, etc. be too dominant in quota compared to the others). I felt like if someone were to see one botanical feature around here, I would direct them to Holden before CBG (though they are quite different), and I would direct someone to CMNH before the GLSC.

Lake Farmparks, I agree that would have been a good one to add (another genre I forgot about that should've been included, for music venues, The Agora and Beachland Ballroom and perhaps also Nighttown). I thought strongly about adding a few things from Mohican Region (like Malabar or Ohio/Shawshank Reformatory) or Youngstown, but decided against it since the list was tight as is and was a bit over an hour. They are probably more unique than a number of the closer in places listed though, I agree.

I've actually driven past Historic Kirtland, but never stopped. Is it worthwhile/welcoming? In my past experience, it didn't strike me like they were more specifically focused on advertising to LDS travelers than to general public at large, but I could be wrong on that. In any sense, very historic. Never set foot on Mentor Lagoons (about the only area beach I haven't hit), and I haven't seen the observation tower at the bluffs but am sure it is deserving. Haven't hit Ohio Light Opera either. Seneca Caverns would seem to be another likely borderline addition, depending on how far out were going. Totally forgot Star Spangled Spectacular too, that is terrific.

I agree The Flats is great. I have the East Bank complex listed as well as driving down Independence, however, it certainly deserves all the time it can be given. I wish Cleveland had something akin to Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham available for the public to tour. With such an amazing industrial history surpassed by very few, Cleveland should take greater advantage of that in their marketing. I also wish/would like to know if there are more factory tour type experiences available around here. The city of Atlanta I don't think has cultural attractions to match up with Cleveland, but one of my favorite things about it was how many historic/nationally recognizable attractions were available to tour there (Delta, Chick Fil-A, CDC, Coca Cola, CNN, Ferrari (I think), Waffle House, etc. all have public tours there). Granted, I don't know if Cleveland now has as many big names company-wise as that, but we do have a pretty large amount, however, most or all of them seem to keep their doors shut on that.

Enjoyed your feedback/ideas, and will probably fine tune the list at some point in a few weeks or so.
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