Cleveland July 06, 2018
11 Of The Greatest Destinations Most Clevelanders Overlook
When you spend so long in one place, it is easy to grow accustomed to your surroundings. The gorgeous emerald forests that were once so captivating may become just trees, or you may get so used to the lake effect clouds over your home that you rarely even glance up at the sky on certain days. Just because you’re missing the magic in your surroundings doesn’t mean it’s not there. Locals have never forgotten how splendidly gorgeous some attractions are, but some of our loveliest destinations are greatly overlooked. Get ready to rediscover the wonder of Greater Cleveland, because these destinations are truly incredible!
1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1100 E 9th St., Cleveland)
How could such an incredible museum be underappreciated? Truth be told, locals love this museum, but for some reason, we don't frequently visit it. In fact, it's estimated that 80% of the crowds that this rockin' museum draws come from outside of the region. Based on that number, the Rock Hall has made a deal with the KeyBank Foundation to make the museum free to Cleveland residents for the next decade! In addition, those living just outside of the city will receive a discounted rate. What are you waiting for?!
2. Fort Loop Trail (Rocky River Reservation)
Not only is this lovely park the historic first purchase by the Cleveland Metroparks, it's also the site of authentic earthworks that predate Columbus. For the full story on these incredible structures (that you definitely need to visit), check out our previous article
3. The Free Stamp (East 9th St. and Lakeside Ave., Cleveland)
Like a lighthouse drawing ships to shore, the Free Stamp draws everyone's attention to Willard Park. Though this work of art is hard to ignore, many find it easy to forget. At 28 feet tall and 48 feet long, the piece is said to be the largest stamp in the world. Its intended location was in Public Square near the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and you may even recognize that the stamp would mirror the monument's shape if its rubber face was planted on the ground. "Free" was a word that its designers thought honored our veterans while simultaneously celebrating emancipation, just as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument does. However, its investors felt that it actually mocked corporate freedom, and, after a brief stay in storage, it became a work of art that graces the proximity of City Hall. While many are vocally displeased with this unusual attraction, it has a certain charm that is hard to ignore.
4. Western Reserve Historical Society (10825 East Blvd., Cleveland)
While overflowing with modern amenities, the Western Reserve Historical Society is actually the oldest cultural institution in the region. It dates back to 1867 and has chronicled the story of us all along the way. Today, its campus houses the Cleveland History Center, the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, a few mansions, and many other incredible exhibits. This is also the current home of Cleveland's iconic light-up Chief Wahoo, a fixture that was previously housed at Municipal Stadium. You can find information on hours and admission on the Western Reserve Historical Society
5. Whirlyball Cleveland (5055 Richmond Rd., Bedford Heights)
What happens when you cross bumper cars, lacrosse, and basketball? This unusual question wasn't answered until the 1960s, but the result is a game that is truly unforgettable. Whirlyball, as it is now known, places five players on each team and equips them with a go-kart and a net. For more information about this uniquely awesome sport, check out our previous feature
6. National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum (605 East 222nd St., Euclid)
This is one awesome museum you never knew you needed, but seriously... it's too cool to pass up. With a dedication to the preservation and promotion of polka music, you'll find fascinating memoirs of polka personalities past and present. You may even discover in yourself a passion for Cleveland-style polka music! For hours and upcoming events, visit their website
7. Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick (2676 West 14th St., Cleveland)
While we all know Cleveland is a pretty magical place, no place is quite as enchanting as our very own witch museum. Here, the history of all things mystical is documented in a collection of exhibits and displays that will pique your curiosity. Admission to the museum is only $5. For hours and upcoming events, check out the Buckland Museum
8. Worden's Ledges (Ledge Road, Hinckley)
Hinckley Reservation has always been a lovely addition to the Cleveland Metroparks. Not only does it feature a gorgeous lake, swimming areas, and unforgettable hiking spots, but it also hides some antique works of art. The artist behind the carvings was a man named Noble Stuart. One year after he married 80-year-old Nettie Worden, his wife (who was seventeen years his elder) died and left the family homestead to him. Though the Worden family had never approved of Stuart, he set out to beautify the landscape that had been in the family since 1860. You can find the full story on this wonderland in our previous article
9. Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 South Park Blvd., Cleveland)
This incredible natural wonderland is so close to home, but many locals still have yet to visit. Armed with a goal of connecting people with nature, this charming educational center features miles of trails carving through six natural habitats, as well as animal exhibits and a landscape that will leave you in awe.
10. Gildersleeve Mountain (Kirtland)
You would think if our region was home to a mountain, we'd be able to see it... right? Well, we actually
home to a mountain, and you've probably seen its silhouette against the skyline without thinking much of it. Gildersleeve Mountain is just 18 miles from Cleveland and is home to the famous Chapin Forest Reservation and The Holden Arboretum. The mountain offers endless opportunity for adventure and it has a unique story that reflects the development of our region. You can find the full article on this incredible hidden wonder
11. Dittrick Museum of Medical History (11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland)
This gorgeous Case Western Reserve building may be purely enchanting in its looks, it hides a collection that's unique and a little bit creepy. Here you'll discover the evolution of modern medicine, and some points of its history are undeniably macabre. Admission to the museum is free, so you simply must check it out... if you're brave enough. For the full article and a few exhibits that'll pique your interest, check out our feature article
Cleveland is so welcoming that its landscape feels instantly familiar to those that have made it their home. However familiar it may seem, that wondrous charm that once drew you in never truly fades… sometimes, you just need a little reminder to look for it.
How many of these places have you visited? Are there other amazing places that you feel don’t get nearly enough attention? Let us know in the comments below!
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