Cleveland

It's all here . . . just add you!

People are discovering there's so much in the mix. Cleveland is a city filled with spectacular attractions, world-class performing arts and culture, great shopping, big league sports action, top-notch restaurants and award-winning accommodations, year-round events and much more.

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"Cleveland Rocks!"

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Music gives us a microphone to speak to the world. And music has the power to bring generations, nationalities and people together. Now more than ever, it’s critical to study and understand how music is changing our world as well as reflecting it.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

Great Lakes Science Center

A day at the Great Lakes Science Center is a fun-filled, brain-building experience.  Kick back and enjoy a movie on the OMNIMAX Theater giant screen.  get hands-on with over 400 exhibits. 

Grab a bite to eat, shop the Science Store.  Students will want to return again and again.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland’s first collection of natural history began in the 1830s in a small, wooden building known as “the Ark.”  Located in Cleveland’s Public Square, “the Ark” consisted of two rooms that were packed with animal specimens.  Through the passion and enthusiasm of a group of men who frequented “the Ark,” The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was founded in 1920.

Today, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is one of the finest natural history museums in North America with an emphasis on scientific research, conservation and education.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo improves the future for wildlife by exhibiting animals and plants and providing education and conservation programs which encourage respect and stewardship of the natural world and a better understanding of our place within it.

This exciting metropolitan zoo is best known for having the largest collection of primates in the United States and for its Rainforest exhibit, which features a thrilling simulated tropical rain storm.

USS Cod Submarine Memorial and Steamship William G. Mather

U.S.S. Cod (SS 224), named after the world's most important food fish, is a World War II era GATO class fleet submarine.  It was on Cod's seventh and final war patrol that she would carve a unique niche for herself, not for destroying enemy ships, but for performing the only international submarine-to-submarine rescue in history.  Cod was decommissioned in 1954 and placed in reserve. In 1959 she was towed through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway to serve as a naval reserve training vessel in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Today, Cod is one of the finest restored submarines on display and is the only U.S. submarine that has not had stairways and doors cut into her pressure hull for public access. Visitors to this proud ship use the same vertical ladders and hatches that were used by her crew.

The William G. Mather is a retired Great Lakes bulk freighter.  She was built in Detroit by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, Michigan in 1925 as the flagship for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company. 

The Society began preparations for the Mather's new career as a museum ship. After she was brought to Cleveland in October of 1988 and funding acquired from local foundations, corporations, and individuals, restoration began. In October 1990, she was moved to her berth at the East Ninth Street Pier on Cleveland's North Coast Harbor, and work continued. On September 24, 2005 the Mather was moved to a new location just north of the Great Lakes Science Center at Dock 32.

NASA Glenn Visitor Center

Students can spend a day at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and enjoy an out-of-this-world inspirational encounter. Experience a countdown to a space shuttle launch, perform a microgravity experiment or pilot a high-performance jet.

Students can see the tribute to the Glenn Research Center's namesake, space pioneer John Glenn. One of the original Mercury astronauts, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth when he piloted the Mercury Friendship 7 in 1962. Thirty-six years later -- at age 77 -- he returned to space on the shuttle Discovery.

A working class, world-class "new American city," Cleveland is a model of urban renewal. 

Additional student attractions include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Jacobs Field and Browns Stadium, Nautica Queen, Carousel Dinner Theatre and shopping at Tower City Center.

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