Cleveland October 16, 2017
9 Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventures You Can Only Have In Cleveland
Cleveland is a pretty remarkable place. While it may appear to be an urban jungle to the untrained eye, locals know that it hides some of the most epic adventures known to man. The vastness of the city conceals many notable places of interest, and the opportunities that they provide are Cleveland-classics that can only be enjoyed in this fabulous region. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous day trip or an unimaginably cool new hobby, Cleveland’s got you covered.
1. Visit with Balto, the heroic sled dog.
Balto is well known and celebrated, thanks to a 1995 movie that bears his name. When a diphtheria epidemic shook Nome, Alaska in 1925, dog sleds raced vigorously to transport antitoxin to the town. Balto, a Siberian husky, led his team over the final stretch of the Iditarod trail in dark, near-whiteout conditions. The antitoxins made their way to Nome and the impending crisis was averted. The dogs were celebrated as heroes for a time, but their journey would take them to a freakshow in Los Angeles. A Clevelander, George Kimble, discovered that they were sickly and neglected, and he partnered with The Plain Dealer to bring the proud pups to Cleveland. They were greeted as heroes and taken to the Brookside Zoo (now the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo). When Balto died at age 14 of natural causes, his remains were preserved and donated to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where they remain today.
2. Celebrate the legacy of the man who invented rock 'n roll.
A Cleveland disc jockey and local radio star with a passion for promotion. He worked tirelessly from 1951 until the end of his career to promote a genre he described as rock and roll, and he even organized the first-ever rock and roll concert. He eventually moved to WINS New York in 1954. where his career would end when he was accused of accepting financial bribes from record companies. He died in 1965 at the young age of 43, and his remains were interred in Westchester County, New York. Eventually, his ashes were moved to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, and after 12 years he was moved to his final resting place at Lake View Cemetery. His jukebox-shaped grave is one of many notable structures in the cemetery, and one could effortlessly spend an entire day exploring its grounds. Another must-see site in the cemetery is the grave of Ray Chapman, the only baseball player to be killed by a baseball.
3. Embrace your inner child at The Children's Museum of Cleveland.
After two years of tireless work renovating the new space at 3813 Euclid Avenue and designing new exhibits, The Children's Museum is once again ready to welcome visitors. On November 6, doors will open to the public once again, and you have to see their incredible exhibits to believe them.
4. Help feed the local sea life.
Swing by the aquarium for a
Fish Feeding Adventure
that lets you get closer than ever to groupers, stingrays, and other aquatic neighbors.
5. Go statue sightseeing Downtown.
Spectacular art seems to have spilled out of the Cleveland Museum of Art, gracing the surrounding environment with their beauty. One statue is of particular interest, though, and it is worth seeing up close. The Thinker, a bronze replica of Auguste Rodin's famous piece, stands in front of the museum. On March 24, 1970, the statue became the target of what was assumed to be Vietnam protests. A pipe bomb exploded at 1 a.m., destroying The Thinker's legs. The bombers were never caught, and the statue was never repaired.
6. Frolic beneath the largest rubber stamp in human history.
. Some love this iconic local structure, and others curse its existence. Regardless of your opinion, Cleveland is the only place in the world with a giant, rubber stamp (I know, I know. Who else would want one?), so it is worth planning a trip to Willard Park to check out this unusual structure up close.
7. Learn about the bizarre history of medicine.
If you're squeamish, this museum may not be for you. Its creepy collections document the evolution of medicine, and its displays are definitely not for the faint of heart. Yet, this museum is unusually unique, and it is a local gem that is worth visiting.
8. Embark on a Fast Track Cycling adventure.
The Cleveland Velodrome is a gem hidden at 5033 Broadway Avenue. At this incomparable bicycling complex, an outdoor 166 meter track caters to speed demons of all ages. As one of only 26 velodromes in the country, you must take advantage of the free Track 101 class to get ready to experience high-speed fun. Keep on alert for the 2018 season, and plan an unforgettable trip to this epic local attraction.
9. Explore the canopy of one remarkable Cleveland Metropark.
Hidden in Strongsville's Mill Stream Run Reservation is an incredible adventure, but you've got to look up to spot it. On this treetop journey you will cross a suspended bridge, soar down a zipline, and swing across ropes. The 2017 season is winding to a close, so click
to reserve tickets today.
It seems that Cleveland is a catalyst for adventure, as the city and its surrounding communities offer some of the most incredible experiences one can imagine.
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