15 Fun Things to Do in Cleveland While You’re Visiting

15 fun things to do in Cleveland, Ohio

Find Fun in Avon, Ohio – and Beyond!

The Emerald Event Center is conveniently located in Avon, Ohio, which is less than twenty minutes from downtown Cleveland. Being so near the city means that if there’s downtime during your stay at our attached Residence Inn by Marriott, there are plenty of fun, local attractions in Cleveland, Ohio to explore.

One route to go would be finding something to do in the Avon area. The town of Avon is continually expanding, giving its locals and visitors plenty of restaurants, sporting events, shopping centers and more to enjoy.

Alternative options for finding fun things to do in Cleveland would require a short drive outside the Avon area into the surrounding city. From critically acclaimed museums to unique markets and favorite local gems, there are many attractions in the city of Cleveland just waiting for your visit.

Fun Attractions in Cleveland, Ohio for Your Entire Guest List

When it comes to finding things to do in Cleveland, Ohio, there’s plenty to make your list fun, diverse and unique. Whether you’re traveling to the city solo, with friends, family or coworkers, there truly is something exciting for everybody in the city.

And remember, this list is just the beginning of the adventures you can find in Cleveland.

Cedar Point Amusement Park

1 Cedar Point Drive Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Located in Sundusky, Ohio, Cedar Point is a 365-acre amusement park that has gained worldwide attention for its record-breaking roller coasters. Opened in 1870, Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in the United States and houses millions of visitors each year.


Cleveland is home to plenty of unique museums for the adventurous. Each of these museums within the city offers its own theme and gives its guests plenty to learn while having fun.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    1100 E. 9th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44114

    One of the most popular attractions in Cleveland, Ohio is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Founded in 1995 on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, this museum highlights music that has gone on to change the world. Exhibits include displays and memorabilia from Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, the Beatles and more.

  • Cleveland Museum of Art
    11150 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106

    Located on the East Side, The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913, and expanded in 2013, and houses more than 45,000 works of art from around the world. The museum offers plenty of themed exhibits, mixers, special events and more, and hosts about 600,000 visitors a year.

  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
    1 Wade Oval Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44106

    The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is another noteworthy attraction in Cleveland, Ohio that provides fun, educational content that spans more than 90 years of history. Exhibits range from fossils to moonrocks and more.

  • “A Christmas Story” House
    3159 West 11th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44109

    The home featured in the classic holiday film “A Christmas Story” is located in the Cleveland neighborhood of Tremont, about 5 minutes from downtown. A Christmas Story House has since been converted into a museum and is open year-round for guests to take tours, snap photos, and buy movie merchandise at its gift shop.

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
    2121 George Halas Drive NW Canton, Ohio 44708

    For the sports fanatics looking for fun things to do in Cleveland, Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is certainly worth the visit. Opened in 1963, the hall promotes five core values that are learned in the game of football: commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence. Thousands of artifacts and exhibits can be found onsite.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

2000 Sycamore Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Located in The Flats, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is a notable Cleveland attraction that offers approximately 70,000 square feet of exhibits relating to various species of local and exotic fish. Wander around the aquarium on your own or get a tour from their staff; either way, you’re guaranteed a fun day with educational lessons about those who inhabit our seas.

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Avenue #200 Cleveland, Ohio 44115

For those seeking entertainment through the arts, Playhouse Square provides a host of terrific performances at its downtown location within the Cleveland Theatre District. Playhouse is home to a diverse list of events year-round including Broadway musicals, concerts, comedy shows and more.

Sporting Events

Cleveland has made a name for itself in the world of sports because of its dedicated fan-base and unwavering team spirit. One of the most popular things to do in Cleveland, OH is to go to see one, or all, of our teams play their specialty sport. Win or lose, a good time is still guaranteed.

  • The Cleveland Indians
    Progressive Field – 2401 Ontario Street Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    The Cleveland Indians is Cleveland’s professional MLB team that competes in the American League Central division. Sporting recent renovations, Progressive Field offers plenty of food, drinks and fun for the fans before, during and after the game.

  • The Cleveland Browns
    FirstEnergy Stadium – 100 Alfred Lerner Way Cleveland, Ohio 44114

    The Cleveland Browns is the city’s beloved football team, a member of the American Football Conference North division. With games in September through January (not including preseason or playoffs), catching a Browns game is the perfect activity during the autumn and winter.

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers
    Quicken Loans Arena – 1 Center Court Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, 2015 and 2016 NBA Eastern Conference/Division champions, are a professional basketball team founded in 1970. With regular season running from October through April, there are plenty of chances for you and your guests to catch LeBron James and the rest of the Cavs in their element and making the city proud.

  • Lake Erie Monsters
    Quicken Loans Arena – 1 Center Court Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    The Lake Erie Monsters are Cleveland’s professional ice hockey team that was established in 2007. As members of the AHL Western Conference, you can count on the Monsters bringing heat to the ice during their games that span from October to April (not including playoffs).

  • The Cleveland Gladiators
    Quicken Loans Arena – 1 Center Court Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    The Cleveland Gladiators, an indoor arena football team, have proven themselves as a fun, unique attraction in Cleveland, Ohio. As members of the AFL conference, the Gladiators were established in 1997 and share their home field with the Cavaliers and Monsters. With their season spanning from April to July, seeing the Gladiators is the perfect indoor summer activity for you and your guests.

West Side Market

1979 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113

The West Side Market is Cleveland’s oldest public market and is located in the Ohio City neighborhood. A fun thing to do in Cleveland is going to the market to wander, people-watch, eat lunch or stock up on groceries from the hundreds of vendors who set up shop there. Best yet, the market recently began opening its doors on Sundays as well, giving visitors an extra day to stop by.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, OhIo 44109

With 183 acres, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers visitors the chance to view more than 3,000 animals in park divisions like Monkey Island, the Rain Forest, and Australian Adventure. In addition to the collections of species to see, the zoo also offers seasonal exhibits and events such as a 4D theatre and ‘Date Night at the ZOOvies’.

The List of Things to Do in Cleveland Is Endless

As you can see from this extensive list, there are plenty of things to do within the city of Cleveland that every person on your guest list will love.

When you’re attending a wedding or an event at the Emerald Event Center and there’s some downtime, consider a local sporting event, museum, or restaurant for some excitement. Our list is just the starting point, so come visit both the city of Cleveland and our event center today to find your newest adventure.