Are you planning a visit to Cleveland? There are a lot of things to do in Cleveland, but if you're in town and looking for some free things to do, then look no further than this list.
5 Free Things to Do in Cleveland
1. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is located downtown in Public Square. It stands as a tribute to the Union soldiers and sailors of Cuyahoga County who fought and died during the Civil War. The monument was built in 1894 and is a nice reminder of Cleveland's history. While you're at the monument, take a stroll around Public Square. Other points of interest include the Old Stone Church, the city's three tallest buildings (Key Tower, Terminal Tower, and 200 Public Square), a statue of city founder Moses Cleveland, and the former Higbee's department store, which is now Horseshoe Casino.
2. The West Side Market
The West Side Market is one of Cleveland's most famous icons. The Market is located in Ohio City and features 100 vendors offering meats, fruits, vegetables, cheese, fresh pasta, spices, and baked goods. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, then the hustle-and-bustle of Cleveland's oldest public market is a must. Afterwards, bop around Ohio City for trendy restaurants and bars or a scoop of local ice cream from Mitchell's Creamery.
3. Lake View Cemetery
Yes, I am suggesting that you visit a cemetery. Lake View Cemetery is the resting place for many famous Clevelanders, including John D. Rockefeller and President James A. Garfield. Garfield's monument is beautiful and from the upstairs balcony, you can see views of downtown and Lake Erie (thus, the name Lake View!). Lake View Cemetery is located on the east side of Cleveland near the neighborhoods of Little Italy, Cleveland Heights, and Coventry. Insider's tip: if you are visiting Cleveland in the spring, be sure to drive past Daffodil Hill in the cemetery.
4. Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is a world-renowned institution and the fact that it's free is well, awesome. Their Gallery One is a huge multi-user touch-screen that allows visitors to virtually browse the museum's collections before walking around. Visitors can rent iPads and create their own tours using Gallery One and can also browse tours that other people have created. After visiting the museum, take a stroll around the peaceful Wade Lagoon, which is just outside the museum's back door. The Cleveland Museum of Art is located in University Circle, the city's cultural center.
5. Summer Events
If you're coming to Cleveland in the summer, consider yourself lucky! Since it snows in Cleveland for at least half of the year, Clevelanders come out in full force during the summer months. In the past couple years, the Cleveland Flea has become popular as a place to buy local handmade goods and food truck fare. Concert events like Edgewater Live at Edgewater Park, Wade Oval Wednesdays in University Circle, and Larchmere Porchfest in Shaker Heights offer fun times for people of all ages.
Do you have any tips for free things to do in Cleveland? Share them with us in the comments below!