I have a confession. I have lived in Cleveland all my life and I have yet to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the history of the city. Until now, I recently paid a visit to The Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland’s oldest existing culture institution. With their primary focus being the preservation of Northeast Ohio’s history. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walk through the doors, but
The glasshouse rainforest was founded in 1930 as The Garden Center of Greater Cleveland, now called The Cleveland Botanical Garden are a must see while visiting or living in Cleveland.At least two to three times a year I visit the Botanical Garden to see whats new and exciting. Its alsoone of my escapes, when I need a getaway. The gardens are beautiful and peaceful. There is something different here every time I visit.With a wide variety of educational opportunities for all ages and hands on learning will make your visit fun and interesting.With over 20 different gardens with radiant blooms in every color imaginable, and the many variation of plants and trees.You will be amazed if you are an experienced gardner of just someone who loves the look of flowers.It’s so much natural beauty, the Rose and Japanese gardens are my favorite. There are also many beautiful fountains and ponds giving that relaxing and soothing sounds of water throughout the gardens. With so many sights, sounds and smells, your senses will be in overload.I love me some art and it always a nice surprise to see what sculptures are hiding in the midst of the gardens. Bringing the kids are always a good idea, but this summer they added the Nature Connects: A Lego Brick Experience.Where the sculptures depicting plants and animals were made with over 500,000 legos, and some weighing over 500 lbs. The sculptures are beautiful and visitors of all ages would appreciate the time and hard work that was put into each piece.Throughout the rainforest you can catch some form of wildlife crawling and flying around. Ranging from beautiful butterflies, tortoise, reptiles and creepy crawlers. I always enjoy myself here at The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and I’m sure will to. For more info on visiting hours and special events click (here)
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I like to escape from the everyday noise and do something more than the everyday hustle and bustle. This is why I am thankful the City of Cleveland embraces the arts. My go to for this kind of day out was The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). As you can see the building itself is a masterpiece. What you may not know is the museum has gone through multiple names and location changes. Being founded in 1968 as The New Gallery, the museum was renamed the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art in 1984. Expanded its exhibition space, in 1990 the museum moved to a Sears store on Carnegie Avenue that is now part of the Cleveland Play House. In 2002, changed its name to Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. In 2012 the new $27.2 million home for MOCA opened to the public at the corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue, adjacent to Little Italy in University Circle.
Cleveland has one of the largest theater district in the United States. Did you know that…we are number 2 or 3, all depend on who you ask, with New York of course holding the top spot. With 9 different theaters with performing arts ranging from broadway plays, dance performances, comedy shows, concerts attracting over 1 million visitors a year to see over 1000 plus performances. Arts Education is also a huge part of the theater district. My daughter was 2 time perfromer at IDEA Center. Check out more info (here). On May 14, 2014 Playhouse Square put on a huge party called :Dazzle The District” to unveil the worlds largest outdoor chandelier. I must say its a sight to see; its suspended 44 feet in the air with more than 4,200 crystals, the GE chandelier alone is 20 feet tall and sits right at the intersection of East 14th and Euclid Avenue. That was only one part of the major makeover to the theater district, add the retro signs, welcoming gateways, marquees and improved outdoor experiences. It definitely a must see. But back to the arts…with The Lion King, Chicago, The Color Purple, and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to name a few gracing the stages of Cleveland. I say its must stop destination for locals and visitors. Need more info (here you go)! Were you there that night, what did you think? Leave a comment!
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