Life in Cleveland Has So Much to Offer
Founded in 1796, Cleveland has historically been a center of manufacturing and business. Its position to the Great Lakes and numerous transportation lines was central for the success of many companies, including John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil and the Sherwin-Williams Company. Over the last decade, Cleveland has transitioned into a period of urban renewal and revitalization. Whether you are interested in exploring the rich cultural history of its neighborhoods or eating at one of its many award-winning eateries, Cleveland has something for everyone.
When you are not in the hospital, head over to Little Italy’s highly rated bakery, Presti’s, and enjoy a fresh mocha and a hazelnut gelato. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a late night stroll through the streets of Tremont. If you’re at the hospital and you need to clear your head, walk a few steps and you’re in University Circle, which boasts more cultural and performing arts institutions within one square mile than anywhere else in the country. Or hit the outdoors of Northeast Shores with its two beautiful lakefront state parks, bike and walking trails, swimming, and boat docks.
Learn more about life in Cleveland:
- Cleveland neighborhoods: From Little Italy to Tremont to Downtown, the neighborhoods of Cleveland are as vibrant as they are diverse.
- Cleveland rocks: 10 reasons why Cleveland is the place to be.
- Links to Cleveland: Explore some of the resources that can provide even more information about things to do and see in Cleveland.
A Taste of Other Things Happening in Cleveland
- Playhouse Square in the Theater District is a great place to see a Broadway play, opera or ballet. It's also the nation's first regional theater and the second largest performing arts center in the U.S.
- Cleveland is home to a variety of sports teams including the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lake Erie Monsters (hockey), Cleveland Gladiators (arena football).
- Experience the nightlife of the Warehouse District at one its many bars and restaurants.
- The B Spot is a great place to grab Michael Symon’s “Fat Doug” hamburger (named best burger in America by the Food Network). A native Clevelander and Iron Chef, Symon also serves up nationally acclaimed food at Lola and Mabel's BBQ.
- Many Cleveland restaurants have been featured on the Food Network, including Momocho and Lucky’s.
- Some of Cleveland’s annual festivals include the Cleveland International Film Festival, Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival, Ingenuity Festival, Great Lakes Burning River Fest, and the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy.
- Cleveland has many venues to experience music all the way from mainstream bands to up and coming acts like the Q Arena, Blossom, House of Blues,and of course, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
- The Cleveland Metroparks System has over 60 miles of paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating, seven golf courses, 13 major fishing areas in over 26 stream miles of the Rocky River, and participates in the sport of geocaching.
Fun Facts About Cleveland
- In 2017, Matthew McConaughey and Bruce Willis filmed White Boy Rick in Cleveland.
- The first African-American newspaper, “The Aliened-American,” was first published in Cleveland in 1850.
- The Cleveland Orchestra, noted as being one of the best in the world, is referred to as one of the “Big Five” major orchestras in the U.S. and Playhouse Square is the largest performing art center outside of New York City.
- A Christmas Story, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Almost Famous, Happy Gilmore and Air Force One are some of the movies that have been filmed in Cleveland.
- Eliot Ness, Dr. Harvey Cushing, and 20th U.S. President James A. Garfield are some of the notable individuals buried in nearby Lake View Cemetery
- Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Drew Carey, Jesse Owens, Halle Berry, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Bob Hope, and Wes Craven (Scream film series) are all from Cleveland.
- The modern golf ball, the American-made standard gasoline automobile, the American Diesel engine were Cleveland firsts.