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Exploring Cleveland, Ohio

Ah, the mistake on the lake. If there’s one thing I’ve heard about Cleveland, it’s that it is terrible. People make jokes about it left and right. But after exploring the city of Cleveland, I will say I’ve found some really neat hidden gems.

Built right on Lake Erie, Cleveland certainly has it’s faults, but I think the charms of the city outweigh the faults. The weather, in the summer, is perfect. The sun and cool breeze from the lake means it’s almost always a comfortable temperature.

pier, cleveland, man walking on pier, ohio pier,

The downside, of course, is that Cleveland can be bitter cold in the winter. When I was there in January, I thought my body was going to freeze to death. The icy wind can really get you-so layer up!

When you visit the city, you have to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but don’t miss the unique pier that surrounds it. It’s a great place to relax or go for a stroll. And sometimes they have free outdoor concerts.

I never thought of Cleveland as a hipster city, but it certainly has some kooky places. If you head down to the Arts District, home of the famous Playhouse Square, you’ll find some funky restaurants.

We ate at an organic place called Phuel. It’s a modern, hipster joint with great food. I really like that the menu changes based upon what they can find for fresh ingredients.

It was both delicious and filling. It was a bit pricey, though. I suppose that’s due to the fresh ingredients. Totally worth it, and made for a nice lunch.

Also read: 10 Reasons Why Cleveland Doesn’t Suck

 

Another great place to visit is over near Little Italy. On Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, there is a park, with areas themed like different countries. It’s a tad hard to find parking, but once you do you’ll be surprised to find such a beautiful park in the middle of a crowded city.

 

Mom and I took a trip here when she was getting Chemo, and it was strangely serene. There’s some water features, playgrounds, and lots of neat masonry work.

There’s a lot to see in this neat city. From the Christmas Story House to cool coffee shops in Public Square.

It may be teased, but it’s an underrated place to visit and escape.

 

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