CLEVELAND — Last week we rolled our Hidden Gems of Cleveland list. It’s intended for people who have explored the Cleveland metro area already. But maybe that’s not you. Maybe you just moved to Cleveland – or you are visiting Cleveland for the first time. What are the absolute essentials that you’ve just got to experience?
In no particular order...
2. The Great Lakes Science Center
It's over there by the Rock Hall. Where science comes alive with hundreds of exhibits. Everything from launching a rocket to augmented reality sandboxes.
3. West Side Market
A longtime Cleveland favorite -- check the market’s calendar to make sure it’s open before you head out.
4. Museum of Art
One of the best in the country, with everything from Monet to Warhol.
5. Little Italy
Just minutes from downtown and right next to University Circle; packed with great restaurants and bakeries.
7. Cleveland Script Sign at Edgewater Park
You can’t visit this city and leave without letting everyone know on Instagram.
8. The Flats
Saturday afternoon, in the sun -- there’s nowhere else in Cleveland like it for day-eating and day-drinking.
9. A Christmas Story House
You’ll be saying “Oh, fudge,” if you come to Cleveland and miss out on this classic.
10. All of the breweries
They’re all good. Go to all of them.
11. Severance Hall-Cleveland Orchestra
When it is not touring around the world, the renowned Cleveland Orchestra calls the stage at Severance Hall home. Buy a ticket and see why it’s considered one of the best in the world.
12. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
One of the best ways to explore the beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
13. Museum of Contemporary Art
Cited by the New York Times and Architectural Digest as a symbol of the city’s renaissance, MOCA’s architecture and ever-changing exhibits are something to see.
14. Playhouse Square
Go for a show. Stay for a photo of the gigantic chandelier.
15. Wade Lagoon
It’s one of Cleveland's most beautiful hidden surprises; where art meets nature.
Once you're done with these, move on to The 100 Hidden Gems of Cleveland.
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