It's no secret that Cleveland rocks. This Ohio hub has been attracting groups for years with its mix of cultural offerings, quality event spaces and, of course, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But this is not a city to rest on its laurels, and visitors will find no shortage of new excitement when they next visit Cleveland.
DAY 1: CULTURE AND CRAFT BEER
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
recently introduced an Asian Highlands exhibit, blending architecture and stonework influenced by Central China, and housing creatures such as the snow leopard, red pandas and amur leopard (one of the most endangered big cats on the planet).2:00 PM
A visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art
gives visitors the opportunity to take in some of its 45,000 pieces from the likes of Salvador Dali, Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. Through Sept. 30, it will showcase the immersive and Instagrammable Infinity Mirrors exhibit showcasing the works of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.7:00 PM
Taste the thriving local beer scene with the new Cleveland Brewery Passport
: 30 participating breweries within a 25-mile radius.DAY 2: MUSIC CITY
No trip to Cleveland is complete without a visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,
which is in the midst of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar transformation. New offerings include the Hall of Fame Experience, which takes visitors from the 2018 inductees exhibit to a memorial section dedicated to inductees who have passed away; as well as the Power of Rock Experience, with clips of previous induction ceremonies and continues with an immersive 12-minute film directed by the late Jonathan Demme.8:00 PM
Attendees can relax on the lawn of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as they enjoy the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra
. This year the organization celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Blossom Music Festival, and offers a schedule of classical and pop culture concerts throughout the summer.
DAY 3: SHOP AND EXPLORE
Stop by the historic West Side Market,
originally built in 1912. One of the largest indoor/outdoor markets in the country, it now features more than 100 booths with the freshest selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, produce, baked goods, ethnic foods and international delicacies.1:00 PM
About 10 minutes' drive from Downtown Cleveland is the University Circle
neighborhood, packed with arts-and-culture attractions, including museums, the Cleveland Botanical Garden and plenty of restaurants and shops.5:00 PM
Explore the city in style aboard Lolly the Trolley,
a 38-passenger streetcar that covers more than 20 miles and 100 points of interest throughout the city. Groups can also take advantage of specialty tours that spotlight holiday lights, locations connected with Eliot Ness and more.This article appears in the August 2018 issue of Successful Meetings.