The historic parcel of land that Hale Farm & Village is built on was donated to The Western Reserve Historical Society by Clara Belle Ritchie. Historic buildings from around the country were relocated to the land to create a living history museum and village called Wheatfield. Visitors will learn about life during the Civil War and the history of the region. Exhibits relating to fashion, technology, and other subjects can be seen here as well.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, housed in a historic building dating back to 1916, displays some very precious paintings by renowned artists. You can check out the works of the Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams and Mario Avati. If you do not have the time to leisurely browse through all the exhibited works, sign up for guided tours that give you details of all the major exhibits. After you have explored the place, stop by the cafe for refreshments.
Known as "Cleveland's Outdoor Museum," Lake View Cemetery was founded in 1869 and is now a tourist destination. Filled with beautiful trees, flowers and plants, this is the perfect area to take strolls or an early morning jog. Monuments such as the magnificent Wade Memorial Chapel and the James A. Garfield Memorial are the most popular points of this vast expanse of greenery.
Dr. Robert Smith House is a two-storied bungalow which dates back to 1914. The house belonged to Dr. Bob Smith; the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The house plays an important role in hosting many meetings during its formative years. The house was registered under the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and as a National Historic Landmark in 2012. The building has been converted into a historic house museum and also has on display several artifacts that narrate the history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Originally the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens comprised of 3,000 acres (1214.06 hectares) in 1916 and was built amid 1912-1915 for F. A. Seiberling. It featured a Tudor Revival 65-room Manor House and the largest landscape gardens. Today the grand estate has seized down to 70 acres (28.33 hectares) yet is one of the most elegant mansions and ornate gardens of the country. The mansion is one of the best examples of Tudor Revival architecture and has well kept period decor that gives a glimpse of a bygone era. The themed gardens such as the Breakfast Room Garden, English Garden, Birch Allee Vista, Japanese Garden, Lagoon and The Dell are a delight to all visitors. The Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens also houses the Corbin Conservatory, a beautiful Gothic style greenhouse and the Gate Lodge where Alcoholics Anonymous took form. Home to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and The Annual Classic, Antique & Collector Car Show, a visit to this magnificent place is a must when in the city.
Capitol Theater offers a unique and intimate movie-going experience in Cleveland. This theater proudly shows its history in its decor, including an ornate ceiling and light fixtures in the main theater. Two secondary theaters offer limited seating, creating a much more intimate showing than you'll find at chain theaters. Besides showing newer releases, the theater also screens classics and family movies for special events.
Founded by people who love theater, this non-profit has been entertaining its patrons since 67 years. Brecksville Little Theater has been always popular for showcasing best of the best plays, musicals, revues, skits and community events. Relax in their comfortable seats to enjoy thrilling plays like 'Murder By Misadventure', which was a complete hit when it was playing at the venue. Or grip your seat as you burst into uncontrollable laughter while watching musical comedies like 'Crossroads' and 'Mash'. You can enroll your kids in the Youth Theatre Program and workshops which train budding talents to rise as shining stars of theater.
Brushwood Lake is the highlight of the Furnace Run Metro Park and is a popular spot to relax and take in the beauty of nature. The lake is home to a number of reptiles and is also great for fishing and has over 60 species of fish. However, catch-and-release fishing is recommended in order to protect the environment. You can also grab a picnic lunch and enjoy it with the family on the banks of the lake.
A center for recreation and entertainment, the Independence Civic Center serves the community with a plethora of interesting shows and activities. The sprawling center is one of the city's major recreation zones, with a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities. Boasting a basketball court, outdoor and indoor swimming pool, fitness center, raquetball and volleyball courts, a day here is always packed with excitement.