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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76. Ride the Ferris Wheel at the IX Indoor Amusement Park: You know the song. Gotta get to the, IX, Indoor, Amuuuuusement Park. The quirky little set-up is ingrained in Cleveland's pop culture memory, but if you've never stopped by for yourself, you've never had the chance to ride the indoor ferris wheel.

77. Tour Gray's Armory: One of the oldest buildings in Cleveland, Gray's Armory was built by a private military group back in 1837. It's an unmistakable landmark on Bolivar, something straight out of military history, which is exactly what it's all about. Learn about America's military history inside, or simply take in the majestic structure from the outside.

78. Visit Castle Noel: America's largest collection of Christmas movie memorabilia is located in Medina, if you didn't know. Toys and lights and decorations from silver screen moments you'll never forget are all arranged with due care and jolly, available for tours year-round. Because who wants to wait for Christmas to get in the spirit?

79. Tour the Federal Reserve Bank: The Fed doesn't offer tours for individuals or families any longer, but they do for organizations, and anything can be an organization, so call up and schedule one. The pre-World War I architecture is one of the main draws, but the learning center will teach you everything you wanted to know about how our economy works.

80. Visit the Maltz Museum: The Maltz Museum, above all else, is about diversity, peace and tolerance. Founder Milton Maltz said, "The Permanent Collection is the American story. The first Jewish immigrants arrived in Cleveland in 1839. The museum tells their story of achievement through stunning, state-of-the-art exhibits."

81. Visit MOCA: MOCA now has a permanent, gleaming, beautiful, modern home on Mayfield Road in University Circle, and it's about time. For modern art in Cleveland, there's no better venue -- a piece of art unto itself -- and with University Circle's growth, MOCA is a shining example of what is still to come.

82. Go to the St. Patrick's Day Parade: Outside of Boston, Chicago and New York, no city loves itself some St. Patrick's Day like Cleveland. Our town's strong and proud Irish heritage is celebrated with pomp, circumstance, and thousands of inebriated souls one day every year.

83. Enjoy the Arcades: They might not be the bastion of business they once were, but the arcades on Euclid are still an architectural wonder. There are a few stores still, and... well, mostly just go look at the ceilings and ornate decorations. There's a reason the arcades are a wedding venue favorite for Cleveland brides.

84. Eat a Bialy's Everything Bagel: Just because it's not New York doesn't mean it's not the best bagel you ever had. Stop by the shop on Warrensville Center, get an everything bagel, and thank us later. It's inspired travel writers to shed a tear and loyalists to plan their weekend schedules around a stop.

85. Do Something at Whiskey Island: Whether you're playing volleyball or simply enjoying a beer while watching the sunset, Whiskey Island is a little slice of relaxing heaven right on the shores of Lake Erie. Even to longtime Clevelanders, it has remained a bit of a secret, which is nice.

86. Drink Your Way Through Lake Erie Wines: Head up to Geneva-on-the-Lake and see for yourself that Lake Erie wines are nothing to stick your nose up at. Sure, it's not Napa Valley, but Ohio has a long history of making fine wines -- in fact, it's credited with producing America's first great wine -- and the wineries up east are pumping out delectable vintages just around the corner.

87. Support Cleveland State Sports: Cleveland is Buckeye country for the most part, but Cleveland State deserves your love. CSU's transformed itself from a commuter school to a dynamic urban campus and the teams -- there's more than basketball, guys -- are a cheap alternative to pro sports. Go Vikings!

88. Go to Cedar Point: Voted the best amusement park in America on a regular basis, it's the roller coaster capital of the world, and it's right down I-90. Even if you don't love blood-curdling rides and skyscraper-tall coasters, Cedar Point has something for you, even if it's just the merry-go-round.

89. Get Spooked by Franklin Castle: There's a whole dirty, scary history behind the Franklin Castle, ranked among Ohio's best-known haunted locations, and you should read all about it. For the experience? Just walk by. It's spooky. Undeniably spooky, like something straight out of Scooby Doo, or worse.

90. Ride Lolly the Trolley: Poo poo the idea as corny all you'd like, Lolly the Trolly could teach you a thing or two. Or 20. You think you know Cleveland? Hop aboard one day and be amazed at the hidden history and facts delved out by the friendly, knowledgeable tour guides.

91. Welcome the Buzzards in Hinckley: Buzzard Day is a great day. Each March 15, buzzard lovers congregate in Hinckley and await the first official buzzard sighting of the season as the turkey vultures make their way back for the spring. It's good, clean fun. There are pancakes and coffee and donuts and nature. But the draw is the big bird, and for them, we are grateful.

92. Go to the Hessler Street Fair: Historic Hessler Road welcomes art and music lovers every year for the annual Hessler Street Fair. First held in 1969, the eclectic and talented creative forces of the east side and the historic street gather to celebrate and preserve the neighborhood.

93. Attend the All-American Soap Box Derby: Once again, not Cleveland, but a Northeast Ohio tradition that has birthed legends, stories and remains a testament to amateur competition. It's a soap box derby, after all -- how could that not be fun?

94. Go to the Cuyahoga County Fair: Fried foods, animals, beer. There are probably some other things we're forgetting for the moment, but those are the main points to remember. If you can't make it to the big Ohio state fair, the Cuyahoga County version will do just fine. Who doesn't want to see the biggest zucchini in the state?

95. Gorge Yourself at the Feast of the Assumption: The delights of Little Italy in all their delicious wonder are plied on the street for the Feast of the Assumption, that weekend when everyone in Cleveland is Italian. Cannolis and pasta, pizza and stuffed peppers, and, hell, we're going to stop talking and just start counting the days until it arrives.

96. Go to the Duct Tape Festival: Duck brand duct tape is headquartered right here in Northeast Ohio. Because of that happy little fact, we get the Duct Tape Festival in Avon every year. Duct tape art, duct tape dresses, duct tape floats. Basically duct tape everything except food.

97. Go to Twins Days: You're probably not a twin, just based on mathematical probability, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy Twins Days in Twinsburg. It's less sideshow, more celebration. Also, impossibly hard to find who you're looking for.

98. Eat at Hot Sauce Williams: The little pink house on Carnegie is a Cleveland landmark. For ribs and chicken, Hot Sauce Williams has been a go-to for neighborhood folks and tourists alike. Stop by, be welcomed with a happy smile, and dig in to some soul food.

99. Walk Down Coventry: The street has changed dramatically over the decades, and while the obvious hippie leanings might not be evident any longer, Coventry is still home to a healthy lineup of attractions. From the Grog Shop to Big Fun, from La Cave du Vin to B-Side, there's plenty to do. And Tommy's. Never forget Tommy's.

100. See a Speech at the City Club: The City Club of Cleveland is the longest continuously operating free speech forum in America. Since 1912, the influential policy makers and debaters have stopped by Cleveland to talk about the issues that matter most. It's welcomed heads of state, activists, presidents and more, all in celebration of the first amendment and our right to speak our minds.

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