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
Cleveland History Center (credit: Randy Yagi)

Cleveland History Center
10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-5722

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. The fascinating museum also features the impressive Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, with more than 170 vintage cars and airplanes. Also of particular interest is the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, with more than 30,000 vintage and contemporary pieces of clothing, and two historic mansions, the Bingham Hanna Mansion and Hay-McKinney Mansion. Additionally, the Historical Society maintains a living history museum, Hale Farm and Village in t Summit County, approximately 25 miles south of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center will host a number of events this fall, such as Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day September 21 and Cleveland’s Haunted History October 26. If time permits, visitors on the Case Western Reserve campus may also wish to visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum and the Peter B. Lewis Building, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Museum of Art (credit: Randy Yagi)

Cleveland Museum Of Art
11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350

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. Admission to the permanent collection is always free, although a fee may be required to view major exhibitions. Among the notable works of art are Dalí ‘s “The Dream”, Monet’s “Water Lilies,” Picasso’s “La Vie”, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe and George Bellow’s “Stag at Sharkeys”. Additionally, at the south entrance of the original Beaux-Arts building is one of Rodin’s last supervised casts of his signature work, “The Thinker”, acquired in 1916. Last year’s attendance was nearly 770,000 visitors and may exceed 800,00 this year. This fall, the Cleveland Museum of Art will host a number of special events, including International Cleveland Community Day in October and the Performing Arts Series, held at the museum’s Gartner Auditorium.

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Severance Hall, Cleveland
Severance Hall (credit: Randy Yagi)

Cleveland Orchestra
11001 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 231-7300

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. With concerts primarily held at Severance Hall in the University Circle neighborhood, the Cleveland Orchestra will hold several high profile events this fall. This includes performances of Mahler’s Fifth, Brahms Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s Seventh as part of the orchestra’s 102nd season. During the festive Halloween season, the orchestra will also host its Halloween Spooktacular, a family-friendly occasion when children are urged to come in Halloween costumes. Led by distinguished conductor Franz Welser-Möst, the Cleveland Orchestra also features Music Director Laureate Christoph von Dohnányi, Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran and Director of Choruses Lisa Wong.

Jim Brown Statue FirstEnergy Stadium
Jim Brown Statue, FirstEnergy Stadium (credit: Randy Yagi)

FirstEnergy Stadium
100 Alfred Lerner Way
Cleveland, OH 44114
(440) 891-5001

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. This includes a visit from defending NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams September 22, perennial playoff contenders Seattle Seahawks October 13 and division rival Pittsburgh Steelers November 14. Advanced tickets to all home games may be purchased through or ticketmaster. Visitors to FirstEnergy Stadium may also be interested in seeing the statue of formers Browns legend Jim Brown, once named the greatest football player of all time by the Sporting News.

NASA Exhibit, Great Lakes Science Center (credit:: Randy Yagi)

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Ave.
Cleveland, OH
(216) 694-2000

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). Founded in 1996 the center annually draws more than 300,000 visitors and also houses a spectacular IMAX Dome theater and the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, one of just 11 of its kind in the U.S. An enormous facility, the Great Lakes Science Center offers over 400 interactive exhibits, including popular attractions like the Augmented Reality Sandboxes, Race Track Pod, the Bridge of Fire and the Plasma Ball. Also not to be missed is the towering Wind Turbine, which provides seven percent of the facilities annual energy consumption and the William G. Mather Steamship a restored 618-foot freighter that operates as a museum ship nearly similar in size to another famous freighter that roamed the Great Lakes Region, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, with some artifacts in the museum. In addition to paid parking nearby, the Great Lakes Science Center can also be reached via the RTA’s Blue Line.

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

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
1100 E. Ninth St.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 781-7625

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. Serving also as a museum, the rock hall features an enormous collection of artifacts from the genre’s earliest days to contemporary music artists. Points of interest include the Hall of Fame, a Motown section, British Invasion section with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and a special section honoring this year’s inductees, including Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music and the Zombies. Other noteworthy attractions across the Rock Hall’s seven levels are the Forest City/RMS Theater, the new Garage that allows visitors to sample musical instruments and the “Woodstock at 50” exhibit through 2019.

West Side Market (credit: Randy Yagi)

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. Housed within a Neoclassical/Byzantine-styled building anchored by an iconic clock tower, the market has earned several distinctions over the years, including being named among “10 Great Public Places in America” by the American Planning Association, America’s “Best Food Lovers’ Market” by Food Network Magazine and added to the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are urged to walk up to the second level for a sweeping view of the market bustling with activity. Located in the Ohio City neighborhood, plenty of paid parking is available nearby although the market is easily accessible by public transportation via the RTA. West Side Market is open daily except for Tuesdays and Thursdays and major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day.

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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, in California.