100 Things Every Clevelander Must Do Before They Die (Or Move, Which Is Really the Same Thing)

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100 Things Every Clevelander Must Do Before They Die (Or Move, Which Is Really the Same Thing)

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31. Do Something in the Metroparks: The Emerald Necklace is one of Northeast Ohio's most treasured assets and the envy of tons of other big cities. There's something for everyone. Walk, hike, bike, rollerblade, skip, jump, cross-country ski, bird watch, sleep, picnic, lounge, golf -- whatever. It's nature, and it's magnificent.

32. Eat Some Local Ice Cream: We've come a long way since Pierre's was founded in 1932. Now we can slurp up gourmet creations from Mitchell's all across town -- and at the grocery store. Or maybe you're looking forward to Churned in Tremont. Or maybe you've got a taste for a perfect milkshake served up with a side of nostalgia at Sweet Moses. It's all sugary bliss, so try them all.

33: Take the RTA: Northeast Ohio's public transit system was, not that long ago, named the best public transit in North America. It's also convenient, cheap, eco-friendly and a great way to safely get around this bedazzling town of ours.

34: Tour the Aquarium: Sure, it's not the Shedd, but what is the Shedd besides the Shedd? Stop comparing and simply have fun. The Cleveland aquarium is one of the few non-breast-related reasons to visit the Flats and will likely serve as an anchor for the area's revitalization.

35. Swim in Lake Erie: What? Come again now? Swim in the lake? Yeah, that's what we're saying. There might only be a few days a year when it's warm enough, but head out to Huntington Beach or the Mentor Headlands and take a dip. It's not that bad, actually. Not bad at all.

36. Enjoy Wade Oval Wednesdays: From June through August, Cleveland gathers together at Wade Oval Wednesdays in University Circle. With free concerts, family attractions, food and entertainment, there's no more casual or fun way to kill a summer evening. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and camp out with friends for hours.

37. Shop at Flower Child: Cleveland's blessed with a fantastic selection of vintage and antique stores, but if there's one to make a priority, it's Flower Child. Winner of just about every Best Of award in the vintage category, the labyrinth boasts furniture, jewelry, clothing, home goods, decorations, art and anything else you can imagine. Just when you think you've seen everything, a whole new room awaits.

38. Run, Bike or Walk the Towpath Trail: The historic towpath trail was a linchpin of Ohio economic development in the 1800s. Now, the miles upon miles of trails are a lynchpin of idle wandering and light exercise.

39. See a Play at Playhouse Square: If you don't know the history behind Cleveland's venerable theaters on Euclid, you should do some Googling, pronto. They are beautiful -- take a tour, trust us -- and an unmatched example of theater being built and reclaimed, at different times, in a city by the arts community.

40. Go to Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios or First Fridays in Tremont: The local arts scene is one to be treasured and supported in every way possible. It's impossible to list here every gallery or artist, or even to mention every event, so we settled on two monthly events that showcase a wide range of talented artists. 78th Street Studios are exquisite and mammoth; the Tremont galleries are varied and easy accessible. Enjoy art in Cleveland.

41. Walk Around Waterloo: The Beachland Ballroom took root and the neighborhood is following. Alan Glazen's "Project Light Switch" promises to bring a whole new group of businesses to the area to complement the concert club and places like Music Saves. Walk around and enjoy the public art, the shops and the people that make this community vibrant.

42. Join a Critical Mass Bike Ride: It used to be a couple of folks on old bikes rolling around town. Now, Critical Mass rides garner hundreds of participants taking over Cleveland's streets. The city might have a long way to go making Cleveland completely bike-friendly, but there's progress. In the meantime, peddle around while making some new friends.

43. Take a Tour of the William G. Mather Steamship: This bit of World War II history is docked in Cleveland and well worth your time. She set all sorts of records -- first automated boiler system, among the first Great Lakes vessels with radar -- while helping to keep the Allied Forces in plenty of steel during the war.

44. Catch a Local Comedy Show: The comedy scene in Cleveland is something to behold. It's grown leaps and bounds thanks to folks like Mike Polk and Ramon Rivas, and Chucklefck is helping to make sure there's comedy just about every night. The list of talented performers is long, so suffice it to say: You won't be disappointed no matter what night and what show you choose.

45. Try Something New in AsiaTown: Bypass the fast-food General Tsos and head over to AsiaTown. Whether you're looking for Korean, Chinese, Cambodian or Thai, AsiaTown has something to offer. Dim Sum? You betcha! Authentic Asian eats that you've never tried before? Of course. Try something new and support Cleveland's Asian community.

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