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Cleveland Local History

General Moses Cleaveland Founded Cleveland in 1796. Originally spelt Cleaveland the 'a' was dropped to fit the city's name on a newspaper masthead on January 6th 1831. With the completion of the Ohio and Erie canals in 1832 and the arrival of the railroad in 1855, Cleveland is strengthened as a transportation center.

The term 'Rock 'n' Roll' was coined by Cleveland radio DJ Alan Freed, and the first Rock 'n' Roll concert was held in Cleveland in 1952. For an amazing fifth time, Cleveland is named as an All-American city in 1993, and the citizens of Cleveland elected the first female mayor, Jane L. Campbell, in 2002.

Cleveland Attractions

Top Attractions

Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Boulevards. This museum is renowned for its temporary exhibitions and its excellent permanent collection, which include modern and postmodern movements and Picasso's brilliant La Vie from his Blue Period.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History 1 Wade Oval Drive. This museum has a showcase of excellent gem and jewels collection, a fascinating array of fossils and geological specimens, which has a special emphasis on prehistoric Ohio and a hands-on natural science Discovery Center for the kids.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum 1 Key Plaza. I. M. Pei designed this glass and porcelain pyramid. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame houses a collection of multimedia exhibits, archives and films that tell the story of rock and roll through the ages. This museum also houses the coolest collection of pop-culture memorabilia around.

WWII Submarine USS Cod 1089 N. Marginal Drive. This submarine is particularly enlightening to tour because it has not been adapted for civilian access, the visitors must use the same vertical ladders and hatches that were used by the crew of the USS Cod, and the vessel is completely intact. This sub is credited with sinking nearly 30,000 tons of Japanese sea vessels during the Second World War.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, OH 44109 Largest collection of primates in the US. Has an Australian Adventure, Greenhouse, Aquarium, Wolf Wilderness, African Savana, and Rainforest. The Rainforest has been featured on Animal Planet and is a biosphere that contains over 600 animals! A professional horticulture staff beautifully landscapes the grounds and all the grounds are well-maintained. The Zoo is open everyday (save Christmas Day and New Years Day)from 10am-5pm EST. Visit the website at www.clemetzoo.com for more details and events.
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Cleveland Shopping

Lorain Avenue Antiques District Located at Lorain Avenue. If you are shopping for antiques this is the place to be. Lorain Avenue is part of the renaissance. The Antiques Arcade and Century Antiques are quite impressive.

West Side market 1979 W. 25th Street. This market hall is over 241 feet long with vaulted ceilings 44 feet high, the two buildings and the outdoor arcade are covered with tarps for the winter. There are 68 vendors who sell everything from lamb chops to cigars. This is the best market in the city.

The Avenue at Tower City Center 50 Public Square. This mall is housed in a renovated train terminal and has more than 120 shops and restaurants and an 11-screen movie theater. It is a beautiful building with a glass dome ceiling, marble staircases and brass storefronts.

Cleveland Activities

Cedar Point Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Drive. At this amusement park you will find the biggest collection of rides and more roller coasters than any other park in the world. Camp Snoopy is an all ages play land with its own kid friendly coasters. Soak City is an 18-acre water park and Challenge Park is where the kids can race stock cars, play mini-golf, and ride Rip Cord (a sky coaster, which combines free fall skydiving and hang gliding.)

Cleveland Metro-parks Zoo 3900 Wildlife Way. This is a well-maintained and organized zoo. The attraction, which is a not to be missed is the multilevel Rainforest exhibit. There is an actual rainstorm inside the simulated biosphere, and there are more than 600 animals and insects from all over the world.

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure 1060 N. Aurora Road. This is the only park of its kind in the world. Located on 750-acres of land there are 10 powerhouse roller coasters, the water park and sea-life park. This amusement park has seasonal hours, so it is advisable to call first.

Cleveland Parks & Gardens

Rockefeller Park This is a 296-acre oasis, which lies between Lake Erie and Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland Botanical Gardens 7 acres of gardens. 18000 square foot conservatory showcasing the fragile ecosystems of Madagascar's deserts and Costa Rica's cloud forests.

Cleveland Beaches

Edgewater Park One of Cleveland's best swimming beaches. Here you will find a quarter-mile long beach, which has an up to date bathhouse and concessions building, a bike trail, roller blading, fishing piers and beach volleyball areas.

Euclid Beach This beach has beautiful picnic areas as well as a swimming beach.

Villa Angela Here you can find a large swimming beach, fitness trail and a handicapped accessible fishing pier.

Cleveland Restaurants and Bars

Cleveland Restaurants

Alice Coopers' town 2217 E. 9th Street. This is Shock-rocker Alice Cooper's restaurant and sports bar. The menu ranges from burgers, barbecued spare ribs, pizzas, and pasta to salads. There is always loud music and eye-popping memorabilia. You can also purchase souvenirs here.

Blue Point Grille 700W. Street, Clair Avenue. This is Cleveland's hottest see-and-be seen spot. Among the patrons you can find a local sports hero or two. The kitchen is creative and has fresh fish flown in daily. Steaks are also on hand for those non-fish eaters.

Baricelli Inn 2203 Cornell Road. This restaurant is housed in a 19th century mansion, which is now a seven-room B & B inn. The house specialty is a boneless rack of lamb. The herbs used to season the dishes served at Baricelli Inn are home grown in the inns garden. An extensive wine list is also available. The restaurant is closed on Sunday's.

Guarino's 12309 Mayfield Road. The same family has owned this cosy little Italian restaurant for more than 80 years. There are a variety of pasta, seafood and beef dishes on the menu as well as a children's menu. There is also an opportunity for open air dining, weather permitting.

Cleveland Bars & Clubs

Great Lakes Brewing Company 2516 Market Avenue. This is the only American Brewery ever to win the coveted 'Microbrewery of the Year' award. This Brewing Company is a comfortable Ohio City pub with long mahogany bar, big booths and with pleasant garden seating. Simple pub grub is served such as beer-battered cod, bratwurst and burgers.

Velvet Dog 1280 W. 6th Street. This is a high-style dance club. An excellent martini bar is on offer as well as a DJ who knows what the latest trends are.

Wilbert's Bar & Grille 1360 W. 9th Street. If you are in the mood for blues, then stop of at this great Bar. Here you can catch blues and roots music as well as the occasional Cajun or zydeco show.

Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland's Scene Magazine as the city's best rock club voted this venue. There are a variety of musical acts from Jazz to the hottest new rock bands.

Cleveland children's activities

Cedar Point Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Drive. At this amusement park you will find the biggest collection of rides and more roller coasters than any other park in the world. Camp Snoopy is an all ages play land with its own kid friendly coasters. Soak City is an 18-acre water park and Challenge Park is where the kids can race stock cars, play mini-golf, and ride Rip Cord (a sky coaster, which combines free fall skydiving and hang gliding.)

Cleveland Metro-parks Zoo 3900 Wildlife Way. This is a well-maintained and organized zoo. The attraction, which is a not to be missed is the multilevel Rainforest exhibit. There is an actual rainstorm inside the simulated biosphere, and there are more than 600 animals and insects from all over the world.

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure 1060 N. Aurora Road. This is the only park of its kind in the world. Located on 750-acres of land there are 10 powerhouse roller coasters, the water park and sea-life park. This amusement park has seasonal hours, so it is advisable to call first.

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