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Layne Gibbons

APR 15, 2019

Cleveland, when did you get so awesome? Really, there’s no better time to explore this blossoming city than the present – There is something exciting to be seen around every corner. It’s filled with history, advanced architecture, and, of course, local shops.

So why not get outside and enjoy everything Cleveland has to offer on two feet? With over 80 neighborhoods filled with parks, ‘mom and pop’ shops, and Cleveland pride, it’s time to shake the rust off of those legs and explore these 11 colorful neighborhoods step-by-step.

Some say The Flats is a focal point of the city, and we can’t argue with that. The Flats of old have seen some hardships, but not this spot has become a destination. Take in views of the lake and try one of the nine new restaurants and bars recently opened. And during the summer months, there’s a good chance there will be some live entertainment.

This diverse neighborhood in Cleveland Heights is filled with college students, culinary treasures, and plenty of family events. It’s a one-stop-shop for pretty much everything. Grab your morning cup-of-joe from Phoenix Coffee before walking around town to the many shops, parks, and historic restaurants. There always seems to be something going on – so keep up on Coventry’s Facebook page for your walking game plan.

One of the oldest parts of Cleveland is also one of our favorites. Things only get better with age, right? Find the house from A Christmas Story here, along with unique homes and shops will charm the pants off of you. Put your pants back on before checking out the Ukrainian Museum and Lincoln Park, for a full day of Cleveland knowledge. Take a break and refuel at Tremont Taphouse and Bario before embarking on another journey!

Bordering the city of Cleveland is beautiful Lakewood. This summer, make plans to roam this urban, Lake Erie-side neighborhood with over 180 miles of sidewalks. Use them to explore all 15 parks, including the popular Lakewood Skate Park and nationally recognized restaurants like Pier W (which sits on a cliff overlooking the lake.) Let’s not forget the lush greenery, dog park, and paddle sports that’ll turn your quick jaunt into an all-day stroll..

Passion, color, and plenty of OHC pride. Hitting the streets of Ohio City is honestly pretty exciting. This buzzing area is home to some of Cleveland’s most walkable and popular attractions. You can easily spend an hour roaming around the West Side Market (now open on Sundays!). Become familiar with the local businesses that thrive here and take a lap around the quaint side roads. After roaming these streets, we wouldn’t be surprised if you start looking into some OHC real estate.

Nestled in the east side of the city, near Cleveland Heights, is the well-loved and historic neighborhood of Little Italy. In the 1800s, immigrants from (you guessed it) Italy, came to this area to work in the masonry business, literally building modern-day Cleveland. Today, it still thrives: well known for their art studios and, of course, authentic Italian food. You have to head here in the summer for the weeklong street festival, The Feast of the Assumption and Taste of Little Italy. The food…the art…the wine – August can’t come fast enough.

Edgewater isn’t shocking anyone with their name, but a walk through this area will wow you. The Edgewater State Park is the perfect scene for a stroll, picnic, or bike ride. Not to mention their boating docks and fishing areas on their beaches! There are so many aquatic amenities and stellar events that are hosted in the summer to showcase its natural beauty. Walk around on a Thursday night and you might stumble across Edgewater Live – live music and plenty of Cleveland food trucks.

East 4th Street is a real wildcard.  Filled with vibrant restaurants, local shops, and a boozy bowling alley your day can take any turn whenever you venture down this route. Bonus: It’s sandwiched right between Euclid and Prospect Ave, which has even more entertainment options to check out. Get some tickets to a Cavaliers or Monsters game and stroll over to East 4th… There is so much energy on this street, it will be sure to put an extra pep in your step.

During Cleveland’s introduction to the industrial days, the Warehouse District was primarily stockyards and shipping buildings. Well, times have changed. Beautiful brick buildings were transformed into prime apartment living with a sick view of the lake and the East Bank of the Flats. Walk along the tall buildings to see the 17-story Rockefeller Building, or view the epic chalk-painted underpass on West Ninth Street.

Fact: Cleveland has the second largest theater district in the country. Head to Playhouse Square to see for yourself. Walk under the massive street chandelier, to see this Cleveland classic and prime Instagram opportunity. Snack at DynOmite Burgers before heading in to see your show. Or simply take in the energy that surrounds the arts. Depending on the season, you can take a seat at the outdoor garden tables or take to the snowy streets around the holidays for the tree lighting ceremony.

Home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, it’s no wonder students at Case Western Reserve love their campus. The Circle is filled with locals, students, and appreciators of all kinds. Stride around Wade Park for the opportunity to see plenty of beautiful sculptures from the Cleveland Museum of Art or walk towards Bellflower Road to dine at L’Albatros Brasserie & Bar for some French-inspired Cleveland cuisine.