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16. Visit League Park: Cy Young threw out the first pitch when League Park opened at the corner of Lexington and East 66th. The Tribe won the 1920 World Series there. Babe Ruth hit his 500th homerun at the park. Though it was mostly torn down in 1951, parts of the park remain, and Cleveland has plans to renovate the space.
17. Tailgate in the Muni Lot: From the denizens lining up to park before the sun comes up to the Dawg Pound faithful chugging beers throughout the morning, there's nothing like the Muni Lot. For a Browns fan, tailgating is almost (and usually) better than the game itself.
18. Walk on the Lower Level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge: A subway used to run on the lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge, dontcha know, and that level, rarely seen by the public, is open a few times a year for tours.
19. Karaoke at Tina's: You can belt out "Don't Stop Believing" at just about any corner bar, but do yourself a favor and sing your little heart out at Tina's Nite Club instead. The nondescript building squirreled away on the backstreets of Detroit-Shoreway houses the strangest, most fervent, most eclectic karaoke in Cleveland... every day of the week. Every day. Go forth and sing.
20. Look Out from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck: The observation deck of the Terminal Tower is only open a few days a year (bummer), but the view from the top of Cleveland's most-iconic skyscraper is simply breath-taking (yay!). The 30-mile view was unavailable for nine years after 9/11 and renovations to the building, but check in periodically for open hours, because there's nothing quite like this view.
21. Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Yeah, it's Canton not Cleveland, but Canton was the birthplace of football and the history of the sport is contained within the walls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and we love the Browns and football. Football fans make the tour to football mecca every year. For us, it's a short jaunt down I-77. How could you not go?
22. Visit the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame: Frankie Yankovic? Yeah, the name rings a bell. Find his history plus the city's at the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid. Because everyone loves polka and everyone loves music, and this is an oddball you can't miss.
23. Eat at Lola: Sure, Michael Symon is everywhere -- your TV, down the street at the restaurant, on your bookshelf, on the radio -- but is there a more lovable Clevelander out there? And oh yeah, his food is outstanding. Visit East Fourth and enjoy his landmark restaurant.
24: See Glen Schwartz Live: The former James Gang guitarist isn't as, how shall we say, rowdy as he used to be, but he's still one hell of a guitarist. If you missed Schwartz in his Bible-spoutin', angry heydays, you missed quite a moment in Cleveland history. But there's still time to enjoy his musical genius, even if it's now rated PG.
25: Eat at Slyman's: There are plenty of food-centric items on this list, and there could be many more -- a whole list unto itself, in fact. If you have to choose just a few, however, Slyman's is a requirement. Piles and piles of corned beef, two simple pieces of rye bread and just a little mustard. That's heaven on a plate.
26. See a Jazz Concert at Nighttown: There's no shortage of venues to see good music in Cleveland, but the only location bringing in world-renowned jazz artists on a regular basis is at the top of Cedar hill in Cleveland Heights. Nighttown's eclectic and unique schedule will show you something you won't see anywhere else in town.
27: See a Show at the Beachland Ballroom: Settled in a former Croatian social hall, the Beachland Ballroom has hosted just about every notable indie act in the last 15 years. Cindy Barber has created a venue that, along with the tavern, which serves a dynamite Sunday brunch, has anchored Waterloo and been a must-stop for national touring acts. Cheers, and thank you.
28: See a Show at the Grog Shop: It might not sport the faint aroma of decades of urine like its original location down the street on Coventry, but Kathy and the Grog Shop are the yin to the Beachland's yang, except it's been around longer. The next Pixies or Mos Def or Drive-By Truckers are probably among the next batch to take the stage.
29: Get Lost at the Cleveland Museum of Art: One of the best art museums around sits on East Boulevard just waiting for you. The world-renowned collection spans continents and eras, from Italian Renaissance to modern, from ancient Greece to African, and more. Obviously, always more. Spend a day getting lost.
30. Go to GhoulardiFest: Big Chuck and Lil' John are Cleveland institutions. Each year, they bring together a celebration of local culture, local TV and local celebrities with GhoulardiFest, which is no small accomplishment. They've been on our tubes for over 50 years now. 50. That's incredible. A true Clevelander would know that.
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