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Fun stuff to do and good stuff to eat in Cleveland, OH?

Asked by seekingwolf (10397points) May 24th, 2011

Okay so my boyfriend and I were supposed to go to Cleveland to see a concert. Unfortunately, it was cancelled. I got the room through Priceline for 2 nights so I can’t cancel on those. We decided to go anyway.

I’ve never been to Cleveland. Besides the Rock n Roll hall of fame (which my bf has already done, I may or may not do), what is some other stuff we can do? I want to go to the art museum (it’s free). We both like concerts, good food but not too expensive, festivals, exhibits, gardens/parks, etc.

Can anyone recommend some good local restaurants too? Something really good that I “must” go to if I’m in the area? :)

PS I don’t mind paying to do stuff but it would be better if it was more on the cheaper end. We are poor college kids with not a lot of cash on us. ><

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HungryGuy's avatar

[NSFW] Have a kinky sex affair with this cute nurse I knew there…

WestRiverrat's avatar

Start here. It will give you an idea of what is happening when you are going to be there.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t know when you’re going, but here is a list of upcoming festivals.

Also, you can see if the Indians are playing at home. Their new stadium is wonderful.

Take a dinner picnic and watch sunset at Edgewater State Park

The original towpath for the Ohio and Erie Canal has been turned into a trail.

If you like Mediterranean food, you will like Zdara in the downtown warehouse district.

tedibear's avatar

Absolutely go to the art museum. Even though there is construction going on, the parts of the collection you can see are amazing. The Natural History museum is near the art museum. The zoo and the rainforest are outstanding. The elephant exhibit just re-opened and it’s supposed to be quite well done. (I think Monday might be “free day.”) The Science Center (near the Rock Hall) is good, but very much like any science center in any city. There is an IMAX theatre there. It is currently playing “Born to Be Wild” and “Tornado Alley.”

As for food, it depends on what you can afford. If you want some of Michael Symon’s food, there is Lola, Lolita and B-Spot. I also recommend J.Pistone’s Market & Gathering Place if you’re going to be near Shaker Hts. Less expensive than Lola, but the food is still good. Not Michael Symon quality, but good. The Great Lakes Brewing Company, Mallorca, Fat Fish Blue and Crop Bistro are also excellent.

If you’re into sports, the Cleveland Indians are on a hot streak right now. Progressive Field has good seats – even in the bleachers.

anartist's avatar

Dont miss 2011 Cleveland Hip Hop Music Festival on May 28! And let me know what you think of Loki (one of the performers)!

seekingwolf's avatar

We are getting there tomorrow afternoon and will leave on May 27th in the late afternoon or so. There is a “rib cookout” going on on the 27th so I know we will be going to that. :)

Thank you for the suggestions!

I definitely plan to go to the parks. One of the things my boyfriend and I like to do is share a cigar and relax in a nice place outdoors. I’ve bought one from his favourite brand so this will definitely be special. I’m looking at pics of the parks now.

tedibear's avatar

Yes, the Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are terrific.

Kardamom's avatar

Here’s some suggestions for restaurants in Cleveland via Guy Fieri’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives.

If you like chili, this place called Skyline Chili is supposed to be really good.

Here’s a listing for some great burgers and more burgers and more burgers

And if you like Pizza you might find something on this list.

And for breakfast you might like some of these choices

I’ve noticed a trend with all of the restaurant listings this place called The Flying Fig keeps getting mentioned.

Here’s some nifty ideas for romantic things to do in Cleveland.

For something free, interesting and different you might try a trip to the famous Lake View Cemetery or The Old Arcade

The Holden Arboretum sounds beautiful. It’s east of Cleveland, not sure how far though.

Or the Cleveland Botanical Garden

If you like architecture this site has a good selection of buildings to see.

Here’s a list of Cleveland Museums of which the Polka Museum and the Dunham Tavern (which is the oldest building in Cleveland) sounds very interesting.

josie's avatar

Can’t help you

lillycoyote's avatar

I would still go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum if your BF doesn’t mind seeing it again. I went there when I went to Cleveland to visit my aunt and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Also in that same area is the Imax theatre as @tedibear mentions and the The William G. Mather Maritime Museum. You really should go at least see Lake Erie anyway.

Joker94's avatar

This will pretty much sum up everything you can do. No, seriously, I’d hit up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that place is amazing!

seekingwolf's avatar

Thanks for the help everyone.

My boyfriend and I had an amazing time. We went to a couple museums and saw everything in there, Rock n Roll hall of fame (it was fun for him even though it was the second time for him!), went to several local restaurants PLUS this awesome Mexican one (shared a huge margarita). We also went to 2 hookah bars, one of which had amazing shisha. We also spent a lot of time in the heart of the city just walking around and seeing things. Oh, and getting lost. OH! and we went to a rib cookout.

Good times. I wouldn’t mind going there again. :)

tedibear's avatar

@seekingwolf – YAY! I’m so glad that you had a great time in our city. Do you remember the name of the Mexican restaurant by any chance? We’re always looking for a good one. Or, do you remember where it was – a suburb, downtown, east side, west side?

seekingwolf's avatar

I think it was called “Mi Pueblo”. It was on Euclid Avenue. Like right near the “Blue Fig” hookah cafe. It’s literally 100 feet from it, on the same side of the street.

I liked it a lot. Their margaritas were huge! I had a strawberry one (put some salt in it) and the steak fajitas. Very yummy. The guacamole was really good.

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