Adjacent to Cleveland Clinic's campus is University Circle, the center of Cleveland's cultural life. Encompassing 525 acres, the University Circle area contains the greatest concentration of museums, cultural activities and churches in the United States.
Cleveland Museum of Art
This area also features the Cleveland Museum of Art, which houses one of the most highly acclaimed art collections in the world and several other museums.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The latest addition to Cleveland's cultural scene is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a lakefront museum that honors the greats of rock 'n’ roll through memorabilia and multi-media exhibits.
The Cleveland Playhouse, a premier repertory stage company, has a multi-theater complex within three blocks of Cleveland Clinic. Opera Cleveland has found a permanent home at Playhouse Square, a complex of three theaters restored to their original 1920's elegance in downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Explore a beautifully landscaped Cleveland Metroparks Zoo just minutes from downtown Cleveland and the airport with nearly 3,000 animals from around the world.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden is home to 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens and an 18,000-square-foot glasshouse featuring a Costa Rican rainforest full of lush plants, butterflies and birds, as well as to the spiny desert of Madagascar, where prickly plants, out-of-the-ordinary blooms and wonderfully weird plants and animals.
The Emerald Necklace
Many activities are also available for outdoor enthusiasts. The natural woodland Cleveland Metroparks form an “Emerald Necklace” which surrounds the city and contains picnic areas as well as miles of bicycle, hiking, jogging, and horseback riding trails. Cleveland also offers sailing enthusiasts, boaters, swimmers, and fishermen abundant lakeshore to enjoy.
Great Lakes Science Center
Featuring hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibitions, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the steamship William G. Mather, Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. The Museum features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna.
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Founded in 1968, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), a leading force in the cultural life of Northeast Ohio, is recognized nationally and internationally for its vital and creative exhibitions and public programs.
Cleveland Institute of Art
The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For more than 130 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve, a leader among independent research universities, offers world-class academic programs in Cleveland's culturally vibrant University Circle.
Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University provides a contemporary and accessible education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, and conducting research, scholarship and creative activity across these branches of knowledge.
One of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods, and perhaps its most ethnically diverse, Ohio City is a culturally rich community with an eclectic offering of restaurants and nightlife, along with the culinary diversity of the West Side Market, a landmark in this West Side neighborhood. From pierogi to falafel, no place in Cleveland combines more cultures under one roof. There are more than 180 vendors offering ethnic delicacies and an amazing variety of fresh bakery, produce, dairy products, meats and seafood.
Cedar-Fairmount is the Gateway to Cleveland Heights. The business district is situated in a three block area at the top of Cedar Hill. Conveniently located near downtown Cleveland, it is only minutes from Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and University Circle. Along with beautiful architecture, green space and accessibility, Cedar Fairmount offers over 100 businesses, services, professionals and restaurants that are individually owned. These unique services include award winning restaurants, coffee houses, European style bakeries and specialty foods.
The Flats enjoys a rich history that began in the late 18th century. The area has undergone a stunning transformation from a manufacturing and distribution center to a unique district that attracts more than seven million visitors to the east and west banks of the Cuyahoga River. Excellent entertainment and nightlife now line the river, highlighted by two outdoor concert venues: The Time Warner Amphitheater and Nautica Pavillion.
Gateway District and East 4th Street
The historic Gateway District offers great entertainment, retail stores, attractive lodgings, wonderful dining and nightlife. Progressive Field, home of major league baseball’s Cleveland Indians, and Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, are both located in this revitalized area of the city. In addition, Quicken Loans Arena features numerous concerts throughout the year and is also home to the Lake Erie Monsters hockey team and Cleveland Gladiators arena football team. East 4th Street is the latest in numerous reinvestments into the downtown area, featuring numerous restaurants and nightlife that includes an improv comedy club and the House of Blues. Also located in the nearby North Cost Harbor are the Cleveland Browns Stadium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The latest addition to downtown is the recently opened Horseshoe Casino, complete with upscale dining options, including Iron Chef Michael Symon’s B Spot Burgers.
Little Italy is located at the base of Murray Hill, between University Circle and Cleveland Heights. It provides many of the city’s well-liked Italian restaurants and serves as the center of Italian culture in Greater Cleveland. Its unique mix of galleries, restaurants and bakeries makes it one of Cleveland’s most popular locations. Little Italy is home to many private art galleries and two private schools. It is also within walking distance of Case Western Reserve University, the notable Wade Oval Museums and University Hospitals of Cleveland. During the second weekend of August, the streets of Little Italy are packed with Italian food vendors, rides and a parade celebrating the Feast of the Assumption Festival.
Tremont’s architectural gems demonstrate its rich cultural heritage. Located on the ridge directly above “The Flats,” Tremont offers fine dining, charming shops and an excellent view of downtown Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River. The area has become a favored site for artists’ studios and galleries. It is also one of Greater Cleveland’s prime destinations for dining and entertainment.
The Historic Warehouse District has emerged as downtown Cleveland’s premier residential and commercial area. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1982, The Warehouse District is home to a unique mix of restaurants, galleries, shops, businesses and nightclubs. Many of the old warehouses have now been transformed into loft-style condos and apartments. The District encompasses 43 acres and contains more than 70 original structures.