Top Attractions for First-Timers

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

No trip to Cleveland is complete without a visit to the iconic Rock Hall. This museum tells the story of rock music through exhibits featuring legendary artists and artifacts. See famous outfits, instruments, handwritten lyrics, and more. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame itself, where the biggest names in rock are honored.

Cleveland Museum of Art

One of the best art museums in the country, the CMA houses an outstanding collection of works spanning 6,000 years of creativity. Wander through galleries filled with pieces by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, and other masters. The museum’s neoclassical building is itself a work of art.

West Side Market

Foodies flock to this beloved public market to shop the 100+ vendor stalls selling fresh produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, spices, and more. The historic market hall dates to 1912. Come hungry–you’ll want to sample some pierogi, strudel, or bratwurst from the food stalls!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Families love this world-class zoo located just 10 minutes from downtown. See orangutans swinging overhead in the RainForest, get splashed by playful sea lions, and observe curious meerkats. More than 3,000 animals call the zoo home, including endangered and rare species.

Great Lakes Science Center

With 400+ interactive exhibits, this lakeside museum brings science to life. Hop in a cockpit simulator, design a wind turbine, and try your hand at performing surgery–just a few of the hands-on activities. The center also includes an OMNIMAX theater.

Lake View Cemetery

This lush historic cemetery might seem like an unusual attraction, but it’s worth a visit. In addition to beautiful landscaping, the cemetery is the final resting place of famous Cleveland residents such as John D. Rockefeller, Elliott Ness, and President James Garfield.

How to Get Around Cleveland

Public Transportation

The RTA rail system and buses provide convenient transportation around Cleveland. Purchase passes at station vending machines. The Red Line offers quick access to many attractions. Buses connect outer neighborhoods and suburbs.

Taxis and Rideshares

Cleveland taxis are readily available at hotels, attractions, and transportation hubs. Uber and Lyft also operate in the city. Compare prices between rideshare services and taxis.

Charter Buses

For group travel, consider renting a charter bus. Charter buses offer seating for larger groups, direct transportation, and plenty of room for luggage. Our drivers know Cleveland well and can provide narration or suggest sights along the way.

Ready to Get Started?

We hope this quick guide gets you excited to visit Cleveland for the first time. With world-class museums, a vibrant arts scene, unique neighborhoods, and great food, Cleveland has so much to offer. Get in touch with us to start planning your group trip! Our charter buses make exploring Cleveland easy and fun.