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2020 GROUP TOUR GUIDE

10 REASONS TO VISIT

Get the facts on why Cleveland is considered a top destination for groups PG 4

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Make the latest attractions, experiences and exhibits a part of your tour PG 10

TOUR THE LAND

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In this Issue 4 TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT CLEVELAND

You want a destination that delivers for your group

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10 NEW AND NOTABLE

Get started with the latest openings and must-see happenings

16 SCHOOLS ROCK CLEVELAND ITINERARY The stage is set for memorable performances and STEM experiences

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20 ROCK, RIDES & FOOTBALL ITINERARY

Get social with #This is cle

The Rock Hall, pro football and Cedar Point celebrate milestones

Don’t follow the herd, follow us online. Join us at #THISISCLE.

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22 MANSIONS & MILLIONAIRES ITINERARY Brush up on some Cleveland history

24 UNIOUELY CLEVELAND ITINERARY

All photos: © Cleveland Museum of Art, © Karen Snyder, © Cody York, © Cedar Point, © Nate Migal

Your guide to the places that define the city

28 BEYOND CLEVELAND Hub and spoke destinations like Put-In-Bay and Amish Country are only an hour away

28 For complete trip planning info, check out ThisisCleveland.com

T racks 2 Destination Cleveland Group Travel Services 6 Events Calendar

8 Proud Host City 12 Group-Friendly Dining 14 Neighborhood Spotlight 18 Student Performance Opportunities & Top Performance Venues 26 Make Your Own Fun (Hands-on Experiences) 30 Popular Group Tour Packages 32 Tour Operators 34 Sightseeing & Tours 37 Maps 40 Land of the Free thisiscleveland.com

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Destination Cleveland Group Travel Services Cleveland has plenty of unexpected and world-class activities perfect for overnight group trips and inquisitive students. While attending a group tour is ahhhh-mazing in Cleveland, we at Destination Cleveland know that planning these sorts of tours can be a major project. There’s a lot of work that goes into making these kinds of trips happen. We get that. We’re here to help.

PLANNING TOOLS >> IMAGE LIBRARY AND PROMO VIDEOS: www.thisiscleveland.com/media >> CUSTOMIZED/SUGGESTED ITINERARIES: www.thisiscleveland.com/group-tour/ © NATE MIGAL

TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS RESOURCES Let our staff of tourism experts show you how Cleveland can create a trip that will not only boost

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INDUSTRY SHOWS Look for us at the following tradeshows like ABA, Heartland, SYTA, NTA, OMCA and more.

attendance and maximize guest satisfaction, but also fall within your budget parameters and ease you through the planning process. We can provide hotel leads, local details on group-friendly dining spots, site inspections and FAM tours. We have resources for receptive guides. And once your group is here our team will personally welcome them to town and provide a souvenir for your overnight guests. And for that, you’re welcome.

Destination Cleveland is a “Top 5 CVB/DMO by City/Region.”

Cleveland is voted the “Best U.S. Destination.”

Groups Today reader’s choice awards (2019)

Groups Today reader’s choice awards (2018)

Destination Cleveland’s Group Tour Team:

Jane Tougouma, CTIS, CSTP, Group Tour Manager | Tel: 216.875.6607 | Email: jtougouma@destinationcle.org Denise Krauss, Marketing Manager - Group Tour | Tel: 216.875.6648 | Email: dkrauss@destinationcle.org

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there’s more

to explore Boo at the Zoo

KeyBank ZooKeys

Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter

Take time to explore FutureForWildlife.org ©Registered trademark of Cleveland Metroparks.


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1. Culture & Rock ‘n’ Roll

3. Iconic Sights

Jam with musicians at the world’s only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, admire 4,500 masterpieces at the Cleveland Museum of Art, see Broadway at the country’s second largest performing arts center, Playhouse Square, and listen to The Cleveland Orchestra, one of the vaunted “Big 5” orchestras in America. No big deal for sure.

Cleveland is a sight to behold. It looks like Superman’s Metropolis, a classic 1930s city on the move with famous skyscrapers like the Terminal Tower, the Tiffany-style Heinen’s Rotunda and the giant sandstone statues named the Guardians of Transportation. On the flipside, the city’s evolved adding I.M. Pei’s modern shrine to Rock & Roll.

2. Food, Glorious Food Here in Cleveland, we’ve got culinary artists who earned their chops in local restaurants long before earning James Beard awards and titles like Iron Chef. They represent a city full of culinary culture where we put beef cheek in our pierogi, beer in our donuts and a combo of fries, coleslaw and BBQ sauce on our kielbasa. 4

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4. North Coast City The shore of our little ocean we call Lake Erie is made for adventure. Groups can enjoy scenic cruise ships, pedal-powered boats and beach parties. Plus, there’s waterfront dining and entertainment in The Flats, where the lake meets the Cuyahoga River.


5. Sports Town Cleveland is undefeated when it comes to rallying around its teams. Join in our baseball, football, basketball and hockey traditions as our teams compete in state-of-the-art venues in Downtown Cleveland.

6. Quirky Side The quirky side of Cleveland is perhaps its most endearing. Put the kitsch in Christmas at A Christmas Story House, where parts of the movie were filmed. You’ll have barrels of fun at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. Over at Happy Dog, hot dogs and tater tots are the name of the game with 50 toppings to choose from.

Cleveland Indians baseball

7. Distinct Neighborhoods Clevelanders can’t keep secrets! It’s the reason our supposedly “underground” indie theaters, blue-collar brewpubs, ethnic restaurants and cool art galleries are increasingly cult hangouts. Head off the beaten path and discover Cleveland’s still cool un-secret side.

8. Getting Here Is Easy

AsiaTown neighborhood

Cleveland sits within a 500-mile radius of nearly half of the U.S. population – only six hours or less from cities like Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and Washington D.C. Interstates 90, 80, 77 and 71 provide quick and easy access into and out of the city and throughout the region.

Cleveland’s location makes it easy to add to a multi-city tour or pick-up day trips around the region. Give your group world-class city experiences matched with Lake Erie Islands fun, Ohio wineries and Amish Country charm. All are about an hour drive from Downtown Cleveland.

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10. Destination Cleveland Need some assistance? We’ve got you covered. Let our staff of tourism experts show you how Cleveland can create a trip that will not only boost attendance and maximize guest satisfaction, but also fall within your budget parameters and ease you through the planning process.

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9. Hub & Spoke Explorations


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216.241.6000 | playhousesquare.org

Jan. 21-26, 2020: Jersey Boys Feb. 4-23, 2020: Anastasia March 10-29, 2020: Jesus Christ Superstar April 16-19, 2020: Blue Man Group April 28-May 17, 2020: My Fair Lady June 9-14, 2020: Cats July 15-August 16, 2020: Disney’s Frozen Sept. 22-Nov. 1, 2020: Hamilton

Ongoing Through June 14, Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany.Cleveland Museum of Art. 888.262.0033. clevelandart.org Through Sept., Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 216.781.ROCK. rockhall.com

January 2020 Jan. 31-Feb. 9, The Great Big Home and Garden Show. I-X Center. 216.676.6000. greatbighomeandgarden.com

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March 20-22, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 1st & 2nd Rounds. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. ncaa.com

Sept. 5-7, Cleveland National Air Show.Burke Lakefront Airport. 216.781.0747. clevelandairshow.com

March 25-April 5, 44th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival.Tower City Cinemas. 216.623.3456. clevelandfilm.org

Sept. 12-13, Chalk Festival. Cleveland Museum of Art. 888.262.0033. clevelandart.org

March 26-Sept. 27, Cleveland Indians Baseball.Progressive Field. 866.48.TRIBE. indians.com

Sept. 16-19, NFL Centennial Celebration.Pro Football Hall of Fame. 330.456.8207. profootballhof.com

March 26-April 19, I-X Center Indoor Amusement Park.I-X Center. 216.676.6000. ixamusementpark.com

Sept., IngenuityFest of Art + Technology.Hamilton Collaborative. 216.589.5444. ingenuitycleveland.com

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Sept.-Dec., Cleveland Browns Football.FirstEnergy Stadium. 216.241.5555. clevelandbrowns.com

May 2, 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Cleveland Public Auditorium. 216.781.ROCK. rockhall.com

october Oct., Murder In The Mansion. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. 330.836.5533. stanhywet.org

May 8-17, The Biggest Week In American Birding. Magee Marsh & Crane Creek. biggestweekinamericanbirding.com May 9-Nov. 1, Cedar Point Amusement Park 2020 Season. Sandusky, OH. 419.627.2350. cedarpoint.com May 16, Cleveland International Tattoo.Cleveland Public Auditorium. 216.906.9131. policememorialsociety. org/cleveland-international-tattoo May 24-Aug. 23, Picasso and Paper. Cleveland Museum of Art. 888.262.0033. clevelandart.org

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June

Feb.-Nov., select Saturdays, Ales on Rails & Grape Escape beer & wine excursions.Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. 800.468.4070. cvsr.com

June 11-13, 17th Annual Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival. Veterans Memorial Park, Avon, OH. ducktapefestival.com

Feb. 21-March 1, Cleveland Auto Show.I-X Center. 216.676.6000. clevelandautoshow.com

June 24-28, Cirque du Soleil presents CRYSTAL.Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. cirquedusoleil.com/crystal

March

June 25-27, 41st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. Playhouse Square. 216.987.4582. tricpresents.com/jazzfest

March 13-15, Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama.I-X Center. 216.676.6000. pistonpowershow.com © PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Downtown Cleveland. stpatricksdaycleveland.com

July July-Aug., Ohio Shakespeare Festival.Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. 330.836.5533. stanhywet.org

© STAN HYWET

Playhouse Square Theater Schedule

Search our website for more event listings at thisiscleveland.com

Deck The Hall Nov. 27-Dec. 30, Select Nights Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens 330.836.5533 | stanhywet.org Held on the historic grounds of Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall & Garden, Deck the Hall brings the bling with more than one million lights and decorated rooms in the Manor House — all of which are on breathtaking display on select nights.

Oct. 2020-April 2021, Cleveland Monsters AHL Hockey. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 216.420.2000. lakeeriemonters.com Oct. 2020-April 2021, Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 800.820.CAVS. cavs.com

November Nov. 20-22, I-X Center Christmas Connection.I-X Center. 216.676.6000. ixchristmasconnection.com

Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinement Weekend Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 6-9, 2020 330.456.8207 | profootballhof.com

July-Aug., The Cleveland Orchestra 2020 Blossom Festival.Blossom Music Center. 216.231.7300. clevelandorchestra.com

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December & Beyond

The ultimate fantasy football team gathers in Canton, OH, where football legends take center stage and share stories of their successes, triumphs and glory days of football. The NFL Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium kicks-off the new NFL season.

Aug., Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival.cledba.org

Dec., Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity.Karamu House. 216.795.7077. karamuhouse.org

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Aug. 7-8, Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. Lake Metroparks Farmpark. 800.227.6972. visitvintageohio.com

Nov. 28, 2020-Jan. 2021, GLOW. Cleveland Botanical Garden. 888.853.7091. cbgarden.org

July 17, 2021-Oct. 2, 2021, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Cleveland cultural institutions, citywide. front.org


“This museum was fantastic. There is so much to see... Take the kids.” Recent Yelp.com Review

DON’T LET ANOTHER SEASON SLIP BY WITHOUT A VISIT TO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME! The Pro Football Hall of Fame was voted Best Attraction for Sports Fans in America. Be captivated by the Super Bowl Theater, “A Game for Life” holographic experience, interactive displays, the Vince Lombardi Trophy and more. Plus, be awed by the Hall of Fame Gallery and interact with the brand-new Talking Bronzed Bust Experience!

PLAN YOUR VISIT NOW AT PROFOOTBALLHOF.COM


PROUD HOST CITY OF

NCAA

NFL

DIVISION 1 MEN’S BASKETBALL

DRAFT

1ST + 2ND ROUNDS

Spring 2021

March 20-22, 2020

NBA ROCK + ROLL HALL OF FAME

INDUCTION CEREMONY

May 2, 2020

ALL STAR

GAME

February 18-20, 2022

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FINAL FOUR

April 5-7, 2024

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January 31, 2020 through February 9, 2020

March 13, 2020 through March 15, 2020

BOOK YOUR GROUP EXPERIENCE AT THE I-X CENTER TODAY!

Contact Scott McGorty at scottm@ixcenter.com • 216-265-2657 • IXCenter.com One I-X Center Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44135 March 26, 2020 through April 19, 2020

November 20, 2020 through November 22, 2020

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MILESTONES FOR MILES! NORTHEAST OHIO’S MUSEUMS AND SPORTS VENUES ARE TAKING IT NEXT- LEVEL TO MARK MAJOR OCCASIONS.

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Playing the Field(House) Ouicken Loans Arena has a new name— Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse—and a fresh look in time for its 25th anniversary, courtesy of a $185 million expansion and renovation project. All eyes will be on the buffed-up venue with a new glass atrium, gathering spaces and a glossy new exterior when Cleveland hosts the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend.

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Fame! It’s Gonna Live Forever The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th birthday in 2020, but its greatest hits may be yet to come. In 2019, the Rock Hall unveiled a $30+ million expansion that will add 50,000 square feet to the museum and link the adjacent Great Lakes Science Center. The museum also recently debuted The Garage, a hands-on, interactive space that lets visitors fulfill their dreams of rock god status.

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It Takes a Village What better place to celebrate the NFL’s 100th anniversary than the Canton-based Pro Football Hall of Fame? A multi-day centennial celebration will take place in September 2020—attracting thousands of football legends from near and far. A Pro Football Hall of Fame Village is also in the works, billed as the first-ever “smart city” around sports and entertainment (replete with football-themed hotel) to the tune of $899 million.

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Pure Gold A lot may have gone down since 1870, but all is right with the world as long as Cedar Point is still around. The epic amusement park marks its 150th anniversary in 2020 with plenty of surprises in store. Among them: a new family-friendly river expedition, and a new nighttime celebration to light up the Main Midway.

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See innovation in motion at Hamilton Collaborative, a sprawling former factory circa 1902 that now houses a tight-knit community of creatives. Groups will find no shortage of out-of-the-box activities to enjoy at Hamilton Collaborative— where everyone can become a maker. Soulcraft CLE offers group woodworking classes where participants can create their own edge-grain cutting board, candle holder, cheeseboard, or other design. STEM learning opportunities are in store with recycling organization Rust Belt Riders and Skidmark Garage. At the former, dig into educational workshops on climate change and sustainability, and at the latter, check out the shop-class-on-wheels Motogo offerings.

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Photos: © Nate Migal. Opposite, Photos Clockwise: © Nate Migal © Cody York, © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

[ By Jen Jones Donatelli ]


DRURY | PLAZ A HOTE L

Meet in Cleveland

STAY IN

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

STYLE By Douglas J. Guth

By Cindy Hill

Slated for an early 2020 opening, the newly minted 160-room Drury Inn & Suites Cleveland Beachwood ensures group-friendly dining and shopping options—thanks to a plum perch near Pinecrest in the chic Orange Village suburb. Looking for more of an urban feel? Consider the 189-room Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown, or stay adjacent to the city at the affordable Tru by Hilton Cleveland Midtown. Groups dig the new hotel’s 24-hour market and outdoor patio, not to mention close proximity to Cleveland’s top attractions and culture-rich University Circle.

In 2021, all signs point to Cleveland for the Heartland Travel Showcase and the National Tour Association (NTA) Travel Exchange. Held at the I-X Center from February 11-13, the Heartland Travel Showcase will convene Midwest tour operators for a lively crash course on all things CLE—along with the chance to stop and smell the roses at The Great Big Home and Garden Show on-site. And from November 14-18, over 1,000 tour buyers and sellers will set up shop at the Huntington Convention Center to build, share and expand travel experiences by exchanging insights and intel. Mark your calendars and see you in CLE!

Looking Ahead

CUE THAT BONNIE TYLER SONG (AND GRAB THOSE SPECIAL GLASSES): THERE’S GONNA BE A TOTAL ECLIPSE ON APRIL 8, 2024. COMPLETE DARKNESS WILL ENVELOP CLEVELAND FOR NEARLY FOUR MINUTES, AS THE CITY FALLS DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF THE SOLAR ECLIPSE.

PICA SSO AND PAP ER

BOOKMARK THIS NO CLEVELAND TRIP IS COMPLETE WITHOUT THESE EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES. By Jen Jones Donatelli

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With its single largest exhibit ever, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is set to turn it up to 11 with “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll.” November 22, 2019September 13, 2020

Women have been rocking the vote—and the political world—in Cleveland for a century. Explore their profound impact with “Women and Politics” at the Cleveland History Center. Opening 2020

Turns out paper was one of Picasso’s happy mediums, and you can see more than 300 pieces of proof at “Picasso and Paper” at the Cleveland Museum of Art. May 24August 23, 2020

Who needs fantasy football when the real thing takes place here in CLE? The NFL Draft touches down in The Land in 2021. Here we go, Brownies! Spring 2021

Art lovers, take note: The whole city and region becomes a canvas during “FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.” July 17October 2, 2021

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GROUPFRIENDLY DINING

Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Brewnuts

Looking for a Dining Spot that Accommodates Groups? The Restaurants Listed Below are Ready to Meet Your Group Needs. Now Park that Motorcoach and Dig In. Bon Appetit!

CR O P BI ST RO BA N K VA UL T

THE SWEET LIFE

SINK YOUR TEETH INTO CLEVELAND’S TASTIEST TREATS. By Jen Jones Donatelli Ready for a veritable smorgasbord of sweets? Cleveland’s got your back. Along with its rep as a craft beer mecca, Ohio City also boasts a few must-try spots for sweet treats—including Mitchell’s and Campbell’s Sweets. At the former, ice cream lovers can take a tasting tour and peek behind the proverbial curtain by watching the crew work their magic through a massive window. At the latter, 16 flavors of gourmet popcorn are what’s on the menu, and a factory tour gives visitors the chance to make their own.

Over in Detroit Shoreway, Brewnuts is a must-stop for any self-respecting sweet tooth. Enjoy a beer-infused donut alongside a piping-hot Phoenix Coffee or a local beer from the 16-tap selection—it’s the pairing that just keeps on giving. At Cleveland’s B.A. Sweetie— aka the world’s largest candy store—a tempting trio of sweet treats, mini-golf, and an ice cream soda shoppe beckon. And at Downtown’s Rocket Fizz, more than 400 varieties of soda mingle on the shelves with kitschy snacks.

Downtown + Ohio City + Tremont The Chocolate Bar The Corner Alley at East 4th Street Crop Bistro • Flannery’s Pub Goodtime III • Grumpy’s Café Heinen’s • Hofbrauhaus Brewpub House of Blues JACK Cleveland Casino Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Lago The Market Garden Brewery & Distillery Mallorca • Morton’s Steakhouse Music Box • Nautica Queen Pickwick & Frolic Punch Bowl Social Cleveland Rascal House Pizza Sokolowski’s University Inn Sweetwater’s Café Sausalito TownHall • Yours Truly Restaurant Zocalo Mexican Grill

University Circle Provenance Café at Cleveland Museum of Art

East + Southeast Ferrante Winery & Ristorante MGM Northfield Park: The Buffet • TAP Sports Bar Concerto Italian Kitchen Nighttown • Pinstripes - Pinecrest Tommy’s on Coventry

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Cleveland is one of 20 American Cities with the Best Food Scenes Right Now.

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Melt Bar & Grilled – Independence Slymon’s - Independence Yours Truly - Independence

West + Southwest 100th Bomb Group • Dave & Buster’s Don’s Lighthouse Grille • Pier W

Photo above: © Thomas Sawyer, © Cody York, © Nate Migal, © B.A. Sweetie Candy, © Scott Meivogel.

B.A. Sweetie Candy

Campbell’s Sweets


Neighborhood Spotlight: Detroit Shoreway You won’t find eateries like these anywhere but in Gordon Square. By Mary Mihaly

In Gordon Square, your group can choose its own culinary adventure: get happy, go nuts or go stone mad. At Happy Dog, the menu may look simple—hot dogs or tater tots—but a choice of 50 toppings (from Cheetos to fried eggs) will send the senses straight into overload. For more substantial fare, hit Stone Mad Pub for shepherd’s pie and a spirited game of bocce, all amid an art lover’s backdrop of hand-painted ceilings and hand-blown glass chandeliers. Indulgent eats await nearby at Brewnuts, known for craft beer-infused donuts and spot-on pairings with 16 local brews on tap.

Local Color

THE BOHO VIBES ARE STRONG IN THIS VIBRANT ARTS DISTRICT, HOME OF ALL THINGS ECLECTIC.

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Get your indie cred at Cleveland Public Theatre, known for its avant-garde approach and dedication to amplifying lesser-heard voices. Check out Free Beer Fridays, when drinks and discussion provide a satisfying nightcap to the show.

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Calling all pinball wizards: Superelectric Pinball Parlor’s lineup of 20+ games rivals “Ready Player One” when it comes to retro-tastic goodness. Tasty snacks and sips are also on hand, with coffee slushies and craft cocktails ready to rock your pinball world.

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By Silk Allen

With over 60 art studios and creative spaces, 78th Street Studios is Cleveland’s resident creative mecca. Arrange a customized private tour via HEDGE Gallery, or mingle with the art-loving masses at the popular Third Fridays event.

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Cleveland Public Theatre

Super Electric Pinball

Life’s a Beach

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF LAKE ERIE LIFE AT EDGEWATER PARK.

By Ilona Westfall

File under “things you didn’t know:” Cleveland’s sunsets are among the best of the Midwest. Soak it in from lakefront Edgewater Park, just a beach ball’s toss from Gordon Square. Groups will find a natural gathering spot at the park’s Beach House (replete with made-to-order bites and a seasonal outdoor bar)—where the sunset views to the West are rivaled only by the skyline vistas looking East. Afterward, capture the moment by snapping a group shot at the Cleveland script sign. 14

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Photos Clockwise: © Cody York, © Cody York, © Cleveland Public Theatre, © Destination Cleveland.

ONE TASTY TRIFECTA

Edgewater Beach House


Bus groups get exclusive Free Play offers at JACK Cleveland! Contact us for personalized packages. WWW.JACKENTERTAINMENT.COM/CLEVELAND/BUSGROUPS 216-297-4791 | JCLBUS@JACKENTERTAINMENT.COM

GAMBLING PROBLEM? CALL 1-800-589-9966 Must be 21 or older to gamble. ©2019, JACK Entertainment LLC

Interactive, Affordable and Fun Tours LEARN

the history of popcorn, of Campbell’s Sweets, and our start in the Cleveland area! 

DISCOVER

how the crew at Campbell’s Sweets transforms raw ingredients into fun, delicious treats!

TASTE

hand-dipped, old fashioned popcorn balls covered in chocolate, and don’t forget to try a free sample of gourmet popcorn!

Plan your group visit today! 216.965.0451 | CampbellsSweets.com/factory-tour Campbell’s Sweets Factory, 2084 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113 thisiscleveland.com

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Schools

Rock Cleveland IT’S A NO-BRAINER FOR STUDENTS LOOKING TO BREAK OUT OF CLASSROOM WALLS

Playhouse Square

SATURDAY’S ALRIGHT FOR STEM MAKE IT A “WOW” WEEKEND WITH ART, HISTORY, BOTANY AND SCIENCE.

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FILL YOUR FRIDAY WITH MUSIC AND FUN.

[ By Erin O’Brien ] > Friday morning with the Cleveland Orchestra Matinee concerts featuring the works of Debussy, Schubert, Prokofiev and more will captivate high school students amid the grandeur of historic Severance Hall in University Circle. Classroom resources, online teacher guides and Spotify playlists round out concert and music exploration offerings for younger students. Noted: Education concerts align with national and state music education standards. > Friday afternoon at the Rock Hall With offerings spanning K-12, the Rock Hall’s free “Rockin’ the Schools” programs put a fun spin on music education with classes such as “The Birth of Hip-Hop Culture” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Building Blocks of Music.” Via the “Voice Your Choice” program, students curate their own class of Rock Hall inductees using aesthetic judgment. Rock on! > Friday evening at Playhouse Square Get the backstage lowdown on KeyBank’s Broadway Series with free “Broadway Buzz” talks scheduled one hour before curtain time for upcoming shows like “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “My Fair Lady.” Other field trip options include matinees with accompanying workshops and programs illuminating the performance arts. (Bonus glitz: a giant outdoor crystal chandelier towering 25 feet overhead sets the stage for a great experience.)

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> Cleveland Museum of Natural History Explore our universe from the outside in— starting with an immersive planetarium program that will have students contemplating the stars and beyond. From bobcats to bald eagles, students can also make some new furry friends in the outdoor wildlife walk (all of whom have been rescued and rehabilitated). An array of other gallery and classroom programs challenge students to ponder geography, the human body and diverse cultural histories. > Cleveland Museum of Art Trained guides spark critical thinking and offer hands-on activities during hourlong gallery explorations such as “Design Your Own Exhibition” or “American Art and History.” The innovative ArtLens gallery brings fun into the mix with a host of digital interactives— from a pottery wheel to a 40-foot multi-touch wall highlighting snapshot collages of the museum’s collection. (And did we mention the free admission?)

Cleveland Museum of Art

Photo Top: © Cody York. Photos Below (l-r): © Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, © Cody York. Opposite Clockwise: © Cody York, © Great Lakes Science Center.

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STEM (continued) > Cleveland History Center Local history comes alive with programming on yesteryear’s cars, bikes and airplanes; turn-of-the-century toys; and civic topics such as Cleveland’s role in WWI and the Underground Railroad. A math and design program revolves around the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel (ride included), while the “Flight” program highlights Cleveland’s historic National Air Races using paper airplane experiments. > Cleveland Botanical Garden With eye-popping foliage abloom at every turn, students will blink in wonder and then learn how it all lives together via programming on symbiotic relationships, the secrets of soil and plant reproduction. “Butterflies in the Garden” takes visitors inside the dazzling Costa Rica glasshouse for lessons on the life cycle of a butterfly, while a hands-on sensory tour encourages exploration with all five senses. > Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Get up close and personal with zoo residents such as wallabies, koalas or tortoises with the “Inside Tracks” program. Activities may include observing behind-the-scenes holding areas and animal training sessions. Students can learn to think like a vet with the “Veterinarian Bag” program, in which students diagnose an under-the-weather grizzly bear and work together to plan a proper course of treatment.

Sunday Funday AT THESE HIGHENERGY STOPS, YOUR SUNDAY IS SURE TO BE A WILD RIDE.

By Jen Jones Donatelli

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> Get to the Point Cedar Point isn’t just for thrill-seekers. The science-minded will geek out over Physics, Science and Math Days (May 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2020), where the laws of physics come to life via amusement park fun. For instrumental and choral groups, all of Cedar Point becomes a stage during the Festival of Music (May 8, 15 and 22, 2020). > I-X Marks the Spot Can’t make it to Cedar Point? Get your fix of fun closer to Cleveland at the I-X Indoor Amusement Park (March 26-April 19). With 20 acres worth of rides, games and shows, this expansive entertainment zone has something for everyone.

That’s Entertainment ROUND-OUT YOUR ITINERARY AT A ONE -STOP SHOP FOR ALL THINGS FUN. By Jen Jones Donatelli

Good Times Warning: fun overload just might be in store at Scene75, with a 130-game arcade and 10 attractions from blacklight mini-golf to bumper cars.

Earn Your Stripes Have a ball, but have it your way with both bowling and bocce at Pinstripes. Afterwards, feast on Italian-American eats by the fire pit.

Just Press ‘Play’ At 25,000 square feet, Play:CLE weighs in as the nation’s largest indoor adventure park—attracting everyone from ninja warriors to social “climbers.”

Let’s Roll Great Lakes Science Center

> Great Lakes Science Center Blast into space inside the Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module with the “Mission to STEM” app at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Interactive fun abounds, from light sculpting to augmented-reality sandboxes to a towering wind turbine. Groups of 50-plus can enjoy dinner and a movie in the six-story Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater via the museum’s private “After Dark” package.

Kid-friendly bumpers, selfie scoring pics, dragon bowling ball ramps and 22 black-lit lanes set the stage for big fun at Main Event.

Cleveland is one of the Top Student Travel Destinations for 2019.

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Music is the art of thinking with sounds, so young musicians must train their brains if they want to be the next Mozart or Madonna. Cleveland has an impressive mixture of music education and performance opportunities aimed at teaching youngsters of all talent ranges. Bands, orchestras and individual musicians can find arena-sized opportunities with classes led by the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Music School. That’s just for starters.

Music Festivals Rhythms International Cleveland April 4-5, 18-19, 25-26, 2020 rhythmsfestivals.com Music in the Parks Cedar Point May 8, 15 & 22, 2020 musicintheparks.com/wherewhen Festival of Music – Bands, Orchestras & Choral Groups Cedar Point May 8, 15 & 22, 2020 cedarpoint.com/explore/groups/ student-youth-groups -orfestivalofmusic.com/wherewhen FunMe Events/Music Festivals To You Cedar Point May 9, 14-17, 21, 22, 2020 musicfestivalstoyou.com/states/ cedar-point

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Music Showcase Festivals Cedar Point May 9, 16 (1-day) & May 15-16, 2020 musfestivals.com/dates-and-locations/ music-showcase-festivals.aspx Performing Arts Consultants Hall of Fame Classic in Cleveland May 14-17, 2020 usafest.org/student-music-festivaltours/2020-hall-of-fame-classiccleveland

Music Clinics Baldwin Wallace Community Music School 440.826.2365 bw.edu/community-music-school

The Breen Center for the Performing Arts St. Ignatius High School 216.961.2563 | ignatius.edu/breencenter Cleveland State University csuohio.edu/class/music/music Band: 216.687.3768 Orchestra: 216.687.6931 Choral Groups: 216.687.2039

Orchestra Clinics The Cleveland Orchestra 216.231.7493 | clevelandorchestra.com Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 855.301.5299 | clevelandjazz.org Cleveland Pops Orchestra 216.765.7677 | clevelandpops.com Cleveland Institute of Music 216.795.3143 | cim.edu


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The Arcade

Arcade Rotunda (off of Euclid Avenue)

30-35

Bop Stop

Main Stage

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Cedar Point

Main Midway (marching bands) & Group Performance Stage

No limit (Midway) & 50 (Performance Stage)

Cleveland Clinic

Three areas in Miller Lobby & Karos Grand Lobby

Varies, but there are restrictions. No brass instruments and large orchestras allowed.

Cleveland History Center

Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, historic gardens and outside the front of the building along East Blvd.

300

Cleveland International Tattoo Parade

Parade route through Downtown Cleveland

Varies

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Murch Auditorium (closed in 2020 for renovation), Smith Courtyard (new space opening in 2021)

Full orchestra (Murch Auditorium)

Cleveland Play House

Performances available with ticket purchase.

10+

Crocker Park + ETON Lifestyle Centers

Crocker Park: outside stage or lawn. ETON: outside or inside mall

Crocker Park: 6 (outside stage) & 25 (lawn). ETON: 4 (outside) & 25 (inside mall)

Goodtime III

Third and Fourth Boat Decks

Up to 50 (Band) Up to 800 (Choir)

Great Lakes Science Center

Lower Level Promenade

100

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Coastal Zone and Shark Tank

15-50

I-X Center Events

Groups are free to perform at events throughout the year, i.e. I-X Trick or Treat Street, I-X Christmas Connection, I-X Indoor Amusement Park

Varies per event

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Recreation Hall

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Nautica Entertainment Complex

FirstEnergy Powerhouse, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Courtyard & Shooters Band Shell

Varies

Nighttown

Music Stage

Varies

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Lobby, Event Center, Outside Front Stairs, Football Field, Enshrinement Festival

200

Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians)

On the Field (National Anthem) & Home Run Porch (God Bless America, Sundays)

250

Public Square

Multiple areas on the outdoor square

Varies - no limit

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Main Stage, Collection Auto Group Plaza

Up to 50 (Main Stage), 50+ (Collection Auto Group Plaza)

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Parade route through Downtown Cleveland

No limit. Application process required.

Swings-N-Things

Picnic Pavilion, Main Hub of the Park, March Through the Park

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University Circle

Stage at Wade Oval. Various opportunities on select dates to perform during festivals, concerts and more.

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Day 1 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame See that futuristic-looking pyramid set on Lake Erie? That’s the Rock Hall, an only-inCleveland experience that belongs on every music fan’s bucket list. Amid the highlights are the “Power of Rock Experience” and “Hall of Fame.” The former showcases an amped-up 12-minute concert montage by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, while the latter celebrates all of the rock royalty inducted to date.

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Cutting-edge art is the name of the game at contemporary art mecca MOCA in the nearby Uptown district of University Circle. The museum’s thought-provoking fare spans revolving exhibitions of sculptures, paintings, photographs and music. Even the building itself is a modern work of art.

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Cleveland Institute of Music Hit a high note with a free concert at Cleveland Institute of Music—one of just three independent conservatories in the country devoted exclusively to classical music performance. From chamber music concerts to studio recitals, the concert series offers an extensive lineup with numerous free shows weekly.

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Student Option: Dinner at Corner Alley Bowling alley fare is typically less than inspiring, but The Corner Alley gets it right with an inviting menu and craft cocktail lineup. Take advantage of lane-side service to nosh on dishes like fried buffalo eggrolls, salami burgers, and wild mushroom pizza while bowling one of the alley’s 16 lanes.

Named after the Dublin Red Light District in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Nighttown is the place for cool cats and live jazz—having hosted names like Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the Count Basie Orchestra. Hit the right note for a group lunch package in one of six private dining spaces.

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Adult Option: MGM Northfield Park Groups are greeted at the door, kicking off each visit with a personal touch. Yuk it up at a comedy show, catch a concert at Center Stage or just head straight for the 200,000 square feet of casino games. Need a bite? The Buffet never disappoints.

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All aboard this round-trip jaunt through 33,000acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Ride the rails between Independence and Akron, scoping all that jaw-dropping natural beauty from the comforts of CVSR’s passenger cars. No matter the season, this is gorgeous stuff.

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Melt Bar & Grilled You’ve never had grilled cheese quite like this. (Trust us.) In Independence, fill up on faves like the Cleveland Cheese Steak, Mighty Macaroni or Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Afterward, get your game on in the “Meltcade,” jam-packed with pinball and arcade machines enticing your group to just press “play.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame Football history comes alive in Canton. From the 326 bronze busts of gridiron heroes to a complete collection of Super Bowl rings, pigskin heaven awaits. Don’t miss “A Game For Life,” a theater experience featuring holographic appearances by football heroes Vince Lombardi and Joe Namath.

Cedar Point

Option 1: Cedar Point Slay the day at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World. Whether front row on Steel Vengeance or dangling your legs off Valravn, buckle up for a thrilling ride. Craving a slower pace? Explore the interactive Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island, or soak up the sun on Cedar Point Beach.

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Option 2: Flats West Bank Spend the day along the mighty Cuyahoga River on the west bank of The Flats.

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Go fish at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, perched next to the Cuyahoga River on the Flats West Bank. Take a deep-dive into aquatic life from both the Great Lakes and around the globe, then kick the experience up a notch with group add-ons like stingray art sessions and animal encounters.

Nautica Oueen Cruise

Cruising the Cuyahoga River has never been so much fun (or tasty). An evening dinner cruise aboard the Nautica Oueen combines sunset and city views, DJ-spun tunes and an unrivaled vantage point for enjoying Cleveland’s waterfront atop the ship’s rooftop deck.

Dinner at Music Box

Photos clockwise: © Pro Football Hall of Fame, © Cedar Point, © Nate Migal, © Cody York.

Rolling (and rocking) on the river, indeed. With its plum riverfront location, Music Box Supper Club brings live music and Americana-inspired eats with a healthy side of ambiance. Downstairs at the Rusty Anchor restaurant, comfort food favorites rule, whereas upstairs local and national music acts—from Fishbone to Rufus Wainwright— grace the stage.

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Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center Conclude your day with wide open skies and pitch-perfect notes at Blossom Music Center, the warm-weather home of the famed Cleveland Orchestra since 1968. Groups of 10 or more receive not only group discounts, but also priority seating, free bus parking, and other perks.

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& Millionaires ONCE THE SIXTH-LARGEST CITY IN THE U.S., CLEVELAND STILL HAS ALL THE SWAGGER OF A CENTURY AGO. SEE ALL THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE LANDMARKS THAT CONTINUE TO MAKE IT GREAT.

> Lake View Cemetery Besides being the final resting place of President James A. Garfield and other notable Clevelanders, Lake View Cemetery doubles as an Instagram-worthy nature enclave. Be sure to see Wade Memorial Chapel, which boasts an interior by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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> Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum A 23-foot money tree sets the tone at the Money Museum, located in the national historic landmark Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dig deeper into the history and culture of currency via free guided tours and interactive exhibits.

> Dinner at Nighttown This cozy speakeasymeets-supper-club venue has a Roaring 20s vibe (likely because the building was built in 1920). Located in Cleveland Heights, Nighttown’s specialty is dinner and a show—often of the jazz persuasion. > Severance Hall End your evening on a high note at this classical music mecca, built in 1931. Check out the behind-the-scenes tour revealing details such as the original tiled driveway and lotus flower designs, then stay to hear the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra do their thing.

> Cleveland Public Library Dating back to 1925, the Cleveland Public Library’s popular Downtown Main Library branch is housed inside an ornate Walker & Weeks-designed building. Free, docent led tours showcase the space’s captivating contents—from art to history to architecture. > Lunch at Mather Mansion Once the crown jewel of Millionaire’s Row, Mather Mansion is now one of the last stately homes standing. Hear tales of Cleveland’s haute heyday from storyteller Dan Ruminski and enjoy a catered lunch at this renovated mansion on the Cleveland State University campus.

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Photo Top to Bottom: © Children’s Museum of Cleveland, © Nate Migal, © Cleveland Orchestra. Photos Opposite: © Cody York, © Nate Migal.

> Rockefeller Park Greenhouse Located in a park named after oil icon John D. Rockefeller, Sr., this eco-friendly greenhouse and botanical garden dates back to 1905. Colorful orchid displays, repurposed railroad gargoyles and a formal Japanese garden are just a few must-see highlights.


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> Tour of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens This historic estate was built in the early 20th century for F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Today, the 65-room mansion and accompanying 70 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds offer plenty of room for exploration. > Lunch at Heinen’s Rotunda Talk about an awe-inspiring lunch! Seating at the Downtown Heinen’s grocery store— located in the Cleveland Trust Rotunda Building—is under an 85-foot-high dome with Tiffany-style stained glass panels and Italian Renaissance-inspired touches. > Vault at The 9 Mixology meets time travel beneath the Cleveland Trust Building. Once Ohio’s largest bank vault in the early 1900s, this unique cocktail lounge offers history-themed sips like “The Short Ton” (an ode to the 200-short-ton bank vault and its 17-short-ton door). > Dinner in the Hermit Club Tucked away next to Hofbräuhaus in what resembles a cheerful gingerbread house, the 1904-founded Hermit Club is a private club dedicated to amateur performing arts—and the nation’s oldest continually operating club of its kind. > Playhouse Square Lights, camera, backstage! Get a sneak peek at where the magic happens with a behindthe-scenes tour before an entertaining show at Playhouse Square. With five fully restored historic theaters (built in 1921-1922), Playhouse Square is considered the world’s largest theater restoration project.

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> Terminal Tower Observation Deck Get a plane’s-eye panoramic view of local landmarks like FirstEnergy Stadium from the 42nd floor of the Terminal Tower. This indoor observation deck is located 668 feet above ground level—a distinction that made it once the tallest building outside NYC. > Children’s Museum of Cleveland Welcome to the (real-life) dollhouse! Housed in the historical StagerBeckwith Mansion, this museum lets grownups in on the fun with adult-only group tours every first Thursday of the month for up to 20 people. Private tours also available. > Lunch at Crop Bistro The historic United Bank Building now functions as chic Crop Bistro & Bar. The 1925-built structure boasts giant arched windows, a coffered ceiling, a classic mural depicting the West Side Market and group dining in the largest bank vault between New York and Chicago. > Cleveland History Center Displaying the Euclid Beach Carousel and vintage cars once made here, the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum revisits Cleveland’s one-time status as an automotive industry hub. Inside the Bingham-Hanna and Hay-McKinney mansions, the lifestyles of Cleveland’s early 20th-century influencers are on opulent display. > Cleveland Museum of Art There’s always plenty to see at the Cleveland Museum of Art, although the redesigned Tiffany and Fabergé Galleries are sure to beckon with stained glass lamps and bejeweled items once owned by the Russian imperial family. > Dinner in Little Italy at La Dolce Vita Dinner is sure to hit a high note at La Dolce Vita, where live opera and crave-worthy Italian cuisine meet for a taste of “the sweet life” (the restaurant’s motto). Held twice a month on Mondays, La Dolce Vita’s opera nights feature appetizing arias by local opera singers.

Stay Classy, Cleveland

By Jen Jones Donatelli

THESE HOTEL DIGS OFFER A HEALTHY DOSE OF HISTORY ALONGSIDE CHARM AND CLASSIC APPEAL. With a plum location near Progressive Field, the ultra-modern Metropolitan at The 9 already has an effortless cool factor— but the chance to sip cocktails in a centuries-old bank Vault certainly kicks it up a notch.

Two fully restored 1931 murals set the tone for the rich history at Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland, the product of an ambitious renovation of the former Board of Education building.

No ordinary boutique hotel, the 1910-built Glidden House mansion was a gem of Millionaires’ Row in its heyday. Today the reimagined 60-room hotel sits on the National Register of Historic Places.

Originally the “Cleveland Club” for local elite, then a high-end hotel known for jazz shows, the now-restored DoubleTree Tudor Arms is located near University Circle’s cultural district. thisiscleveland.com

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A Christmas Story House & Museum ‘Tis always the season for visiting Ralphie and friends at this quirky movie-inspired museum. A leg lamp beckons not so subtly from the window, signaling to A Christmas Story fans that they’re in the right spot for viewing original props, costumes and memorabilia and enjoying an “A+++” experience.

Lunch at Sokolowski’s University Inn You’ve heard about Cleveland’s famed pierogies and Polish fare—now taste the goodness for yourself at this long-standing classic in trendy Tremont. Both locals and visiting notables like the late Anthony Bourdain have raved about Sokolowski’s, a recipient of the prestigious James Beard “American Classics” award in 2014.

Dunham Tavern Museum Just call the Dunham Tavern Museum—which offers glimpses into the lives of early Ohio settlers and explorers—the last building standing. The 1824-built structure is the oldest in Cleveland to remain in its original place. Groups can get the full experience via a 45-minute, docent-guided tour.

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Polka Hall of Fame Barrels of fun await at the free National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, which celebrates Cleveland’s legacy in the polka world. Learn more about the evolution of polka music, and marvel at memorabilia including Frank Yankovic’s accordion and gems from Tony Petkovsek’s radio show.

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Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Tales of immigration also abound at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, where that culture’s American story comes to life with multimedia, tours and ceremonial art—not to mention an oversized ode to the Jewish Clevelanders who created Superman.

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Dinner at Tommy’s Set in Cleveland Heights’ hip Coventry neighborhood, Tommy’s is a neighborhood staple known for good grub and one mean milkshake. (Rolling Stone said so.) The menu aims to please both carnivores and vegans/ vegetarians with a wide array of selections— from falafel to wraps to meat pie.

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West Side Market As Cleveland’s oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space dating back to 1912, the West Side Market was doing the food hall thing long before it was cool. With 100+ food vendors, the market keeps the culinary hits coming—spanning the spectrum from Cambodian food to crepes.

NASA Glenn Visitors Center For an out-of-this world experience, look no further than the NASA Glenn Visitors Center inside Great Lakes Science Center. One of just 11 centers of its kind, the center boasts a 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module and an up-close look at how astronauts live in the International Space Station.

Dinner at Masthead Brewing Co. Rated by Beer Advocate as one of its Top 50 new breweries in 2017, Masthead lives up to its rep with both great beer and food. Located in what was once a 1920s car dealership, the Downtown brewery slings wood-fired Neopolitan pizzas alongside an enticing list of American and Belgian beers.

Karamu House Over at Karamu House, an ambitious renovation has rejuvenated the country’s oldest AfricanAmerican theatre (est. 1915). At this culture hub in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood, live theatre à la Tennessee Williams and Langston Hughes takes center stage alongside comedy and jazz. Highlights include “Next to Normal” (May 7-31).

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Grays Armory Make your way downtown to celebrate our military heritage at Grays Armory. Built in 1893, Grays is the oldest privately-owned Armory in the country and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. A feat of architecture, the Richardsonian Romanesque Revival-style building resembles a castle.

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Lunch at Heinen’s Downtown Grocery shopping has never been so appealing. Set in the historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda and topped by a stained-glass dome, Heinen’s provides a can’t-miss experience for both foodies and architecture buffs alike. Taste your way through wine and espresso bars, and forage for gourmet finds.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & RainForest Go around the world in a day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo—where visitors can travel from the African Savannah to the Australian Outback and back again. The RainForest is a popular stop, delving into the jungles of Asia, Africa and the Americas with a 25-foot waterfall, 10,000+ plants and over 600 animals.

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B.A. Sweetie Welcome to a real-life Candyland! Feeding Cleveland’s collective sweet tooth since 1950, B.A. Sweetie offers the largest candy store in North America at 40,000 square feet. If that’s not enough of a sugar fix, visit Sweetie’s Soda Shoppe parlor, serving up 200 soda flavors and 36+ scoops of homemade ice cream.

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Dinner & Show at Pickwick & Frolic

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The whole dinner-and-a-show thing has never been quite this hilarious. Part restaurant, part martini bar and part comedy venue, Pickwick & Frolic provides all-in-one fun inside the former Euclid Avenue Opera House. True to form, the restaurant provides an array of options including gluten-free, vegan and pure carnivore.

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TO BEHOLD [ By Annie Zaleski ]

1 / Cleveland History Center

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Glass Bubble Project

This exhibit-packed center covers a lot of ground in Cleveland history, exploring its stories from 1796 through today. Joining the fold in 2020 is “Women & Politics,” a new exhibit tracing the rise of the suffragist movement, the passage of the 19th Amendment and the evolution of the League of Women Voters.

2/ Lake View Cemetery In addition to private, docent-led historic tours, Lake View Cemetery offers gorgeous grounds and must-see monuments. Case in point: a 180-foot-tall memorial to James A. Garfield depicting scenes from our 20th president’s life. As Garfield’s final resting place, the cemetery is also home to the only commander-inchief casket on public display. The Foundry

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MAKE YOUR OWN FUN Go outside the box and get hands-on with these immersive group experiences—suitable for everyone from budding rock stars to artists-in-waiting. By Ilona Westfall

Step into “The Garage” at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and get ready to shred, strum or drum. The cozy space is stocked with everything newbs and experts alike need to start a jam band—including instruments, tutorials, recording equipment and even a branding station.

Make the dream work with teamwork Dive deep into the world of rowing at The Foundry, where groups can rent indoor tanks or venture out on the Cuyahoga River together. Ranging from one-hour to full-day and tailored for all levels of experience, customizable field trips can include STEM education, history, and of course, athletics. Spark something new Learn the art of blowing glass during a group class at the Glass Bubble Project. 26

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Instructors work one-on-one with each student to create their own works of art they can take home. The studio also offers a metal sculpture class where guests learn welding.

Flame on Ignite a new passion at the new Ohio City outpost of Cleveland Candle Company. Master mixologists are on hand helping groups select from 150+ scents to make unique DIY candles to take home. Bonus: shop for candles, lip balm and other gifts while your creations set. Channel your inner artist Talk about pulp and circumstance: the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory is one of the foremost schools of its kind. Book a custom program to learn papermaking, letterpress printing, bookbinding or other art forms. Tours give an inside glimpse of the conservatory on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

3 / McKinley Presidential Library and Museum The namesake of our 25th president, William McKinley, boasts an interactive science center, the prez’s official library and a planetarium. Groups can experience the latter at no extra cost, and for an extra fee, groups can tour the McKinley National Memorial or (wink) break bread with McKinley himself via a Presidential Experience Package.

4/ National First Ladies’ Library Down in Canton, the National First Ladies’ Library champions the accomplishments and impact of White House women— from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Get schooled inside the education center and tour a mid-1800s restored Victorian that once played home to First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley.

5 / Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums Head 90 miles west to Fremont—home to the sprawling Spiegel Grove estate that celebrates the life of Rutherford B. Hayes, a U.S. president who cared deeply for civil and women’s rights and fought for immigrants and the less fortunate. Advance reservations are requested for groups of 15 or more.

Photo clockwise: © Nate Migal, © Cody York, © Barney Taxel, © Katie Williams, © Morgan Conservatory.

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STEP BACK IN TIME [ By Keith Gribbins ]

THAT LAKE ERIE LIFE By Jen Jones Donatelli

Just an hour west of Cleveland, Sandusky and the Lake Erie islands region provide an array of compelling places to drop anchor for a day.

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Cedar Point Get back on track at “the roller coaster capital of the world,” which boasts a laundry list of world records for its 18 thrillpacked coasters. It’s honestly the world’s greatest amusement park. (We checked.)

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Ghostly Manor Thrill Center Only enter this castle if you dare…to have big fun. Chosen among the Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been,” this thrill center lives up to its name with a year-round haunted house, escape room, roller rink and more.

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Maritime Museum of Sandusky From shipwrecks to pirates, Lake Erie legends unfold at this quaint maritime museum. Hands-on, interactive exhibits make it easy to discover the rich history of the Sandusky Bay—spanning ice harvesting to the Underground Railroad.

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Marblehead Lighthouse State Park Looking for plum views, rich history and a great picnicking spot? Let this inviting state park light the way. From 65 feet up, the Great Lakes’ oldest continually operating lighthouse provides awesome views of Cedar Point and the Lake Erie Islands.

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Lake Erie Islands Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay are like yin and yang, with the former offering low-key, relaxed recreation and the latter known for its lively social scene. Get into the (glacial) grooves on Kelleys Island, or dine and drink lakeside the PIB way.

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TA KE A RI DE TH RO UG H AM IS H CO UN TRY

Sometimes you need to put modern life on hold in order to reconnect with what’s important — things like community, spirituality and good furniture shopping. Amish communities make an excellent refuge for today’s 24/7 lifestyles. About an hour south of Cleveland, Holmes County boasts the largest population of Amish residents in the nation. Visitors from all over the world explore these Amish communities, buying handcrafted furniture, eating home-style cooking and enjoying the clip-clop of a horse-drawn buggy ride. In Geauga County, try Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, Rothenbühler Cheesemakers and End of the Commons General Store.

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Beaver Marsh

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Located in Cleveland Heights’ bustling Cedar-Lee district, CLE Urban Winery lives up to its name with city-themed sips like Mighty Cuyahoga Merlot and Shoreway Viognier. Book dedicated space for your group experience for up to 80 people for a modest $25 fee.

2/ Straight Outta Tuscany

Brandywine Falls

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Canton’s Tuscan-inspired Gervasi Vineyard is like a playground for the palate, offering Italian eats alongside wines grown on its 55-acre estate. The new, on-site Still House also hits all the sweet spots as a hybrid coffeehouse-distillery-craft cocktail lounge.

Relax and recharge at Ohio’s only national park. By Keith Gribbins

Warning: strolls along any given trail may reveal tall forests, breathtaking ponds, waterfalls or active waterlife in Beaver Marsh—along with popular sights like Brandywine Falls (the second tallest waterfall in Ohio) and stunning Blue Hen Falls. Oh, and did we mention a river runs through it, i.e. the spectacular Cuyahoga River?

Groups can start their adventure at the new Boston Mill Visitor Center, or hit the Canal Exploration Center for interactive maps and games about canal life. Active types will want to check out the petroglyphs of the Ritchie Ledges Loop Trail, or cycle a stretch of the 87-mile Towpath Trail. Prefer a vantage point from the rails? Hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and head for the charming town of nearby Peninsula to browse art studios, shops and comfort food spots.

Cleveland ranks as one of the 10 Great Stops Along USA Today the Great Lakes.

3 / Lakeside Libations Firelands Winery enjoys a nearly seven-month growing season, thanks to Sandusky’s warm Lake Erie waters. Taste the fruits of their labor on a group tour, which includes a tasting of four wines and assorted cheeses, plus a take-home souvenir glass.

4/ Swirls and Whirls Geneva’s Old Firehouse Winery specializes in fun—it’s the world’s only winery with a Ferris wheel. Go for a spin lakeside while enjoying the winery’s famous peach or Sweet Concord wine, then catch an interactive dinner theatre performance.

5 / Meanwhile, Back at the Lakehouse With small-batch wine tastings for up to 40 guests, the Lakehouse Inn & Winery in Geneva promises an unforgettable coastal group outing. Find a patio to perch and enjoy lake views, or feast on farm-to-table fare at Crosswinds Grille. thisiscleveland.com

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Just south of Cleveland, a refreshing change of pace awaits. Escape hectic city life and explore 33,000 acres of national parkland at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where 30 million-yearold rock formations are sure to provide a dose of fresh perspective.


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A Rockin’ Goodtime: Rock Hall admission and a cruise on the GOODTIME III. Classical Music Rocks: Rock Hall admission, access to perform on 1 of 2 stages at the museum, a live performance by the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Hall of Fame Connection: Rock Hall admission, a special discount card for the on-site Museum Store, admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and more. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Science Rocks Package: Rock Hall admission and a special discount card for the store along with admission to the Great Lakes Science Center. Southern Inspired: Rock Hall admission and a meal from the Southern-inspired menu at the House of Blues Cleveland. Rock on the River: Rock Hall admission, a meal at the Music Box Supper Club & live entertainment. Customizable meal packages available. Minimum 30 guests.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium greaterclevelandaquarium.com/visit/groups

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Just Add Water Package: Various rates for dates and times which includes admission to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and meal cruise on board the Nautica Oueen.

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Rock on the River: Rock Hall & Music Box Rock with the Fishes: Aquarium & Music Box Curiosity on the Cuyahoga: Science Center & Music Box Music Box Supper Club

University Circle – CirclePass circlepass.universitycircle.org The CirclePass offers 25% savings on admission to four of University Circle’s signature attractions: the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA), Cleveland History Center, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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Music Box partners with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Great Lakes Science Center to offer the following packages:


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A Great Day! Charter Bus Service/Tours & Charter Bus Service (S) 440.526.5350 | 800.362.4905 | greatdaytours.com | 375 Treeworth Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44147

Anderson Coach & Travel (OT) 724.588.8310 | 800.345.3435 | goanderson.com | One Anderson Plaza, Greenville, PA 16125

Barons Bus Inc. (SW+AIRPORT) 440.882.3703 | 888.378.3823 | baronsbus.com | 12800 Brookpark Rd. Cleveland, OH 44130

BRT Charter Services (S) 440.526.7111 | brtcharter.com | 7885 Snowville Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141

Group travel arrangements. Complete destination planning including step-on guide service.

Full transportation services including sedans, limos, vans, mini, executive & large coaches, airport transfers, meet and greet, sightseeing guides, dispatching services.

With over 80 years of experience in the transportation industry we can help make your next meeting or convention a success with our deluxe motorcoaches.

Luxury bus charter, rental and tour company. Guarantee new state-of-the-art buses with WiFi, power outlets, flat-screens, seatbelts, GPS-tracking and 56 passenger capacity. Come “Ride Like Royalty.”

Luxury motorcoaches available for charter service, convention shuttle and corporate outing.

We cultivate one-of-a kind events and unforgettable VIP experiences. Consider us a personal concierge service.

JKL Tours (E) 440.942.5350 | jkltours.net 4745 Highland Dr. Willoughby, OH 44094

We specialize in unique and personalized tours of historic, ethnic and international Cleveland, showing your group major attractions, hidden jewels and little-known surprises. •

Nowak Tours (W) 330.483.4900 | nowaktours.com | 1395 Barn Run Dr., Valley City, OH 44280

Charter one of our modern motorcoaches or let us do the reservations for you. Either way, you’ll be satisfied. Tour operator specializing in student and adult group tours.

Twin Travel Concepts (CW) 917.575.6600 | twintravelconcepts.com | 3554 Granton Ave., Cleveland, OH 44111

Progressive Field Tours Score a homerun with your baseball fan with a tour of Progressive Field. Book a special 60 minute exploration of the Cleveland Indians’ ballpark that includes the hall of fame at Heritage Park, the bullpen, the batting cages and other highlights. Special dates, times and fees apply, so visit https://www.mlb.com/indians/tickets/info/tours or call 216.420.HITS for complete information or to book your tour.

A complete transportation service company, including deluxe motorcoaches, mini-coaches and school buses. Specializing in group transportation of all sizes to any location. Creating your itinerary is fun for us! Experienced, professional and dedicated. All the area has to offer is at our fingertips.

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Precious Cargo Transportation, Inc. (E) 440.543.9272 | pctbus.com P.O. Box 23617 Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

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Discover My Cleveland (E) 216.369.9399 | discovermycleveland.com | 5815 Landerhurst Dr., #24162, Cleveland, OH 44124

Lakefront Lines, Inc. (W) 216.267.8810 | 800.638.6338 | lakefrontlines.com | 13315 Brookpark Rd., Brook Park, OH 44142

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A Cleveland Rendezvous Receptive Service (E)  440.953.8687 | 800.347.8687 clevelandrendezvous.com | 7620 Buchanan Ct., Mentor, OH 44060

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Can’t make it to the park in person? The Cleveland Indians’ official website (indians.com) also has virtual 360-degree views of the field. Progressive Field

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Hundreds of hands-on exhibits Live Science Shows NASA Glenn Visitor Center Immersive, giant-screen Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater • Discounts for groups of 10 or more

Special packages include “Science Rocks” with our neighbor – the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

GreatScience.com/Groups | 216-621-2400

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Trinity Cathedral (D+CMP) 216.771.3630 | trinitycleveland.org | 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

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Old Stone Church (D+CIV) 216.241.6145 | oldstonechurch.org | 91 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

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CHURCHES + TEMPLES The historic church with the contemporary spirit! Sun. at 10am. Yoga: Tues. & Th. at 12:15pm. Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. Tours: Mon.-Fri., noon-1pm or by appointment. Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Sun., services: 8, 9, 11:15 am. Th., 12:10pm. Healing Eucharist. Wed., 6 pm Choral Evensong. Tours by appointment.

CRUISES Goodtime III (D+NCH) 216.861.5110 | 888.916.7447 goodtimeiii.com | 825 E. 9th St. Pier, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Nautica Queen (D+FLT) 216.696.8888 | 800.837.0604 nauticaqueen.com | Nautica - Flats West Bank, 1153 Main Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113

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GUIDED + WALKING TOURS Discover My Cleveland (E) 216.369.9399 | discovermycleveland.com Servicing the Greater Cleveland Area

We cultivate one-of-a kind events and unforgettable VIP experiences. Consider us a personal concierge service.

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Segway Tours of Cleveland (D+TWC) 216.574.1189 | clevelandsegwaytours.com Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Rd. Cleveland, OH 44113

Segway tours begin with instruction. Most of the guide’s conversation is focused on how to operate a Segway safely. Pleasant, fun, enjoyable, informative, inexpensive.

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Hop aboard the premier Passenger Ferry, in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands! Serving Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky and Port Clinton.

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The Arcade (D+GTWY) 216.696.1408 | theclevelandarcade.com 401 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

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BrewBoat CLE (D) 440.941.6690 | brewcle.com | Daily Tours From Downtown Cleveland

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City Brew Tours Cleveland (E) 216.470.0623 | 888.623.8687 citybrewtours.com/cleveland | Servicing the Greater Cleveland area

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The ultimate craft beer experience that blends history, beer knowledge, transportation and great food with unrivaled access to Cleveland’s top breweries and their beer.

Cleveland Brew Bus  216.773.2567 | clevelandbrewbus.com | Servicing the Greater Cleveland Area

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Cleveland’s original and best craft brewery tours and tastings. Sample and learn about the finest local beer with our expert guides.

Tours of Cleveland, LLC (D) 216.318.3865 | toursofcleveland.com | Downtown Cleveland

We offer exciting and educational walking tours of beautiful and historic Downtown Cleveland. Private tours also available. Tours last approximately 2 hours. Book online.

ISLAND BOATS + FERRY SERVICES Jet Express - Put-in-Bay Boat Line Co. (S+LEI) 419.732.2800 | 800.245.1538 jet-express.com | 3 N. Monroe, Port Clinton, OH 43452 Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island (S+LEI)  419.285.2421 | 800.500.2421 millerferry.com | 535 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

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A Cleveland classic — America’s first indoor mall with mustsee architecture, specialty shops, services, a food court and restaurants. A unique venue for any performance group. Ohio’s first and only human-powered cycleboat! Bike, Boat and BYOB aboard our amazing 14-passenger pedal-powered party cruises on the scenic Cuyahoga River in Downtown Cleveland.

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Cleveland Grays Armory Museum (D+GTWY) 216.621.5938 | graysarmory.com | 1234 Bolivar Rd., Cleveland, OH 44115 Cleveland Indians (D+GTWY) 216.420.4200 | indians.com | Progressive Field 2401 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Where history never repeats. Take a tour of America’s oldest independent armory and learn how your event can make history. Built in 1893. Professional Major League Baseball. Eighty-one home dates from early April through early October. Tours of Progressive Field - Home of the Cleveland Indians. Tours depart from the team shop every half hour. Tours available April through October. Facility rental available year-round.


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GOODTIME III Have a “GOODTIME” with your group while seeing Cleveland! TWO narrated tours are available 6-days a week. Group discounts, comps and professional tour operator rates are available. Contact us today!

• Sightseeing tours available Tuesday thru Sunday • Catered lunch and dinner cruises available • Wheelchair accessible gangway, main deck and restrooms • 1,000 passenger capacity • Family owned & operated since 1958 • Cruising May thru September

216.861.5110 or 888.916.SHIP www.goodtimeiii.com Docked at North Coast Harbor (Next to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Great Lakes Science Center)

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Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument (D+GTWY) 216.621.3710 | soldiersandsailors.com 3 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (S) 800.468.4070 | cvsr.com | P.O. Box 158, Peninsula, OH 44264

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Cleveland Public Library (D+CIV) 216.623.2800 | CPL.org | 325 Superior Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114

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SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS Many “treasures” await you at the Cleveland Public Library. Get connected — we’re one big “HOT SPOT!” Enjoy the Eastman Reading Garden and public art on display outside and throughout the library buildings. See rare special collections, art and architecture. Research your family tree. Schedule a visit or guided tour today at 216.623.2821. Visit Cuyahoga County’s Civil War Monument. View personal artifacts and honor her brave sons. Open 10am - 5:30pm, Tuesday thru Saturday with additional hours as posted. •

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Gotta Groove Records (D+CMP) 216.431.7373 | gottagrooverecords.com | 3615 Superior Ave., #4201A, Cleveland, OH 44114

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The Hamilton Collaborative (CE+STCL) 216.664.0955 | thehamiltoncollaborative.com | 5401 Hamilton Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

Manufacturer of high quality vinyl records. A reservation is required to schedule a tour. To schedule, please call or email vince@gottagrooverecords.com. •

JKL Tours (E) 440.942.5350 | 888.927.8977 | jkltours.net | 4745 Highland Dr., Willoughby, OH 44094 Mitchell’s Ice Cream Ohio City Kitchen & Shop (OC+MD) 216.861.2799 | mitchellshomemade.com 1867 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Travel through Cuyahoga Valley National Park along the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway on one of the oldest, longest and most scenic excursion railways in the country.

Located in the St. Clair-Superior Neighborhood, leverages collaboration, shared resources and common networks, to create products and services aimed at social progress and distributed economic development. We specialize in unique and personalized tours of historic, ethnic and international Cleveland, showing your group major attractions, hidden jewels and little-known surprises.

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Relish Cleveland Food Tours (OC) 440.622.4465 | relishcle.com | Ohio City Neighbborhood, Cleveland, OH 44113

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Learn about their history, hand-crafted ice creams and the transformation of a theatre into their Ohio City Kitchen & Shop. Fresh samples included. Registration required.

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Explore a vibrant Cleveland neighborhood with a walking food tour through Ohio City. Discover the amazing local culinary scene, unique history and remarkable culture.

Root Candles (SW) 330.725.6677 | rootcandles.com | 623 West Liberty St. Medina, OH 44256

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SEE CLE (E)  216.287.0807 | SEE-CLE.com | 402 Creekside Dr., Mayfield Hts., OH 44143

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Severance Hall (E+UC) 216.231.7421 | severancehall.com | 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

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Town Tours Cleveland (E) 216.313.1527 | towntourscle.com 13700 Fairhill Rd., #107, Shaker Hts., OH 44120

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Tours! Tastings! Handcrafted and organic, bringing to the Cleveland area a grain to bottle experience unlike any around! Hour long tours give you the opportunity to witness firsthand how we distill our spirits followed by a tasting of our products.

Trolley Tours of Cleveland (D+FLT) 216.771.4484 | 800.848.0173 | lollytrolley.com P.O. BOX 91658, Cleveland, OH 44101 Western Reserve Distillers, LLC (W+LKWD) 330.671.0347 | westernreservedistillers.com | 14221 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

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Tour our legendary factory, operating since 1869. View the craftsmanship that goes into our hand-poured pillars; the continuous dipping of our tapers; how wicks are made on-site ensuring the highest quality; the delicate hand-work that makes our Liturgical candles exceptional. Groups of 50 recommended. Tours by appointment. Offers personal and custom tours of the Cleveland area. Our SUV accommodates up to 4 passengers. Group package options available.

A beautiful concert hall that is home to The Cleveland Orchestra. Public and private tours offered. Exceptional location for special events. We offer single, group and business tours that are fun, exciting and specialized and great for all ages, interests and budgets.


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SP+ | Dock 32 101 Erieside Ave. | 216.800.2319 or 216.687.0141 spplus.com | $30/day | Overnight | Unattended | Bus + RV Open April–December. | No game day parking Motorcoach Parking Questions: groups@destinationcle.org | 216.875.6607 Traffic Updates: innerbelt.org | OHgo.com | 800.732.4896 City of Cleveland Parking Permits: 216.664.2174 Parking apps: SpotHero + ParkWhix All prices and availability are subject to change.

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> Rockefeller Park Greenhouse Need an urban oasis? This peaceful botanical garden and greenhouse marks the spot— blooming brightly with an array of specialty plant collections and gardens (including a renovated Japanese garden and a “talking garden” for the blind). > Cuyahoga Valley National Park Nestled along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland is Ohio’s sole national park—where groups can bike, hike and explore the day away. Recreation meets education on the 87-mile Towpath Trail, located on the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. > Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Military history buffs will appreciate this massive Civil War monument. Admire the Goddess of Freedom statue outside before heading into the Memorial Room to view bronze tributes to the end of slavery, Ohio veterans and more. > Women’s Air & Space Museum Fly girls, indeed: Cleveland is home to the world’s only museum dedicated to the history of women in aviation and space, and groups can visit it for free at Burke Lakefront Airport.

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> Cleveland Museum of Art This University Circle mainstay has been free to the public since it first opened in 1916. It houses some 45,000 art pieces spanning 6,000 years, along with a breathtaking central atrium and the interactive ArtLens Gallery.


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At historic Severance Hall or their summer home at Blossom Music Center, a concert by the internationally-acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra is guaranteed to be the highlight of your trip to Cleveland!

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216-231-7493 | groupsales@clevelandorchestra.com


ALL NEW – Interactive Jam Space

You’ve got the group, now you can be a band. Live out your rock star dreams by learning to play real instruments or jamming together in our newest interactive space. Turn up your trip to 11 when you visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Start planning a rock star experience for your groups today by calling 216-515-1228 or contact sales@rockhall.org

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Cleveland Group Tour Guide  

The Cleveland Group Tour Guide is the official groups publication for the region, designed to showcase Cleveland’s vibrant assets as a desti...

Cleveland Group Tour Guide  

The Cleveland Group Tour Guide is the official groups publication for the region, designed to showcase Cleveland’s vibrant assets as a desti...