The Cleveland Bucket List 

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

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61. See the Cleveland Orchestra: We're talking a world-class orchestra -- selling out concerts in Europe on a regular basis -- right here, performing regularly. Severance Hall is gorgeous, and the Orchestra offers plenty of programming -- from cartoon scores to movies -- for anyone who pretends to not enjoy Beethoven.

62. Visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: 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.

63. Tour the USS COD: Another slice of World War II history is moored off East 9th Street. The USS Cod serves as a memorial to the those who lost their lives and as a tribute to the history of submarine warfare. It's a popular stop for field trips, but that doesn't mean the experience isn't lost on adults.

64. Attend Opening Day: With all due respect to everything else on the list, we're partial to Opening Day. It's baseball, it's America, and there's nothing quite like taking the day off or knocking off work early to head down to The Jake for the first day of Tribe baseball.

65. Visit the Botanical Gardens: The Cleveland Botanical Gardens are way cooler than you think. It's all about plants, sure, but don't let that deter you from taking in the shapes and colors of the natural world. You might learn a thing or two. At the very least, it's simply beautiful to look at.

66. Tour A Christmas Story House: A Christmas Story will remain a cult classic, and Cleveland's contribution to the Hollywood holiday movie canon is as enjoyable as ever. You might not get the treasured Red Ryder under the Christmas tree. You might not get what you asked for at all. But A Christmas Story never disappoints.

67. Kill Some Time at the Cleveland Public Library: Cleveland is among the most literate cities in America, according to various studies. We read, and we like it. Cleveland's gem of a library downtown is not only an architectural beauty to behold, but stocked full of the written word and archives detailing the Forest City's history.

68. Visit the Museum of Natural HIstory: University Circle is Cleveland's cultural capital, and while the art museum gets most of the press, the museum of natural history offers something just a bit different. Oh, there are dinosaurs, which are great, but also rocks and science and everything else that'll help you learn how we got here.

69. Eat at Sokolowski's: It was good enough for Bill Clinton, and it's been good enough for just about every famous person to swing through town. And even if you overlook the notable clientele, the cafeteria-style Polish joint slinging ethnic eats like pierogi is a must-do for any Clevelander worth their dough.

70. Visit the Cultural Gardens: The cultural gardens that dot East Boulevard and MLK are a tribute to 20th century America and Cleveland, to the immigrants and migrants that made the city a vibrant, diverse place to live and work. Self-guided and guided tours will show you the beauty of the 29 gardens.

71. Visit the Crawford Auto Museum: Like every other cultural landmark in University Circle, the Western Reserve Historical Society is to be counted as a blessing for the city. Inside, among the many other tidbits of Cleveland history, you'll find the Crawford Auto Museum, which is a living testament to the auto culture of America.

72. Bowl at an Old-School Alley: Cleveland is a bowling town, and while lanes have been disappearing, plenty of old-school gems like Dickey's, Twin Lanes and newly hipsterized Mahall's offer the kind of lane action our fathers and grandfathers grew up on.

73. Drink at the Harbor Inn: It's Cleveland's oldest bar, which is reason enough to go there for a beer and a shot. But the Harbor Inn also remains one of Cleveland's best bars. Once populated by longshoremen and the blue-collar lot, the Harbor now serves those folks and many more.

74. Have a Cocktail at the Velvet Tango Room: Long before the cocktail boom produced craft drink bars in every neighborhood, the Velvet Tango Room opened in quaint Duck Island. Not Tremont, not Ohio City, just a little neighborhood in between with not much else going on. It's a speakeasy with hand-made cocktails of the highest order, with great care taken to make your drink something you'll never forget.

75. Visit the Great Lakes Science Center: Want to learn something and be entertained? Then this is a spot you must see. Most notable to many for being next to Browns stadium, or perhaps for the wind turbine out back, the Science Center is much, much more. From flight to rocks, from animals to humans, interactive exhibits will leave you more informed than when you entered.

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