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Tourist Offices

Positively Cleveland

Address: Suite 100, 334 Euclid Ave, Chicago, 44114
Telephone: +1 216 875 6680 or +1 800 321 1001.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0900-1800.

Website: http://www.positivelycleveland.com/

Cleveland’s tourism agency strives to make every visitor to Cleveland feel welcome. If stopping by the visitors centre in person doesn’t appeal to you, you can email a Cleveland concierge ambassador at CLEConcierge@destinationcle.org.

Tourist passes

The Cleveland Plus Pass allows admission to 10 major attractions as well as offering other discounts in the region. You can buy a two-, three- or five-day pass online from Positively Cleveland’s website.

Attractions

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The term 'rock and roll' was coined by a Cleveland disc jockey in 1951 and it was largely for this reason that Cleveland became home to this institution dedicated to it. When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in 1995, it was already emblematic of the city's revival. Designed by the renowned architect I M Pei, the attraction celebrates the American pop-cultural institution of rock music by honouring its popular and influential performers, producers, songwriters and disc jockeys. Various exhibits, films and displays explore nearly all aspects of rock and roll - from the roots of the genre in folk music, blues and country music to a large variety of rock and roll artefacts.

Address: , 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 781 7625.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1730 (Wed until 2100).

Website: http://www.rockhall.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center is one of the largest science museums in America. Rather than feature three or four major exhibits, this science centre offers over 340 interactive exhibits, covering a very wide variety of themes, including meteorology, aquatic environments, the planet earth, pollution, sports and music. It focuses on science as it applies to Cleveland in particular - situated as it is on Lake Erie. There is also a children's area and an OMNIMAX theatre.

Address: , 601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 694 2000.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1700(May-Aug), Tues-Sat 1000-1700 (Sept-Apr), Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.glsc.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Founded in 1930, the Cleveland Botanical Garden is the oldest civic garden in America. Its 4 hectares (10 acres) of meticulously kept greenery includes eleven different types of garden - Japanese, herb, rose, inspirational, terrace, gateway, children's, therapeutic, topiary, woodland and perennial. The amazing Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse includes a vast greenhouse with recreations of two of the world's most fragile ecosystems, the sun-baked spiny desert of Madagascar and the misty cloud forest of Costa Rica, as well as an extensive library, a cafe and gift shop and other visitor services.

Address: University Circle, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 721 1600.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 1000-1700 (Wed 1000-2100), Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.cbgarden.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History imaginatively brings to life the natural sciences. Disciplines celebrated include archaeology, astronomy, botany, cultural anthropology, paleobotany and zoology. Among its most celebrated features are the Reinberger Hall of Earth and Planetary Systems, where geology and astronomy are integrated, allowing visitors to touch volcanic rock or experience the rumbling of an earthquake, and the Shafran Planetarium and Astronomy Exhibit Hall. The museum also houses an extensive collection of gemstones.

Address: University Circle, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 231 4600.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1700 (Wed 1000-2200), Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.cmnh.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Steamship William G Mather Museum

The Steamship William G Mather Museum is a living relic of Cleveland's historic role in the Great Lakes steel industry. Built in 1925, the bulk freighter plied the waters of the Great Lakes, supplying coal and ore to Cleveland's steel yards. In 1980, the ship was taken out of active service and, since 1990, has been this floating museum, restored to bring to life the everyday lives of its crew.

Address: , 305 Old Erieside Avenue, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 621 2400.
Opening times:

 Tues-Sat 1100-1700, Sun 1200-1700 (Jun-Aug); Sat 1100-1700 Sun 1200-1700 (May, Sep-Oct).

Website: http://wgmather.nhlink.net/
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Western Reserve Historical Society Museum/Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

This museum combines a glimpse into Cleveland's past, a research and genealogy library and a record of the city's prominent role in the transportation industry with more than 200 cars on display. The museum also provides visitors a peak into life along Millionaire's Row by offering a tour through its Hay-McKinney Mansion located next door.

Address: University Circle, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 721 5722.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.wrhs.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Founded in 1882, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is the seventh oldest in the United States and home to thousands of animals representing seven continents. The zoo has an outdoor area covering 66 hectares (165 acres) and an indoor area covering 0.8 hectares (2 acres). Exhibits include a Northern Trek, featuring bears, Siberian tigers, sea lions and reindeer, an Australian Adventure, with koalas, snakes, kangaroos and wallabies, and the Primate Cat and Aquatics Building, which houses animals including gorillas, lungfish and cheetahs. One of the zoo's most famous exhibits is the Rainforest, an indoor area that presents the delicate animal and plant life of the disappearing tropical rainforests.

Address: , 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 661 6500.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.clemetzoo.com
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Cleveland Museum of Art

Known for the breadth and quality of its collection, the Cleveland Museum of Art opened in 1916. The collection covers 5,000 years of art history, including genres such as Arms and Armour, Medieval and Islamic Art, 19th-century European Painting, American Painting and contemporary Art and Photography.

Address: University Circle, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland,
Telephone: +1 216 421 7350.
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 1000-1700 (Wed & Fri 1000-2100).

Website: http://www.clevelandart.org
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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Holiday Inn Express

This inn is constructed in a historic, refurbished bank building in the heart of the downtown theatre district. Centrally located and well priced, it is also popular with sports fans, being within easy walking distance of both Progressive Field and Quicken Loans (Q) Arena. Breakfast and wifi are included with your stay.

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

A good value hotel on Public Square, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is housed in an elegant 1918 building with vaulted ceilings and high-arched windows, and it offers some of the finest accommodations in the city. Its Mediterranean-style restaurant Sans Souci is excellent, and the hotel is conveniently connected to Tower City Center, which offers other good restaurants and a cinema in addition to upscale shopping.

Ritz-Carlton Cleveland

Its spot on the top of the Tower City Center shopping mall is more romantic than it sounds, and the Ritz-Carlton is arguably the city’s most luxurious hotel. Midwest chic, if such a thing can be imagined, is the order of the day, with oversized desks, high-class toiletries and views over the city.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside

A former Holiday Inn, this property has undergone recent renovation (completed in 2011). For a good price, you’ll get flatscreen TVs and branded toiletries, as well as a smart location not far from Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown

It’s a budget hotel, but it’s as fresh as many above its station, and you can’t fault the location, which is within walking distance of many places you’re likely to want to visit. Rooms come with coffee makers and there’s even a small fitness room on site.

Embassy Suites Downtown Cleveland

A budget, all-suite option that puts you in the centre of things. Each room comes with a full-size sofa bed if you want to cram a small group in, and also HD TVs and complimentary tea and coffee. Again, you can walk to most of the city's main attractions.