The Top 4 Amazing Places To Visit In Downtown Cleveland

The Top 4 Amazing Places To Visit In Downtown Cleveland

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Cleveland is an everchanging city. With growth in the downtown area, to long standing businesses in surrounding communities, Cleveland has a lot to offer, and plenty of amazing places to visit. If you have ever wondered how you can get to know more about the city or some good places to explore, you’ve come to the right spot! While there are plenty of amazing locations to check out, this blog post will focus on 4 uncommon places you can explore in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. Everyone knows the big spots to go – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, East 4th and its nightlife, the West Side Market, Cedar Point – but I will try and focus on some hidden gems within Cleveland, that you may not know about. Get ready for some fun and take a little day-trip to explore your own city! 

See The Views From The Top Of Terminal Tower

The Terminal Tower if just one of the four amazing places that you can visit in Cleveland. But, did you know that you can head up to the top of the terminal tower and look out over the city? The Terminal Tower rises 771-ft above Public Square and is one of the most popular and iconic buildings in Downtown. Tours up to the observation deck (located on the 42nd floor) are self-guided and require a ticket purchase.  

Tickets can be found on Eventbrite for only $5 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/terminal-tower-observation-deck-self-guided-tour-tickets-33127241471 

Time slots are available in 30-minute intervals. Please be aware there may be social distancing or mask guidelines in place upon arrival. You will see some awesome views of Downtown and Lake Erie from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck.  

Good Food And Entertainment In Gordon Square 

Gordon Square is an arts district with local shops and great restaurants all within a very walkable area. Gordon Square is in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, just beyond Ohio City. There is TONS to do in the area, but below are just a few of the awesome spots you can hit in the Gordon Square area. http://www.gordonsquare.org/ 

-For arts or theatre, Gordon Square is a great place to check out! While Playhouse Square is just a stone throw away in downtown, Gordon Square offers a smaller local twist to the arts. With multiple theatres (Cleveland Public Theatre, Near West Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Talespinner Children’s Theatre and Black Canvas Theatre) you have plenty of options to see a production. Check out the shows happening in the link above! 

-What’s better than dinner and a show, right? Whether your going to a production or not, Gordon Square has some amazing local restaurants you will want to check out! Here are some of the popular ones in the area: The Boiler 65, XYZ the Tavern, Happy Dog, Ninja City Kitchen & Bar, Il Rione and Stone Mad Irish Pub. If you’re looking to get a sweet treat, don’t miss Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Sweet Shop – with a retro soda shop look and vibe, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.  

-Ready to get your shop on? Check out some awesome local stores in the Gordon Square area. Some of the more popular local favorites include: Turnstyle Boutique, FOUNT, Land of Plenty, Reverie, and Esperanza Threads. 

No matter what your reasoning for going to Gordon Square, there is plenty of fun to be had! 

AsiaTown

Experience some amazing culture in AsiaTown with great local shops and restaurants rich with generations of history. AsiaTown is located just east of Downtown and is home to a diverse population. Continuing, AsiaTown has plenty of dining options including Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese, as well as 5 grocery stores, boutiques, and gift shops. If you’re unsure where to start and what to see first, check out a planned Itinerary found at this link (https://www.asiatowncleveland.org/explore/).

Moreover, AsiaTown is exploding with culture, but there is also a neighborhood filled with awesome opportunities to stay connected and support the community. You can support the community through various organizations, including OPAWL, and OCA Greater Cleveland. Stop in AsiaTown and check out all they have to offer! 

Cultural Gardens

The Cultural Gardens are a hidden gem in Rockefeller Park on the east side of downtown Cleveland. If you don’t know they’re there, you may not have ever been to or seen them. The gardens are situated along East Boulevard & Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The collection of public gardens was built in 1916 and continue to grow to this day. The mission of the Cultural Gardens is to embrace multicultural diversity and deepen awareness of the peoples of the world.

The Cultural Gardens are exactly what they sound like. Large garden spaces with statues, inscriptions and flowers to represent each culture and country they represent. Sponsoring organizations work with the city and the Cultural Gardens Federations on design and development plans for the gardens. In fact, the gardens extend roughly 1.5 miles on both MLK and East Boulevards, so a full walk through the gardens is 3 miles! Also, during the year the gardens hosts plenty of amazing events. Be sure to be on the lookout to see if there is an event coming soon. In total, currently there are 33 different gardens dedicated to different cultures. Get a nice walk in on a beautiful summer day and enjoy the amazing views at each garden. 

 Capture The Moment And Share It With Us!

There is plenty to do and to see in Cleveland. Any one of the above experiences would be an amazing place to visit in downtown Cleveland. If you visit one of the recommended places, take a picture of your experience and tag us! You can find us on Instagram or Facebook in your post – @ascendcleveland.

And don’t forget to stop by Ascend and check us out! We host plenty of fun classes for you to check out and try. See what class would interest you HERE.

We hope you have an amazing time getting to see the city from a different perspective. 

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