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Cuyahoga County

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Cuyahoga is a county in Northeast Ohio. The City of Cleveland is its County Seat and the hub a 13-county region with 4.5 million people.

Understand[edit]

Cities[edit]

Big City[edit]

  • 1 Cleveland the County Seat of Cuyahoga County, is the "Rock and Roll Capital of the World" and home to one of the five richest collections of arts and culture institutions in the US.
Map of Cleveland and suburbs in Ohio.

Suburbs[edit]

  • 2 Beachwood is the cosmopolitan mecca of Cleveland's East Side, including the core of both its "Fashion District" and its "Restaurant Row"".
  • Berea is a small town on the Rocky River and home to Baldwin-Wallace College as well as the NFL Cleveland Browns Training Center.
  • Brecksville is a quaint suburb tucked into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Metroparks and is situated between Cleveland and Akron.
  • 3 Cleveland Heights , first named "Turkey Ridge", is an inner ring suburb that sits atop Cedar Hill (the last of the Allegheny foothills), overlooking University Circle and some breathtaking views of the Cleveland skyline.
Chagrin Falls
  • 4 Chagrin Falls , named after a French fur trader Sequin, is a charming town in suburban Cleveland, sitting atop the waterfalls of the Chagrin River.
  • Independence is the commercial mecca south of Cleveland, providing businesses accessibility to the East and West Sides of town as well as both Cleveland and Akron. It will soon be home to the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers training center.
  • 5 Lakewood , originally named "Rockport', is the inner ring suburban home of the Gold Coast, high-rise residences lined up along Lake Erie, just west of Cleveland's Edgewater Park. It is also the most densely populated city between New York and Chicago.
  • Olmsted Falls southwest of Cleveland, is a small town sitting atop the waterfalls of the Rocky River.
  • Parma is Cleveland's largest suburb, just southwest of Cleveland. Was originally part of Parma Township. The name was taken from Parma, New York, where it was probably derived from the early-19th century fascination with classical Italy.
  • Rocky River sits on Lake Erie across from Lakewood at the mouth of the Rocky River.
  • 6 Shaker Heights is one of America's first planned suburban communities and has served as the home of many of NEO's corporate, legal and health care leaders. It previously served as an enclave for the North Union Shaker Community.
  • Solon is a suburb to Cleveland's southeast, home of many of Northeast Ohio's Real Estate Industry elite, and noted in the original theme song from The Drew Carey Show, "let's go bowlin' in Solon".
  • 7 Valley View
  • 8 University Heights is home of John Carroll University on Cleveland's East Side.
  • Westlake is a suburb on Cleveland's West Side, home of Crocker Park, an upscale lifestyle center and mixed use neighborhood.

Strongsville is home to SouthPark Mall, the premier shopping center with a great all around things to do.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, CLE IATA. Cleveland's main airport is located on the west side of the city. The airport is served by most of the major domestic airlines, and it is a hub for United Airlines as well.
  • Akron-Canton Regional Airport, CAK IATA. Visitors could also use this airport which is a 45-minute drive from Cleveland.
  • Burke Lakefront Airport. A small airport right on the shore of Lake Erie that handles private jet and business traffic.
  • Cuyahoga County Airport is located in northeastern Cuyahoga County.

By car[edit]

The State of Ohio is served by the following interstate highways:

  • I-71 connects Cleveland to Medina and then runs southwest toward Columbus.
  • I-76 serving Akron and Youngstown and connecting to beyond Pennsylvania to the east.
  • I-77 starts in Cleveland and runs south through Akron, Canton, New Philadelphia and beyond.
  • I-80 is the Ohio Turnpike (a toll road) that runs across the northern part of the state, serving Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown (where I-80 and I-76 criss cross).
  • I-90 also serves the far northern part of the state, including Cleveland, Lorain, Elyria, Mentor, Painesville and Ashtabula.

By train[edit]

Cleveland is served by Amtrak with a station located on the north end of downtown (near Cleveland Browns Stadium). Unfortunately, most Amtrak routes serving Cleveland arrive and depart in the wee hours of the morning (like in the 1AM to 4AM time frame) so they are a last resort like if you have no car.

By boat[edit]

Many boaters use the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and their connection points as a travel route. There are many marinas and public boat ramps available for this purpose. Also, the American Canadian Caribbean Line and the Great Lakes Cruising Company provide Great Lakes cruises that include Cleveland on the itineria.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Mark Klaus' Hollywood Christmas Movieland, 5001 Rt 82 (E. Royalton Rd.) Broadview Hts, OH 44147 (1/4 mile from I-77 & Rt. 82W), +1 440-453-5889. Mon - Thurs 11am - 9pm; Friday - Sunday 12-10pm. "Holly"wood Christmas Movieland is a diverse display of  movie memorabilia that you will see from 1947 Santa and reindeer model from “Miracle on 34th Street’s”, opening scene, for seniors to current Christmas movies for children. Will Ferrell’s “Elf” costume, Dudley Moore’s costume from “Santa Claus: The Movie”, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s turbo man costume from “Jingle All The Way”, Tim Allen’s costume from “The Santa Clause” and more! We even have the last can of “Who Hash”. These authentic displays make it a truly "Holly"wood experience. Adults: $7, Kids 2-16 $5, Under 2 FREE.

Do[edit]

A wide variety of activities await you in Northeast Ohio. Whether you are looking for outdoor fun, culture, the fine arts, history, sports, shopping, clubbing and dining - Cleveland ROCKS!

Sports[edit]

Outdoors[edit]

Stone formations found in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Located south of Cleveland, this park follows the course of the Cuyahoga River and the historic Ohio & Erie Canal between Cleveland and Akron. A number of older buildings are preserved here. The Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, with train cars from the 1940s and 1950s also runs through the park. Pick up the train in Valley View near Thornburg Station [dead link] (8111 Rockside Road), a mixed-use retail, restaurant and office complex sitting between the river and canal.
  • North Coast Beaches. Along the southern shore of Lake Erie are a large number of public beaches. The largest natural sand beach in Ohio, Headlands Beach State Park, is located east of Cleveland, in Mentor. Cleveland Lakefront State Park also includes a large beach at its Edgewater Park, just west of downtown Cleveland. Many other beaches are available throughout Northeast Ohio, including Huntington Beach, Euclid Beach and Fairport Harbor.
  • Lake Erie Islands. Located west of Cleveland, a group of picturesque and festive islands in Lake Erie are accessible via ferry. In addition to several Ohio State Parks located on the islands, there is plenty to do including wineries, restaurants, bars, marinas and beaches.

Buy[edit]

Downtown Cleveland[edit]

  • Tower City Center, a large urban complex, a retail mall, Ritz Carlton and Renaissance hotels, the hub of the RTA (Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority) rail system and the Terminal Tower.
  • The Galleria at Erieview is another downtown complex that includes a popular lunchtime foodcourt serving the Financial District.

East Side[edit]

  • Beachwood Place, an upscale enclosed shopping mall located at the southeast corner of Cedar and Richmond Rds in the Fashion District in Beachwood.
  • Chagrin Falls, a quaint Western Reserve style downtown with the Chagrin River (and Falls) running through it.
  • Coventry District, a hip and eclectic bohemian neighborhood in Cleveland Heights.
  • Eton Collection, on Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere, provides upscale options for shopping and dining.
  • La Place, upscale retail and dining options located at the southeast corner of Cedar and Richmond Roads in the Fashion District in Beachwood.
  • Legacy Village, a lifestyle center located at the northwest corner of Cedar and Richmond Roads in the Fashion District in Lyndhurst.
  • Shaker Commons, a renovated retail district located along Chagrin Boulevard between Lee and Avalon Roads, serving as the town center of Greater Cleveland's most prestigious address, Shaker Heights.
  • Shaker Square, a turn-of-the-century mixed use urban center located at the secondary hub of RTA's light rail system in Cleveland along the western border of Shaker Heights.
  • Uptown Solon, located in Cleveland Magazine's multi-year recipient of the "Best Suburb" selection.

West Side[edit]

  • Berea, college town, home to Baldwin-Wallace College.
  • Crocker Park provides a mixed-use "new town" environment with upscale shopping in Westlake.
  • Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted.
  • Westgate in Rocky River.

Art[edit]

  • Little Italy, old world meets new, where this ethnically cultured neighorhood sits on the doorstep of Cleveland's University Circle.
  • Ohio City, home of the West Side Market, a neighborhood enriched by Italianate and Victorian architecture and breathtaking views of Downtown Cleveland.
  • Tremont, a neighborhood pioneered by Cleveland's art community has evolved into a diverse young professional community.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Connect[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Cope[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Located south of Cleveland, this park follows the course of the Cuyahoga River and the historic Ohio & Erie Canal between Cleveland and Akron. A number of older buildings are preserved here. The Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, with train cars from the 1940s and 1950s also runs through the park. Pick up the train in Valley View near Thornburg Station [dead link] (8111 Rockside Road), a mixed-use retail, restaurant and office complex sitting between the river and canal.
  • North Coast Beaches. Along the southern shore of Lake Erie are a large number of public beaches. The largest natural sand beach in Ohio, Headlands Beach State Park, is located east of Cleveland, in Mentor. Cleveland Lakefront State Park also includes a large beach at its Edgewater Park, just west of downtown Cleveland. Many other beaches are available throughout Northeast Ohio, including Huntington Beach, Euclid Beach and Fairport Harbor.
  • Lake Erie Islands. Located west of Cleveland, a group of picturesque and festive islands in Lake Erie are accessible via ferry. In addition to several Ohio State Parks located on the islands, there is plenty to do including wineries, restaurants, bars, marinas and beaches.
  • Hall of Fame Cycle. Tourists can plan visits to the Rock Hall, Inventure Place (the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (in Canton).


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