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Cleveland is Hip and Fun


HEIDI PETERSEN
Posted 09/01/2010

When we went to Cleveland two weeks ago, I didn't know that we would be leaving the place with a lot of fun memories. Our visit was well-spent and every one of us definitely had fun! Here is an overview of the places that we visited.

The Great Lakes Science Center is my favorite of all our Cleveland adventures. I think it's one of the largest science-themed centers in the US. According to the guide that we were given, the center houses 375 exhibits. Honestly, I lost count because of the interactive platforms that I tried. There are also entertaining and very education hands-on examples that kids will surely love. It's just too bad we weren't able to catch the show at its very own OMNIMAX Theatre.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is also a must-see. I learned there that Cleveland DJ named Alan Freed coined the term rock and roll in around the 1950s.The glass and porcelain pyramid-shaped building is eye-catching in its own right. The museum houses collection of drawings made and for iconic and influential rock and roll music stars. There are also a lot of artifacts and memorabilia in the collection. Some of the most notable pieces there are from the likes of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones and U2.

We also went to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. This 168-acre of land comprises various animal and plant species that you can very well note of. There are giraffes, gorillas, bears, elephants and kangaroos. I am not the type who usually loves the outdoors but I really had a great time at the Cleveland Zoo. I especially adored their variety of large cats. The zoo also has a two-acre exhibition of rainforest that boasts of more than 10,000 plant and 600 animal species. I think it would be best to bring kids along. It is best that don't miss out such great opportunities to really look at nature in a different light.

The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center is also of great interest for the group. Although the center has seasonal admission rates, the price is very much worth all the learning you would get. Again, this one is highly recommended for kids. The Visitor Center provides an overview of a lot of space-related insights. There are interactive exhibits and space-centered activities that even adults will enjoy. I especially like the historical artifacts best. There are also introductions on NASA's aerospace programs that will let you know more about our universe.

The Western Reserve Historical Society is one of my most memorable experiences in Cleveland. They have tours that range from anything that you know to everything that you don't know. I think it's best to arrange things with them ahead of time. It sort of gives fluidity to the tours. We were treated to mansion tours, aircraft ad automobile tours. I also saw a lot of historical memorabilia.

By going to the right spots, Cleveland can take you back in time. My trip to this city is fun and memorable. I won't hesitate to recommend this city to anyone.