25 Things to Do in Cleveland this Year

Looking for fun things to do in Cleveland in 2017? How about 25? You have plenty of time left to enjoy the year. How will you choose to spend it? By tasting your way through local brews? Dining your way through some of America’s finest restaurants? We challenge all Clevelanders to taste, walk, sightsee, rock, cruise, dance, march, apple pick, skate, and simply live their way through Cleveland this year.

Let’s start from the top, shall we?

1. Ice Rink in Public Square

ice skating in cleveland
Cleveland’s new ice skating rink is open to the public until the end of February! For only $10 per person, you and the family can pick out your own pair of skates and show off your moves.

2. Goodtime lll Cruise Ship

goodtime cruise ship in Cleveland

Explore Cleveland’s largest quadruple-deck cruise ship, that takes you around Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. The ship offers plenty of room, a happy hour, and beautiful views.

3. Hard Rock Rocksino

rocksino concert
Whether you are in the mood to gamble or jam out to live music, Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield is the place to go for gaming and entertainment.

4. Great Lakes Brewing Co.

great lakes beer sampler
Enjoy a taste of Ohio’s best locally made beer at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. featuring several new beers for the new year.

5. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

hard rock hall of fame entrance
Take a tour through rock & roll history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn about all your favorite rock legends for only $23.50 and kids get in free!

6. NASA Glenn Research Center

Glenn Research Center
Journey to infinity and beyond and learn what it takes to become a real astronaut at the NASA Glenn Research center offering once a month free tours of their research facilities.

7. Playhouse Square

playhouse square

The Playhouse Square is a great place to go if you want to add some live entertainment to your trip. All year long the Playhouse will be putting on several performances including “Dancing with the Stars,” “The King & I,” and “Wait Until dark,” as well as events like the Tri-C JazzFest and their 60th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival.

8. Cleveland Botanical Garden

cleveland botanical garden
The Cleveland Botanical Garden will be celebrating one of their most exotic flowers in their 14th Annual Orchid Mania January 28th to March 5th. You do not want to miss out on a chance to see thousands of unique orchid flowers in their Hanging Gardens.

9. Cleveland Auto Show

cleveland auto show
From February 24th to March 5th, Cleveland will be hosting their annual auto show that will include several events and attractions including vehicle giveaways and a classic car competition.

10. West Side Market

west side market interior
Get a taste of Cleveland at their oldest public market! Home to 100 different vendors you are bound to find something everyone will enjoy.

11. Rocky River Nature Center
rocky river nature center in Cleveland

Explore the beautiful views and unique wilderness exhibits at the Rocky River Nature Center in Ohio. If you are looking for something to do with the family, the center offers a variety of activities including kayaking and bird feeding.

12. Quicken Loans Arena

Quicken loans arena
Better known as “The Q,” the venue is located in downtown Cleveland and is the number one place for sports and entertainment. Whether you want to cheer on the Cavaliers or sit back and enjoy Disney on Ice, it is the perfect destination for a night out with friends and family.

13. Cleveland’s First Donut Fest

donut fest
Be a part of Cleveland’s first annual Donut Fest in February! Bakeries and restaurants throughout the city are coming to compete for the title of “Best Donut in Cleveland.”

14. Boston Mills & Brandywine Ski Resort

brandywine resort
Take advantage of the beautiful snowy mountain at the Boston Mills & Brandywine Ski Resort. Whether you like to ski, snowboard or tube, this ski resort has slopes for everyone from beginners to professionals.

15. Wade Oval

wade oval in cleveland
Wade Oval is a large grass area between two museums that offers several events and activities including a skating rink open November – March and free concerts every Wednesday.

16. Little Italy

little italy cleveland
Find out what’s happening in Little Italy and chow down on some award winning Italian cuisine or participate in one of their many art walks.

17. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

cleveland metropark zoo
Take a look at the new Rosebrough Tiger Passage that has several habitats and two overhead trails that go right over the heads of visitors.

18. Zip City U.S.A.

zip city trampolines
Looking for some indoor activities for the whole family? Explore Zip City’s indoor trampoline, rockwall and zip line park located in Streetsboro.

19. Gordon Square Arts District

arts district

Visit Cleveland’s arts district and enjoy a nice dinner and show in one of their historic theaters.

20. Music Box Cleveland

music box in playhouse square

The Music Box Supper Club is home to a variety of different events. Between the months of January and March they will be hosting the Winter Flashback Festival, which will include performances from Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and many more.

21. St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's day parade in Cleveland

Make sure to wear lots of green, because Superior Ave. will be hosting it’s 150th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade.

22. Greater Cleveland Aquariumcleveland aquarium

Enjoy a day out with the family exploring the underwater world at the Cleveland Aquarium. Get hands on at the stingray touch pool or head to the main exhibit for front row seats to feeding time with sharks.

23. Prosperity Social Club’s Weekend Brunch

brunch food in cleveland
Looking for a quick bite to eat before a big day of adventuring? Prosperity Social Club’s new brunch menu is full of everything from breakfast empanadas to buttermilk biscuits that will keep you satisfied all day.

24. Mapleside Farms
apple picking in Cleveland

This family-owned farm has blossomed into an entertainment destination. From yoga to concerts in the barn, Mapleside has something for everyone. They even have a jump park for kids that has a 70-ft. jumping pillow!

25. Castle Noel

Cleveland's Castle Noel

Craving Christmas all year long? Castle Noel is a year round Christmas attraction guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again.

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