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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALKS TO TAKE IN CLEVELAND

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LAYNE GIBBONS

OCT 15, 2019

There’s no better time to explore this blossoming city than the present; there is something exciting to be seen around every corner.

With over 80 neighborhoods filled with parks, ‘mom and pop’ shops, and Cleveland pride, it’s time to 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 area has seen some hardships, but now this spot has become a destination. Take in views of the lake and try one of the many new restaurants and bars. 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? You'll find the house from A Christmas Story here alongside other unique homes and charming shops. After a neighborhood tour, check out the Ukrainian Museum and Lincoln Park for a full day of Cleveland knowledge.

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 that sits cliffside overlooking the lake. You'll also find lush greenery, a dog park, and paddle sports that’ll turn your quick jaunt into an all-day stroll.

Ohio City is filled with passion, color, and plenty of OHC pride. 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. 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, the neighborhood, well known for the art studios and, of course, authentic Italian food, still thrives. Head here in August for the weeklong street festival, The Feast of the Assumption and Taste of Little Italy.

The Edgewater State Park is the perfect scene for a stroll, picnic, or bike ride, not to mention the 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. There is so much energy on this street that 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. Now, beautiful brick buildings have been transformed into prime apartment living with a stunning 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.

Cleveland has one of the largest theater districts in the country—head to Playhouse Square to see for yourself. Walk under the massive street chandelier and snack at DynOmite Burgers before heading in to see a show. 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 plenty of visitors. 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.

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