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What Is Cleveland Like

Cleveland has a wide array of things to do. Whether you are a fine arts or cultural enthusiast, sports fanatic, enjoy a busy downtown nightlife, relaxing by the water or hiking in the great outdoors, Cleveland has it all.

If you are a cultural enthusiast, the University Circle area is the place for you. University Circle is just a few minutes from downtown Cleveland.

There are several arts and cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Playhouse.

The Cleveland Institute of Art has undergone new major construction and renovation. Not only does the museum house a great permanent collection, but also hosts major traveling exhibits.

The nearby Cleveland Institute of Art houses the Cinematheque, which shows modern art films, as well as film classics.

Little Italy is five minutes away, up Mayfield Road. This small, old world neighborhood is the home of great Italian restaurants, art galleries and shops. Up the hill in Cleveland Heights are more funky restaurants, coffee houses, and the Cedar Lee Theatre, which shows an interesting variety of art and independent movies. You can even order a glass of wine at the refreshment counter along with your popcorn!

After a day of fine arts, try heading to downtown Cleveland. Downtown Cleveland is just the right size. You can enjoy a downtown atmosphere, without the hustle and bustle of the big cities.

If you're still in the museum mode, you can visit the more contemporary museums, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or the Great Lakes Science Center. Playhouse Square is the home to several large theaters that host traveling Broadway plays, live music, comedy entertainers, ballet and opera performances.

If you want to enjoy the nightlife of downtown Cleveland, there's non-stop action. You can enjoy fabulous restaurants and clubs in the West 6th District or the West Bank of the Flats. Hard Rock Cafe', House of Blues, Shooters on the River, PickWick & Frolic, Blue Point Grille, Lincoln Tap House, the Improv are just a few of the hot-spots in the downtown area.

The newest attractions to downtown Cleveland are the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which opened in 2012. If you would like to take a gamble, the Horseshoe Casino is now open.

Other popular areas for nightlife with restaurants, bars and shopping are the Tremont area, Ohio City, Coventry Village, and the Lakewood area, all within 5-10 minutes of downtown.

If you are a Cleveland Sports fan, you can check out the Cleveland Browns, Cavs, Indians or the Lake Erie Monsters. All sports facilities are in the downtown area.

If golf is your game, there are numerous courses throughout Cleveland and nearby cities.

Now off to the west side, to the home of our very own Fairview Hospital. On your way to the west side, a great stop is the West Side Market. The West Side Market is home to over 120 vendors selling tasty ethnic specialties in a dozen languages. A block away from the market are several wine bars and good restaurants, including Town Hall - Ohio City, a microbrewery pub, the Market Garden Brewery, and The Harp, an Irish pub.

In Westlake, a west-side suburb of Cleveland, you will find Crocker Park. Crocker Park is more than a shopping Center or mall. It is essentially a newly constructed village with stores, restaurants, offices and residences. Hundreds of people gather nightly to stroll, eat outdoors, peruse the bookstore, shop at Trader Joe's or just play chess on the main street.

If you want to travel about an hour west of Cleveland, you can also enjoy Cedar Point, one of the top amusement parks in the country. Want a taste of the island life? Hop on the Miller Ferry or Jet Express to Lake Erie's Put-in-Bay or Kelley's Island.

If you are a nature lover or just love being outdoors, you will enjoy hiking or bicycling in the Metroparks, with trails located in several areas throughout Cleveland and surrounding areas. Some of the "Emerald Necklace" favorites are the Ohio Erie & Canal Reservation, North Chagrin Reservation, tobagganing at Mill Stream Run, and Squires Castle. Another impressive hiking and biking area is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

There are also great beaches along the Cleveland Lake Erie Coastline, including Huntington Beach, Edgewater and Mentor-on-the-Lake. Other favorite water pastimes are boating, fishing and kayaking.

In addition to all the amenities mentioned, Cleveland has two other features which are important for residents. Cleveland is a major medical city for clinical care, training, research and innovation, and home of the world renowned Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, which provides many educational opportunities for our residents.

The other important feature is affordability of living in Cleveland. Cleveland offers a wide variety of housing options in safe neighborhoods within easy driving distance of Fairview Hospital.

This is just a small portion of what Cleveland has to offer. If you want to learn more, click on any of the links below, and you'll see even more of what Cleveland has in store for you.

Reviewed: 02/16