West Side Market (the corner of W 25th St. and Lorain Ave.) – This historical landmark is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary of being the best place in Cleveland for fresh meat and produce, homemade pasta, delicious desserts and more. It’s traditionally only open Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday, but the day after our wedding, they will be open on Sunday for the first time in a decade for a massive street festival and parade. If you can’t make it before the wedding, you’ll definitely want to stop by after!
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum (1100 Rock And Roll Blvd.) – It’s the first thing people tend to think of when they think of Cleveland, and it’s a must-see attraction for music fans of all ages. The featured exhibit around our wedding is about the Grateful Dead, but even if that doesn’t sound up your alley, there are plenty of permanent installations covering everyone from the Beatles to U2, including the acoustic guitar John Lennon recorded “Norwegian Wood” and “Give Peace A Chance” with. You can even stroll through Johnny Cash’s tour bus!
Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Ave.) -Right next door to the Rock Hall, the GLSC is a perfect excursion for families. It has all sorts of interesting exhibits on display, as well as their own IMAX theater and the William G. Mather (It’s a ship. A very, very large ship. It’s also Barry Welbers-approved).
Progressive Field (2401 Ontario St.) – The 2012 NBA season won’t have started yet and the Browns are away that Sunday, but if you’re a sports junkie and if you come into town a few days early, you could catch the Indians’ final series of the year against none other than the Chicago White Sox!
Cleveland Metroparks (various locations) – The people of Northeast Ohio are some of the luckiest people in America when it comes to public green space. The Cleveland Metroparks are vast pieces of land throughout the area, reserved for public use and recreation. Some of Aubrey and Scott’s favorite parks include the Hinckley Reservation, Rocky River Reservation, Huntington Beach Reservation, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation and North Chagrin Reservation. Take a day and enjoy a hike, bike ride, trail ride, canoe trip, etc.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (various locations) – In addition to the Metroparks, the people of Northeast Ohio have their very own national park to enjoy! If you have a day, and want to enjoy all the beautiful colors, you can take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad through the park. You can download their June – October brochure here.