September 13, 2019

25 Things To Do Before the 'Polar Coaster' Blasts Cleveland

Friends, winter is coming. And this winter, as the Farmers’ Almanac foretells, there is a so-called Polar Coaster heading our way, meaning we can expect plenty of cold, cold days paired with warmer pockets of sunny days. In the meantime, fall isn't over. Here are all of the things to do in Cleveland before iciest of seasons comes for your soul. 

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 Catch a Flick at the Aut-0-Rama Drive-In
33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville
You can have your plush luxury seating; all we really need is the open air and our trusty car. Head out to North Ridgeville to catch a movie at Cleveland's oldest operating drive-in theater, which opened in the 1950s and was the first two-screen affair in the city in 1972. Aut-o-Rama features new releases as well as retro nights.
Photo via Aut-O-Rama Drive-In Theater/Facebook

Catch a Flick at the Aut-0-Rama Drive-In

33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville

You can have your plush luxury seating; all we really need is the open air and our trusty car. Head out to North Ridgeville to catch a movie at Cleveland's oldest operating drive-in theater, which opened in the 1950s and was the first two-screen affair in the city in 1972. Aut-o-Rama features new releases as well as retro nights.

Photo via Aut-O-Rama Drive-In Theater/Facebook
Tailgate in the Muni Lot
1500 S. Marginal Rd.
From the denizens lining up to park before the sun comes up to the Dawg Pound faithful chugging beers throughout the morning, from the decorated RVs to the face-painting fans, there's no scene quite like the Muni Lot on a Sunday. And it's sure to be amped up more than usual this year as Baker and OBJ and company bring something called "hope" to the beleaguered fan base.
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Tailgate in the Muni Lot

1500 S. Marginal Rd.
From the denizens lining up to park before the sun comes up to the Dawg Pound faithful chugging beers throughout the morning, from the decorated RVs to the face-painting fans, there's no scene quite like the Muni Lot on a Sunday. And it's sure to be amped up more than usual this year as Baker and OBJ and company bring something called "hope" to the beleaguered fan base.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Eat a Polish Boy
The city's signature sammie — bun, sausage, coleslaw, fries, barbecue sauce — is seriously delicious and utterly Cleveland. (The origin story, if you didn't know: Virgil Whitmore launched his first barbecue shop in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood back in the 1940s before opening the more popular Whitmore's Bar-B-Q at East 85th and Cedar. Whitmore's grandson Larry Turner, who now runs Mt. Pleasant BBQ, says that it was his grandad who first decided to combine ingredients that he already had on hand into the messy sandwich.) Get one, and get extra napkins.
Photo via stu_spivack/FlickrCC

Eat a Polish Boy


The city's signature sammie — bun, sausage, coleslaw, fries, barbecue sauce — is seriously delicious and utterly Cleveland. (The origin story, if you didn't know: Virgil Whitmore launched his first barbecue shop in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood back in the 1940s before opening the more popular Whitmore's Bar-B-Q at East 85th and Cedar. Whitmore's grandson Larry Turner, who now runs Mt. Pleasant BBQ, says that it was his grandad who first decided to combine ingredients that he already had on hand into the messy sandwich.) Get one, and get extra napkins.

Photo via stu_spivack/FlickrCC
Take a Trip to Put-in-Bay
Northeast Ohio's private little island getaway has seen its share of drunken escapades. Go add your own dose of debauchery, or simply enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and serene surroundings.
Photo via Doug Brown

Take a Trip to Put-in-Bay


Northeast Ohio's private little island getaway has seen its share of drunken escapades. Go add your own dose of debauchery, or simply enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and serene surroundings.

Photo via Doug Brown
 Train to Run the Cleveland Marathon
Downtown Cleveland
Okay, or a 5-K somewhere. But the Cleveland Marathon is a great chance to push your body and enjoy the city — from west to east — from the streets. Check Hermes' schedule for plenty of shorter runs around town, because let's be honest: The Marathon's a good goal, but few of us will ever reach it.
Emanuel Wallace Photo

Train to Run the Cleveland Marathon

Downtown Cleveland
Okay, or a 5-K somewhere. But the Cleveland Marathon is a great chance to push your body and enjoy the city — from west to east — from the streets. Check Hermes' schedule for plenty of shorter runs around town, because let's be honest: The Marathon's a good goal, but few of us will ever reach it.

Emanuel Wallace Photo
Visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Plus a whole lot more. You don't need kids to enjoy the zoo — who doesn't love beasts? — so wander down and spend a day taking in the animal kingdom.
Photo via Tim Evanson/Wikimedia Commons

Visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


3900 Wildlife Way
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Plus a whole lot more. You don't need kids to enjoy the zoo — who doesn't love beasts? — so wander down and spend a day taking in the animal kingdom.

Photo via Tim Evanson/Wikimedia Commons
 Get a Shot at a 'Cleveland' Sign
Multiple locations
Show off and bask in one of Cleveland's scenic views and get some IG love with a shot at one of the numerous "Cleveland" signs around downtown, conveniently located at most of the Forest City's most stunningly beautiful spots. Bonus points for collecting them all.
Photo via Bruce Kratofil/FlickrCC

Get a Shot at a 'Cleveland' Sign


Multiple locations

Show off and bask in one of Cleveland's scenic views and get some IG love with a shot at one of the numerous "Cleveland" signs around downtown, conveniently located at most of the Forest City's most stunningly beautiful spots. Bonus points for collecting them all.

Photo via Bruce Kratofil/FlickrCC
Get Your Vista on at the Lakewood Solstice Steps
14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, 216-529-5697
Lakewood Park's got a lot going for it, and topping that list is the Solstice Steps, which turned an otherwise bland but important stretch of Lakewood's little publicly owned lakefront into a gathering place and destination viewpoint for Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline. There are few better or more interesting 480-foot stretches of the North Coast.
Photo by Aerial Agents

Get Your Vista on at the Lakewood Solstice Steps

14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, 216-529-5697

Lakewood Park's got a lot going for it, and topping that list is the Solstice Steps, which turned an otherwise bland but important stretch of Lakewood's little publicly owned lakefront into a gathering place and destination viewpoint for Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline. There are few better or more interesting 480-foot stretches of the North Coast.

Photo by Aerial Agents
Visit the Cultural Gardens
10823 Magnolia Dr.
The Cultural Gardens that dot East Boulevard and MLK are a tribute to 20th-century America and Cleveland, and to the immigrants and migrants who made the city a vibrant, diverse place to live and work. Self-guided and guided tours will show you the beauty of the dozens of gardens.
Photo via the Scene Archives

Visit the Cultural Gardens

10823 Magnolia Dr.

The Cultural Gardens that dot East Boulevard and MLK are a tribute to 20th-century America and Cleveland, and to the immigrants and migrants who made the city a vibrant, diverse place to live and work. Self-guided and guided tours will show you the beauty of the dozens of gardens.

Photo via the Scene Archives
Take a Spin on the Euclid Beach Carousel
10825 E. Blvd.
While you're at the WRHS, you absolutely must — must! — hop on the refurbished Euclid Beach carousel for a taste of nostalgia and to feel like a kid again.
Photo Courtesy of the Cleveland History Center

Take a Spin on the Euclid Beach Carousel

10825 E. Blvd.
While you're at the WRHS, you absolutely must — must! — hop on the refurbished Euclid Beach carousel for a taste of nostalgia and to feel like a kid again.

Photo Courtesy of the Cleveland History Center