21 Non-Touristy Things Every Clevelander Should Do with an Out-of-Towner

Everybody knows about the Rock Hall and the West Side Market (and they should!), but what about that hole-in-the-wall bar that all the locals visit on the west side or the old school book store on the east side? Here are our picks for the best under the radar destinations to take your out of town guests this season.

Everybody knows about the Rock Hall and the West Side Market (and they should!), but what about that hole-in-the-wall bar that all the locals visit on the west side or the old school book store on the east side? Here are our picks for the best under the radar destinations to take your out of town guests this season.

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Visit League Park  
League Park, Cleveland's original ballpark (6601 Lexington Ave.), boasted a lengthy resume of baseball accomplishments— it's where the Indians won the 1920 World Series, where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run in 1929, and where Cy Young threw the park's first pitch back in 1891. Some little bits of history still remain, including the original ticket office built in 1909. The site is now home to the Baseball Heritage Museum and outdoor recreational baseball facility. 
(Photo via Scene archives)
Visit League Park

League Park, Cleveland's original ballpark (6601 Lexington Ave.), boasted a lengthy resume of baseball accomplishments— it's where the Indians won the 1920 World Series, where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run in 1929, and where Cy Young threw the park's first pitch back in 1891. Some little bits of history still remain, including the original ticket office built in 1909. The site is now home to the Baseball Heritage Museum and outdoor recreational baseball facility. (Photo via Scene archives)

Ride the Cleveland Brew Bus 
This is a city tour bus you'll actually want to sign up for because — beer. Aboard, booze cruisers can sample four different types of beer, learn the history behind the city's breweries and even learn how the sweet amber nectar gets brewed. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday, and you can book one here. (Photo via lisa_claus, Instagram)
Ride the Cleveland Brew Bus

This is a city tour bus you'll actually want to sign up for because — beer. Aboard, booze cruisers can sample four different types of beer, learn the history behind the city's breweries and even learn how the sweet amber nectar gets brewed. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday, and you can book one here. (Photo via lisa_claus, Instagram)

Laugh your ass off at one of Cleveland's comedy clubs 
Cleveland is gaining a reputation as a hub for comedy in the Midwest. Take your pick between Improv Comedy Club, Hilarities, or a whole slew of comedy night performances at places like Cebars and Brothers Lounge. Be sure to check out our 2016  Comedy Guideas well for a taste of what the comedy scene has to offer.
(Photo via lisaciarrone, Instagram)
Laugh your ass off at one of Cleveland's comedy clubs

Cleveland is gaining a reputation as a hub for comedy in the Midwest. Take your pick between Improv Comedy Club, Hilarities, or a whole slew of comedy night performances at places like Cebars and Brothers Lounge. Be sure to check out our 2016

Visit Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios 
Hosted under the roof of a former American Greetings factory, ten galleries and a handful more artists’ studios open their doors to the curious, and welcome them with unbelievable paintings and works in every media. Search around the galleries for the lowest suggested donation for wine, or tuck into a handheld meal from Touch Supper Club’s food truck. 1300 W 78th St.
(Photo via kid_indie13, Instagram)
Visit Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios

Hosted under the roof of a former American Greetings factory, ten galleries and a handful more artists’ studios open their doors to the curious, and welcome them with unbelievable paintings and works in every media. Search around the galleries for the lowest suggested donation for wine, or tuck into a handheld meal from Touch Supper Club’s food truck. 1300 W 78th St. (Photo via kid_indie13, Instagram)

Catch a play at Karamu House 
Karamu House is a historic theatre in the Fairfax neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland. It's the oldest African-American theater in the United States and literary giants like Langston Hughes's developed and premiered plays there. 8111 Quincy Ave.
(Photo via beyondthefocus, Instagram)
Catch a play at Karamu House

Karamu House is a historic theatre in the Fairfax neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland. It's the oldest African-American theater in the United States and literary giants like Langston Hughes's developed and premiered plays there. 8111 Quincy Ave. (Photo via beyondthefocus, Instagram)

Get the lay of the land at the Terminal Tower Viewing Deck 
Only a helicopter or airplane can give you as breathtaking a view of our fair city as the Terminal Tower Observation Deck. It's found on the 42nd floor of Cleveland's most iconic building. 50 Public Square
(Photo via andrewcalori, Instagram)
Get the lay of the land at the Terminal Tower Viewing Deck

Only a helicopter or airplane can give you as breathtaking a view of our fair city as the Terminal Tower Observation Deck. It's found on the 42nd floor of Cleveland's most iconic building. 50 Public Square (Photo via andrewcalori, Instagram)

Take a used book tour at Cleveland's finest East Side used book stores 
The east side is home to some of the best bookstores in Cleveland, period. Loganberry has an endless collection and cozy interior, also check out Mac's Backs-Books.
(Photo via librarian.knits, Instagram)
Take a used book tour at Cleveland's finest East Side used book stores

The east side is home to some of the best bookstores in Cleveland, period. Loganberry has an endless collection and cozy interior, also check out Mac's Backs-Books. (Photo via librarian.knits, Instagram)

Take a stand up paddle boarding class at Nalu SUP & Surf in Rocky River 
Nalu SUP & Surf resides in Rocky River. Its specialty? Making our lake and rivers even cooler than one might imagine (especially during the summer). Yes, you can surf on Lake Erie. 1328 Linda St., Rocky River (Description by Eric Sandy, photo via nalu_sup, Instagram)
Take a stand up paddle boarding class at Nalu SUP & Surf in Rocky River

Nalu SUP & Surf resides in Rocky River. Its specialty? Making our lake and rivers even cooler than one might imagine (especially during the summer). Yes, you can surf on Lake Erie. 1328 Linda St., Rocky River (Description by Eric Sandy, photo via nalu_sup, Instagram)

Shop at Haven 
Haven Style House has become an epicenter for fashion and style throughout Northeast Ohio. A community experience more than a store, women flock in for the chic, classic inventory, but return time and time again for the style advice and warm, social atmosphere. 13 W Orange St., Chagrin Falls (Description by Alaina Nutile, photo via shophavencle, Instagram)
Shop at Haven

Haven Style House has become an epicenter for fashion and style throughout Northeast Ohio. A community experience more than a store, women flock in for the chic, classic inventory, but return time and time again for the style advice and warm, social atmosphere. 13 W Orange St., Chagrin Falls (Description by Alaina Nutile, photo via shophavencle, Instagram)

Enjoy Fried Chicken and Milkshakes at Mahall’s 20 Lanes  
Mahall’s has it all: food, cocktails, music, bowling, and beer. The former poolroom has been turned into a music room, with both local and touring indie bands of all stripes. And the two-level ’60s-style lanes with hand pinsetting are still intact. 13200 Madison Ave. 
(Photo via Scene Archives)
Enjoy Fried Chicken and Milkshakes at Mahall’s 20 Lanes

Mahall’s has it all: food, cocktails, music, bowling, and beer. The former poolroom has been turned into a music room, with both local and touring indie bands of all stripes. And the two-level ’60s-style lanes with hand pinsetting are still intact. 13200 Madison Ave. (Photo via Scene Archives)