48 hours in Cleveland

So you only have 48 hours in Cleveland? Challenge Accepted! Although, we have to give a disclaimer - you cannot possibly see everything we think you should see in Cleveland in 48 hours - so know that we have plenty of other suggestions.

Feel free to reach out if you’re planning a trip and don’t know where to begin!

First off, you’re going to need a place to stay. If it's summer, stay at Aloft - you’ll be right in the Flats, or the Westin, you’ll be close to Voinovich Bicentennial Park. If it’s Winter, pick the Kimpton Schofield, or Metropolitan at the 9 - located right in the heart of everything and you won’t have to walk far. If its fall stay at Glidden House Hotel, so you can see all of the leaves changing colors as you walk through University Circle. If you’re looking to save money on your lodging try The Cleveland Hostel. You’ll certainly be able to get around Cleveland via walking, biking and ride share (especially in the summer) but if you’d like to rent a car, it’ll help!

Arrive in Cleveland Friday:

Head to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Cleveland Museum of Art

What are you feeling for dinner?

Mexican: Barrio

Italian: Luca

American: Great Lakes Brewing Company

Polish/European: Sokolowski’s University Inn

Enjoy an after dinner drink in the Flats (we recommend Collision Bend )


Wake up and grab a donut at Brewnuts

Take a walk around Edgewater Park and take a picture with the Cleveland Script Sign

Have brunch at Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, Lucky’s Cafe, Jack Flaps, or Le Petit Triangle Café

Enjoy drinks at a Brewery (Terrestrial, Market Garden, Platform, Bookhouse, or Saucy Brew Works - see all here)

Stop into the West Side Market and take a self guided tour

Have a scoop of ice cream from Mitchell’s on W 25th (or Mason’s - make sure to check ice cream is in season at Mason’s)

Visit The Arcade, The Free Stamp, or the Cleveland Script Sign at North Coast Harbor

Your afternoon:

In the summer:

Take a kayak out on the Lake (In the Flats, or in the Rocky River)

Walk or bike the Metroparks (UH Bike Share Locations, bike rentals at Ohio City Cycles or Century Cycles)

Enjoy dinner outside at Nano Brew, Collision Bend, Georgetown, Pier W, Sarita, or Luca.

See the sunset at the Lakewood Solstice Steps

Follow up with a drink in Lakewood at Humble Wine Bar, Distill Table, Forage, or 16-Bit Bar + Arcade

In the Winter:

Head to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, or the Cleveland Museum of Art

If you go to the Rock Hall - dinner at Noble Beast, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden, or Barrio

Follow up with Forest City Shuffleboard or Duckpin Bowling at Hi & Dry

If you go to a museum - dinner at L’Albatros, Mia Bella, or Mama Santa’s  - dessert at Presti’s Bakery & Cafe, ice skating at Wade Oval

If you’re going to a Cavs or Indians game:

Dinner at Mabel’s BBQ, The Greenhouse Tavern, or Lola on East 4th

Head to your choice of Cleveland sporting event

Follow up with drinks in the Vault at the 9 (summer = Azure rooftop), on the rooftop of The Greenhouse Tavern or at Lindy’s Lake House in the Flats


Wake up and enjoy breakfast at Cleveland Bagel Co.

Head back to the airport and rave on social media about your visit. We’d love if you’d tag us in your photos!

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