Summer may be coming to an end, but there are many reasons why Cleveland is still worth visiting. Indeed, with more available rooms, better rates and smaller crowds, the fall season might be one of the best times to visit this remarkable city in Northeastern Ohio. Although you might not have time to see everything during your stay, here are just a few recommendations to get you started on your trip planning.

Cleveland History Center

10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-5722
www.wrhs.org

One of several world-class attractions on the Case Western Reserve University campus, the Cleveland History Center is a must-see for anyone interested in the city’s wondrous history. The primary facility of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the History Center houses several artifacts dating back the 18th century and one of its signature pieces is a 1910 Grand Carousel still in operation from Euclid Beach Park, a popular amusement park that once stood along the shores of Lake Erie.

Cleveland Museum Of Art

11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350
www.clevelandart.org

The centerpiece of the University Circle neighborhood, the Cleveland Museum of Art consistently ranks among the finest art museums in the country. Internationally recognized for its extensive Asian and Egyptian collection, the museum was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all people forever”. The Museum has a permanent collection of more than 45,000 works of art spanning 6,000 years and includes pieces from several of the world’s most illustrious artists, such as Dalí, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and van Gogh.

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Cleveland Orchestra

11001 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 231-7300
www.clevelandorchestra.com

Cleveland is well known as the home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But it’s also home to the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra. Established in 1918, the Cleveland Orchestra is one of the Big Five orchestras in America, a prestigious recognition that also includes the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In fact, in 2020, the New York Times called the Cleveland Orchestra “America’s Finest Orchestra. Visit the Cleveland Orchestra website for the latest listing of upcoming events.

FirstEnergy Stadium

100 Alfred Lerner Way
Cleveland, OH 44114
(440) 891-5001
www.firstenergystadium.com

Located on the original site of the storied Cleveland Municipal Stadium, FirstEnergy Stadium is expected to be a very popular spot to visit this fall. That’s because the Cleveland Browns have entered the 2019-2020 NFL season as a bona fide playoff contender despite its opening day loss. Led by second year quarterback Baker Mayfield and superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns will host some very important games throughout the fall months.

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Ave.
Cleveland, OH
(216) 694-2000
www.greatscience.com

Located just minutes from FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock Hall, the Great Lakes Science Center is easily one of the best family friendly attractions in Cleveland. With commanding views of Lake Erie at North Coast Harbor, the center operates as both a science museum and educational facility, with a special emphasis on science, technology engineering and math (STEM). One of the top attractions at the Science Center is actually outside. Visitors should make time to visit the historic 618-foot William G. Mather Steamship, which features some artifacts from the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Great Lakes Science Center is currently open Wednesday through Sunday.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (credit: Randy Yagi)

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

1100 E. Ninth St.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 781-7625
www.rockhall.com

For music lovers, the first spot to visit in Cleveland is unquestionably the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Located along the shores of Lake Erie, the Rock Hall is the world’s most important museum dedicated to rock and roll music and those who have made significant contributions its legacy and continued interest.

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West Side Market

1979 West 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 664-3387

Open year round, West Side Market is the oldest, continuously operated indoor/outdoor market in Cleveland. First opened in 1912, the historic market features more than 100 family owned businesses who sell everything from fresh organic produce and baked goods to fresh seafood and the city’s famous sausages.

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About The Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University, U.S. Army veteran and lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.

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