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Opened in 2012, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is Cleveland's second aquarium. The first aquarium was in operation from 1954 through 1986. The new aquarium consists of 70,000 square feet (6503 square meters) of exhibits and activities for the whole family. Exhibits cover topics such as pollution, tropical reefs, and coastal sea life. Take part in exciting interactive programs such as Feet First, which allows certified divers to swim with sharks, or Zzz's in the Seas Overnights, which allows visitors to spend the night in the aquarium.
When Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined the phrase “rock and roll,” he was laying the foundation for a cultural phenomenon and, incidentally, this museum. In 1986, three years after the creation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Cleveland became the home of the dramatic glass and steel pyramid called the Rock Hall, designed by the architect I. M. Pei. With an impressive multimedia permanent collection and continually changing temporary exhibitions, visitors can enjoy listening to songs, watching films, and looking at rock memorabilia ranging from a Cub Scout shirt worn by Jim Morrison to Madonna's bustier.
Theater lovers and art enthusiasts lovingly named the stretch between East 14th Street and East 17th Street Playhouse Square, for this is where the great Cleveland playhouses were located. Playhouse Square houses several famed theaters: the Ohio Theatre, the Allen Theater, the State Theater and the Palace Theater. Later on the Hanna Theatre was reopened. If you are interested in the arts, plan an evening here while visiting Cleveland.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. is a brewery-pub and contains a gift shop too. The brewery, housed in a Victorian-style building, serves up some delicious sandwiches, burgers, salads, appetizers and more. The calamari is a local favorite. If you are not sure of the best beer that could be paired with your choice of appetizer then go for the recommended ones listed on the menu. Its exhaustive selection of craft brews and delectable pub grub make it of the top craft breweries of Great Lakes.
If you have the desire to explore the beautiful world of flora and fauna, the best way to do it would be to head to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The zoo consists of more than 3000 animals and 600 species. Many events take place here which are educational and entertaining. You can also organize a private event here. The admission fees differ seasonally. Check the website or call ahead for further details regarding rates, credit card usage and future events.
As the name would suggest, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History showcases exhibits on the wonders of nature. You will get to see different types of dinosaurs along with rare plants and animals. If stars and constellations interest you more, then visit the museum's Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium that opened in 2002. This is a highly informative and interesting center that appeals to all ages.
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 which give you details of all the major exhibits. After you have explored the place, stop by the cafe for refreshments. To get information on the temporary exhibits and rotating showcases, check the website.
This is the nation's oldest civic garden, dating back to 1930. It is divided into herb, wildflower, rose, perennial and Japanese gardens. More than 3000 species of trees and shrubs fill the garden. This non-profit community resource center offers information on landscaping and horticulture. The garden library has a section for youngsters, and visitors can choose from several programs such as preschoolers' story times, crafts and gardening classes.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as the MOCA, has been credited with helping change the contemporary art scene in the city. MOCA features artwork from local, national and international artists. You will come across works by the likes of Iona Rozeal Brown, Julian Stanczak and Christain Wulffen. Apart from the permanent exhibits, the gallery also has temporary exhibits. The artwork displayed at MOCA redefines the art scene in Cleveland with its bold and outspoken displays.
In the heart of Ohio, you'll find Little Italy, Cleveland's Italian oasis. This neighborhood prides itself on its history, values, customs and traditions. The Italian influences are evident in the restaurants and boutiques lining the street, as well as in the warm hospitality of the people who reside there. A must visit while touring the city, this place is also popular for hosting local events.
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.
See a great variety of plants at The Holden Arboretum. This 3600-acre (1456-hectare) site features several well-maintained gardens as well as a vast swath of more wild areas. Sites such as the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, Display Garden, Hedge Garden, and Conifer and Magnolia Collections are featured among the main attractions here. There are several trails to explore and family activities are held here throughout the year. Learn about natural life in the area and get some fresh air at this local marvel.