10 Cleveland experiences to buy that keep on giving after the holidays

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 16:28:47-05

CLEVELAND — Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that create memories with family and friends. If you’re unsure of what to get that special someone in your life, you can’t go wrong with an experience that’s a true reflection of Cleveland, something that gets them outside and explores the very city we call home. Call it a notch of your bucket list or a new year's resolution to try something new.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

No matter the time of year, sitting inside historic railcars while touring the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the way to go. There is no other national park in the country with a nonprofit heritage railroad operating within it. Whether you want to enjoy a day excursion through the scenic views of the park or want an evening out with murder mystery-themed rides or wine tasting excursion, buy a ticket and climb aboard.

More info and ticket pricing here.


The Cleveland Orchestra

Who says Clevelanders can’t have a little class in their life? A world-class music scene is at your fingertips. The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra plays in an architectural gem that an integral part of the city’s history dating back to 1931 when it was built. Buy a ticket and sit back and listen to classical, romantic and baroque composers. In the summer, the Cleveland Orchestra puts on an annual summer series event at Blossom Music Center, featuring music of Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, just to name a few.

More info on an experience that should be on your Cleveland bucket list here.

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The Cleveland Candle Company

If someone you know has a burning love for Cleveland, consider getting them a certificate to a candle making class at The Cleveland Candle Co. The hands-on experience allows you to pick your jar and scent from the Scent Wall, featuring over 200 scents, for your perfect smell. The company has locations in Mentor, Coventry and Ohio City.

More info here.

Larchmere Fire Works

Located in Cleveland’s Larchmere neighborhood, give the gift of learning a new craft with glassblowing and blacksmith classes. Lachere Fire Works features private studio session to classes where participants can learn how to make everything from ornaments to bowls and vases.

More info here.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art consistently ranks as one of the best comprehensive art museums. For those who love art, consider buying a "My CMA" membership for year. Members get access to exhibitions that normally have an entrance fee, for free. Not to mention, members get early access to special events, classes, lectures and concerts like the Summer Solstice.

More info here.

The Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo by Kaylyn Hlavaty.
The Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo by Kaylyn Hlavaty.

The Nautica Queen

Experience the city in a whole new way aboard the Nautica Queen as you cruise under historic bridges while navigating on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. See the city from a view like never before.

More info here.

Cook up something new in Cleveland

At Stir Studio Kitchen in Cleveland, learning a cooking skill is a whole lot of fun. In a high-ceilinged kitchen, guest sip wine while cooking a three course meal, ranging in options from pasta from scratch to stir fry and ravioli, with vegan options available. Perfect for a group of friends or date night.

More info here.

Opening Day ticket

Baseball season is right around the corner, so why not get the sports fan in your life a ticket to the Cleveland Indians Home Opener. The Tribe opens the season at home on March 26 against the Detroit Tigers.

More info here.

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Playhouse Square

From musicals to plays and everything in between, The Playhouse Square offers entertainment for everyone. Considered the largest performing arts center in the nation outside of New York, Playhouse Square is one of Northeast Ohio’s cultural gems. Buy a ticket for one of dozens of shows coming to the theater. Make a whole evening out of it with dinner and a performance.

More info here.

Lolly the Trolley

With over 20 miles of facts and fun, you’re sure to discover something about Cleveland you didn’t know before. Tours range from 1 hour to 2 ½ hours, with tours including The Flats, the historic cultural gardens and the story of Millionaire’s Row. Reserve your seat and be a tourist in your own city.

More info here.