Everyone knows about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but there are dozens of attractions that fly just under the radar. How many of these hidden Cleveland treasures have you visited?
International Women’s Air and Space Museum
Burke Lakefront Airport
1501 N. Marginal Road in Cleveland
Located in the lobby of downtown Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport, the International Women’s Air and Space Museum features a changing array of exhibits highlighting the many contributions of women to the advancement of flight and space travel. Among the collection are flight suits and personal items from Amelia Earhart, several vintage airplanes, and information and artifacts from the women of the Mercury 13 project. The Women’s Air and Space Museum is open during regular airport hours and admission is free.
Lake View Cemetery
12316 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland
Where can you visit James Garfield, Eliot Ness, Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes and John D. Rockefeller all in one trip? At Cleveland’s park-like Lake View Cemetery, located just east of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. The 285-acre cemetery is home to more than 100,000 graves, including some of the leading stars of Cleveland history. Stroll amid the elaborate monuments (many created by the immigrant stonecutters that settled in nearby Little Italy). Highlights include the Garfield Memorial, where the slain president and his wife are laid to rest, and the Wade Chapel with its original Tiffany window, built in honor of late 19th century industrialist Jeptha Wade. Lake View Cemetery is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Voinovich Bicentennial Park
East Ninth Street at North Marginal Road (behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) in Cleveland
This delightful green space is usually overshadowed by its flashier neighbor, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, Voinovich Park is worth a visit all of its own. Home to the Cleveland Skate Park and the permanent home of the “Goodtime III,” the park offers spectacular views of both Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline. Bring a picnic; there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the scenery. You’ll likely be one of just a few visitors at this uncrowded gem of a park.
Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
750 E. 88th St. in Cleveland
Located just off of I-90 at the north end of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, the Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse houses a variety of tropical and desert plants, including orchids, succulents, and tropical fruit trees. Outside, the gardens include a Japanese courtyard and pond, a formal English garden, and a talking garden for sight-impaired visitors. The greenhouse is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
1034 N. Marginal Road in Cleveland
Moored at the Cleveland Harborfront between Burke Lakefront Airport and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the USS Cod is a retired, World War II-era submarine and a National Historic Site. The 1525-ton, 312-foot vessel was decommissioned in 1971, but kept intact so that visitors can experience the sub just at the sailors did. The site also features several land-based exhibits, including a World War II-era torpedo and a 2080-pound, five-blade propeller similar to the one used on the USS Cod. The submarine is open May 1 through September 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students and inactive and retired military personnel; and $4 for students (K-12) and active military personnel. Admission is free for children under 6, military personnel in uniform, and wives and family of active duty submariners.
The Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Museum
1455 E. Sixth St. in Cleveland
Located within the walls of downtown Cleveland’s Federal Reserve Bank, the Money Museum features 25 interactive exhibits about the history of money, what money is and how money changes hands. Highlights include the money tree (made from actual retired currency) and the exhibit that tells how to detect counterfeit bills. The Money Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.