Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the (1) West Side Market Café, a laid-back diner located two miles west of downtown. Locals love this hidden gem for its menu made from fresh Market ingredients. Stroll the historic market afterward or head straight to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Don’t miss The Legends of Rock exhibit (on the lower level) featuring artifacts from artists like The Beatles and Michael Jackson. Afterward, head over to historic (2) Terminal Tower/Tower City Center to take in its stunning 1929 Beaux Arts architecture. End your day in style at Tower City’s Ritz-Carlton TURN Bar + Kitchen where a steam whistle signals the start of happy hour (featuring light fare and strong spirits) or take a short stroll to bustling (3) E. 4th Street where you’ll find some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. Clevelanders are a chummy lot, so eat at the bar and make some new friends!
Start your day at Jack Flap’s Luncheonette (We recommend the lemon curd pancakes). Next: What kid doesn’t love animals? Check out 600 creatures from the world’s jungles at the (1) Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s RainForest. Or, stay downtown and visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to see a variety of sea creatures. For a quick lunch, stop at the Heinen’s market downtown. There’s something for everyone, but the real attraction is sitting under the amazing rotunda of this historic building. Head up E. 9th St. to the (2) Great Lakes Science Center, where hundreds of hands-on activities await, as well as exhibits from Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center. Or, visit the (3) Cleveland Museum of Natural History to rub elbows with a T-Rex and other fossils. Dinner? At the nearby Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, kids can create their own hot dogs topped with concoctions (Froot Loops?) only a kid could dream up.
Begin with a locally-sourced breakfast or brunch at the modern-rustic Urban Farmer at the Westin Downtown Cleveland. Stay downtown and check out the (1) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum or head East to University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural hub and home to many museums, including the highly acclaimed (2) Cleveland Museum of Art. If shopping is your thing, less than three miles away is Larchmere, where there are unique galleries, clothing stores, bookshops and more. For dinner, the elegant Johnny’s Downtown in the Warehouse district is a favorite for couples, or catch a show at (3) Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center in the U.S., outside of New York. There are shows nearly every night and last-minute tickets are often available.