Whether you’re headed to Cleveland for a few days of fun or looking to show some out-of-town friends a good time, we have the perfect weekend itinerary for you. Cleveland, Ohio is arguably one of the best sports cities in the country, known for its die-hard fans. Although the market is smaller in size than many other cities, Cleveland is one of the few U.S. cities to have teams in three of the four major professional sports. Along with being a serious sports town, Cleveland also has a rich music history. Known as the rock ‘n’ roll capital, Cleveland is famous for its collection of historical events that have defined what has become so much more than just a musical genre.
If this has left you wanting to know more about this amazing city, then it may be time to enjoy a Hall of Fame-themed weekend in Cleveland. Start with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a place full of interactive experiences. You also do not want to miss the Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland. Read on to plan your Hall of Fame-worthy weekend of fun.
First Stop: Pro Football Hall of Fame
Located about an hour outside of Cleveland in Canton, Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the perfect day trip to recognize the classic sports town. More than just a museum, this premier Cleveland sports showplace offers an unforgettable experience for all ages. Professional football fans will feel as if they are entering a fantasy world while exploring the 83,000 square feet of exhibits, showcasing the history of football and the inspiring figures who have been a part of it.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is constantly evolving and adding new exhibits to the unique mix. You can now experience defining moments of the National Football League seasons and Super Bowls in the Super Bowl Rotating Theater located in the recently added Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery.
If you plan to visit this must-see destination of Cleveland sports soon, admission is $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, $18 for children, and completely free for kids under six years of age. It is open daily throughout the year with only a few exceptions, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plenty of time to make a quick trip out to the football mecca you’re sure to remember.
Next Stop: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Found downtown on the shore of Lake Erie, this well-known destination recognizes and archives countless well-known figures who had a major influence on the development of rock and roll. You won’t want to miss a visit on your next trip to Cleveland. The Rock Hall has a number of interactive exhibits and movies that are sure to keep your friends and family entertained.
Take the opportunity to learn about your favorite artists featured in the Hall of Fame Museum, while checking out tons of artifacts from the artists themselves. Even if you have visited the museum previously, it is a great place to go back to, always full of new experiences and things to discover. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum includes many different temporary exhibits that they change annually, so you are sure to see and learn something new every time you visit. You can’t miss what is usually everyone’s favorite part of the museum – the exhibits dedicated to specific artists inducted into the Hall of Fame.
General admission tickets go for $23.50, with discounts for seniors and children. Ages five and under are even free, for the young ones to learn and understand rock n’ roll. The museum also features special events throughout the year, including the celebration surrounding the year’s newest inductees. Rock n’ roll has played a huge role in shaping our culture for the past fifty years. Enjoy exploring such a thrilling and influential movement in none other than the home of rock and roll.
Not ready to jump on the Hall of Fame train quite yet? Here are a couple more Halls of Fame to visit in the area. Bonus: they have free admission.
Cleveland Police Historical Museum
Experience a wide variety of displays, artifacts, and more about the history of the police men and women of the area when you visit the Cleveland Police Museum. Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, it’s worth a visit as one of the few law enforcement museums available to the public across the U.S. The museum provides a wide variety of collections and exhibits to view, such as Cleveland’s K-9 and Motorcycle Units, The Progressive Era, Prohibition, and many more. Make sure to stop by this unique, historical museum to learn more about the history of the police force in Cleveland and to honor those who have served.
Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame
Throwing a curve ball your way with the national Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. This Cleveland gem was founded with the dedication toward preservation and promotion of polka music (“the happiest sound around”) in mind. Head out to this one-of-a-kind location on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday from 11am to 4pm and experience everything polka. You can find this museum in the Shore Cultural Center in Euclid, OH, an area where the leading musicians lived during their prime. Enjoy this Ohio landmark and understand the impact that polka music had and still has on Cleveland today.
Cleveland is proud of its cultural history and ensures its locals and visitors have the chance to see the roots of what has helped make the city so great. And a short road trip will take you to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in Columbus. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday, this historical spot honors many outstanding women who have made contributions to Ohio throughout the state’s history. No time for a Hall of Fame trip this time around? A stay at Hard Rock Rocksino gives guests their own step back in time, by displaying music memorabilia from artists past and present. You never know what kind of history you’ll uncover when you start exploring this one-of-a-kind city.